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Q&A with Marco Andretti

Marco Andretti took some time off from not golfing– he’d rather drive the cart — to chat with me on Thursday. Here’s what he has to say about this weekend’s race at Iowa Speedway, among other things: What is it about Iowa Speedway that fits your driving style? (He has two top-three finishes there in [...]

Five things you didn’t know about Indy

1. The Kanaan rules If you didn’t like Tony Kanaan before Sunday, you should now. The guy can race. The fiery Brazilian nearly became the fourth driver to start 33rd and finish second. The last driver to accomplish that feat was Scott Goodyear in 1992, when he finished second to Al Unser Jr. in the [...]

A Q-C tie to Indy

Looking for someone to root for in the IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500? How about Ryan Briscoe. No, his favorite ice cream isn’t Whitey’s. But he has a Q-C area native on his pit crew. Maquoketa, Iowa’s Travis Law changes the left front tire for Briscoe. I talked with him before the race today, [...]

A chat with Krista Voda

Krista Voda, a Clinton, Iowa, native, returns to her home state this weekend for the Lucas Oil 200 NASCAR Camping World Trucks Series race. She hosts Trucks Series race coverage on Speed TV. Earlier this week she took some time to talk motorcycle scars, UNI football and women in broadcasting, among other things. Here are [...]

Rusty Wallace and the hangover

Rusty Wallace talked about the possibility of a Nationwide Series race hangover at Iowa Speedway, a return to racing, and the difficulties of watching his son race during an exclusive interview with me on Wednesday. Here are some excerpts from the interview. How will the Trucks race on this track, what do you expect? It’ll [...]

A ‘treacherous’ tire and other Iowa bits

Iowa Speedway finally hit the big time Saturday and not just because it hosted a Nationwide Series race. No, the track joined the elite tracks becasue it had a tire controversy, albeit a little one. All of the top drivers said the tires were rock-hard, potentially contributing to a series-high 12 cautions. “The reason there [...]

Live from Iowa Speedway

7:30 p.m.: Brad Keselowski couldn’t be happier to win, and Kyle Busch couldn’t be more ticked off at his second-place finish. This guy doesn’t care about anything other than winning races. He lengthened his points lead in the series, but the only thing he focused on after the race was the fact that he has [...]

Iowa Corn Indy 250 Bits

Overlooked no more: At Andretti Green Racing Danica Patrick and Marco Andretti get most of the attention. But it was Hideki Mutoh who turned in the best finish Sunday. Mutoh didn’t shy away from a question about being overlooked. “I’m really enjoying with my teammates. I mean, T.K. (Tony Kanaan) has a lot of experience [...]

Iowa Speedway gets 2-year extension

The IndyCar Series will compete at the Iowa Speedway through the 2011 season. Series and track officials announced they had reached an agreement in principle to sign a two-year deal. “We are very excited about this, we’re excited about being here every year,” IndyCar Series commercial division president Terry Angstadt said. “When we’re here, we’re [...]

More from Dario

What do you expect at Iowa this weekend, the track has changed quite a bit since you last ran there? I think the big difference will be the track, not so much the cars. They’re very similar to how they were when we raced last time. The track has aged for sure since when we [...]