Josef Newgarden Wins Eventful IndyCar Round at Gateway


Josef Newgarden Wins Eventful IndyCar Round at Gateway

Like so much of Penske Racing, Josef Newgarden has had a tough 2021. Inconsistent speed has plagued every team in the series but Chip Ganassi Racing, but for Penske it is a truly unusual occurrence. It is even more unusual for Newgarden, a hyper-consistent driver who has built his championship career in a very Scott Dixon mold of elite speed tempered with both patience and speed at every type of track the series visits. That makes him one of the best in the world in an open wheel car on a short oval, where chaos seems to reign for absolutely everyone else.

On a day this chaotic, there is nobody more qualified to win on the uneven short intermediate at Gateway Motorsports Park.

The race started with a long series of failed starts and re-starts, with no serious green flag runs until 80 laps into what was just a 260-lap race. The most significant of those incidents saw the Chip Ganassi Racing teammates of Alex Palou and Scott Dixon, the drivers that came into the day first and third in the championship standings respectively, wrecked by a too-ambitious move by Rinus VeeKay. Dixon ran a few extra laps to make up some vital championship points, but it was race over for all three and a disastrous day for Ganassi’s elite program. For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.

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