UPDATE (9:10 p.m. ET): After a short shower and a quick bit of drying, Iowa Speedway is ready to go again and the teams have restarted engines on their respective cars. We’ll be back to racing shortly after a 26-minute red flag.
Tonight’s Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway has been red-flagged at Lap 39 because of rain around the 7/8-mile bullring.
Under threatening skies, the race began around 8:30 p.m. ET with Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan, both from Target Chip Ganassi Racing, on the front row.
Dixon narrowly held off Kanaan for the lead on the opening lap, but Kanaan went high and cleared Dixon off Turn 2 on the next lap.
He held the point all the way up to the red flag, which came as fellow Brazilian Helio Castroneves was tracking him down. Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe both got past Dixon for second and third at Lap 22.
Behind Dixon at the red is Ryan Hunter-Reay in fifth, up eight positions from where he started tonight. Ed Carpenter has jumped from 10th to sixth, while Will Power, defending Iowa winner James Hinchcliffe, Marco Andretti and Carlos Munoz make up the remainder of the Top 10.
Jet dryers are now making their way around Iowa Speedway and the race cars have been brought to pit road. When we have more on the weather situation, we’ll update here.
MotorSportsTalk continues its review of the Verizon IndyCar Series field, driver-by-driver, with a look at Ryan Briscoe. Despite not having a ride to start the year, Briscoe ended strongly courtesy of a series of strong runs at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Ryan Briscoe, No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
- 2014: 11th Place, Best Finish 4th, Best Start 4th, 1 Top-5, 11 Top-10, 5 Laps Led, 12.8 Avg. Start, 10.6 Avg. Finish
- 2015: 18th Place (8 starts), Best Finish 5th, Best Start 2nd, 1 Top-5, 4 Top-10, 10 Laps Led, 17.8 Avg. Start, 12.0 Avg. Finish
For those who slag on Briscoe as being undeserving of top level equipment, his 2015 second half provided a friendly reminder of his overall ability level in what might be less than the best machinery.
Briscoe was thrust into the No. 5 car under trying circumstances to begin with, getting all of an hour’s worth practice replacing the injured James Hinchcliffe ahead of the Indianapolis 500. But subsequent drives on the ovals there, Texas, Fontana, Milwaukee and Iowa – even if the results were less than ideal – showcased a driver determined to show to the paddock he still had it, and then some. His defense against Juan Pablo Montoya in Sonoma was nothing short of brilliant, and courtesy of double points he actually finished ahead of full-season driver Stefano Coletti.
The Australian immediately gelled with the SPM team, engineer Allen McDonald and race strategist Robert Gue. He continues to prove he’s an asset, as he has enjoyed multiple opportunities to extend his career in various arenas of motorsport in both open-wheel and sports cars, the latter of which he won at both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Corvette Racing this year.
Following an early retirement for Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton has closed even more on his third Formula 1 World Championship.
View it above in the race recap from the 2015 Russian Grand Prix.