Teams test at Iowa Speedway in preparation for Iowa Corn 300…

By Steve Wittich of Trackside Online

A baker’s dozen IndyCar drivers spent Wednesday at a private test on the 0.894 Iowa Speedway oval in preperation for the Iowa Corn 300, the 11th, and next stop during the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

Early running was limited due to weepers, but a number of drivers did end up turning over 200 laps.

Reports from a number of sources on-site indicate that following closely with the lower downforce UAK18 will not be easy. TSO will be watching to see if that changes as the track takes on rubber during the weekend.

Very, very unofficial lap speeds during testing at the Iowa Speedway

RANK DRIVER TEAM BEST LAP SPEED (mph)
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 181.63
2 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport 181.32
3 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 181.11
4 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport 180.81
5 Josef Newgarden Team Penske 180.40
6 Will Power Team Penske 180.20
7 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske 179.79
8 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 178.90
9 Robert Wickens Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 177.81
10 Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing 176.93
11 Gabby Chaves Harding Racing 175.01
12 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing 174.91
13 Matheus Leist A.J. Foyt Racing 172.01

Also, a number of Mazda Road To Indy Presented by Cooper Tires teams were testing at Gateway Motorsports Park in preperation for their penultimate event in August.