Newgarden Dominates in Win at Iowa

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Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden who drives a Chevrolet-powered car, took the checkered flag at the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn Indy 300 race after 300 circuits around the 4-turn 0.894-mile D-shaped Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. He won the race by 4.2828 seconds ahead of Team Penske Racing’s Will Power, who also drives a Chevrolet-powered car. Power had won the previous 2 IndyCar races (not including the suspended Texas race) on the streets of Belle Isle back on Sunday, June 5th, and at Road America last Sunday, June 26th.

The win, which is Newgarden’s 1st of the season and 3rd of his career, propels him to 2nd place in the championship standings, 73 points behind Team Penske Racing’s Simon Pagenaud, who finished in 4th place after starting on the pole. With 6 races to go, however, this difference may be challenging for Newgarden to make up since he will not be allowed to finish the remainder of the Firestone 600 on Saturday, August 27th due to his crash during

Newgarden’s last 4 weeks have been a whirlwind. He suffered a broken right wrist and a broken right clavicle in a scary crash at Texas Motor Speedway on Sunday, June 12th, he started 20th and finished 8th 2 weeks ago at Road America, and he has now won at Iowa after starting in 2nd and after finishing runner-up at Iowa to Ryan Hunter-Reay in each of the past 2 years.

The 6-year winning streak at Iowa Speedway for the Andretti Autosport team came to an end today as well. The streak dated back to 2010, when Tony Kanaan won for the team, and also includes wins from Marco Andretti (2011), James Hinchcliffe (2013), and Ryan Hunter-Reay (2012, 2014, 2015). The team has now won 6 of the past 7 races at Iowa and 7 of the 10 all-time IndyCar events there.

Drivers of the Chevrolet-powered cars took the top 4 spots, with the 5th and 6th places going to Mikhail Aleshin and Alexander Rossi, respectively, both drivers of Honda-powered cars. Drivers of the Chevrolet-powered cars took 6 of the top 8 spots and 7 of the top 10 spots.

The 3 cautions of the race came out on laps 109-127, laps 179-187, and laps 246-259. The 1st caution of the race came out when Ryan Hunter-Reay’s Honda engine blew, causing him to finish in 22nd after 4 straight years of top 2 finishes at Iowa, including 3 victories. The 2nd caution of the race came out when 2015 Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya had engine issues while running up in the top 3. He is always strong at Iowa, but in 3 races, has yet to finish a race due to some kind of issue. The final caution came out when rookie Max Chilton spun out exiting turn 2. It did not appear that he made contact with the wall, but skidding across the surface of the track made the tires pop, so he needed assistance to get his car back into the pits.

The race featured 10 lead changes among 5 leaders, with Newgarden leading 282 of the race’s 300 laps. You can see full race results at Indycar.com.

The next race in the Verizon IndyCar Series will be held on Sunday, July 17th, on the streets of Toronto, Ontario in Canada at 3:00 PM ET, and it will be broadcast on CNBC. The race will be the 11th out of a scheduled 16 races this season, as the championship chase is starting to really heat up.

Race ranking out of races I’ve watched: 28/102

-Asher Fair