Iowa Corn Indy 250 2013 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis

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Iowa Corn Indy 250 2013 Results: Reaction, Leaders and Post-Race Analysis
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After another exciting Iowa Corn Indy 250, it was James Hinchcliffe and the GoDaddy Andretti Racing team that won the 2013 edition of the race by 1.5 seconds over eventual second-place finisher Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Hinchcliffe looked great from the start. With the best car on the track and the right breaks coming his way as he worked his way through traffic, it was clear that this Sunday was the Canadian star’s chance to shine.

Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan finished in third, Ed Carpenter pulled in a fourth-place finish and Graham Rahal sneaked into the top five to cap off a very solid day.

*All stats and standings via IndyCar.com.

 

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Full 2013 Iowa Corn Indy 250 Results

Pos.

Driver

Car #

Started

1

James Hinchcliffe

27

2

2

Ryan Hunter-Reay

1

12

3

Tony Kanaan

11

5

4

Ed Carpenter

20

4

5

Graham Rahal

15

6

6

Simon Pagenaud

77

8

7

Oriol Servia

4

7

8

Helio Castroneves

3

11

9

Marco Andretti

25

3

10

E.J. Viso

5

16

11

Justin Wilson

19

10

12

Charlie Kimball

83

14

13

Tristan Vautier

55

13

14

Sebastien Bourdais

7

19

15

Josef Newgarden

67

22

16

Scott Dixon

9

15

17

Will Power

12

1

18

James Jakes

16

24

19

Sebastian Saavedra

6

18

20

Dario Franchitti

10

21

21

Simona de Silvestro

78

20

22

Ana Beatriz

18

23

23

Takuma Sato

14

17

24

Alex Tagliani

98

9

 

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After Mother Nature interjected herself into the festivities of the Iowa Corn Indy 250, the officials at the track made short work of the cleanup process and ensured that the race would start on time.

As the green flag fell, the official Twitter account of the IZOD IndyCar Series was right there with the fans watching all over the world:

The racing from Iowa was intense, as it always is on the bullring, and the top drivers in the sport were off and running. It didn’t take long for two of the sport’s best drivers to start battling each other, with Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti jostling for the second-place position.

The Rahal and Andretti families have done battle on the race track for decades. The duel between the two legendary families reminded motorsports insider Tony DiZinno of an on-track rivalry we saw many years ago:

The 250-lap race is a true test of the driver’s stamina, patience and pure racing ability, and the leader after 100 and 125 laps is almost always there for a win at the end of the day. As Hinchcliffe proved Sunday, that was the case once again:

While the day was relatively calm in terms of cautions, Lap 137 saw a small accident bring out the yellow:

Hinchcliffe proved throughout the rest of the race that his car was the class of the field, as he survived multiple restarts, green-flag pit stops and the relentless attacks of his challengers. But second-place finisher Reay proved to be the toughest test at the end.

It still wasn't enough, however:

While each racer attempted to pry the win from the Andretti GoDaddy car, it was clear this was Hinchcliffe's time to shine.

 

2013 IndyCar Championship Standings

Rank Driver Points Behind Starts Wins Top 5 Top 10 DNF Laps Laps Led
1 Helio Castroneves 332 - 10 1 5 9 0 1423 200
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay 323 9 10 2 6 6 2 1350 216
3 Marco Andretti 277 55 10 0 4 8 1 1346 156
4 James Hinchcliffe 266 66 10 3 4 5 2 1275 260
5 Tony Kanaan 253 79 10 1 4 5 1 1417 56
6 Simon Pagenaud 241 91 10 1 1 6 1 1336 18
7 Scott Dixon 240 92 10 0 4 5 1 1253 1
8 Takuma Sato 233 99 10 1 2 4 2 1285 181
9 Justin Wilson 227 105 10 0 3 6 1 1374 9
10 Will Power 209 123 10 0 2 4 1 1341 64

Full results at IndyCar.com.

 

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