Saturday, June 22, 2013

Live from Trackside - Iowa Corn Indy 250

Sunday, June 23
5:15 p.m.
Overall, today was pretty good for the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen car. The Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing crew did a great job all day in the pits and made the car better every stop, so that the last half of the race I was able to really go racing.  It felt good. We were able to make up some spots and just keep making the car better along the way. We were able to build some momentum today and come out of this race smarter so we’ll be ready to carry that momentum to Pocono.

First pit stop.
Last stop--lap 205.
9:30 a.m.
It's race day! And a rainy one so far. Just made a dash from the car to the transporter. A warm-up lap, if you'd like to call it that! 

The No. 83 guys were here late last night working hard on the car, so we're looking forward to seeing what we can do in the race. I'll be working on finding the best line early on and using what I learned yesterday during the heat races to move up the field. 

Hope to see you at the IndyCar autograph session at 10:30 and the Novo Nordisk Tunnel at 11:30, both in the Fan Village! 

Saturday, June 22
8:07 p.m.
Tonight’s heat race wasn’t exactly ideal. We tried to go for it a little bit on the start and got chopped a little bit. We have some work to do tonight to be ready for tomorrow, but I have learned a lot. There were a couple hairy moments with as hot as it is and the wind blowing like it is. The car was sliding around a little bit but we’ll make it better for tomorrow and we’ll go racing. It looks like we'll start from 17th, so we'll make up spots from there.

1:15 p.m.
We had a decent practice session earlier today; we were happy with the progress we made throughout the session and I think the No. 83 car will be quick for the heat races later on.

We're on track next at 3 p.m. (4 p.m. ET) for qualifying. Check out this RACER article on the physical demands here at Iowa Speedway... featuring an interview with my engineer Brad!

Getting set for practice.
Looking over data while No. 83 crew makes changes.
Leaving pit lane at Iowa Speedway.
9:30 a.m.
Good morning! It's already a bit and humid day here in Newton for practice and the heat races... Gives a literal sense of "heat" to the heat races later today for sure! 

I had a great dinner last night and took a nice walk around Newton. Today I'm back in race mode and am in engineering meetings until our first practice at 10:45. Check for live timing and follow @racewithinsulin on Twitter for more updates!

Need a refresher on how the heat races will work? Check out's article here.

Friday, June 21
12:05 p.m.
I had a great time at the Novo Nordisk event last night in Mason City! Thanks to everyone who came out. We hope to see you here at the track this weekend.

Today is set-up day which means I get to spend a lot of time with my engineers going over data from last year and getting mentally prepped for the race weekend ahead. But first, it's time for lunch!

Thursday, June 20
2:00 p.m.
Hello from Iowa! I just arrived from Indy for an appearance later on today with Novo Nordisk. If you're in the Mason City area, come see me!

I'm really looking forward to getting back on track at Iowa Speedway. Last year we had a pretty good race weekend, running inside the top-10 with the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen car getting better and better every lap. With the short ovals like this, it's all about navigating through traffic while keeping a good pace and making moves where you can. I think the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team is ready to get back out there and start building some momentum for the second half of the IndyCar season.

Here's a race weekend schedule so you can follow along (all times Central):
Saturday, June 22
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Practice
3:00 - 3:45 p.m.  Qualifying
5:45 - 7:15 p.m.  Heat Races (live broadcast via & INDYCAR 13 app)
Sunday, June 23
10:30 a.m.  IndyCar driver autograph session (in the INDYCAR Fan Village)
11:30 a.m.  Appearance at the Novo Nordisk FlexPen Tunnel (in the INDYCAR Fan Village)
1:30 p.m.  Iowa Corn Indy 250 - Live on ABC
Timing available for all on-track sessions available via Race Control.

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