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Fifty laps added to IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 11:01 a.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 12:06 p.m. CST
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Simon Pagenaud (number 77) and Graham Rahal race at Iowa Speedway during the 2013 Iowa Corn Indy 250. The speedway announced Monday that 50 laps have been added to this year's IndyCar race Scheduled for July 12 in Newton.

Fans attending the IndyCar race at Iowa Speedway next weekend are in for a longer evening at the track.

The speedway announced in a release Monday that 50 laps have been added to this year’s Iowa Corn Indy 300. The race had been 250 laps each of the last seven years.

The release cited “overwhelming fan feedback” as a reason for the change.

“After last year’s IndyCar Series race, many of our loyal fans immediately took to their social media channels, sent emails, or called us to let us know they wanted more,” Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small said in the release. “The fans asked for it, and alongside our best-in-class partners at Iowa Corn, we delivered fifty more intense laps under the lights at the Iowa Speedway.”

Six different drivers have won the last six IndyCar races at Iowa Speedway. James Hinchcliffe won last year’s race in dominating fashion after leading 226 of the 250 laps.

This year’s Iowa Corn Indy 300 is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. on July 12.