NEWTON, Iowa -- Maybe there wasn't a lot of drama to James Hinchcliffe's third IndyCar Series win of the season Sunday at Iowa Speedway, but the short track provided an entertaining setting.
The series drove into the second half of the season with another competitive exhibition of speed. Yes, Hinchcliffe led 226 of the 250 laps in the Iowa Corn Indy 250, but those behind him spent the two-hour affair jostling for position.
Reigning series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay finished second, with Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan third.
Hunter-Reay drove from 21st place, the last car on the lead lap, to second. His complaint was with Simona De Silvestro, who made it difficult for him to pass late in the race even though she was seven laps off the pace.
Kanaan was like a yo-yo going up and down through the field as he dealt with issues on pit road. He finished on the podium in this race for the fourth straight year.
With Hinchcliffe winning three of the season's first 10 races and Hunter-Reay winning two others, Michael Andretti's team has now won half of the races. No other driver has won more than one race this season.
Helio Castroneves, who has one of those wins, retained the series points lead by nine over Hunter-Reay. Castroneves, the pole winner, finished eighth Sunday.
But Castroneves was the top-finishing Team Penske driver, and the once-mighty team failed to win at this track for the seventh consecutive year. Three-time series runner-up Will Power finished three laps off the pace in 17th.
Ganassi Racing also struggled. Scott Dixon finished 16th, also three laps behind the winner. Dario Franchitti, who won here in 2007 and '09, was four laps behind in 20th. Neither was a factor in the afternoon race.
Ed Carpenter had a slow final pit stop and probably should have finished higher than fourth. Graham Rahal, who is enduring his most challenging season, was fifth.
The rest of the top 10 included Simon Pagenaud, Oriol Servia, Castroneves, Marco Andretti and EJ Viso.
The race's only incident involved Alex Tagliani, who spun off the second turn after his car scrubbed the wall at that end of the track.
As the series takes its first week off from track activity in nine weeks, Andretti is third in the standings, 55 points behind Castroneves. Hinchcliffe pulled to within 66 in fourth.
There are nine races in the second half of the season, starting with the next race, July 7 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. IndyCar hasn't raced at the eastern Pennsylvania track since 1989.