* Defending race winner leads both practice sessions for Honda
* Qualifying, final short oval race of 2015 take place Saturday
Two-time and defending Iowa Speedway race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay posted the third-fastest speed among Honda drivers in the first of two practice sessions Friday at the high-banked, 0.894-mile oval, in preparation for Saturday nights’s Iowa Corn 300. Hunter-Reay, winner in Iowa in both 2012 and 2014 – and second-place finisher in 2013 to then-teammate James Hinchcliffe – was 12th quickest in the evening session that concluded the day.
New addition to the Andretti Autosport lineup, Justin Wilson, posted the second-fastest Honda speed, finishing the pair of practice sessions 13th overall, just behind Hunter-Reay and ahead of 2011 Iowa race winner Marco Andretti. Wilson, who ran the Month of May for Andretti at Indianapolis, rejoined the team last week in Milwaukee for the remainder of the 2015 season.
Activities at Iowa Speedway, the second and final short oval race of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series, continue Saturday with qualifying, followed by the 300-lap race at 8 p.m. EDT, with live network television coverage on the NBC Sports Network.
Justin Wilson (#25 Andretti Autosport Honda): “I’m really pleased with the way the Honda feels – it’s driving well, can change lanes and run all over the track. We have to find a little bit more speed, but it’s definitely in the ballpark to be a challenger. Now it’s just a case of putting it all together and get ready. We’re the first car out for qualifying tomorrow. We’ll see what happens.”