Newgarden snatches victory in Phoenix

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Sunday 8th April, 2018 - 3:44pm

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Josef Newgarden

Josef Newgarden has won the IndyCar Phoenix Grand Prix in a thrilling finish.

Newgarden (Team Penske Chevrolet) pitted at a late Caution and charged from fourth to first in the seven laps which remained after the restart.

He finished ahead of Robert Wickens, Alexander Rossi, and Scott Dixon, and takes over the series lead as a result.

Newgarden moved to the front with just three laps remaining, using the high line in Turn 1 to pass Wickens.

“The team did such a good job,” Newgarden said.

“The car was good, the strategy was better, the pit stops were the best. I’m really proud of them and what they did. I think they deserved the win tonight.”

It capped off a race that saw 12 changes for the lead, shared between nine drivers.

Aside from the late caution, which paved the way for Newgarden to win, there was just one other for rookie Pietro Fittipaldi on Lap 41.

Pole-sitter Sebastien Bourdais started from pole but finished only 13th after he was served with a drive through penalty for hitting crewmembers during his stop.

Rossi was also forced to serve a penalty for contact with his pit crew, but charged back onto the lead lap and podium.

Will Power failed to finish after he hit the wall just past the 150-lap mark.

Newgarden now holds a five-point advantage over Rossi in the standings after two of the season’s 17 events.

The IndyCar season now heads to California for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach this weekend.

Race results: Phoenix

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Race time/Split Pit stops Status Grid pos
1 1 Josef Newgarden D/C/F 1:44:00.3552 4 Running 7
2 6 Robert Wickens (R) D/H/F +2.9946 3 Running 6
3 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F +3.4890 4 Running 4
4 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F +3.8175 4 Running 17
5 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F +4.0122 4 Running 8
6 5 James Hinchcliffe D/H/F +9.4497 3 Running 5
7 20 Ed Carpenter D/C/F +9.4731 4 Running 18
8 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F +9.8650 4 Running 9
9 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F +10.1747 4 Running 12
10 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F +10.3247 4 Running 2
11 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F +10.9443 4 Running 13
12 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F +1 lap 5 Running 20
13 18 Sebastien Bourdais D/H/F +1 lap 5 Running 1
14 21 Spencer Pigot D/C/F +1 lap 5 Running 15
15 88 Gabby Chaves D/C/F +1 lap 4 Running 19
16 26 Zach Veach (R) D/H/F +1 lap 4 Running 23
17 23 Charlie Kimball D/C/F +2 laps 5 Running 22
18 59 Max Chilton D/C/F +3 laps 5 Running 21
19 4 Matheus Leist (R) D/C/F +9 laps 6 Running 16
20 10 Ed Jones D/H/F +22 laps 3 Contact 11
21 32 Kyle Kaiser (R) D/C/F +76 laps 2 Contact 14
22 12 Will Power D/C/F +97 laps 2 Contact 3
23 19 Pietro Fittipaldi (R) D/H/F +210 laps 0 Contact 10

(C)hassis: D=Dallara | (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (T)yre: F=Firestone

Series points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Josef Newgarden 77
2 Alexander Rossi 72
3 Sebastien Bourdais 70
4 Graham Rahal 63
5 Ryan Hunter-Reay 62
6 James Hinchcliffe 61
7 Scott Dixon 60
8 Robert Wickens (R) 57
9 Tony Kanaan 43
10 Marco Andretti 40
11 Simon Pagenaud 38
12 Takuma Sato 37
13 Ed Jones 34
14 Will Power 31
15 Gabby Chaves 31
16 Spencer Pigot 31
17 Zach Veach (R) 28
18 Ed Carpenter 26
19 Charlie Kimball 23
20 Max Chilton 23
21 Matheus Leist (R) 17
22 Zachary Claman DeMelo (R) 13
23 Jordan King (R) 10
24 Kyle Kaiser 9
25 Rene Binder (R) 8
26 Jack Harvey (R) 7
27 Pietro Fittipaldi (R) 7

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