The work to build Iowa Speedway began in Newton, Iowa on June 21, 2005 and the uniquely-designed short oval was completed on September 15, 2006. Known as the “Fastest Short Track on the Planet,” NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace helped design the D-shaped, 7/8 of a mile oval that shares some characteristics with another popular short oval track – Richmond International Raceway. Iowa Speedway hosted its first race in September of 2006 while the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and Indy Lights first competed at Iowa the weekend of June 23-24, 2007.

Some of the top drivers in modern INDYCAR history have raced and won at Iowa Speedway. Two-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Josef Newgarden is the winningest series driver in the history of the track as the current Team Penske racer won the Iowa Indy Lights race in 2011 before producing four INDYCAR SERIES victories at the track in 2016, 2019, 2020, and 2022. Former INDYCAR SERIES champion Ryan Hunter-Reay has also produced three Iowa Speedway wins – in 2012, 2014 and 2015 – while Dario Franchitti (2007 and 2009) and James Hinchcliffe (2013 and 2018) each posted a pair of Iowa victories.

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES has hosted 17 races at Iowa Speedway with seven events held at night under the lights. The track hosted its first INDYCAR doubleheader event in 2020 in one of the first major events in the state of Iowa coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Team Penske swept the Friday/Saturday race weekend in 2020 with Simon Pagenaud winning Race 1 and Newgarden claiming victory in Race 2.

With support from Hy-Vee, the popular Midwest Supermarket company based in Des Moines, Iowa, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES returned to Iowa Speedway in 2022 with the only doubleheader on the series schedule. Newgarden won the 250 presented by DoorDash on Saturday while Pato O’Ward claimed the win Sunday in the Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 presented by Google. The Indy Lights Series also made its return to Iowa Speedway in 2022 with Hunter McElrea winning from the pole on Saturday of Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend.

INDYCAR SERIES Winners At Iowa Speedway

2007 Dario Franchitti Andretti Green Racing View Results
2008 Dan Wheldon Chip Ganassi Racing View Results
2009 Dario Franchitti Chip Ganassi Racing View Results
2010 Tony Kanaan Andretti Autosport View Results
2011 Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport View Results
2012 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport View Results
2013 James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport View Results
2014 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport View Results
2015 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport View Results
2016 Josef Newgarden Ed Carpenter Racing View Results
2017 Helio Castroneves Team Penske View Results
2018 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports View Results
2019 Josef Newgarden Team Penske View Results
2020 (R1) Simon Pagenaud Team Penske View Results
2020 (R2) Josef Newgarden Team Penske View Results
2022 (R1) Josef Newgarden Team Penske View Results
2022 (R2) Pato O'Ward Arrow McLaren SP View Results

INDYCAR SERIES Race Records at Iowa Speedway

  • Most victories: 4, Josef Newgarden (2016, 2019, 2020-R2, 2022-R1)
  • Most poles: 4, Will Power (2017, 2018, 2022-R1, 2022-R2)
  • Closest margin of victory: .0681 of a second, Dario Franchitti over Marco Andretti, 2007
  • Widest margin of victory: 6.1784 seconds, Josef Newgarden over Pato O'Ward, 2022-R1
  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 282, Josef Newgarden (2016)
  • Least Laps Led by a Race Winner: 2, Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014)
  • Most Caution Periods: 7 (2014)
  • Least Caution Periods: 1 (2020) 

INDYCAR SERIES Track Records at Iowa Speedway

  • Fastest Race (300 Laps): 1:47:32.4666, James Hinchcliffe, 2018
  • Fastest Two-Lap Qualifying: 34.5588 seconds, Scott Dixon, 2014
  • Fastest Qualifying Lap: 17.2283 seconds, Helio Castroneves, 2014 ***
  • Fastest Race Lap: 17.4908 seconds, Ryan Briscoe, 2008

*** Set on second lap of two-lap qualifying run.

INDYCAR SERIES at Iowa Speedway Quick Statistics

2007 Dario Franchitti Scott Dixon
2008 Dan Wheldon Scott Dixon *
2009 Dario Franchitti Helio Castroneves *
2010 Tony Kanaan Will Power
2011 Marco Andretti Takuma Sato
2012 Ryan Hunter-Reay Dario Franchitti **
2013 James Hinchcliffe Helio Castroneves **
2014 Ryan Hunter-Reay Scott Dixon
2015 Ryan Hunter-Reay Helio Castroneves
2016 Josef Newgarden Simon Pagenaud
2017 Helio Castroneves Will Power
2018 James Hinchcliffe Will Power
2019 Josef Newgarden Simon Pagenaud
2020 Simon Pagenaud Conor Daly
2020 Josef Newgarden Josef Newgarden
2022 Josef Newgarden Will Power
2022 Pato O'Ward Will Power

* Qualifications Rained Out; Starting Lineup Based On Points
** Starting Lineup Based On Finish In Three Heat Races

Indy Lights at Iowa Speedway Quick Statistics

2007 Alex Lloyd Wade Cunningham
2008 Dillon Battistini Arie Luyendyk, Jr.
2009 Ana Beatriz JR Hildebrand
2010 Sebastian Saavedra Sebastian Saavedra
2011 Josef Newgarden Esteban Guerrieri
2012 Esteban Guerrieri Tristan Vautier
2013 Sage Karam Carlos Munoz
2015 Max Chilton Max Chilton
2016 Felix Serralles Ed Jones
2017 Matheus Leist Colton Herta
2018 Pato O'Ward Pato O'Ward
2022 Hunter McElrea Hunter McElrea