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RACE PREVIEW: HyVee INDYCAR Race Weekend at Iowa Speedway

Friday, July 21 – Sunday, July 23, 2023

STATE: Iowa Speedway
LOCATION: Newton, Iowa, United States
WORK PRESENTATION: .875-mile tri-oval
PRACTICE: Friday – 3:30-5pm CT (Peacock Premium)
QUALIFICATION: Saturday – 8:30-9:30 CT (Peacock Premium)

Race 1: Saturday, July 22
DURING THE WOMAN: 250 laps / 223.5 miles
TRANSMISSION: 2 pm CT (NBC)

Race 2: Sunday, July 23
DURING THE WOMAN: 250 laps / 223.5 miles
TRANSMISSION: 1 p.m. CT (NBC)

RYAN HUNTER-REAY, NO. 20 BITNILE.COM CHEVROLET

RYAN HUNTER-REAY, No. 20 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet: “Iowa Speedway has always been one of my favorite races on the schedule, I just love short track racing! We had a very productive test here a few weeks ago. With that said, this track is very challenging and it can be extremely difficult to achieve a balanced setup over a long run with the tires. It always seems to change from year to year.”

FOR NOTE:

Ryan Hunter-Reay returns to Iowa Speedway this weekend as not only one of the most experienced drivers in the field, but one of the most accomplished. Hunter-Reay competed in every NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at the track from 2008-2020 for a total of 14 starts. Not only did he earn a podium finish five times in six years, he won three races in four years. In a final test at Iowa Speedway that featured 20 cars, Hunter-Reay set the second-fastest lap of the day.

• Hunter-Reay joined Ed Carpenter Racing as the driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet. 20 BITNILE.COM ahead of the Road America event last month. Hunter-Reay, recognized as one of America’s most successful open-wheel racing drivers, brings a wealth of knowledge to the team with an INDYCAR career spanning two decades.

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based driver. is an NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion (2012) with 18 career wins, including a victory in the 2014 Indianapolis 500. Hunter-Reay also has many IMSA sports car overall wins, the 12 Hours of Sebring has been invited twice to Sebring and Petit Le SP. river of the year awards (2013 and 2014).

RINUS WEEKAY, NO. 21 BITNILE.COM CHEVROLET


RINUS WEEKAY, No. 21 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet: “Two races this weekend! This will be very exciting. I’ve done well at Iowa Speedway in the past and had a pretty good race there last year, 4th place. We can do very well, this is one of those tracks that will give us many opportunities. The Hy-Vee INDYCAR race weekend is always so much fun with the concerts and everything else going on besides our races, it’s going to be a fun few days!”

FOR NOTE:

Rinus VeeKay has competed in two dual weekends at Iowa Speedway to date, 2020 and 2022. He narrowly missed a podium finish in Race 1 last year, crossing the finish line side-by-side with another driver and ultimately finishing 4th. Iowa Speedway is the site of VeeKay’s first oval track experience. In 2017, while competing in the USF2000, he finished second in his oval debut.

• VeeKay has spent his entire NTT INDYCAR SERIES career with Ed Carpenter Racing and is the team’s longest-serving full-time driver, now in his fourth season behind the wheel of the No. 1 Chevrolet. 21 BITNILE.COM. Earlier this year, the 22-year-old made his 50th career start and qualified on the front row of the Indianapolis 500 for the third consecutive time.

• Born in Hoofddorp, Netherlands, Rinus van Kalmthout started karting in 2009 at the age of 8. With his sights set on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, he switched to the Road to Indy in 2017 and began his US career driving as Rinus VeeKay. Just four years into his time in the United States, he not only made it to the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, but earned 2020 Rookie of the Year honors. He became the NTT INDYCAR SERIES race winner in May of 2021 with a victory at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

ED CARPENTER, NO. 33 BITNILE.COM CHEVROLET


ED CARPENTER, No. 33 BITNILE.COM Chevrolet: “I’m always excited to race at Iowa Speedway. I actually like the dual format and Hy-Vee has done a great job with the whole event. We’ve been strong in Iowa in the past and had a good test there recently. It is an important event for us as a team to produce strong results for all three BITNILE.COM Chevrolets.”

FOR NOTE:

Ed Carpenter will reach a career milestone this weekend as his 200th NTT INDYCAR Series begins on Sunday. Carpenter made his debut at Chicagoland Speedway in 2003 and is now in the midst of his 21st season as an Indy car driver. it leads the number 33 BITNILE.COM during oval events, which total five this season. Earlier this year, he competed in his 20th Indianapolis 500.

Carpenter has led his team since ECR was formed prior to the 2012 season and is the only active owner/driver in the field. Since 2014, he has focused exclusively on driving oval events. The 42-year-old has 24 Top 10 finishes since his team’s inception and has led at least one race for 14 of the past 15 seasons. In addition to the Indianapolis 500, Carpenter also competed at Texas Motor Speedway this year. O fifth and lastThe 2023 wave race will take place at WWT Raceway outside St. Louis. Louis in late August.

• With the exception of 2010, Carpenter has competed in every NTT INDYCAR SERIES race at Iowa Speedway since racing began there in 2007. This weekend’s dual event will add to his tally of 16 starts at the .875-mile oval. He has finished in the Top 10 at Iowa five times while an owner and driver.

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