This weekend’s stop on the IZOD IndyCar Series circuit in Iowa is jammed packed with action. For the first time in Indy Racing League history all 4 series, leagues will be competing on the same weekend in the same city on the same oval…The IZOD IndyCar Series, Firestone Indy Lights Series, Star Mazda Championship and the USF2000 Series. This completes the progression for up and coming drivers who are aspiring to be IZOD IndyCar Series drivers.
I’ve been to Iowa, many a times in my day…but that is a different topic. I’ve only been to Iowa Speedway once, in 2009 and I was impressed. I personally think its cool to see IndyCars on short ovals, and Iowa Speedway is short. I have a certain appreciation for people like Tomas Scheckter and Tony Kanaan who seem to be able to pass anyone at anywhere on restarts especially on tracks as tight as Iowa.
Brian Herta and Daniel Herrington Grill their Meat (2009)
But there is another reason that Iowa is so cool. I wish I could name the restaurant but I can’t. More important than the name is the style! Last year I ventured over to this unnamed restaurant with a few co-workers from IMS Productions and the IRL. We walked in the doors and behind the hostess was a large meat locker. That’s right a MEAT LOCKER. I immediately started to drool.
Then I looked around and saw 2 enormous grills. Yep, I got to grill my own dinner. Not only did I get to hand pick my meat out of a locker, but I got to grill it along side a freshly garlic buttered slice of texas toast.
So this weekend, I am watching from Indy. I’ll be on Race Control and I’ll also switch over to Star Mazda and USF2000.com for LIVE streaming of their events on Saturday evening.
If you are in Iowa, seek out the place where you can grill your own meat. Its fun and tasty!
As Americans’ favorite vegetable, corn ranks second to the potato (mashed is the top choice) in a recent survey.
Iowans will concede that honor to their neighbors from Idaho, but they claim boasting rights regarding corn as the grain of choice for biofuel. Corn grown in Iowa is driving the alternative fuel industry that produced a record 10.75 billion gallons of biofuel last year, reducing demand for imported oil by 364 million barrels. So far, no viable fuel has been developed utilizing the potato.
Corn is the most abundant U.S. crop, valued at $47.6 billion in 2009, and the U.S. is the largest producer and exporter in the world. U.S. farmers will produce a record 13.37 billion bushels in the autumn harvest. The amount of corn used for ethanol production in 2010 will total a record 4.55 billion bushels, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The Official Logo
Of course, this all ties in to the IZOD IndyCar Series, which is the only form of motorsports to use a renewable and environmentally-friendly fuel (100 percent fuel-grade ethanol) to power its Honda Indy V-8 engines. Corn ethanol (the fermentation of plant sugars) is the fuel source for the fourth Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by Pioneer.
And here’s one parting stat to share on Father’s Day: Farmers grow five times as much corn as they did in the 1930s on 20 percent less land and produce 70 percent more corn per pound of fertilizer than they did 35 years ago.
The Road to Indy continues this weekend at Iowa Speedway for the final combined show of the 2010 season with the IZOD IndyCar Series. It’s also the final oval on the schedule for both Star Mazda and USF2000. More on this weekend’s event in just a few sentences…
When we last checked in, we were getting set for Indianapolis. By now you probably know that Wade Cunningham (Firestone Indy Lights), Conor Daly (Star Mazda) and Patrick McKenna (USF2000) won their respective series’ events in Indianapolis. Nice work, boys.
Indy Lights Drivers #77 Wade Cunningham & #26 Charlie Kimball at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Unfortunately, there was no IZOD IndyCar Series race this past weekend. One question seemed to weigh heavy on the new media department’s mind- What would our loyal race fans do?!
For the sake of being nosy, we asked them straight up. The response was overwhelming! Both our Facebook page and Twitter thread began to pile up with feedback. A grand total of 258 Facebook comments and endless tweets later we had some idea of what our fans were up to. The bulk of the comments revolved around racing-Duh. There were some big races this weekend that were not part of the IndyCar Series, for instance, the Formula 1 race in Montreal and the infamous LeMans 24 Hour Race.
We asked, you answered.