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WATCH LIVE: Iowa Corn 300 at 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN

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After a race at the longest race track on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, 4.014 miles at Road America, the series now heads to its shortest track, the 0.894-mile Iowa Speedway for today’s Iowa Corn 300.

You can see the 300-lapper from Iowa Speedway live from 5 p.m. ET on NBCSN, with pre-race coverage for the first half hour before race start just after 5:30 p.m. ET (stream link here).

Kevin Lee is on the call along with analysts Townsend Bell and Paul Tracy, with Jon Beekhuis, Katie Hargitt, Anders Krohn and Robin Miller in the pits.

This comes in a big block of racing today. Formula 1 kicked off the day from the Austrian Grand Prix on CNBC.

Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires coverage takes place at 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN, the lead-in to Iowa. Jake Query is on the call there with Krohn alongside in the booth and Hargitt in pit lane (stream link here).

Coverage will run from 5 through 8 p.m. ET, with Red Bull Global Rallycross coverage from Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Raceway coming up at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

Iowa is one of the most physical races on the calendar and offers up a number of interesting questions:

  • Can Will Power end the drought of polesitters and Team Penske drivers at Iowa? Neither has won here.
  • Will JR Hildebrand break through for his elusive first victory and emulate Josef Newgarden’s dominance from second on the grid, in a No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing?
  • Does Newgarden, who won last year and came second the two years before that, win again?
  • Do any of the Hondas have anything to play for on what may be another Chevrolet-dominated race? Takuma Sato is the best positioned Honda on the grid, in fifth, as Andretti Autosport looks to reassert itself at the top here.

Zach Veach splits with Andretti Autosport for rest of IndyCar season

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Zach Veach will be leaving his Andretti Autosport ride with three races remaining in the season, choosing to explore options after the decision was made he wouldn’t return for 2021.

In a Wednesday release, Andretti Autosport said a replacement driver for the No. 26 Dallara-Honda would be named in the coming days. The NTT IndyCar Series will race Oct. 2-3 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and then conclude the season Oct. 25 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Veach was ranked 11th in the points standings through 11 races of his third season with Andretti. Since a fourth in the June 6 season opener at Texas Motor Speedway, he hadn’t finished higher than 14th.

“The decision was made that I will not be returning in 2021 with Andretti Autosport in the No. 26 Gainbridge car,” Veach said in the Andretti release. “This, along with knowing that limited testing exists for teams due to COVID, have led me to the decision to step out of the car for the remainder of the 2020 IndyCar season. I am doing this to allow the team to have time with other drivers as they prepare for 2021, and so that I can also explore my own 2021 options.

“This is the hardest decision I have ever made, but to me, racing is about family, and it is my belief that you take care of your family. Andretti Autosport is my family and I feel this is what is best to help us all reach the next step. I will forever be grateful to Michael and the team for all of their support over the years. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for a relationship that started many years ago with Road to Indy. I will also be forever grateful to Dan Towriss for his friendship and for the opportunity he and Gainbridge have given me.

“My love for this sport and the people involved is unmeasurable, and I look forward to continuing to be amongst the racing world and fans in 2021.”

Said team owner Michael Andretti: “We first welcomed Zach to the Andretti team back in his USF2000 days and have enjoyed watching him grow and evolve as a racer, and a person. His decision to allow us to use the last few races to explore our 2021 options shows the measure of his character.

“Zach has always placed team and family first, and we’re very happy to have had him as part of ours for so many years. We wish him the best in whatever 2021 may bring and will always consider him a friend.”

Andretti fields five full-time cars for Veach, Alexander Rossi, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Marco Andretti and Colton Herta.

It also has fielded James Hinchcliffe in three races this season.