Thousands of race fans gambled and lost on Sunday at the Iowa Corn Indy 250. More than 40,000 tickets were sold, but an announced crowd of just over 34,200 was on hand to watch Tony Kanaan take the checkered flag. 

“I think that people just had it in their minds that there was a 95 percent chance of rain,” Iowa Speedway president Jerry Jauron said after the race, adding it didn’t rain “a drop” in Newton on Sunday.  “…We had nearly 5000 people not come to the race.  My heart goes out to them because they missed the best race in history: 16 lead changes, seven different leaders, an amazing race here.”

Fans from 31 states purchased tickets fot the race.

(Reporting by Randy Van, KCOB, Newton)