Helio Castroneves Ends Winless Streak At Iowa
NEWTON, IA -- Helio Castroneves snapped a three-year long winless streak Sunday at Iowa Speedway, leading 217 laps to win the Iowa Corn 300.
It's Helio's 30th career win and cements him in contention for the Verizon IndyCar Series Championship. He made the winning pass by ECR's JR Hildebrand, who finished 2nd, with 30 laps to go.
"It's a great team effort because we came here, we tried a lot of different setups between all four cars, and man, I picked the winning one," Castroneves said of his team.
Three-time Iowa winner Ryan Hunter-Reay was 3rd and Helio's Penske teammate and pole siiter Will Power was 4th.
Graham Rahal rounded out the top five.
All four Penske drivers in the race finished in the top ten with last year's winner Josef Newgarden grabbing the 6th spot and Simon Pagenaud right behind him in 7th.
Scott Dixon maintained his lead in the point standings inspite of having a loose car all race and finishing 8th.
"We were just so loose," Dixon added. "Our only option was to run the high line and as soon as I went on the low line I started to spin out. All in all just happy I didn't crash today."
Six races remain in the IndyCar season with the series heading to Toronto where they will run the "Streets of Toronto."
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