After starting Saturday night's Iowa 300 at Iowa Speedway from the pole position – his third of the 2019 IndyCar Series season – Simon Pagenaud brought the No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet home in the fifth position in a race than began at night and ended early Sunday morning.
After winning from the pole position last weekend in Toronto, Pagenaud was the only driver to hit the 180-mph mark for his two-lap average in qualifying during the Friday session. On Saturday, however, heavy rains and severe weather moved over Iowa Speedway, washing the rubber off the track and pushing the start time back nearly four and a half hours. As a result, Pagenaud was not able to hold the lead when the green flag flew as teammate Will Power moved by on the first lap.
Following a brief shower that brought out the red flag around 11:10 p.m. CT, Pagenaud radioed to his crew that he needed more grip. Front-wing adjustments were made to help improve his handling as he remained inside the top-five.
The final restart of the race occurred on lap 275 with Pagenaud holding down the fourth position. He was unable to advance his position any further and crossed the finish line with his fourth top-five finish in 2019, and his third top-five finish at Iowa Speedway.
Due to the strong finish, Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet team remain third in IndyCar Series championship point standings.
"I think today was a decent day considering how fast Josef (Newgarden) was. Frankly, he was in a league of his own, but it is awesome for Team Penske to get another win. That makes two weeks in a row and he was just as strong as I was in Toronto. So, the momentum can swing back and forth. Certainly, I feel like we extracted the most we could out of the Menards Chevrolet. We just had too much understeer in the car tonight. Otherwise, the guys did a great job on pit road and the strategy was good. Between second and fourth is really where we were today. We'll go on to Mid-Ohio, continue the attack, and try to win the pole and the race there."