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USF2000 Race Preview: Iowa Speedway

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted June 16, 2010 at 9:55 pm Preview, U.S. F2000 National Championship

USF2000 National Championship Race Preview: Iowa Speedway

The USF2000 National Championship heads to Iowa Speedway this weekend for Round 4 of the 2010 Championship. The drivers will have the opportunity to run in front of several key team owners as part of the ‘Road to Indy’ feeder system.  This will be the second and final time this year that all levels of the Road to Indy program will be running at one venue; the race series included in the ladder are USF2000, Star Mazda, Indy Lights, and IndyCar.

Race Location

The drivers will be competing at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Ia.  It is the final oval race of the season for the USF2000 National Championship.  The speedway, which is a tri-oval, is 0.875 miles in length and features 12-14 degree banking.

Entry List

No. 2- Patrick McKenna (Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing)
No. 7- Zach Veach (Andretti Autosport)
No. 8- Sage Karam (Andretti Autosport)
No. 9- J.R. Smart (Pabst Racing Services)
No. 10- Mikhail Goikhberg (JDC Motorsports)
No. 11- Raphael Abbate (JDC Motorsports)
No. 14- Terrick Mansur (Liberty Motorsports)
No. 18- Javier Barrales (Fuerza Chile Motorsports)
No. 28- Ardie Greenamyer (AcceleRace Motorsports)
No. 41- Brian Belardi (Liberty Motorsports)
No. 99- Martin Scuncio (Fuerza Chile Motorsports)

The Point Standings

Sage Karam leads the drivers’ championship through three rounds with 92 points (two wins and a second place finish).  Ireland’s Patrick McKenna is second with 78 points – after recently winning Round 3 at O’Reilly Raceway Park.  Aruba’s Terrick Mansur is third in the championship with 56 points. Mikhail Goikhberg is fourth, just 6 points shy of Mansur, with 50.  Josh Fielding, who decided against competing this weekend due to sponsorship woes, sits fifth overall with 40 points.  Click here for the full standings.

Pre-Race Driver Quotes

Sage Karam: “I look forward to the banking at Iowa and how it affects the car.  Michael [Andretti] told me it will be a much different experience than ORP.  My goal is to come out of Iowa with an increased points lead in the championship and to have Andretti Autosport leading the team championship too.  I’ve never been shy of close racing, so I am really looking forward to standing on it and letting it all fly.”

Zach Veach: “I’m really excited to be racing at Iowa this weekend.  Iowa is right in the thick of grass-roots racing and I’m told the race weekend has been a sell-out every year that open-wheel racing has been there.  We had a lot of work to do after the race at ORP last month, but I think we’ve improved in the areas we were lacking.  It will be great to be back in the race car, as I’ve been training on my racing sim and now that school is out, this summer will be all about racing. “

Patrick McKenna: “I’m really looking forward to this weekend!  So far, my experience on ovals has been really rewarding and I cant wait to drive a new oval with different challenges.  By all accounts… Iowa should be a lot of fun in the USF2000 cars.  I hope to continue on with the momentum I had leaving ORP, but I know it’s going to be a hard fought weekend.”

Terrick Mansur: “After completing my first oval race at O’Reilly Raceway Park,  I’m looking forward to Iowa.  We [Liberty Motorsports] have switched my car to a Mazda engine, so I’m curious to see what effect that will have on our performance.”

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