Heading to third oval in three-race stretch, Rahal, Kanaan, Bourdais look to roll on

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This weekend’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway the third race of three in the Verizon IndyCar Series’ longest oval race stretch of the 2015 season.

It’s also proved to be an interesting shake-up to the¬†IndyCar championship picture.

Juan Pablo Montoya’s back-to-back fourth place finishes have helped consolidate his lead in the championship, which was just 27 points over Will Power leaving Toronto (374-347).

However with Power posting back-to-back DNFs in Fontana and Milwaukee, the Australian is now 70 points behind with just four races to go. Power has been the single lowest scoring driver in the field who has raced both events; the Australian desperately needs a result to stem the tide from the last two races.

The dominant driver by far and away, from a results and points standpoint, has been Graham Rahal. The Fontana winner and Milwaukee third place finisher has scored 17 more points than anyone else in this two-race stretch, and risen from fifth in points, 91 back of Montoya, to a tie for third and only 69 behind the Colombian.

With second and sixth, Tony Kanaan has banked 70 points and Milwaukee winner Sebastien Bourdais has banked 69 in the last two races. Bourdais and Kanaan now sit sixth and eighth in the points with four races to go.

The other points numbers are fairly straightforward, although Ryan Briscoe has been unlucky to have not earned more the last two races. He’s run top-five in both Fontana and Milwaukee but is yet to deliver a result of note.

Here are the points on ovals through the last two races:

# Driver 11 12 T
15 Rahal H 51 36 87
10 Kanaan C 41 29 70
11 Bourdais C 16 53 69
2 Montoya C 33 32 65
27 Andretti H 36 24 60
9 Dixon C 29 27 56
3 Castroneves C 8 40 48
22 Pagenaud C 24 22 46
8 Karam C 31 11 42
83 Kimball C 24 18 42
67 Newgarden C 9 32 41
26 Munoz H 20 15 35
7 Jakes H 26 7 33
41 Hawksworth H 20 13 33
28 Hunter-Reay H 16 17 33
14 Sato H 13 16 29
20 Carpenter C 9 20 29
98 Chaves H 10 19 29
4 Coletti C 18 10 28
19 Vautier H 13 14 27
5 Briscoe H 15 9 24
18 Mann H 17 6 23
1 Power C 14 8 22
25 J.Wilson H 13 13