Andretti team continues short oval mastery with Iowa 1-2

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When the tracks come up short, Andretti Autosport comes up big.

Over the last two years at the Milwaukee Mile and the 7/8-mile Iowa Speedway, the Andretti camp has come away with four victories, seven podiums, and nine Top-5 finishes.

And today at Iowa, the team added its fourth consecutive victory there as James Hinchcliffe (pictured) led Ryan Hunter-Reay to the checkered flag in a 1-2 Andretti result. In the three previous races at Iowa, Tony Kanaan (now with KV Racing Technology; 2010), Marco Andretti (2011) and Hunter-Reay (2012) had triumphed for the team.

“It was another great day in Iowa,” said team owner Michael Andretti. “We love coming here as a team. James did a heck of a job and it was a huge win for us. This is [Hinchcliffe’s sponsor] GoDaddy’s hometown, so it was great for them. Ryan did a great job. He broke his front wing early and came back from basically last to fight his way back second and that was a heck of a drive.

“We had four cars in the Top-10, so it was a great day for our team.”

The 1-2 run for Andretti at Iowa came one week after Hunter-Reay won the Milwaukee IndyFest and had fourth and fifth-place efforts respectively from E.J. Viso and Hinchcliffe.

“Hinch,” who previously had a best career finish of ninth at Iowa, also made the biggest jump in the championship today. The Canadian leaped five spots in the championship to fourth position, 66 points behind leader Helio Castroneves and just 11 markers behind third-place Marco Andretti.

Social roundup: Racing world largely outraged by Verstappen penalty

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The discussion over Max Verstappen’s post-race five-second time penalty assessed in Sunday’s United States Grand Prix, issued when he tried to the inside of Kimi Raikkonen at the Turns 16, 17 and 18 carousel complex at Circuit of The Americas, will roll on far beyond today.

The debate today largely centered over consistency in adjudication and application of the rules, track limits themselves (always a sore subject at COTA given its wide runoff areas) or whether there should be permanent stewards.

In the immediate aftermath, though, Twitter lit up with outrage over Verstappen being assessed a five-second post-race time penalty.

Here’s a mere sampling of the reaction, below.