Power and Dixon satisfied but admit Newgarden was unbeatable

Will Power and Scott Dixon, beaten into second and third positions in today’s Iowa Corn 300, said they were happy with podium finishes but said they had no chance of beating Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden.

Power and Dixon satisfied but admit Newgarden was unbeatable
Podium: race winner Josef Newgarden, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, second place Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet, third place Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, James Hinchcliffe, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
Josef Newgarden, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet
Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Josef Newgarden, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet

Team Penske’s Power, whose best previous result at Iowa came back in 2010, when he finished fifth said: “It took us all day to get to the front… I think we had a very good long-run car; we had people come back to us at the end of a stint so I was very happy it stayed green at the end of the race.

“But I’m not sure we had anything for Newgarden. He was on another planet.”

He added: “The [Ed Carpenter Racing] team did a phenomenal job and hit the right setup dead-on. At this track, if your car’s not working, you’ll really struggle, but they just nailed it.

“Full credit to them. They’re a top class team, obviously not with the budget Penske and Ganassi have, and they generally do a really good job with their resources.”

Meanwhile Dixon, for whom this was only his second Iowa podium in his 10th race here, admitted he “burned the front tires up” trying to keep up with Newgarden on the final restart.

The Chip Ganassi Racing driver, said: “Considering how the weekend started, it was pretty darn good. We were in a hole as of Friday so we made a wholesale change for the race today, so it took us a while to get the balance closer.

“But we had too much underster and fell off a lot towards the end. It almost seemed like [Newgarden] had another set of wings on that car. Huge credit to him and everybody at the team there. They did a helluva job and Josef deserved that, big-time.”

Dixon said on the final restart he saw Newgarden was using the tighter line around the course and briefly had hopes that it would punish the tires and the ECR car would back up toward him at the end of the stint. However, the reigning and four-time champ said he was swiftly disabused of this notion.

“I knew the tight line was going to be quicker, but I was hoping he’d burn the tires off,” said Dixon. “But then the team said he’d been running that line all day so I knew he would be very tough to beat. He seemed to have a spot-on balance and a car with a lot of grip, and the rest of us didn’t quite have that. I knew he’d be tough to beat.”

Power and Dixon remained third and fourth in the championship respectively, as although they passed Helio Castroneves in the title race, Newgarden jumped ahead of all three with today’s win. 

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