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Newgarden wins at Gateway, Power third

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Monday 31st August, 2020 - 9:55am

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Josef Newgarden

Josef Newgarden has won the second Gateway IndyCar race, a victory Will Power was in contention for until he was hindered by traffic and ultimately finished third.

Patricio O’Ward split those Team Penske drivers in taking second while Scott Dixon’s series lead over Newgarden is a reduced 96 points after he got home in fifth position.

The top four qualifiers of Takuma Sato (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing), Newgarden, O’Ward (McLaren SP), and Power, respectively, held their positions at the start while Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) moved into fifth.

That top five remained until Lap 26, when Sato and Newgarden got held up by traffic, allowing Power to nab second spot from his team-mate.

O’Ward pitted on Lap 46, Newgarden and Dixon on Lap 47, and Power on Lap 48, while Sato ran all the way until Lap 59.

The early leader had still been making good pace but got held up by Charlie Kimball (AJ Foyt Racing) and emerged eighth when he completed the cycle.

O’Ward had taken the lead by undercutting both the front-running Penske cars, and Rinus VeeKay (Ed Carpenter Racing) slotted in between #12 and #1 having pitted from 12th on Lap 40, while Dixon was net unchanged in fifth.

The order was not shaken up again until the next pit stop cycle, when Power took the lead from O’Ward, who got held up somewhat on his out lap and dropped back to second.

Newgarden moved back into third, VeeKay took up fourth, and Dixon slipped to seventh, behind Colton Herta and Sato.

Although Power and then O’Ward caught backmarkers, there were no changes of position until the final pit stop cycle.

Newgarden jumped O’Ward when they came in together, along with VeeKay, on Lap 151, while Power took service a lap later.

However, the Queenslander was delayed by Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing) on his way to the pits and fell to third, Herta moved to fourth thanks to having to take on less fuel to get home, VeeKay emerged fifth, Dixon took up sixth, and Sato was seventh.

When VeeKay went to round up Herta on Lap 164, the Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport driver got loose and ceded position also to Dixon.

Sato was still seventh when he hit the wall late in the piece, meaning the race ended under Caution with Newgarden leading from O’Ward, Power, VeeKay, Dixon, Herta, Felix Rosenqvist (Chip Ganassi Racing), and Conor Daly (Carlin).

The man who caused the yellows actually managed to complete all 200 laps in his damaged #30 Honda, finishing ninth, and Santino Ferrucci (DCR w/ Vasser-Sullivan) rounded out the top 10.

Next up, based on how the calendar currently stands, is a pair of races on the Indianapolis road course on October 2-3 (local time).

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Results: Race 9, Gateway

Pos Num Driver C/E/T Race time/Split Pit stops Status Grid pos
1 1 Josef Newgarden D/C/F 1:32:15.2431 3 Running 2
2 5 Pato O’Ward D/C/F +1.4356 3 Running 4
3 12 Will Power D/C/F +3.3580 3 Running 3
4 21 Rinus VeeKay (R) D/C/F +4.4369 3 Running 18
5 9 Scott Dixon D/H/F +6.2173 3 Running 6
6 88 Colton Herta D/H/F +7.0022 3 Running 10
7 10 Felix Rosenqvist D/H/F +9.6894 3 Running 9
8 59 Conor Daly D/C/F +9.9199 3 Running 15
9 30 Takuma Sato D/H/F +10.8130 3 Running 1
10 18 Santino Ferrucci D/H/F +15.6741 3 Running 16
11 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay D/H/F +16.6569 3 Running 12
12 55 Alex Palou (R) D/H/F +18.8580 3 Running 14
13 60 Jack Harvey D/H/F +20.0777 3 Running 5
14 27 Alexander Rossi D/H/F +20.9892 3 Running 11
15 98 Marco Andretti D/H/F +1 lap 3 Running 20
16 22 Simon Pagenaud D/C/F +1 lap 3 Running 8
17 7 Oliver Askew (R) D/C/F +1 lap 3 Running 13
18 4 Charlie Kimball D/C/F +1 lap 3 Running 21
19 14 Tony Kanaan D/C/F +1 lap 3 Running 19
20 15 Graham Rahal D/H/F +2 laps 3 Running 23
21 20 Ed Carpenter D/C/F +3 laps 3 Running 22
22 26 Zach Veach D/H/F +4 laps 4 Running 17
23 8 Marcus Ericsson D/H/F +10 laps 3 Running 7

Race winner: 200 laps
(C)hassis: D=Dallara | (E)ngine: C=Chevy, H=Honda | (T)yre: F=Firestone

Series points

Pos Driver Pts
1 Scott Dixon 416
2 Josef Newgarden 320
3 Pato O’Ward 297
4 Takuma Sato 274
5 Colton Herta 250
6 Simon Pagenaud 237
7 Graham Rahal 236
8 Will Power 226
9 Santino Ferrucci 216
10 Felix Rosenqvist 208
11 Ryan Hunter-Reay 194
12 Marcus Ericsson 184
13 Rinus VeeKay 181
14 Jack Harvey 181
15 Conor Daly 165
16 Alex Palou 160
17 Oliver Askew 155
18 Alexander Rossi 154
19 Charlie Kimball 150
20 Zach Veach 143
21 Marco Andretti 136
22 Tony Kanaan 106
23 James Hinchcliffe 88
24 Ed Carpenter 81
25 Max Chilton 68
26 Dalton Kellett 39
27 Helio Castroneves 38
28 JR Hildebrand 28
29 Sage Karam 19
30 Fernando Alonso 18
31 Spencer Pigot 17
32 Ben Hanley 14
33 James Davison 10

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