Five things to watch for at REV Group Grand Prix at Road America

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After a week of oval racing on the high speed Texas Motor Speedway, it’s time to head back to a permanent road course as the NTT IndyCar Series tackles the REV Group Grand Prix at the iconic Road America.

While CART had a long history on this track that ran from 1982 through 2007, IndyCar first raced there in 2016, so this will be the fourth race on the track. In three previous starts, there have been three different winners and it remains to be seen if that streak of unique winners can be kept alive.

Here are some other storylines to keep an eye on:

  1. Josef Newgarden and Graham Rahal are the only drivers in the field with top-10s in their previous three Road America starts. All eyes will be on the pair to see if Newgarden and Rahal can remain perfect. Ed Jones swept the top 10 in his first two attempts and can keep his streak alive as well.
  2. Last week Alexander Rossi earned his fourth consecutive top-five. This week, it’s Ryan Hunter-Reay’s turn to try for the four-peat while Rossi chases his fifth consecutive.
  3. This race has been won from the pole twice with Will Power performing the feat in 2016 and Newgarden last year. Scott Dixon won from fifth in 2017, so starting position will be critical in the REV Group Grand Prix. Sebastien Bourdais also won from the pole winner in the final CART series event on this track in 2007.
  4. One reason qualification has been so important is a lack of caution periods to shake up the running order. In 2017, one yellow flag slowed the action for four laps. The 2017 edition had only two yellows and last year went caution free. Viewers will want to have snacks in place before the green flag waves.
  5. Can Felix Rosenqvist get his groove back? After finishing in the top 10 in four of the first five races, he has only one such finish (a fourth at Belle Isle in race one) in his last four attempts. Two of these were outside the top 15.

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Karam, Daly get IndyCar rides with Carlin for Iowa

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NEWTON, Iowa – Sage Karam returns for the second-straight race and Conor Daly is back for another race with Carlin Racing at this weekend’s Iowa 300 NTT IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway.

For Karam, it’s his third start of the 2019 season and his second straight with Carlin. In his five starts at Iowa Speedway dating back to 2010, Karam has never finished outside of the top three, recording four wins (USF2000 – 2010, Indy Pro 2000 – 2011 and 2012, Indy Lights – 2013) and scoring his first NTT IndyCar Series podium in 2015 with a third-place finish.

“I’m really excited to be back again this weekend with Carlin and SmartStop Self Storage for the Iowa 300. Iowa Speedway has always been a good track for me in the past, so I’m really looking forward to getting back to work there,” Karam said. “Coming off of a very productive weekend in Toronto, I’m looking forward to applying everything I’ve learned and continuing to work with the team to get the best results possible. A huge thank you to everyone at Carlin and SmartStop Self Storage for a great opportunity to race at one of my favorite tracks.”

Daly is back in a second Carlin entry. Earlier this year, the popular driver finished 11th for Carlin in the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8. At Iowa, he will drive the team’s No. 23 Gallagher Chevrolet.

Daly finished 10th in the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge for Andretti Autosport.

Daly raced at Iowa in 2016 for Dale Coyne Racing (finishing 21st) and in 2017 for A.J. Foyt Racing (finishing 19th).

The combination gives Carlin two more drivers to gather additional feedback on the car. Max Chilton remains the team’s primary driver but announced recently that he will forego all oval races to concentrate on street and road courses.

That created opportunities for Karam and Daly.

“We were very impressed with Sage’s steady progression throughout the Toronto race weekend and his willingness to learn and adapt,” said Carlin Team Principal Trevor Carlin. “The fact that he hadn’t been on a street course since 2015 and was still able to come right out of the gate confident and constantly improving every session was extremely impressive.

“The SmartStop Self Storage Chevrolet looked great out on track and their group has been a pleasure to work with, so we couldn’t be more pleased to have them back this weekend in Iowa. Sage has done really well in Iowa in the past, so hopefully we can use his experience and our past success at Iowa Speedway to come away with a good result for the team and our partners at SmartStop Self Storage.”

The Iowa 300 at Iowa Speedway will take place on Saturday, July 20th at 7:15 pm ET and will be televised on NBCSN.