Josef Newgarden got here out victorious in an eventful Bommarito Automotive Group 500 on Saturday night time at World Huge Expertise Raceway.
A two-hour, nine-minute pink flag on account of rain arrange a restart on Lap 224 of 260, the place Newgarden’s No. 2 Workforce Penske Chevrolet got here to life and surge by teammate Scott McLaughlin to imagine the race lead. From there, the 31-year-old Tennessee native was on cruise management, managing the hole to the sector en path to profitable by 0.470s. It marks the third consecutive 12 months – fourth general – that Newgarden has received on the 1.25-mile oval. Moreover, it marks his fifth win of the 2022 NTT IndyCar Sequence season – a career-best tally in a single marketing campaign.
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The runner-up spot got here underneath hearth as McLaughlin was left to fend off quite a few makes an attempt by the charging No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing with HMD Motorsports Honda pushed by rookie David Malukas. Ultimately, Malukas, who was fifth on the restart, managed to drag off a dramatic exterior cross getting into Flip 1 on the ultimate lap to get by McLaughlin to earn a career-best second-place end.
McLaughlin, driver of the No. 3 Workforce Penske Chevrolet, collected third for his six podium outcomes on the 12 months.
The No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet of Pato O’Ward completed fourth, forward of Takuma Sato within the No. 51 Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing Honda.
Pole-sitter Will Energy, who led a race-high 128 laps, completed sixth within the No. 12 Workforce Penske Chevrolet. Marcus Ericsson led a Chip Ganassi Racing practice, ending seventh forward of teammates Scott Dixon and Alex Palou in eighth and ninth, respectively.
The No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda of Graham Rahal was the ultimate automotive on the lead lap in tenth.
Whereas the rain delay was a part of the story, the opposite vital half was after warning got here out on Lap 145 when Jack Harvey’s incident in Flip 4. This shook up the sector as Newgarden and McLaughlin, amongst others, elected to vary the technique recreation and pit whereas Energy, main on the time, opted to remain out.
The consequence unraveled rapidly moments later. The restart got here on Lap 157 and Newgarden charged from seventh to the lead simply eight laps later. In the meantime, Energy, who misplaced the result in O’Ward on Lap 158, was on the flawed finish of the technique by no means regained the lead or monitor place to be in a contending place.
Different notables embody Rinus VeeKay, who began twenty third however made contact with the within wall proper at the beginning of the competition and by no means recovered. The Dutchman’s No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet retired after 53 laps on account of a mechanical situation.
“The entire sprint froze.”
Points for the No. 21 and @rinusveekay is out of the automotive.
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