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Newgarden wins as Power cops puncture

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Monday 24th April, 2017 - 8:42am

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Josef Newgarden

Josef Newgarden has won Round 3 of the IndyCar Series at Barber Motorsports Park after Will Power lost a likely victory due to a puncture.

Newgarden took his first win for Team Penske at the scene of his very first in IndyCar, two years ago, holding out Scott Dixon to give his team and Chevrolet their first wins of the season.

Power had dominated the race, officially leading 60 laps but effectively in control all the way until his Penske crew noticed a loss in pressure in a rear tyre with approximately 20 laps to go.

The Toowoomba driver initially attempted to persevere before relenting on Lap 77, dropping to 17th and ultimately finishing 14th.

“It was such a great effort all-round. The car was awesome, so fast, and I feel bad,” said Power, who has not finished in the top 10 in the last five races.

“It’s literally five races in a row – three of them were different mechanical issues – and I don’t know what to say.

“I could feel it starting to bottom and then starting to have issues in some fast corners, and I tried to tell them for as long as I could that it’s alright but I knew it was going down, you could feel it.

Newgarden had inherited fifth on the opening lap when Ryan Hunter-Reay and James Hinchcliffe came together, and ran either second or third from Lap 25 until the lead was handed to him as a result of his team-mate’s misfortune.

The 26-year-old had not long reclaimed second position from Dixon with an aggressive move through the final complex of corners just after the last restart on Lap 69.

Dixon, too, was a contender throughout, and the Chip Ganassi Honda driver looked like the only threat to the Penske juggernaut.

Despite holding a sizeable push-to-pass advantage for the final stint of the race, the Kiwi could not find a way back past Newgarden, and instead had to settle for his fifth runner-up finish at Barber.

On a mixed day for Team Penske, Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves helped the team to a one-three-four finish at the front.

Sebastien Bourdais (Dayle Coyne Honda) finished eighth and continues to lead the championship, albeit with a reduced margin as Dixon and Newgarden closed in.

Power is mired in 14th in the title race ahead of Round 4 at Phoenix International Raceway from April 28-29.

Results: Grand Prix of Alabama

Pos Driver Grid Laps Race time Laps led Status Pit stops
1 Josef Newgarden 7 90 01:54:08.7076 14 Running 3
2 Scott Dixon 4 90 01:54:09.7571 3 Running 3
3 Simon Pagenaud 3 90 01:54:11.2782 Running 3
4 Helio Castroneves 2 90 01:54:19.8668 2 Running 3
5 Alexander Rossi 18 90 01:54:20.7545 Running 3
6 James Hinchcliffe 6 90 01:54:21.2981 Running 3
7 Tony Kanaan 10 90 01:54:24.1181 Running 3
8 Sebastien Bourdais 12 90 01:54:24.7727 Running 3
9 Takuma Sato 14 90 01:54:28.8840 Running 3
10 Mikhail Aleshin 8 90 01:54:29.4140 Running 5
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay 5 90 01:54:30.9137 Running 4
12 Max Chilton 9 90 01:54:31.6789 Running 3
13 Graham Rahal 21 90 01:54:33.0533 Running 4
14 Will Power 1 90 01:54:35.0253 60 Running 4
15 Charlie Kimball 15 90 01:54:44.1944 11 Running 4
16 Ed Jones 11 90 01:54:48.2720 Running 6
17 Carlos Muñoz 16 90 01:54:59.0755 Running 6
18 Conor Daly 20 90 01:54:59.9105 Running 3
19 Zach Veach 19 90 01:55:04.9621 Running 6
20 Spencer Pigot 17 89 01:54:50.2991 Running 3
21 Marco Andretti 13 87 01:54:49.2025 Running 3

Championship points: After Round 3

Pos Driver Pts
1 Sebastien Bourdais 117
2 Scott Dixon 111
3 Josef Newgarden 110
4 Simon Pagenaud 106
5 James Hinchcliffe 102
6 Helio Castroneves 84
7 Takuma Sato 65
8 Ryan Hunter-Reay 65
9 Ed Jones 62
10 Alexander Rossi 60
11 Tony Kanaan 59
12 Mikhail Aleshin 54
13 Graham Rahal 50
14 Will Power 50
15 Carlos Muñoz 48
16 Max Chilton 48
17 Marco Andretti 45
18 Spencer Pigot 44
19 Conor Daly 41
20 Charlie Kimball 37
21 JR Hildebrand 36
22 Zach Veach 11

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