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IndyCar Preview: PNC on Both Cars at Iowa

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The Champ and the Rookie -- Courtesy of Chip Ganassi Racing

Chip Ganassi Racing fans will be seeing double this weekend as the NTT IndyCar Series takes to the 7/8-miles Iowa Speedway oval on Saturday night.

The No. 10 CGR Honda, driven by rookie Felix Rosenqvist, will be carrying the Orange and Blue livery and sponsorship from Pittsburgh headquartered PNC Bank.

PNC Bank is the primary sponsor of the No. 9 CGR Honda driven by 5-time and defending NTT IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon.

PNC is using the racing sponsorship to increase their exposure and name-awareness as they continue to grow from Pittsburgh’s hometown bank to the 5th largest bank in the country.

Rosenqvist will be making his first start in the PNC colors and his first start at Iowa Speedway.

“We tested at Iowa Speedway just the other week prior to Toronto and I learned a lot,” said Rosenqvist, who is coming off a top 5 finished on the streets of Toronto.  “Scott (Dixon) come to help with the setup on the No. 10 car, which was great.  I’ve never been to Iowa so to have him come set up the car was really, really helpful.”

Dixon, who has 9 top-10 finishes in 12-starts at Iowa, has never won at Iowa and has a best finish of third on “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet”.

“Iowa is such a tough track for racing Indy cars,” said Dixon.  “You have very high G-force loading and there is always a lot of action on that little bullring-style track.  You really have to be on your game with traffic and the quick lap times.”

Chip Ganassi Racing has two wins at Iowa Speedway with the late Dan Wheldon taking the checkered flag in 2008 and Dario Franchitti winning in 2009.

“It’s got a lot more character having weathered in over the years,” said Dixon.  “I really love this event and especially the fans that attend, they really love IndyCar racing and show their support.”

The race is moving back to a night race this year after having run on Sunday the past couple of years.

“I’m glad we’re back to a Saturday night race,” said Dixon, the winningest active driver on the circuit with 45-wins.  “This track always presents a unique challenge.”

Rosenqvist is happy to have a team and teammate with the experience to guide a rookie through his inaugural season.

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