Updated Sunday, June 24 at 1:00 a.m. ET by Michael Moraitis
A rain delay before the start of the Iowa Corn Indy 250 helped build anticipation for the race and it was certainly a race that was worth the wait for winner, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and his team, Andretti AutoSport.
The rain didn't seem to bother the drivers too much and the track looked to be in good condition. However, you would not have known that seeing all the wrecks that happened over the course of the night and as a result, caution flags were flying all race long.
Here's how the race worked itself out in Iowa, courtesy of ESPN.com.
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Ryan Hunter-Reay picked up the win, his second of the season and his second in-a-row. The victory puts Hunter-Reay second in the points standings, two spots up from his previous position.
It was a two horse race for much of the evening with Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon both leading the way. Late in the race with only 12 laps to go, Dixon was passed by Hunter-Reay for the lead and Dixon ended up finishing fourth in what was a frustrating finish.
Had this been the Iowa Corn Indy 245, Dixon might have come out victorious. Dixon stays put at third in the points standings.
Both Tony Kanaan and Marco Andretti finished on the podium for a second straight race. Hunter-Reay had to fight off his teammate in order to complete the exciting victory in Iowa.
The Iowa Speedway Twitter page spelled out just how great this race was.
What a great race tonight! The IndyCar Series is really putting on a show tonight during the Iowa Corn Indy 250!— Iowa Speedway (@iowaspeedway) June 24, 2012
Thanks to the dreaded rain delay, we all had to stay up a little extra late tonight to watch the race as spelled out by the Detroit Grand Prix.
Dario Franchitti had some engine problems this evening and that forced him out of the race before it even started. Here's what he had to say.
Well that didn't go as planned... A real shame as that motor has been good to me (it won Indy) Thanks @nbcsports for having me in the booth— Dario Franchitti (@dariofranchitti) June 24, 2012
Mario Andretti took the time to congratulate his drivers, both of which had a strong showing tonight.
Scott Birch, a writer from the Des Moines Register, let us know just how bad a night Scott Dixon had towards the end of the race as he was left in the dust with a fourth place finish.
Ryan Hunter-Reay blows by Scott Dixon for the lead. Then, Marco Andretti passes Dixon for second. Wowzers. #IndyCar
— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) June 24, 2012
End of Update
Iowa will be the focus of IndyCar enthusiasts on Saturday as racing fans get ready for the 2012 Iowa Corn Indy 250 at the Iowa Speedway.
Dario Franchitti will have a great chance to continue his fantastic season with another victory after winning the pole during qualifying.
Check back for race reaction, results and analysis from the Iowa Speedway.
Where: Iowa Speedway, Newton, Iowa
When: Saturday, June 23 at 10:00 p.m. ET
Watch: NBC Sports Network
1) Dario Franchitti
2) Helio Castroneves
3) Marco Andretti
4) James Hinchcliffe
5) Ryan Bricsoe
6) Will Power
7) Ryan Hunter-Reay
8) Scott Dixon
9) Tony Kanaan
10) Graham Rahal
11) Alex Tagliani
12) Josef Newgarden
13) Rubens Barrichello
14) J.R. Hildebrand
15) Justin Wilson
16) E.J. Viso
17) Charlie Kimball
18) Oriol Servia
19) Katherine Legge
20) Mike Conway
21) James Jakes
22) Ed Carpenter
23) Simona de Silvestro
24) Takuma Sato
25) Simon Pagenaud
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