NEWTON, Iowa—Déjà vu. The end of the Iowa Corn 300 came early for both Carlos Munoz and Conor Daly as both drivers brushed the Turn 4 wall after fairly decent runs in the 300 lap race at Iowa Speedway Sunday afternoon.
Munoz, who started last after spinning before completing his qualifying run yesterday, was moving up through the field in the No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet. He held off leader Helio Castroneves for over 30 laps in the first stint of the race. On a short 7/8-mile oval like Iowa Speedway, the leaders start lapping cars within 15 laps but Munoz had passed a couple cars initially and then fended off Castroneves’ repeated attempts to pass.
The yellow came out on lap 57 for Mikhail Aleshin’s contact with the Turn 2 wall and the field bunched up under the yellow, giving Munoz some breathing room. The No. 14 ABC Supply crew had a good stop allowing Munoz to gain a spot in the pits and he restarted 15th. He lost a spot when the green flew on lap 67 but was keeping pace as his car seemed to get better further into the stint. Then around lap 120, he radioed in that he felt a vibration and the team thought he had a problem with a tire so they told him to pit since it was within the fuel window. He pitted for fresh rubber and after two laps, he brushed the wall.
Munoz said, “I feel really sorry for the team. The car was pretty decent in the race, maybe not the fastest but really consistent through the run. I went out on new tires and the car didn’t turn. In Turn 4, the car went straight, got in the marbles and there was no way back from that.”