NOTES & QUOTES: Iowa Corn Indy 250 Ryan Hunter-Reay: ABC Supply No. 14 Dallara/Honda/Firestone * Ryan Hunter-Reay on Iowa: "The key to Iowa Speedway is getting your car balanced so that it works in both the low and high grooves. The...
NOTES & QUOTES: Iowa Corn Indy 250
Ryan Hunter-Reay: ABC Supply No. 14 Dallara/Honda/Firestone
* Ryan Hunter-Reay on Iowa: "The key to Iowa Speedway is getting your car balanced so that it works in both the low and high grooves. The track is only 7/8 of a mile but it races like a 1.5 mile track because of the banking; so in that sense you approach it the same as you would a 1.5 mile track only with more downforce [because of the larger wings]. The traffic situation at Iowa can be pretty straightforward as long as you can run both grooves. But if you can only run one groove then you're at the mercy of the other driver's line--so how well you can handle it depends on the balance that you get in your car."
* Vitor Meira Update: Vitor Meira is continuing to recover in his Key Biscayne, FL home. He has not used pain medication since June 4th and an x-ray taken on Wednesday, June 10th revealed his healing is progressing as his doctors anticipated. Meira: "All I'm trying to do now is to get better soon, so my day and tasks are built all around my getting better. This means a lot of light workout and rest... it's not very exciting but it is the fastest way to get back to the car!" Currently Meira spends 20 minutes in the morning on his bike followed by time on his steering machine to maintain his arm strength. After a light lunch, he will spend another 20 minutes on the bike followed by a 30 minute walk, usually with his Mini-Schnauzer 'Quattro.' And to exercise his mind? He finished a 2000-piece Ravensburger puzzle entitled New Wonders of the World. Meira: "I have a lot of free time!"
* Hunter-Reay on joining a new team: "I've definitely become accustomed to joining new operations so I'm getting good at it. I hope to bring some stability to the ABC Supply/Foyt program until Vitor returns as well as do some on-track development and hopefully get the next breakthrough performance." [Challenges?] "The biggest challenge is to establish the communication. You're starting fresh with a new engineer and crew chief and that usually takes a couple days but we have to do it more quickly because it's a race weekend. But we've all [meaning himself and the Foyt team] worked with new situations before so I think we can make the most of it. We'll be building the communication over the weekend so with every lap and every session, it'll get better and better. We just have to take it one step at a time."
* ABC Supply roofing customer. Nelson & Son Siding of LeClaire, IA won the 'Your Name Here' contest for the Iowa Corn Indy 250. The company name will be atop the sidepods of the No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Honda. Ryan Nelson will receive selected merchandise, race tickets, hospitality and garage passes, plus a Meet and Greet with Ryan Hunter-Reay. The "Your Name Here" promotion selected winners by random drawing from a pool of entries sent in by ABC Supply customers earlier this year.
* ABC Supply will entertain over 300 guests in their hospitality tent this weekend.
* Iowa Connections: Housby, an associate sponsor of the No. 14, is based in nearby Des Moines. Since 1969, Housby has been known for the quality of the new and used trucks they sell as well as their excellent customer service. Founder Jack Housby, a former NASCAR driver and team owner, started out Housby as a Mack Truck dealership and with the help of his sons Kevin and Kelly, has grown it into a business conglomerate offering multiple services to its customers.
* The Iowa Corn Indy 250 will be shown live at 1:00 p.m. ET Sunday, June 21 on ABC-TV.