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Beautiful Barber

Posted on: April 8, 2011 | Comments(4) | Flickr, Race Tracks | By: Daniel

Have you ever been on vacation or visited a place so stunning or picturesque, that it’s almost impossible to take a bad photo?

Not to take away from the work of our professional photographers that work in the IZOD IndyCar Series, but at Barber Motorsports Park, I really do think it’s hard to take a bad photo.

It’s beautiful, with rolling hills, a manicured landscape, a museum and a scattering of art installations.

Haulers are loaded in to the paddock area

A nice wide look at Barber

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When race fans think of the Iowa Corn Indy 250, they think of Father’s Day weekend and a Sunday afternoon treat. But if you were to ask race goers in Iowa — and short track fans across the country — when a race should take place, a vast majority will tell you “At night, under the lights.”

We at Iowa Speedway agree.

At night, under the lights at Iowa Speedway

At night, under the lights at Iowa Speedway

So the only race on the 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule featuring cars fueled by 100 percent corn ethanol has been shifted to the weekend following Father’s Day, June 24th and 25th.

Wait! I said the 24th and 25th. Not just the night where the fastest and most versatile drivers in the world ascend the stage for the June 25th Iowa Corn Indy 250.

Friday, June 24th will also produce high speeds, if not world records, when USAC’s best start their engines and power around the Rusty Wallace-designed 7/8-mile tri-oval. It’s the first time ever USAC’s best join the multi-talented stars of IndyCar on the same weekend at Iowa Speedway. Both sanctioning bodies have been making an annual stop at the super speedway (to USAC) or short track (to IndyCar), since the first full racing season in 2007. USAC also raced in the inaugural fall race weekend in 2006.

Iowa Speedway

Iowa Speedway - The 2010 Iowa Corn Indy 225

Needless to say, we’re excited about bringing together USAC, The Mazda Road to Indy and IZOD IndyCar Series drivers for one thrill-packed weekend – and think you will be, too.

Seeing dirt Midgets and Silver Crown cars take to the track Friday night, and Star Mazda, Firestone Indy Lights and IZOD IndyCar drivers battle it out all day Saturday will truly be something an action junkie won’t want to miss.

Casey's General Stores USAC Triple Crown race in Newton, IA.

Casey's General Stores USAC Triple Crown race at Iowa Speedway

Heads or Tails? Why not both? Come out to Iowa Speedway and enjoy the 48-hour open wheel racing extravaganza. It’s also the second and last night race of 2011 for the IZOD IndyCar Series, providing the perfect cap to a best of both worlds weekend!

If you can’t tell, we’re stoked. Thanks for reading. Please keep your comments and suggestions coming. We’re listening – and thanks again for the support!

Iowa Speedway – the IndyCar Series’ shortest circuit – emerged, literally, from a corn field.

Small wonder, then, the Iowa Corn Growers Association has been the title sponsor of the Iowa Corn Indy 250 – which will again bring the established stars and hungry upstarts of the IZOD IndyCar Series to Newton’s fast 7/8-mile tri-oval on June 25.

We’re proud of our agricultural roots, from the rich soil beneath the facility to the high-performance fuel powering the car engines.

Iowa Speedway

A fan demonstrates their pride for Iowa Speedway's agricultural roots

Extreme excitement – from the grandstands to the garage – has rippled through the first four renditions of the popular event and the spirited crowd has topped the 35,000 mark each time.

Drivers hail the 7/8-mile Rusty Wallace-designed track as racy, ultra-demanding, and a pleasure to navigate.

“I love the track and I love the fans at Iowa,” Tony Kanaan, who won the 2010 Iowa Corn Indy 250 after three hard-luck runs/DNFs at Newton. The place is always packed – beyond packed – with people everywhere.  It is a track that races both like a short track and a super-speedway, so it is a lot of fun to drive.”

Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves at Iowa Speedway

Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves jokingly celebrate at Iowa Speedway

And despite being carved out of prime farmland, there’s plenty of fun - racing and otherwise – to be found in Newton and within a half hour or so from here. The venerable “Sprint Car Capital of the World,” Knoxville Raceway, surrounds a hallowed half-mile ring of dirt a mere 30 miles from Iowa Speedway. Iowa’s capital city, Des Moines, is about the same distance away and a straight shot on Interstate 80. We draw from central Iowa and beyond – with fans from 26 states enjoying the speedway.

And rest assured, if there’s a race, Iowans line up to attend.

They tailgate enthusiastically. They get involved – cheering, discussing, dissecting the day’s (or night’s) action. They’re knowledgeable, but not snobbish about it. They’ll say, ‘Hi,’ and ask how you’re doing with a genuine interest in your answer. You’ll feel right at home here, on IndyCar’s only short track of less than a mile in length – nestled in small town Iowa, but criss-crossed by well-traveled, coast-spanning interstate highways.

Yes, there’s that corn, both around the track and fueling the car’s engines. And that’s a good thing – for the economy, for the environment, and for performance.

We think when you come see us, you’ll heartily agree. We look forward to seeing you all at our facility, and are determined to help make the 2011 Iowa Corn Indy 250 the best one to date. So tell us your ideas below– Have you attended a race at Iowa Speedway? Tell your fellow fans what sets Iowa Speedway apart!

