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Newgarden win, Malukas play after rain delay

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From his corresponding record of 67e pole position, Will Power took his Penske-Chevrolet team into the lead at the start ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda’s Marcus Ericsson, while Scott McLaughlin swept outside Penske teammate Josef Newgarden to take third place.

Behind them, Alex Palou (Ganassi) fell behind Takuma Sato of Dale Coyne Racing with RWR and Devlin DeFrancesco of Andretti Autosport-Honda, while Scott Dixon lost fifth place to Pato O’Ward’s Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet in turn 1 on lap 3.

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The moving man was O’Ward’s teammate Felix Rosenqvist, who took advantage of the fact that he had practiced on the high line the night before and climbed to 13e from 26e turn 3!

The top seven were around 0.9 seconds apart in the opening 20 laps, with DeFrancesco 1.5 seconds down in eighth, ahead of Palou, Alexander Rossi (Andretti), David Malukas (Dale Coyne Racing with HMD) and Colton Herta (Andretti).

On lap 30, Power had to protect his tires while running in the slipstream of the last car running, Jimmie Johnson’s #48 Ganassi, and keep an eye out in his mirrors for Ericsson’s Ganassi car behind him. With rain potentially shortening the race, teams and drivers were clearly racing towards a fuel number, trying to stretch out the first and second stints, settling for around 165mph, around 8mph from Power’s fastest lap .

Palou passed DeFrancesco for eighth on lap 45, just as Power finally got around Johnson, despite Johnson trying to get back on him. Just before lap 50, O’Ward moved up to fourth with a pass over Newgarden.

Once ahead of Johnson and then Ed Carpenter, Power began to pull away from Ericsson, the gap to 2.3 seconds on lap 54, and the gaps between the train of the top 10 riders began to separate through traffic. Dixon, for example, was more than five seconds behind Newgarden before hitting the pit lane on lap 57. Eager not to get caught out with a yellow, Penske pitted his three drivers, and AMSP drew O’Ward, and Coyne pitted Malukas. Ericsson and Palou only went one more lap.

This left Rosenqvist in front for one lap, but once he and Grosjean pitted Power was back in the lead but now ahead of McLaughlin, with Ericsson in third. It very quickly became fourth as Ericsson lost some momentum behind a latecomer and O’Ward was able to send him outside of them to claim third. So the order was now Power, McLaughlin, O’Ward, Ericsson, Newgarden, Dixon, Sato, Palou and Jack Harvey’s Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda car in ninth position.

The second stint saw the drivers settle into a 165mph train again, taking care of their fuel and tyres, but on lap 89 Newgarden took a run on Ericsson and passed him for fourth place in the straight line. Then O’Ward had to back out after an overtake attempt on McLaughlin, he washed the track, lost speed saving the car, and Newgarden was third on lap 91 to complete a 1-2-3 Penske. Not too far behind, Sato passed Dixon to take sixth place.

O’Ward never gives up though, and by lap 102 he was back ahead of Newgarden for third place, and Sato was in the pits. Dixon stopped on lap 120 for new tires and to do a front wing lap. On lap 123 Power and McLaughlin made their second pit stop, and the next time by Newgarden and Palou did the same, and a lap later it was O’Ward and Ericsson who pitted. In the sequence, it was Newgarden who lost, falling behind Ericsson due to traffic on his lap.

Once everyone had made their second stop, it was Sato, first second stop, in the lead on lap 135, five seconds ahead of Power, whose closest pursuer was now O’Ward, who passed McLaughlin, who was still four seconds ahead of Ericsson. and Newgarden. Coyne had bet on the weather cell ending this race earlier.

The first yellow came out on lap 146, as Harvey scraped the wall at turn 4. With rain looming, this left several teams with a dilemma – stopping and losing track position, but gaining fresh tires , or stay away? Sato, Newgarden and McLaughlin pitted knowing they would only drop to eighth, seventh and sixth respectively because everyone was a lap behind, while Power, O’Ward, Ericsson, Dixon and Palou stayed outside, hoping the rain would come before the freshly tired cars got to them.

On the restart of lap 159, Power led into Turn 1, but O’Ward picked up more speed on the outside and coming out of Turn 2, the Arrow McLaren SP was in the lead. But Newgarden was taking full advantage of their new tires and were able to run on full rich fuel, and had worked their way to the front, downshifting Dixon, Ericsson, Palou, Power and O’Ward to take the lead on the lap. 165. He then started laying down fast laps, pulling his lead to six seconds on lap 175.

It was the same lap that McLaughlin, after using his fresh Firestones to jump the Ganassi cars on the restart, passed Power and it only took him a few more laps to take second from O’Ward.

