Notably omitted from Iowa entry lists

After missing last weekend’s race in Toronto, the No. 11 Chevrolet is also expected to be sidelined for the upcoming IndyCar double-header weekend at Iowa Speedway.

For the first time since the 2020 season (pictured), IndyCar is set to return to Iowa Speedway this weekend, and like 2020, the track is set to host a double title.

The 0.894-mile (1.439 kilometer) four-corner oval in Newton, Iowa hosted IndyCar from 2007 to 2020, and it hosted a double-header for the first time in 2020 as so many other tracks lost their race dates following COVID -19 related restrictions. However, it was omitted from the schedule in 2021.

But it’s come back strong in 2022, with the Hy-VeeDeals.com 250 scheduled for Saturday afternoon and the Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 scheduled for Sunday afternoon. These races should feature 250 and 300 laps respectively.

However, one of the 26 full-time entries will not participate in either race.

For the second consecutive race weekend, the #11 AJ Foyt Enterprises Chevrolet will not be entered. His absence is due to ongoing sponsorship issues.

Prior to its absence from Sunday afternoon’s race on the streets of Toronto, there had been talk for several weeks that the #11 Chevrolet could be ruled out, possibly for the remainder of the season.

Now that he’s out and will have missed three races in a row by the end of the coming weekend, it’s unclear when he might return, as the current situation with main sponsor ROKiT isn’t really promising. There are only five races left on the 2022 17-race schedule after this weekend.

JR Hildebrand, who finished a career second at Iowa Speedway in 2017, was scheduled to drive the #11 Chevrolet in this weekend’s doubleheader as he is the car‘s oval driver.

Hildebrand finished 14th at Texas Motor Speedway in March and 12th at the Indy 500 in May. Rookie Tatiana Calderon drove the car in the first seven road and street races of the season and finished as high as 15th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in May.

The entry lists for both races, however, always feature 26 cars, and those cars are the same 26 cars with the same 26 drivers for both races.

Ed Carpenter Racing is running a third entry in addition to its full-time entries for Conor Daly (#20 Chevrolet) and Rinus VeeKay (#21 Chevrolet). This third entry is the #33 Chevy of team owner Ed Carpenter.

The team ran this entry for Carpenter in the two oval races that were contested earlier this year, and Carpenter finished in 13th place at Texas Motor Speedway and 19th at the Indy 500.

NBC is set to air the Hy-VeeDeals.com 250 live from Iowa Speedway beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 23, and is scheduled to air the Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 live beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 24. Be sure to start a FuboTV free trial now if you haven’t!

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