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Newgarden wins at Highway America, earns $1 million prize

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) — Josef Newgarden earned a $1 million bonus on Sunday for profitable at Highway America, the place his third win of the season accomplished a trifecta of victories on IndyCar’s completely different circuits.

Newgarden received on the oval at Texas and the road course in Lengthy Seashore this season, and headed Highway America looking for a highway course win that might make him the primary IndyCar driver this season to win on all three circuits.

The reward was a $1 million payout from The PeopleReady Pressure for Good Problem, which break up the bonus between Workforce Penske and charities of Newgarden’s selection. The American chosen Wags and Walks of Nashville and SeriousFun Youngsters’s Community. It was the primary 12 months of the problem and claimed earlier than the midway level of the IndyCar season; Newgarden is the one driver with a number of wins via eight of 17 races.

Newgarden beat Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson of Chip Ganassi Racing by 3.371-seconds following two late restarts, however Ericsson reclaimed the factors lead with the runner-up end.

Alexander Rossi, the Andretti Autosport driver who began on the pole in the hunt for his first win in three years, completed third and was adopted by teammates Romain Grosjean and Colton Herta.

Chevrolet received the race with Newgarden, however Honda took the subsequent 4 spots. Felix Rosenqvist of Arrow McLaren SP and Scott McLaughlin of Penske had been sixth and seventh for Chevy.

Newgarden had a 2.8-second lead over Rossi when Pato O’Ward’s engine failed with six laps remaining to arrange the primary late restart. Then Helio Castroneves spun for an additional warning.

Newgarden acquired an incredible leap on Rossi on each late restarts and by no means appeared again.

Rossi had his arms full first with Ericsson, after which along with his personal teammates, as his shedding streak prolonged to 45 races. His pole-winning run Saturday was his first in three years.

Newgarden received for the second time at Highway America, however he was headed towards the win a 12 months in the past till his gearbox failed within the closing laps and it handed the win to reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou.

Josef Newgarden (2) races during the IndyCar Detroit Grand Prix auto race on Belle Isle in Detroit, Sunday, June 5, 2022.


Palou’s probabilities of defending final 12 months’s win vanished nearly instantly as a result of an early tangle with Ganassi teammate Ericsson. When Ericsson made a transfer to Palou’s inside, the proper rear of the Swede’s automobile made contact with the entrance left of Palou’s, and the Spaniard went off track.

“He was attempting to win the race on the third lap,” Palou mentioned. “The automobile broke. That’s it. Recreation over.”

Will Energy, in the meantime, dropped from the IndyCar factors lead due to his personal early incident. A poor qualifying effort put Energy in fifteenth at first and he was hit from behind by rookie Devlin DeFrancesco simply eight laps into the race. Energy ended up nineteenth.

DeFrancesco obtained a stop-and-go penalty for making avoidable contact, and Energy dropped to second within the standings, 27 factors behind Ericsson.

O’Ward’s engine failure dropped him from third to fourth within the standings; Palou dropped from fourth to fifth. The win for Newgarden, in the meantime, moved him from fifth to 3rd within the factors.


Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson had a irritating day due to contact with Tatiana Calderon in the back of the pack on the primary lap. Johnson went off track to deliver out a full-course yellow. He completed twenty fourth.

Calderon was within the subject with Simona de Silvestro, marking the primary time an IndyCar occasion has included two feminine drivers since de Silvestro and Pippa Mann entered the 2015 Indianapolis 500.


There’s a two-week break within the IndyCar schedule earlier than the July 3 race at Mid-Ohio in Lexington, Ohio. Josef Newgarden received at Mid-Ohio final 12 months.


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