Newgarden excels at Mid-Ohio for second straight IndyCar win
LEXINGTON, OHIO — Josef Newgarden dominated at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on the way to his second straight IndyCar victory at the Honda Indy 200 on Sunday.
Newgarden was not challenged most of the day on the 90-lap, 2.2-mile course and finished 5.156 seconds ahead of Team Penske teammate Will Power, the pole-sitter. Newgarden won at Toronto on July 16.
Newgarden moved from fourth to first in the series points standings, seven points ahead of Helio Castroneves.
“We had an awesome race. It’s what we needed,” Newgarden said. “This was a good day for Team Penske.”
Local favourite Graham Rahal, who won two years ago, was third for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, and 2016 champion Simon Pagenaud (Team Penske) was fourth. James Hinchcliffe of Oakville finished 11th.
Newgarden showed his intentions early when he made an inside pass on Power on the 14th lap. Rahal took a temporary lead when Newgarden pitted on lap 41 but when Rahal went in the next time around, Newgarden went to the front.
By lap 50, the Tennessee native had extended his lead over Power to 6.5 seconds. Meanwhile, Rahal couldn’t get around lastplace Carlos Munoz for more than a dozen laps.
Josef Newgarden relaxes in the cockpit after winning the IndyCar Honda Indy 200 auto race.