Josef Newgarden is eagerly anticipating Race 2 after his superb win at Iowa ahead of Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward.
The American driver performed admirably at IndyCar’s shortest track holding off a stern challenge from O’Ward in the closing stages.
Newgarden is delighted to continue at Iowa in Race 2 at a circuit he really enjoys racing it and hailed the tracks uniqueness on the calendar.
He said: “Yeah, very excited. I mean, I love this place. I mean, not just because we're good here. Obviously that makes it better, but it's a really fun track to race at.
“You have two lanes to run on, sometimes three. That's abnormal for us in a lot of ovals we go to. It's the most exciting race we get to partake in in INDYCAR from an oval standpoint. Excited to have two of them.”
The title battle has been ultra competitive in 2022 with five drivers separated by a mere 38 points with six races to go.
The Team Penske driver explained that the championship fight will be very tricky to predict in the closing stages of the campaign and drivers like Marcus Ericsson have been ultra consistent.
“I think it's been very entertaining from a fan standpoint. No one is getting away from anybody. We're all together. So that's exciting.
“Typically this is what's been happening the last couple years in INDYCAR, it's always gone down to the finale. You always have a couple horses in the race at least.
“I don't know how it's going to play out, I really don't. Someone could go on a streak. It could keep going up and down. That's kind of what's happening right now.
“It's so competitive that you have people sort of winning, then having a bad weekend, then you have guys like Ericsson who is in the middle and level. So no one's getting away.”
Will Power started from pole position but slipped back to finish in third place. He said after the first race of the weekend that the duel with his team mate Josef Newgarden was positive but the Australian struggle in the final few laps as the rear tires lost grip.
Power said: “ It was a good battle. Last restart is what hurt me the most, trying to keep guys behind. Had a couple of big yaw moments on the rear tire early. Pounded on that rear too much to stay ahead. Then went loose, really loose. I had some big saves.
O’Ward delivered a strong result for Arrow McLaren SP bouncing back from a four-race podium less streak as he currently sits sixth in the standings.
The Mexican is expecting much less degradation on the tyres with cooler temperatures predicted for Race 2: “Yeah, it will definitely be nicer on the deg, on the car. I think it will be a little bit friendlier.”