SPM Pre-Race Notes & Quotes: IOWA

Race Fast Facts

  • Verizon IndyCar Series drivers: James Hinchcliffe (No. 5 Arrow Electronics), Mikhail Aleshin (No. 7 SMP Racing)
  • Event title: Iowa Corn 300
  • Location: Iowa Speedway
  • Track: A 0.875-mile tri-oval in Newton, Iowa
  • 2016 event counter: The Iowa Corn 300 is the 10th race (of 16) for the Verizon IndyCar Series and the 11th race (of 18) for the Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Series

Verizon IndyCar Series Track Activity

  • Practice sessions: Saturday, July 9 from 10:00-11:15 a.m. CDT and 6:15-6:45 p.m.
  • Qualifications: Saturday, July 9 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. CDT
  • Race: Sunday, July 10 with pre-race activities beginning at approximately 4:00 p.m. CDT and an estimated green flag at 4:40 p.m.

Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires Track Activity

  • Practice sessions: Friday, July 9 from 1:15-1:45 p.m. CDT
  • Qualifying: Sunday, July 10 from 12:00-12:40 p.m. CDT
  • Race: Sunday, July 10 from 2:15-3:15 p.m. CDT

Broadcast Information

  • TV race broadcast (USA): NBC Sports Network (USA), SportsNet 360 (Canada)
  • Race broadcast (radio): IMS Radio Network, XM 209 and Sirius 212

IndyCar Quotes:

James Hinchcliffe (No. 5)

“Iowa Speedway obviously has some great memories for me. It’s a fun little track and one of the toughest races we do all year. Not just physically, but also because you are always racing someone! There are two great lanes that make for some awesome wheel-to-wheel action. I’m actually sad that it’s not a night race this year but I’m still looking forward to getting back there after missing last year.”

Mikhail Aleshin (No. 7)

“I’m happy to be back to racing at Iowa Speedway. It’s a small circuit but that’s what will make our racing super intense so I’m sure it will be a very good race for the fans to watch. The last time I was there, our team looked pretty good so I’m hoping to get a good result in the No. 7 SMP Racing car and keep fighting to move up in the points championship.”

Indy Lights Quotes:

Santiago Urrutia (No. 55)

“I’m ready for Iowa. As a team, I think we’re working better. Everybody did a great job when we got the win at Road America so I’m confident that we can work together and take advantage of that momentum throughout the rest of the season. I’ve never had a podium on the ovals so I’m looking to get my first one in Iowa and keep moving up in the points championship.”

Andre Negrao (No. 17)

“For this weekend’s race, I’m aiming for an even better performance than ever on the little oval. After a second-place finish at Road America, I’m focused and ready to do it again at Iowa Speedway. I’ll give my best and put all effort in to obtain the best result and keep fighting for the championship.”

Heamin Choi (No. 77)

“Iowa will be my third oval race this season. Although I have had limited seat time and did not do well in the last two races, I am gaining more experience and my lap times are improving each race. I am more confident and positive for Iowa so I will be more competitive and I look forward to the exciting racing action.”

Team Social Media

Twitter: @SPMindycar

Instagram: @SPMindycar

Facebook: Schmidt Peterson Motorsports

SnapChat: @SPMindycar

Periscope: @SPMindycar

Driver Social Media

James Hinchcliffe

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Twitter – @hinchtown & @HinchOnTrack

Facebook – Hinchtown

Instagram – @hinchtown

Mikhail Aleshin

Twitter – @MikhailAleshin

Facebook – Mikhail Aleshin

Santiago Urrutia

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Twitter – @Santi_Urrutia

Facebook – Santiago Urrutia Oficial

Andre Negrao

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Twitter – @NegraoAndre

Facebook – Andre.Negrao

Instagram – @anegrao

Scott Anderson

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Twitter – @ScottDKAnderson

Facebook – Official Scott Anderson Racing

Instagram – @scanders01

Heamin Choi

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Twitter – @HeaminChoi

Instagram – @HeaminChoi

Facebook – HeaminChoi

Fan Opportunities

  • Verizon IndyCar Series autograph session with James Hinchcliffe and Mikhail Aleshin: Saturday, July 9 from 4:15-5:15 p.m. CDT in the IndyCar Fan Village.
  • Indy Lights presented by Cooper Tires autograph session with Andre Negrao and Santiago Urrutia: Saturday, July 9 from 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CDT in the IndyCar Fan Village.

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