Newgarden wins Iowa Indycar race with Dixon third

Josef Newgarden dominated at Iowa Speedway to take his first IndyCar oval victory and end six years of Andretti success at the circuit.

The Ed Carpenter Racing driver put his Dallara-Chevrolet on the front row alongside championship leader Simon Pagenaud in qualifying, and after passing Pagenaud at the end of the first lap, controlled the race from the front.

By lap 84 of 300 Newgarden had put everyone in the field except Pagenaud a lap down, and maintained the lead through each of the four pit phases.

Pagenaud looked to be the only one able to challenge in the first half of the race, before Scott Dixon found some form at two-thirds race distance to pass the fellow Chevys of Tony Kanaan, Will Power and Pagenaud and move into second.

Newgarden sealed his strong oval return after the dramas of Texas – where a violent crash left him with broken bones – by crossing the line 4.7 seconds ahead of Power, who made a late surge past Pagenaud and Dixon into second in the last 10 laps.

Dixon and Pagenaud had to settle for third and fourth.

The race was largely a clean one, with two of the three caution periods triggered by engine failures for three-time Iowa winner Ryan Hunter-Reay and Juan Pablo Montoya, before a final yellow was caused by Max Chilton spinning on the high line.

Kanaan and Helio Castroneves had been running on the fringes of a podium position for much of the race, but pitting one lap before Chilton’s spin meant they lost out when the rest of the field pitted under the ensuing yellow.

They eventually finished seventh and 13th respectively, allowing the Honda-powered pair of Mikhail Aleshin and Indianapolis 500-winner Alexander Rossi to score strong points in fifth and sixth.

RESULTS – 300 LAPS:

PosDriverTeamCarGap
1Josef NewgardenEd Carpenter RacingDallara/Chevrolet1h52m16.3613s
2Will PowerTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet4.2828s
3Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Chevrolet5.5085s
4Simon PagenaudTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet6.1827s
5Mikhail AleshinSchmidt Peterson MotorsportsDallara/Honda7.0386s
6Alexander RossiAndretti HertaDallara/Honda1 Lap
7Tony KanaanChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Chevrolet1 Lap
8Sebastien BourdaisKVSH RacingDallara/Chevrolet1 Lap
9James HinchcliffeSchmidt Peterson MotorsportsDallara/Honda1 Lap
10Charlie KimballChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Chevrolet1 Lap
11Takuma SatoAJ Foyt EnterprisesDallara/Honda2 Laps
12Carlos MunozAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda2 Laps
13Helio CastronevesTeam PenskeDallara/Chevrolet2 Laps
14Marco AndrettiAndretti AutosportDallara/Honda2 Laps
15Jack HawksworthAJ Foyt EnterprisesDallara/Honda2 Laps
16Graham RahalRahal Letterman LaniganDallara/Honda3 Laps
17Gabby ChavesDale Coyne RacingDallara/Honda7 Laps
18Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter RacingDallara/Chevrolet16 Laps
19Max ChiltonChip Ganassi RacingDallara/Chevrolet26 Laps
20Juan Pablo MontoyaTeam PenskeDallara/ChevroletMechanical
21Conor DalyDale Coyne RacingDallara/HondaMechanical
22Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportDallara/HondaMechanical

Newgarden wins Iowa Indycar race with Dixon third

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