Iowa Corn 300

July 5, 2017

 

A.J. Foyt’s ABC Supply team switched to Chevrolet this season with 25-year-old drivers Carlos Munoz (No. 14) and Conor Daly (No. 4). Munoz finished 11th and Daly 15th in the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

 

CARLOS MUNOZ: “Iowa Speedway has been a hard track for me, but I do like the corn there! I find it really challenging because it is a low-grip level track and it is also bumpy. You have to think ahead – it’s fast and you have to think how you’re going to make a pass--think for two or three laps on how to do it before you actually do it. It’s a tough track to race. Recently we’ve made a lot of progress with the car setups because as a team we are understanding the car more. Hopefully we can continue that progress and get a good result.”

 

CONOR DALY: “Iowa is very physically and mentally demanding. I really enjoyed racing there back in the Road to Indy days and hope to have some success in an Indy car there as well. Short oval racing is always exciting so we hope to come out of it with a lot of experience gained and a good finish.”

 

NO. 4 RACE ENGINEER MIKE COLLIVER ON:

 

Iowa Speedway: “I like Iowa Speedway because I grew up going to short track, half-mile sprint car races in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s at Eldora, Winchester, and Salem (Indiana). The Indy cars at Iowa reminds me of that type of racing: bullring, Saturday night short-track. I used to enjoy racing at Richmond (Virginia) in the IRL days and it kind of reminds me of that a bit also. In fact, I wish we still raced there. I also wish Iowa were still a night race as I think the under-the-lights atmosphere just adds to the spectacle. Regardless, it would be interesting to see INDYCAR drop the downforce level to the point of drivers not being able to run around there flat out.”

 

The overall challenges at Iowa: “One of the biggest challenges is getting the car to stay consistent