Josef Newgarden. (Photograph by Gregory Shamus/Getty Pictures)
Defending IndyCar season champion Josef Newgarden received Sunday’s second IndyCar Bommarito 500 race of the weekend, slicing into the factors lead of New Zealand’s Scott Dixon.
Newgarden, a 29-year-old American, received his 16th profession IndyCar race and second of the season after Iowa with Mexican rookie Pato O’Ward second and Australia’s Will Energy third on a 1.25-mile oval at Madison, Illinois.
Dutch teen rookie Rinus VeeKay was fourth with Dixon fifth, giving him 416 factors and a 96-point edge on second-place Newgarden, who entered the day 117 adrift.
“We have been bitten by dangerous luck this 12 months,” Newgarden mentioned. “Possibly this might be slightly kick starter for the tip of the season for us.”
Newgarden, chasing his third factors crown in 4 seasons, edged O’Ward out of the pits in a drag race after their closing stops and held on to seize the victory below warning after a late wreck.
“This was all a pit cease victory for me,” Newgarden mentioned. “We bought fairly dicey with Pato and Will there on the observe. That race out of the pits was for the win.
“It was all all the way down to my group. The group did an incredible job. My group received the race. I did not win it. They received it.”
IndyCar has one other weekend double on October 2-Three on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway street course and a season finale October 25 at St. Petersburg, Florida. The collection hopes to stage two races subsequent month on the Mid-Ohio street course.