Top 10 drivers quotes from Iowa

Quotes from the Iowa Corn 300 Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 0.894-mile Iowa Speedway

Top 10 drivers quotes from Iowa
Race winner Josef Newgarden, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
Josef Newgarden, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
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
Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske Chevrolet
Mikhail Aleshin, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
Alexander Rossi, Herta - Andretti Autosport Honda
Tony Kanaan, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Sébastian Bourdais celebrating his pole position
James Hinchcliffe, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
Charlie Kimball, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
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1 21 Josef Newgarden Carpenter (C)  
"I'm just so happy for Iowa. I love coming here and happy we'll be here for the next two years. We've got great support from all these people. I love staying in Des Moines and getting to race at this awesome racetrack. It's one of the best for INDYCAR. I'm just so elated that we were able to get that oval win. We've been so close finishing second here twice the last couple of years and second at other ovals but this team, they got it done. They gave me an amazing car and made it easy on me. I could go anywhere with the thing so it made it easier with everything I was dealing with. I'm just so happy for Fuzzy's Vodka. They do such a great job. It's just a privileged to be here with these guys. Thanks to Firestone for giving us the ability to race these guys like we do. We could just hang in a little bit better than everyone else it felt like."
2 12 Will Power Penske (C) 4.2828
"It was a really good run. I think we had a very good long run car. We had people come back to us at the end of the stint so I was very happy that it went full green there at the end. That allowed us to get up to second. I'm just stoked to finish well at Iowa. It was tight racing cause those two guys I was racing against are guys we're definitely racing in the championship. Obviously I didn't want to get passed but I wanted to get by them. They're very trustworthy drivers and very good to race with."
3 9 Scott Dixon Ganassi (C) 5.5085
"Considering how the weekend started it was pretty dang good. We were in a hole as of Friday so we had a wholesale change for the race today. So it took us a little while to get the balance closer - but we had too much understeer and fell off a lot towards the end. It almost seemed like (Josef) had another set of wings on that car - huge credit to him and everybody at the team there. They did a helluva job. I knew all day that he was running very fast, but it wasn't until the end that I got up to the pointy end of the field. I kind of hurt my race toward that latter part there - I was trying to keep up with Josef and burned the front tires up."
4 22 Simon Pagenaud Penske (C) 6.1827
"It was a great day overall for the Menards Chevy. We had a really good car at the start and unfortunately we ran an adjustment pretty quickly when the track changed with the Firestone rubber coming down halfway through the race. We ended up having to deal with what we had. We just didn't have enough pace at the end to contend for the win. So, fourth today I think is a great day, honestly. I'm very pleased with second in Phoenix and fourth here. Our short oval program has improved massively compared to last year. I'm proud of everyone at Team Penske and the 22 team did a fantastic job again."
5 7 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt (H) 7.0386
"Fifth is definitely a decent result and really good for the whole team. The guys did an amazing job to put the SMP Racing car together overnight after some technical issues we had yesterday. The car was pretty good to drive compared to most of the field. We were moving up in position constantly during the race, and I was pretty patient. I knew that we were going to be up there, but at the same time. I knew that we had to be aggressive with some things. Overall, we put everything together today and P5 was definitely good."
6 98 Alexander Rossi Andretti-Herta (H) 1 tour
"Starting 17th made our life hard. I think we were unlucky in terms of the yellows when they came out because our strength today was in the second half of our tire life. We had really, really good tire life and everyone else was struggling. We were able to stay out but we were never able to take advantage of that. None-the-less a good result from where we started and we're looking forward to Toronto."
7 10 Tony Kanaan Ganassi (C) 1 tour
"I think we had a top-three car for sure, but things just wouldn't go our way today. We had some issues with our power and then that last stop really hurt us when we came in a littler earlier than we expected we'd have to and the yellow came out two laps later. Those situations are frustrating, but you just can't control them. The No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet was obviously faster than seventh-place considering how much we were running up front with (Scott) Dixon and (Will) Power."
8 11 Sébastien Bourdais KVSH (C) 1 tour
"It was a very average day although the result was pretty decent considering we started 16th. The Hydroxycut Chevy machine was way too slow. We went conservative on the downforce and had way more downforce than anyone else. Overall we just weren't competitive pace-wise. We got a little lucky, although we created some of our luck. We stayed out late on many stints, which was the result of running a lot of downforce so we were taking pretty good care of the tires. We were getting passed early, but we passed a couple of cars toward the end of the runs. There was just no speed in the car, which is always frustrating when you are behind the wheel. On top of that I stalled the car on the last pit stop. I am not quite sure what happened there. So it was just a tough day at the office, but the Team Hydroxycut - KVSH guys did a good job and we got some decent points."
9 5 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt (H) 1 tour
"I think we can be pretty pleased with that. To start shotgun on the field and end up in the top 10 without really any lucky breaks or lucky yellows. It was just on pace, we had quick stops from the guys and stayed out of trouble. There weren't a lot of cautions or a lot of guys going out today, so we kind of just had to race our way up there. Big credit to the No. 5 crew and everybody on the Arrow Electronics team. The car was good all weekend, other than that issue with qualifying obviously, so it sucked to start back there but to be able to work our way back up showed the strength that we have. Obviously congrats to Mikhail (Aleshin) with his top five, it was a great day for the SPM team."
10 83 Charlie Kimball Ganassi (C) 1 tour
"Overall it was a really fighting day for the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team. The pit stops were solid all day - I think we made up time every time we came into pit lane. I really appreciate the work they've done all weekend, and really all year. The car wasn't great to start with, but we just kept making it better. We slid back early and had to fight almost our whole race from a lap down. It was really just a fighting day and happy to add another solid top-ten finish."

(C) = Chevrolet, (H) = Honda

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