Iowa Speedway hosted their first doubleheader weekend and the two 250-lap night races showcased IndyCar racing at it's short oval best. Alexander Rossi continued to deal with mechanical gremlins during practices, but was steady during each race, bringing home valuable points in the Championship. After a challenging start to the season, he has now moved up to 10th in the point standings.
“I think our car was alright, I think we went on the strategy to win the race but we didn't have the car to do that amount of laps. Ultimately, it was the right strategy but the wrong car for that strategy. Our strength was the first 30-40 laps of the stint, but then we couldn’t look after the tires like the people that beat us. It’s disappointing because I thought that the AutoNation / NAPA team was looking good for at least a podium, but it slipped away from us with tire degradation.”
“Everyone hung in there and the AutoNation / NAPA guys were awesome in the pits again, which is so great and such a reward for their hard work this offseason – couldn’t have done that without them. Rob had a good strategy call to get us back on the lead lap. Ultimately, I think it was an okay day considering where we started. I think we were a little bit worse in some places than yesterday and a little bit better in some places. I think, ultimately, we just had an eighth-place car so that’s the way it went. We’ll keep marching forward.”
The NTT INDYCAR SERIES drives into a two-week break after a grueling stretch of five races in three weekends. The series will be back in action Sunday, Aug. 9 for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
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