O'Ward Takes the Iowa Win for Andretti Autosport
 July 8, 2018| 
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Andretti Race Report 2018 Iowa
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The sun was out over Iowa Speedway's short oval as the Indy Lights field took to the green flag. After 100 laps, it was Patricio O'Ward who topped the podium with teammate Colton Herta just one step below. Ryan Norman and Dalton Kellett maintained position after being passed by Santi Urrutia on the first lap and settled for fourth and fifth place finishes, respectively.

Andretti Autosport has now claimed victory at eight of this season's 10 races and looks to continue the streak when the team heads to Kellett's hometown of Toronto, Canada next weekend.

Rounds 11 & 12 of Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires competition will go green on the streets of Toronto on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

 

No. 27 MEXICO #AWORLDOFITSOWN MAZDA
  • STARTED 1st//FINISHED 1st
  • CHAMPIONSHIP: 2nd(275 pts.)
  • OF NOTE: Led flag-to-flag to mark 228 laps led in his rookie Indy Lights Season//This marks O'Ward's fourth win of the season
      “My engineer Mark put the car right on point. I honestly didn’t feel any nervousness in the rear [of the car], I was just playing with my bars during the race. The car was just on rails. Nothing was wrong with it. I’ve got to give a big thanks to the whole 27 crew for giving me an awesome car to start from the pole and take the win. I’m super excited.”

       

       
      No. 98 ANDRETTI STEINBRENNER RACING / CURB MAZDA
      • STARTED 2nd//FINISHED 2nd
      • CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st (283 pts.)
      • OF NOTE: Battled with Santi Urrutia for the second position before finally taking second with just seven laps to go
          “That was intense – for the whole race really, just trying to get by Santi [Urrutia]. We eventually did and it just minimized the [points] gap that Pato [O'Ward] would have had. It was tough. We were back and forth a lot of the time and he was quick.”

           

           
          No. 48 JOURNEY MAZDA
          • STARTED 3rd//FINISHED 4th
          • CHAMPIONSHIP: 5th (189 pts.)
          • OF NOTE: Scored his eighth career top-five finish
              “I thought we had good overall pace - I got a good start and then I lifted way too much going into Turn 1. I was expecting to not have as much grip, and Santi [Urruita] went around the outside. That put us fourth, otherwise I think we would have held onto a podium finish. Otherwise it was a pretty good race and I’m happy with the result.”

               

               
              No. 28 K-LINE INSULATORS, USA MAZDA
              • STARTED 4th//FINISHED 5th
              • CHAMPIONSHIP: 7th (177 pts.)
              • OF NOTE: Fell to the sixth position on Lap 2 but quickly regain the fifth spot where he settled the remainder of the race
                  “Overall it was a good weekend for the team, we were consistently fast. As far as the race goes, we just lost a little track position and slid back off the start. We had a ton of understeer in the car and couldn’t challenge anyone for passes. I think if we had a bit more front end, a bit more ability to get under gearboxes, I could have maybe gotten by Ryan and maybe pushed more. But there wasn’t a whole lot we could do. Congrats to my teammate for the win and I’m looking forward to my hometown race in Toronto next weekend."

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