Tech insight: Reconfiguring IndyCars for Iowa (VIDEO)

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During Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300 pre-race show, NBCSN pit reporter and technical insider Jon Beekhuis provided an insight into how big of a challenge it is to change over the configurations from the Road America permanent road course, the Verizon IndyCar Series’ longest track on the calendar at 4.014 miles, to the Iowa Speedway bullring, the shortest on the calendar at 0.894 of a mile.

It’s worth noting that in one lap of Road America, at over one minute and 40 seconds for a lap time, you can complete five and a half laps at Iowa – where lap times are just 17 seconds per lap.

Watch the video above for a further analysis. The configuration changes again this weekend, as the series heads from the Iowa bullring back to the final street course season of the year in Toronto, which measures just under 1.9 miles.


Barber IndyCar iRacing results

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Scott McLaughlin led the final six laps Saturday and finished 0.4241 seconds ahead of teammate Will Power to win the Honda IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.

Scott Speed finished third behind the Team Penske drivers. Alex Palou and Simon Pagenaud rounded out the top five.

Click here for the full boxscore from Saturday’s IndyCar iRacing event at Barber Motorsports Park.

WINNER: Scott McLaughlin holds off teammate Will Power

WHAT DRIVERS SAID: Postrace reactions on social media

Other notable finishers:

Colton Herta (seventh), Robert Wickens (eighth), Jimmie Johnson (12th), Graham Rahal (14th), Alexander Rossi (22nd).

Sage Karam led a race-high 24 laps but retired from the 45-lap event because of a crash and finished 27th of 29 drivers.