With only a month left until Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend, NTT INDYCAR Series teams spent Wednesday testing at Iowa Speedway as they gathered data while searching for the right combination of balance and speed in advance of next month’s annual series visit to the 7/8 of a mile oval track.
A total of 20 cars representing eight teams tested throughout the day, with competitors recording more than 3,800 combined laps at the “Fastest Short Track on the Planet.”
Three former NTT INDYCAR Series Iowa race winners, six Indianapolis 500 winners and four former series champions were among the drivers testing.
“We got through our program, and I was pretty happy with how everything went,” said Colton Herta, driver of the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda for Andretti Autosport, who posted one of the fastest laps of the test. “We started out with a pretty good car and we just kept making it better so I’m pretty happy with the result and we should have some pretty good stuff to go off when we come back here.”
Current series points leader Alex Palou of Chip Ganassi Racing, winner of three of the last four series races, also was among the fastest testers on the day.
Palou is in position to capture a $1 million bonus if he can produce a victory in either of the NTT INDYCAR Series races during Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend.
After posting wins at both a street circuit and permanent road course already this season, Palou just needs to secure a victory on an oval track to earn the bonus through the PeopleReady Force for Good Challenge.
“I feel very fortunate to be in a position to compete for the $1 million prize and we will have two opportunities to do it next month here at Iowa,” said Palou, who has produced a top result of sixth in four previous career races at Iowa Speedway.
Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend will again feature the only doubleheader weekend on the series schedule.
The Hy-Vee Homefront 250 presented by Instacart will take the green flag on July 22 followed by the Hy-Vee One Step 250 presented by Gatorade on July 23.
Both races will be televised live on NBC and streamed live on Peacock. In addition to the INDYCAR races during the action-packed weekend, the rising stars of INDY NXT by Firestone also will compete at 10 a.m. on July 22.
The event also will feature an amazing music lineup with country music superstar Carrie Underwood performing live before Saturday’s INDYCAR race and Kenny Chesney live in concert after the race.
Sunday’s concert lineup features the Zak Brown Band (pre-race) and Ed Sheeran (post-race). All concerts are included with the price of a ticket.