The Verizon IndyCar series and NASCAR Camping World Truck series races at Iowa Speedway this weekend were probably some of the best races for both series so far this season. There were dominate cars/trucks, passes for the lead, pit stop strategies, and old school NASCAR "rubbin's racing" style racing on the short track that doubles as a superspeedway! And that style of racing took place in both the trucks and the open wheel IndyCars!
The post race media room, and interviews with drivers as they exited their rides, offered up some interesting quotes that fall into a category that I like to call "Fun things drivers say!" Here's some quotes from drivers courtesy of NASCAR Media and IndyCar Media.
RYAN HUNTER-REAY (IndyCar No. 28 DHL Honda):
"Man, that was crazy. We took the tires. It's a big gamble and my tires were shot before that. We took them and credit to Ray Gosselin and Michael Andretti for making (new tires) call because I didn't think we'd have enough time. The safety crew did an excellent job getting that cleaned up so that we can go racing in the end so that was really great."
"Man that was fun. It was like a video game at the end. It was just shredding though it. The DHL No. 28 Honda was just on fire at the end. It was really, really good."
JOSEF NEWGARDEN (IndyCar No. 67 Hartman Oil/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda):
"That was the weirdest experience I've had in a race. It's almost unfair. You put on tires like that and you just have so much more grip than everybody. It was a great call. And I knew it was going to be an interesting race because Graham and Ryan (Hunter-Reay) had done it in front of me and I thought, 'If this is going to play out, it will be between us.' And Ryan got a good jump and I got a good jump with it and we kept carving up to the top and I knew the laps were clicking down and with about five to go, I realized, 'OK, this is going to get really good.' Just not enough time to get Ryan."
TONY KANAAN (IndyCar No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Chevrolet):
"Strong result? Well, it was a good one. What can I say? We had a good day. I mean, we lead 247 laps out of 300. I think we showed them what we had. At the end there sometimes strategies and gambles play out. We got played. Fair enough. I've won races like that, too. I lost today. It's just hard to take it. But I think to win races we got to run up front, and that's what we've been doing in the past three races."
SCOTT DIXON (IndyCar No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Chevrolet):
"Sneaky little buggers they are. I couldn't believe it. Good strategy and credit obviously to Andretti and (Ryan) Hunter-Reay taking the win there. Our Chevy Target cars were fantastic tonight. I just couldn't believe TK (Tony Kanaan) ran a hell of a race. He must have led 250 laps or something. We had to work on our car a lot. We just gave them a race there for a little while, led some laps, but I burnt the front tires off my car. Credit to the team, but we just came short there by a couple of spots. Hopefully we will come back at Toronto and get some victories."
ERIK JONES (NASCAR No. 51 Toyota Care Kyle Busch Motorsports:
"That was awesome -- we definitely drove it hard and this thing had nothing left in at the end," said Jones, who picked up KBM's first career win at Iowa Speedway. "That was a great race with Ryan (Blaney) -- great competitor and a great guy to race against. He raced me hard, race me clean and we have always showed a lot of respect to each other. Happy to get this ToyotaCare Tundra to victory lane for everyone at KBM -- the pit crew did a great job. I have to thank Joe Gibbs Racing Engines, ButlerBuilt Seats, Camping World and the fans."
JOHNNY SAUTER (NASCAR No. 98 Smoky Mountain Toyota:
"It was a tough night for us, definitely not the night we were hoping for. We struggled from the time we unloaded. Plowing, tight, chattering the front tires - we just couldn't get it dialed-in. I was running 12th when the right front tire went down, and I had to pit under green. We lost a lot of track position and went multiple laps down. A solid run at Eldora and we can rebound from this."