World Series Wager

Posted on: November 3, 2010 | Comments (0) | Race Tracks | By: Dave

Glide Memorial Church and the needy in San Francisco were the beneficiaries of a friendly wager between Infineon Raceway president Steve Page and Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage over the World Series.

Angled track view

Infineon Raceway

Gossage would send 49 pounds of smoked Texas turkey – one pound for every year of the San Francisco Giants’ World Series drought – to Infineon Raceway if the Giants won the title. If the Texas Rangers had won their first championship, Page would have provided a gourmet wine and cheese reception for members of the media at the stock car events this weekend at TMS.

Well, Glide Memorial Church will serve 5,000 meals on Thanksgiving Day to the needy.

“A terrific day for two great San Francisco institutions, the Giants and Glide Memorial Church,” Page said. “We appreciate the generosity of our colleagues in Texas in helping to make this Thanksgiving a happy one.”

Added Gossage: “It’s usually a bit tough to swallow when you lose a bet, but not on this one since the less fortunate will benefit from it and receive some Texas turkey to celebrate Thanksgiving.”

Flickr in 2010

Posted on: October 10, 2010 | Comments(4) | Drivers, Flickr, Indy 500, Race Tracks | By: Daniel

You may have noticed we utilized Flickr this season. We used it as a way of reaching a new community and to bring a new perspective to our sport, through imagery. We featured all of the races from the 2010 season, a few Race to the Party’s, the 2012 announcement, the 2012 fan-designed chassis, and much, much more.

Ana Beatriz + Carnival Queen

Image #1 on Flickr - Ana Beatriz

To date, we’ve uploaded 2,876 images – in one season – with over a million views from fans.

Flickr measures the popularity of images in four ways – Interesting, Views, Favorites and Comments. More on that later.

For this post, I wanted to look back on share some of my favorite images from Flickr in 2010 and reveal some of the amazing shots our photographers captured. In the next few weeks, I’ll be revealing the most popular images, according to Flickr. Sit tight.

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Balls and Tires

Posted on: October 2, 2010 | Comments(4) | Drivers, Race Tracks | By: Dave

Graham Rahal was involved in two separate sets of long drives on race day in South Florida.

First, he joined LPGA Tour rookie Beatriz Recari at Keys Gate Golf Club – a strong 3-wood from Homestead-Miami Speedway – for a session on the driving range. A few hours later, Recari was Rahal’s guest at the speedway, where he introduced her to Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti for a ride in the Indy Racing Experience two-seater.

Rahal, who enjoys a round of golf when his schedule allows, was impressed with Recari’s accuracy off the tee. The native of Spain has three top-10 finishes in her initial tour season.

Beatriz Recari takes a shot

Beatriz takes a shot, Rahal follows

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Matt Becherer, the first-year president of Homestead-Miami Speedway, grew up following the greats of Indy car racing.

“Where a lot of other kids were going to ballgames with their dads, I was going to Indy car races,” he says. “I went to Indy a number of times, went to the Detroit Grand Prix a number of times and have been all over the place following the IndyCar Series. It was really my first love.

Matt Becherer

“When I was 8 or 9, that’s what I dreamed of doing when I grew up. It just so happened that I was able to get involved in the company that promotes IndyCar races.”

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The Championship Trophy Unveiling

Posted on: September 29, 2010 | Comments(7) | Drivers, Race Tracks | By: Dave

A vinyl-wrapped surf board displaying the colors of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car leaned against a railing behind Will Power as the IZOD IndyCar Series championship contender participated in a satellite media tour Sept. 28 at the swank W Hotel on South Beach in Miami.

“The first thing I thought of when I saw that was to take it out for a spin,” the Australia native said, “and with the weather the way it is they even have some surf on South Beach.”

Surfs up

Surfs up

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Title race: Q&A and YOU

Posted on: September 24, 2010 | Comments(43) | Drivers, Fans, Race Tracks | By: Admin

Next week kicks off the countdown to the IZOD IndyCar Series finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. As you know, competition is tight between championship contenders Dario Franchitti and Will Power, and naturally we want to know what’s on your mind.

So we are reaching out to the fans for questions for these drivers during their media ventures on Tuesday Sept. 28. Let’s get started- what do you want to ask them? All you have to do is leave a question on this blog and we will pick a few to have the drivers answer.

Championship Contenders: Franchitti v.Power

Who will it be?

We are also meeting with Target Chip Ganassi Racing  owner Chip Ganassi on Friday, Oct. 1, so if you have questions for him or the championship contenders this is the place to ask.

Questions that are selected will be included in a video segment that will be featured on indycar.com.

Super Friendly Fans

Posted on: September 18, 2010 | Comments(6) | Drivers, Fans, Race Tracks | By: Daniel

Prior to this trip everyone kept mentioning how friendly the fans were in Japan. I believed them – I’ve already seen that at the previous IndyCar races this season. Our fans are passionate, committed and of course, very nice. Motegi is a different experience. For one, it’s a different culture, language, continent and time zone. It’s also the adopted home track for Hideki Mutoh and Takuma Sato – not to mention Roger Yasukawa – and these fans really love these drivers.

Smile!

Happy fans

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