Pagenaud, Castroneves both winners in most recent visits to high-speed oval
Newton, Iowa (18 July 2022) – Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) gets a double-dose of high-speed NTT INDYCAR SERIES action when it tackles Iowa Speedway for a pair of weekend races.
Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud will drive the team’s two entries, circling the tight .875-mile banked oval at laps quicker than 18-seconds in Saturday’s Hy-Veedeals.com 250 (4:00pm ET, NBC) and Sunday’s Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 (3:00pm ET, NBC).
Both MSR drivers won in their most recent visits to Iowa.
Pagenaud, who drives the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda, won in spectacular fashion during the most recent IndyCar Series race at Iowa in 2020. Starting last (23rd), he went on to lead 83 laps en route to victory in the Friday night race. The following day, a charge from 23rd resulted in a fourth-place finish. Pagenaud is a 10-time competitor at Iowa, also capturing two poles in 2016 and 2019.
Castroneves returns to the No. 06 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda for the second of four consecutive races for the IndyCar field. Castroneves has 11 starts at Iowa, winning in 2017 in his last visit to the venue. He also finished second in 2010. The Brazilian racer has five front-row starts at Iowa Speedway, capturing poles in 2009 and 2015, and has led 644 laps.
MSR last competed at Iowa in 2020, placing seventh in both the Friday and Saturday night races. The team also raced at the venue’s infield road course in Grand-Am Rolex Series competition in 2007, placing fifth (Ozz Negri and Mark Patterson) and ninth (Ian James and John Pew).
The Hy-Veedeals.com 250 starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 23rd with coverage on NBC and SiriusXM Ch. 160. Sunday’s Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 takes the green flag at 3:30 p.m. with coverage on NBC and SiriusXM Ch. 160.
“It’s onto Iowa – the next few weeks are going to be crazy. Two races at Iowa and it is one of my favorite short ovals. I won there in 2020 and hopefully we can try and repeat that this year. Right now we are very consistent and if we can keep being consistent like this – with some top fives and sixes – we can have a really great end of the year.”
“I’m looking forward to going back to Iowa, it’s a place where I had my last short oval win in 2017. It’s a great track and this year is gong to be phenomenal, there is not only one race but two races and then there are the concerts. I’m really looking forward to going back to Iowa and hopefully we can pick up where I left off in 2017.”