Newgarden Triumphs Over McLaughlin in Penske Top-Two Finish at IndyCar Iowa

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In the 250-lap race, Newgarden secured his position as the frontrunner just past the midpoint, skilfully overtaking his Penske counterparts Scott McLaughlin and pole-sitter Will Power. This critical manoeuvre was pivotal in Newgarden’s race, helping him retain the leading position for his first victory since the Indy 500 in May and continuing his unbeaten run on ovals this year.

The race began with Power leading McLaughlin and Newgarden, followed by Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing) in fourth. Fifth place was fiercely contested between Colton Herta (Andretti Autosport) and Pato O’Ward (Arrow McLaren), with O’Ward seizing the spot by the third lap.

Throughout the race, Dixon and Herta seemed to struggle with their tyres. Herta was forced to make his first pitstop on lap 41 due to this issue and a problem with his right-front wheelnut that cost him four laps.

At the one-fifth mark of the race, Power maintained a slight lead over McLaughlin, with Newgarden trailing by 2s. O’Ward was the first leader to pit on lap 58, with Power, McLaughlin, and Newgarden making their stops a few laps later.

Newgarden boldly seized the lead from Power on lap 121, right before the second round of pitstops. Power’s subsequent struggles resulted in Newgarden establishing a significant lead. When the first caution of the race occurred, it brought a reprieve for drivers like Ericsson and Kyle Kirkwood (Andretti), who managed to gain ground.

After the race restarted, Newgarden extended his lead to 7s over McLaughlin. As the race concluded, despite a few last-minute scares, Newgarden held on to his lead, eventually lapping every driver up to fifth place.

O’Ward ended the race in a solid third position, followed by Ericsson, Power, and Dixon. Alex Palou, the current points leader, finished eighth.

Final Standings:

  1. Josef Newgarden – Team Penske – 1:33’40.4758
  2. Scott McLaughlin – Team Penske – +3.3755
  3. Patricio O’Ward – Arrow McLaren – +9.6072
  4. Marcus Ericsson – Chip Ganassi Racing – +14.6385
  5. Will Power – Team Penske – +22.4025
  6. Scott Dixon – Chip Ganassi Racing – +1 Lap
  7. Kyle Kirkwood – Andretti Autosport – +1 Lap
  8. Alex Palou – Chip Ganassi Racing – +1 Lap
    [… See full results]

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about IndyCar Iowa Victory

Who won the IndyCar race at Iowa?

Josef Newgarden of Team Penske was the winner of the IndyCar race at Iowa.

Who were the top three finishers in the race?

The top three finishers were Josef Newgarden (Team Penske), Scott McLaughlin (Team Penske), and Patricio O’Ward (Arrow McLaren).

What issues did Colton Herta face during the race?

Colton Herta encountered problems with his tyres and had a right-front wheelnut issue that forced him to make an early pitstop on lap 41, costing him four laps.

Who was the first leader to pit in the race?

Pato O’Ward of Arrow McLaren was the first leader to pit on lap 58.

Who led the race at the one-fifth distance mark?

At the one-fifth distance mark of the race, Will Power of Team Penske was leading.

When did Newgarden take the lead?

Newgarden took the lead from Will Power on lap 121, just before the second round of pitstops.

Where did the current points leader, Alex Palou, finish in this race?

Alex Palou, the current points leader, finished in eighth place in this race.

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TheSpeedFreak July 23, 2023 - 2:09 am

That race was so intense! and Dixon just couldn’t catch a break, a lap down, damn…

RacingFan101 July 23, 2023 - 4:34 am

so pumped for Newgarden, the guy’s a beast on the track. Glad to see him back in the winning circle!

JohnParker July 23, 2023 - 6:29 pm

man, what a race! newgarden totally crushed it. penske team’s killing it this season.

PitStopPro July 23, 2023 - 7:14 pm

Them pitstops man, game changers every time… one small slip can cost you the race.

Just_a_Guy July 23, 2023 - 7:23 pm

did anyone else see Herta’s mishap with the wheelnut? thats some bad luck right there.

DriveFastTurnLeft July 24, 2023 - 1:02 am

Newgarden is a legend, no doubt, but mclaughlin wasnt too far behind, keep an eye on that guy!

OvalMaster July 24, 2023 - 1:14 am

100% record on ovals for Newgarden this year. Simply outstanding!


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