Ryan Hunter-Reay took full advantage of the 10-lap shootout at the end of the Iowa Corn 300 on Saturday night to win for the third time this season.
After taking a big strategy risk of changing all four tyres at the last stop, the Andretti Autosport driver was able to weave through the field and take home the victory ahead of youngster Josef Newgarden and Ganassi driver Tony Kanaan
The shootout at the end was caused by a caution following a crash between Juan Pablo Montoya and Ed Carpenter. Montoya, who won last time out at Pocono, was making his way back through the field after a rear wing problem when he tried to go underneath Carpenter at the bottom of the track.
The two touched, sending Montoya into the barrier. Although IndyCar took no action against Carpenter, Montoya was incensed and stood by his wrecked car to make sure Ed knew exactly how he was feeling next time around. After the race, the fiery Colombian even promised to take his “own action” against Carpenter.
Earlier in the race, Takuma Sato and Mikhail Aleshin had their second accident together in three meetings. This time, however, it was the young Russian's fault, as he got too low on the track after a rain delay and lost grip, shooting up to the top and taking Sato with him.
The win for Hunter-Reay, who also took home the Indy 500 this season, puts the American into third in the standings, behind Will Power and new championship leader Helio Castroneves.