The 2022 Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300, the second race of the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend doubleheader, was 300 laps on the 0.894-mile Iowa Speedway oval totaling 268.2 miles. The pit road speed was 45 mph and the green flag to start the race was shown the fifth time past the start-finish line. The fuel window was 70–80 laps under green-flag conditions.
At 2 p.m. CDT, 30 minutes prior to the scheduled green-flag time, the ambient temperature was 81 degrees with 52% relative humidity. The track temperature was 123 degrees according to Firestone engineers.
At 2:25 p.m, actor, producer and entrepreneur Mark Wahlberg gave the commend, "Drivers, start your engines." All cars were running and rolling on the grid.
Pole sitter Will Power led the field to the green flag in the No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet on Lap 1 and held off teammate Josef Newgarden until Lap 84 when the HyVeeDeals.com 250 winner passed for the lead exiting Turn 2.
Two cautions slowed the on-track action with the second caution having major implications on the eventual race result:
Lap 120: The No. 14 AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet of Kyle Kirkwood made contact with the Turn 2 SAFER Barrier. Leaders at the start of the 12-lap caution were Newgarden, Power, Pato O'Ward, Marcus Ericsson and Jimmie Johnson.
Lap 235: The No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet of Newgarden spun and made contact with the Turn 4 SAFER Barrier leading to a 14-lap caution period. Leaders at the start of the caution were O'Ward, Power, Scott McLaughlin, Scott Dixon and Ericsson.
With Newgarden out of the race, O'Ward pitted with the other lead-lap cars and emerged as the leader. The Arrow McLaren SP driver went on to lead a total of 66 laps en route to his first victory at Iowa and his second win of 2022.
The 2022 HyVeeDeals.com 250, the first race of the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend doubleheader, was 250 laps on the 0.894-mile Iowa Speedway oval totaling 223.5 miles. The pit road speed was 45 mph and the green flag to start the race was shown the fifth time past the start-finish line. The fuel window was 60–70 laps under green-flag conditions.
At 2:55 p.m. CDT, 11 minutes prior to the scheduled green-flag time, the ambient temperature was 98 degrees with 43% relative humidity. The track temperature was 127 degrees according to Firestone engineers.
At 3:01 p.m, Iowa women's basketball standout Caitlyn Clark gave the commend, "Drivers, start your engines." All cars were running and rolling on the grid.
Pole sitter Will Power led the field to the green flag in the No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet on Lap 1 and held off teammate Josef Newgarden until the restart after the race's first of four cautions.
Lap 17: The No. 48 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda of Jimmie Johnson spun in Turn 4 but did not make contact. Leaders at the start of this five-lap caution were Power, Newgarden, Pato O'Ward, Conor Daly and Scott McLaughlin.
Lap 111: The No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet of Felix Rosenqvist made contact in Turn 2. Leaders at the start of this 12-lap caution were Newgarden, O'Ward, Marcus Ericsson, Power and Jimmie Johnson.
Lap 127: Six laps of caution for debris slowed the race. Leaders at the start of the third caution were Newgarden, Ericsson, Power, O'Ward and McLaughlin.
Lap 164: The No. 33 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet of Ed Carpenter made contact with the SAFER Barrier in Turn 3. Leaders at the start of this 10-lap caution were Newgarden, Power, O'Ward, McLaughlin and Johnson.
Newgarden went on to lead the remainder of the race after the fourth caution with challenges from Power, who was within a second of his teammate until Lap 210, and O'Ward who was within a second of Newgarden on Lap 225.
Newgarden took the white flag with a 6.5834-second lead over O'Ward and went on to win the race by 6.1784 seconds.
The win marked the fourth victory of 2022 for Newgarden and his fourth win at Iowa Speedway.
Qualifying for the NTT P1 Award at Iowa Speedway consists of two laps with times and speeds calculated using a traveling distance of 0.894 miles, which corresponds with data registered by onboard telemetry. The green flag is given the second time past the flag stand. The first lap of each run sets the field for Saturday's HyVeeDeals.com 250 and the second lap sets the field for Sunday's Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300.
The one-lap qualifying record of 186.809 mph was set by Helio Castroneves on July 11, 2014.
Will Power's two laps of 178.199 mph and 178.013 mph in the No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet ranked first for both races, earning him two NTT P1 Awards.
The result marked the 65th and 66th poles of Power's NTT IndyCar Series career. With his next pole, he will tie Mario Andretti for first on the all-time poles list.
The only practice during the Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend at Iowa Speedway started on time at 3:30 p.m. CDT and used up its entire 90-minute duration, pausing only twice for two track inspections totaling 13 minutes and 48 seconds.
Out of a total of 2,410 laps completed for the 26 drivers, Alex Palou topped the list of laps turned at 119 while both Alexander Rossi and Ed Carpenter turned the fewest with 77.
Rinus VeeKay had the fastest no-tow speed with a 170.709 mph lap in the No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet. Scott McLaughlin, Palou, Felix Rosenqvist, Carpenter and Kyle Kirkwood had the second- through sixth-fastest no-tow speeds.
Will Power's 173.285 mph lap in the No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet was the fastest of the session.
Power summed up his thoughts about the Newton, Iowa short oval during a post-practice press conference: "I think it's a great track because it has multiple lanes, a lot of tire degradation, bumps. Tricky. It's my favorite oval. I really, really enjoy it here."
— 2020 Race 2: Josef Newgarden, Team Penske
— 2020 Race 1: Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske
— 2019: Josef Newgarden, Team Penske
— 2018: James Hinchcliffe, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
— 2017: Helio Castroneves, Team Penske
— 2016: Josef Newgarden, Ed Carpenter Racing
Last Six Poles
— 2020 Race 2: Josef Newgarden, Team Penske (175.333 mph)
— 2020 Race 1: Conor Daly, Carlin (175.188 mph)
— 2019: Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske (180.073 mph)
— 2018: Will Power, Team Penske (182.391 mph)
— 2017: Will Power, Team Penske (185.210 mph)
— 2016: Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske (185.855 mph)
Qualifying Lap Record
— One Lap: 186.809 mph (Helio Castroneves of Team Penske July 11, 2014)
— Two Laps: 186.256 mph (Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing on July 11, 2014)