NEWTON, IA – No one was more happy to see weepers on the .894-mile Iowa Speedway than Zach Veach. See, if not for those pesky weepers, then Veach likely would have never started Saturday’s rain delayed Iowa 300. See, Veach’s Andretti Autosport crew noticed a fuel cell leak on his No. 26 Honda before he even hopped in the car.
The NTT IndyCar Series officials had the teams grid their cars but while Veach’s car was on pit road, they noticed a problem. So, back to the garage they’d go. The command was supposed to happen any time around 10:10 local time. But, the weepers didn’t allow that. So, at 10:36 p.m. locally, Veach’s car would come out to pit road – exactly 10 minutes prior to the official command to fire the engines.
Crisis averted. Now, time to climb from his 20th starting position.
He’d do just that. As other dropped, Veach steadily improved. By the end of the race, Veach was in the top 10. When it was all said and done, he brought his No. 26 Honda home seventh for his third top 10 of the year but this being his best finish of the season.
Even more impressive, he was the second best Andretti driver all night.
“Tonight was relieving in a little way, but there’s still a lot more to be done,” said Veach after scoring his eighth career top 10 result. “I can’t thank my Gainbridge crew enough. We had a puddle of fuel in our pit box after we pushed out to the grid. They identified exactly what it was and worked extremely quick and got me back to the grid with the 10-minute call to get suited and strapped in. Really, this is for them. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have had tonight. It was one of those where you had to be the most aggressive person to get the spots. I think we had one restart towards the end of the race where I dove to the inside of (Turn) 3 and I thought our race was over then. Luckily, I came together with my teammate, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and he kind of saved both us because it was such a tight corner. That is the way short track racing is – you are going to be wheel to wheel here and there.”