Indycar has been extremely busy of late, and that continues this weekend with a pair of races at Iowa Speedway. The 7/8 mile oval played host to the first leg of a doubleheader last night, and an unlikely winner ended up emerging in the form of Simon Pagenaud. It’s not a surprise he would win, but given his starting position, it does jump off the page a bit.
Pagenaud started 23rd due to not being able to qualify due to a problem with the car. He didn’t let that halt his progress in the race, though, as he marched his way to the front and led a race-high 83 laps in the 250-lap event. It’s the fifth consecutive win for Chip Ganassi Racing to start the season. Pagenaud was followed by teammate Scott Dixon, Oliver Askew, Pato O’Ward, and Josef Newgarden. Dixon remains firmly in control of the championship battle.