Iowa returns to night race

The Verizon IndyCar Series returns to the oval in Iowa again in 2019, but unlike this year’s race, the upcoming race will be held Saturday night on a fully floodlit track.

The track has held 12 Indycar races since 2007, where just four has been run at night. We have to go back to 2015 for the most recent one, with 2011, 2012 and 2014 being the other.

The race hasn’t been the most crowded for the last few years, since it was run in the baking afternoon sun, with no place to find shade in the grandstands. The location is more suited to night time racing, so both the teams and spectators will have more comfortable temperatures.

Takuma Sato
Photo: / Chris Jones

The race will be run on 20 July next year, on the circuit that is placed in the middle of huge corn area – also reflected in the Iowa Corn 300 event name in 2018.

WeatherTech Laguna Seca was announced earlier this month for the 2019 calendar too – oh yeah, and there is Indy 500 in the final weekend of May month, which is also a fixed date. The rest of the calendar will be announced shortly.

The Verizon IndyCar Series has four race weekends remaining of the 2018 season, before we know who will be this year’s Champion.

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