“I think it’s going to be the strangest weekend of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season,” says Ilott ahead of Iowa debut

Callum Ilott has been on exactly 2 ovals in his young NTT INDYCAR Series career before. Both were high speed superspeedway’s back in March at the Texas Motor Speedway and the other during the Month of May activities in Indianapolis. His best finish was 16th at Texas to where he also led five laps.

At Indy, he was caught up in a hard crash in Turn 2 which sidelined him a week later at Belle Isle due to a hand injury suffered in that midrace crash.

Now, he’ll get his first shot on a high speed short track for this weekend’s doubleheader at the Iowa Speedway. While this is his first race at Iowa, it’s not his first time here. Ilott took part in a test session here last month to get himself familiar with the .875-mile bullring.

“I think it’s going to be the strangest weekend of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season,” said Ilott. “Obviously with two races in one weekend and on an oval. We had a test there about a month ago, which was good to get prepared and get a feeling for it. The conditions are going to be quite a bit warmer now and change things up a bit. I think we should be in a good position and hopefully we can make some improvements from Saturday to Sunday’s race.”

There’s 2 races this weekend with the first being 250 laps on Saturday (4 p.m. ET, NBC, INDYCAR Radio Network) and the 2nd on Sunday (3 p.m. ET, NBC, INDYCAR Radio Network).

“It will be a very busy and hot weekend at Iowa, with two races less than 24 hours apart,” said JHR Co-owner and Team Principal Ricardo Juncos. “I know we are as prepared, and I am confident we will put on a good show in the No. 77 Chevrolet with Callum. He has run strong on the few ovals we have competed in this season, and we have built up a lot of momentum since our last run on an oval in the Indy 500 in May.” 

The weekend kicks off Friday afternoon with practice scheduled for 4:30-6:00 p.m. ET. Qualifying for both races begins at 10:30 a.m. ET on Saturday.

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