Dixon moved up from seventh on lap 189 and Palou from sixth on lap 191, with Ericsson ending Ganassi’s stoppage lap at 192. Power’s team had to respond to the championship threat and stopped on lap 194. AMSP told O’Ward it was time to do his best laps before pitting in response to Power: he did and stayed ahead of the No. 12 Penske, the split pair one on the other by a second and by Simon Pagenaud’s Meyer Shank Racing-Honda.

On lap 206 McLaughlin pitted and a lap later Newgarden was also on board. Josef was held up by a straggler on his opening lap, however, and that was enough for him to emerge behind McLaughlin. Once the Coyne cars of Malukas and Sato and Graham Rahal of RLLR pulled away, McLaughlin was left ahead of Newgarden, O’Ward, Power, Malukas, Sato, Ericsson, Dixon, Rahal, Palou.

And then the rain came and yellow came out soon followed by red, at the end of lap 217 of the scheduled 260.

After about 2:15, the race resumed with McLaughlin and Newgarden in the lead, despite a scare for the latter when his was among the few cars that stalled on the pit lane exit. This pair had a three car lap buffer to O’Ward, Power, Malukas and Sato. Under caution, Palou, Ericsson and Dixon all pitted, as did Rosenqvist, as there were only 10 cars on the lead lap. They wouldn’t have any fuel or grip issues now.

McLaughlin held on to the lead at the start with 36 to go, but Newgarden dived on the inside at Turn 3. On lap 230, Malukas used his fresh tires to demote Power to fifth, with teammate Sato doing the same the next time around. , but then cutting ahead of Power down the straight and into contact with the Penske car.

This dropped Power into the clutches of Ericsson, a main rival for the title, and Power needed to save fuel, as did O’Ward who fell victim to Malukas’ charge on lap 245. The #18 Coyne car -RWR quickly got rid of Herta’s trick. machine and on lap 253 he was less than half a second behind McLaughlin, who was held up by Newgarden trying not to catch Kirkwood.

At the start of the final lap, McLaughlin moved inside to protect his position, but Malukas started the final lap just 0.11 seconds behind him and threw his car to the outside, leaned on his rubber hard on the top line and gained more momentum. to clinch a brilliant second place, just 0.47 seconds behind Newgarden.

Newgarden thus claimed his fifth win of the year, to move just three points behind Power in the championship, while McLaughlin came home with a still impressive third.

O’Ward held off Sato until the checkered flag, and Power held off Ericsson, while Dixon, Palou and Rahal completed the Top 10.

P

Last name

Towers

Difference

LEDs

Engine

Crew

1

Joseph Newgarden

260

78

Chevy

Team Penske

2

David Malukas

260

0.4708

4

Honda

Dale Coyne Racing with HMD

3

Scott McLaughlin

260

1.0546

12

Chevy

Team Penske

4

Pato O’Ward

260

3.6825

ten

Chevy

Arrow McLaren SP

5

Takuma Sato

260

0.3286

22

Honda

Dale Coyne Racing with RWR

6

Will

260

6.3297

128

Chevy

Team Penske

seven

Marcus Ericsson

260

0.7527

1

Honda

Chip Ganassi Racing

8

Scott Dixon

260

3.2663

Honda

Chip Ganassi Racing

9

Alex Palou

260

5.9387

Honda

Chip Ganassi Racing

ten

Graham Rahal

260

4.2766

2

Honda

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

11

Colton Herta

259

12.8765

Honda

Andretti Autosport with Curb-Agajanian

12

Devlin De Francesco

259

2.9851

Honda

Andretti Steinbrenner Autosport

13

Romain Grosjean

259

0.6011

2

Honda

Andretti Autosport

14

jimmy johnson

259

8.1454

Honda

Chip Ganassi Racing

15

Helio Castroneves

259

2.0947

Honda

Meyer Shank Racing

16

Felix Rosenqvist

259

1.7706

1

Chevy

Arrow McLaren SP

17

Kyle Kirkwood

258

4.1814

Chevy

AJ Foyt Enterprises

18

Dalton Kellet

258

17.1863

Chevy

AJ Foyt Enterprises

19

Christian Lundgard

258

5.4910

Honda

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

20

Simon Pagenaud

257

14.1446

Honda

Meyer Shank Racing

21

Ilott Callum

257

8.8148

Chevy

Juncos Hollinger Racing

22

Ed Charpentier

256

15.7123

Chevy

Ed Carpenter Race

23

Conor Daly

244

4 TURNS

Chevy

Ed Carpenter Race

24

Jack Harvey

239

5 ROUNDS

Honda

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

25

Alexandre Rossi

226

5 ROUNDS

Honda

Andretti Autosport

26

Rinus VeeKay

53

20 TURNS

Chevy

Ed Carpenter Race

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