NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Even though Iowa Speedway isn’t the fastest track on the IndyCar circuit, its unique setup can make it feel quicker than all of them.
Iowa’s high-banked .875-mile oval has been a favorite among drivers since it opened eight years ago, thanks to a setup that typically leads to intense wheel-to-wheel racing with high speeds and multiple lanes.
The move to night starts like the one set for Saturday also makes the cars look even faster to fans and viewers at home.
“This track feels the quickest as far as speed. It’s not as quick as Indy or Pocono or Texas. But because it’s so short and so fast, the speed feels much quicker,” driver Tony Kanaan said.
Even though there doesn’t appear to be much room to pass at Iowa, there has been plenty of maneuvering for position on the lead lap in years past.
The real challenge for the contenders is managing lap traffic, which can pile up in a hurry on IndyCar’s shortest track.
“It takes your eyes a minute to adjust to how fast everything happens here. It makes for an exciting race,” Graham Rahal said. “You can get several different lanes here working. I know we saw that in practice, I know I went to the high side a few times and got around a few guys. Other than maybe Pocono Turn One, this is the place that gives you the fastest sensation of speed.”