Known as “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet” due to the unparalleled speeds that IndyCar drivers reach while competing in the Iowa Corn 300, Iowa Speedway is a favorite destination for open wheel and stock car drivers alike. The track earned its designation based upon practice laps run by IndyCar drivers that exceed 186 miles per hour, ten MPHs faster than recorded at any other short track.
Iowa’s paved oval is unique because it is…
- The only track that is owned and raced at by NASCAR
- The only track designed by a former driver – NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace
- The only 7/8 mile asphalt oval in the world
- The only major professional sports venue in the state of Iowa
The banking of the track is ten degrees on the frontstretch and four degrees on the backstretch. The turns are progressively banked starting from 12 degrees at the bottom and escalating to 14 in the top line.
Three drivers have won three races at Iowa Speedway. NASCAR drivers Brad Keselowski (2009, 2013 and 2014) and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (twice in 2011 and once in 2012) and IndyCar’s Ryan Hunter-Reay (2012, 2014 and 2015). Keselowski will return to Newton on June 19 with the intent to claim ownership of more victories at Iowa Speedway than any other driver.
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