Hy-Vee, a grocery chain with sponsorship hyperlinks to Rahal Letterman Lanigan, has introduced a brand new multi-year settlement that returns the banked, tough and difficult D-shaped oval to the calendar.
Iowa Speedway, which has held 15 IndyCar races because it opened in 2006, will host the Hy-VeeDeals.com 250 on Saturday, 23 July, whereas the Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 will happen Sunday, 24 July.
“We’re extraordinarily happy to return Iowa Speedway to the NTT IndyCar Sequence calendar,” mentioned Roger Penske, founder and chair of the Penske Company and proprietor of IndyCar. “Over time, Iowa has confirmed to be a becoming showcase for North America’s premier open-wheel collection. A key oval and an indicator on our schedule, we deeply missed seeing our followers in Iowa this yr and stay up for what’s forward.”
The purpose of IndyCar and Hy-Vee is to create a “festival-like ambiance” all through the weekend with “a number of further leisure actions”.
Randy Edeker, chairman, CEO and president of Hy-Vee mentioned: “With our robust connection to native communities and involvement within the state, we plan to host an occasion that may obtain nationwide consideration and make Newton an annual vacation spot for racing followers.
“The weekend might be full of a number of sights and occasions that remember the whole lot that’s nice about Iowa and NTT IndyCar Sequence racing.”
Iowa governor Kim Reynolds mentioned: “The state of Iowa made a dedication to the game of racing when the Iowa Speedway was constructed, and in the present day’s thrilling announcement of Hy-Vee’s partnership with the NTT IndyCar Sequence reaffirms that.
“Iowa is effectively suited to be an IndyCar vacation spot for racing followers nationwide, and I encourage Iowa companies and organisations to assist the success of this occasion in no matter manner they will.”
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“The state is wealthy with racing historical past and has a powerful appreciation for IndyCar and its terrific drivers and groups,” added Penske mentioned. “The improbable addition of Hy-Vee and their dedication to our sport underscores the added worth.”
Hy-Vee first bought concerned within the collection when it grew to become main sponsor on Graham Rahal’s automotive within the second of final yr’s Iowa races, when the collection veteran clocked a powerful third-place end. It then grew to become main sponsor on RLL’s further automotive for Spencer Pigot in final yr’s delayed Indianapolis 500.
This yr Hy-Vee has been the first sponsor for not solely Rahal at Street America and this weekend’s race at Gateway, but additionally the third, part-time RLL #45 entry which has been pushed by Santino Ferrucci and, final week, Christian Lundgaard.