Newgarden Power 4 at Iowa Speedway


Iowa is his backyard. Already a triple winner on the small 1.4 kilometer track, Josef Newgarden (Team Penske / Chevrolet) added a 4th success to his credit at Iowa Speedway on Saturday. Master from start to finish after starting 2nd, he thus won his 4th victory this season and performed very well in the championship. The American is just 15 points behind leader Marcus Ericsson.

Under the heat of Iowa (37°C in the air), Newgarden masterfully managed the third oval event of the season. Very quickly ahead of poleman Will Power, the double IndyCar champion managed to keep the controls even after multiple race restarts. The first interruption was caused by Jimmie Johnson. The ex-Nascar driver achieved the feat of spinning without touching the wall, before being very aggressive and offensive throughout the race.

The first accident happened on lap 111 with the crash of Felix Rosenqvist (Arrow McLaren SP / Chevrolet), who hit the wall losing the rear. During the pit stops, the Swede will indirectly trap one of his future teammates at McLaren… Colton Herta, victim of a clutch problem and unable to leave his box. Fighting for the podium, the young American was forced to start 6 laps behind.

Best performance on oval for Grosjean

At the halfway point, Newgarden was still under pressure from Ericsson. Although the two drivers were very close to the limit, Ericsson made a mistake a few minutes later and fell to 9th place. Which benefits Romain Grosjean: very discreet during the race, the Frenchman gradually climbed to the gates of the top 5.

After the last interruption of the race caused by the accident of Ed Carpenter, at the same place as Rosenqvist, McLaughlin, then 4th, saw his race spoiled by a badly fixed wheel. The top 3, composed of Newgarden, O’Ward and Power, will not move. The three drivers, respectively 4th, 6th and 2nd in the championship before the start, took back precious points from Marcus Ericsson, who arrived only 8th.

For Romain Grosjean, who finished 7th, it’s an excellent result on the Iowa Speedway: the Andretti driver signs his best career performance on an oval circuit. On the other hand, Simon Pagenaud had an ordeal in his Meyer Shank Racing. The Frenchman, never in the game and in difficulty with his single-seater, finished more than 6 laps behind the winner of the day.

The standings for Race 1 at Iowa Speedway:

The IndyCar championship standings

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