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IndyCar: Newgarden, Power fastest in first of two practices at Iowa

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Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden and Will Power were 1-2 in Saturday’s first of two practice sessions for Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway.

Newgarden had a best lap speed of 183.711 mph, followed by Power’s 183.440 mph.

Andretti Autosport teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay (183.196 mph), Alexander Rossi (182.223 mph) and Zach Veach (181.936 mph) were third through fifth, respectively.

Sixth through 10th were Spencer Pigot (181.083 mph), James Hinchcliffe (181.038), Simon Pagenaud (181.038), Marco Andretti (180.947) and Ed Jones (180.726).

There was one incident in the session. About 14 minutes in, rookie Matheus Leist of A.J. Foyt Racing lost control of his car coming out of Turn 2 and slid, backing into the outside wall.

“To be honest, I don’t know what happened, just locked up the rear coming out of (Turn) 2,” Leist told the INDYCAR Radio Network. “That’s racing. Things like this happen.

“It’s actually the first time I’ve ever crashed on an oval. It’s a weird feeling. Let’s get the car ready for qualifying.”

Damage was moderate to the rear of the car, which makes it likely the team will go to a backup car, given that qualifying takes place this afternoon in just a few hours at 3:30 p.m. ET.

One other incident of note came with about four minutes left in the one-hour morning practice when James Hinchcliffe spun coming off pit road. He did not make any contact and was able to continue.

 

The morning practice resumed about nine minutes after Leist’s incident.

A second practice session of the day takes place after qualifying at 6:45 p.m. ET.

Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300 will take the green flag around 2:40 p.m. ET and will be televised on NBCSN.

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Michael Carter wins Mazda Road to 24 Shootout

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Michael Carter was selected as the winner of the 2018 Mazda Road to 24 Shootout.

Carter was one of four drivers who competed for the honor and a $100,000 scholarship that went along with it. Matthew Dirks, Hannah Grisham and Loni Unser also competed.

With the scholarship, Carter will compete in the 2019 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup.

“What a journey this has been,” said Carter in a press release. “The reason I started racing a Mazda was because of the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout. It was our one single goal all along and to finally accomplish that is surreal. The process begins next week of getting ready for next season, for the series test at Barber, and to put together a good season in the Global MX-5 Cup.”

Carter was invited to the Shootout largely because of his 2018 performance in SCCA. He finished second in the SCCA Hoosier Super Tour Points Championship, won the Spec Miata Challenge and won in Spec Miata at the American Road Race of Champions.

The 18-year-old Carter had his eye on the Road to Mazda early.

“Each year, it is exciting to see the next batch of talent that is in the pipeline,” said John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports. “I heard something from Michael and his father that really hit a chord with me which was that they built a Spec Miata with the sole purpose of going up the Mazda Road to 24 ladder.

That really speaks to the challenger spirit at Mazda, to why we have the Shootout, and to the family that we have at Mazda. Michael is the driver today who walks away with the scholarship, but we had four families come together here who have all gone racing together. For all of us at Mazda, it’s very rewarding to give these families a chance to go racing together. We look forward to watching Michael take the next step in his career in next season’s Global MX-5 Cup.”