New­gar­den ex­cels at Mid-Ohio for sec­ond straight IndyCar win

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - CRAIG MERZ

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.

TOM E. PUSKAR, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Josef New­gar­den re­laxes in the cock­pit af­ter win­ning the IndyCar Honda Indy 200 auto race.

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