Newgarden wins IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama

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Newgarden wins IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama

Washington (AFP) – American Josef Newgarden won the IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama on Sunday, taking his fourth career victory after Australia’s Will Power was forced out by a punctured tire.

Power led 60 of the 90 laps at the Barber Motorsports Park circuit and was ahead when forced into the pits with 14 laps remaining with a leaking tire.

That allowed Newgarden to seize the lead and he kept it to the checkered flag, holding off runner-up Scott Dixon of New Zealand with France’s Simon Pagenaud third.

Newgarden took his first IndyCar victory at Alabama in 2015 and also won two years ago at Toronto. Last year brought his third victory at Iowa.

But his latest triumph came in only his third race for IndyCar veteran owner Roger Penske.

“Every since I joined this team I have felt this awesome energy,” Newgarden said.

Newgarden felt for teammate Power’s unfortunate fate, a share of 14th.

“You don’t want to see that,” Newgarden said. “You see that in racing. Breaks come and go. I hate to see that for Will… I’m happy it worked out the way it did.” 

Penske was plased to have three of the four top finishers and Power as well in his stable, but was especially pleased Newgarden held off Dixon for the win.

“When you have Dixon behind you like that foir 20 laps, it just shows you how strong a driver he is,” Penske said.

Dixon settled for his seventh podium finish at Alabama without a victory, his fifth runner-up showing.

Josef Newgarden, pictured in 2016, won the IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama
Copyright GETTY/AFP/File Matt Hazlett

 

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