IndyCar's Iowa race returns to Saturday night

IndyCar's Iowa race returns to Saturday night


IndyCar's Iowa race returns to Saturday night


Next year’s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Iowa will be back on Saturday night. The 2019 race is set for July 20, two weeks later than this year’s event.

Four of IndyCar’s 12 races at Iowa Speedway since 2007 have taken place at night, with Ryan Hunter-Reay picking up his third win at the track at the most recent night running in 2015.

Night races also were held at the track in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

“The staff at Iowa Speedway and our partnership with NBC Sports have helped us deliver exciting night racing for the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2019,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company. “Our cars look great under the lights, and the competition should be even more fierce given what should be cooler conditions.”

The series moved the race to Sunday to avoid going head-to-head with NASCAR, but the heat, coupled with fans who found a Sunday afternoon race window inopportune if they wanted to drive from across the Midwest to attend, saw attendance decline in the past few years.

“The return of a night race for IndyCar at Iowa Speedway is exciting news for our race fans, sponsors, and the entire region,” Iowa Speedway President David Hyatt said. “IndyCar races here are not only thrilling sports entertainment, but also a boon for the local economy. Our track provides some of the best racing you’ll see anywhere, which will be good for attendance. This is one of our crown jewels and a can’t-miss weekend.

“Announcing our [2019] IndyCar weekend in July allows our fans, local businesses and the City of Newton to plan ahead for what will be an exciting season of racing at Iowa Speedway.”

The rest of the 2019 IndyCar schedule will be released at a later date.

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