Newgarden eats the competition alive in Iowa Corn 300

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NEWTON, Iowa – Josef Newgarden led 282 of 300 laps en route to his first win of the Verizon IndyCar Series season and third of his career in Sunday’s Iowa Corn 300 in a thoroughly dominant and unbelievable performance.

The win comes not even a full month after his accident at Texas Motor Speedway on June 12, when he sustained a fractured right clavicle and a small fracture on his right hand after contact with Conor Daly.

But Newgarden, who pressed through at Road America to finish eighth after starting 20th, looked fully back on form today in what was easily the greatest of his three career wins – and now sits second in the championship standings.

“I think we had a car like that last year. Man, it’s hard to not get emotional after these things! What a great car! ” Newgarden said in victory lane.

“Fuzzy’s Vodka…they enable us to do what we are doing here. Have a great team with Ed Carpenter Racing. Great team owner in Ed Carpenter. It is great, man. Best car I’ve ever had. Happy for my team. For my owner – he is a good dude. He takes good care of me. Just happy. This is so cool.

“Thanks to everyone in Iowa. I love this place. Love coming to Iowa. Love the fans here. Love running Indy cars around this place.  I hope we come back here for many, many years.”

“That guy’s awesome, and makes me look good,” added engineer Jeremy Milless, who engineers the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet.

Milless played a big part in the victory, as did JR Hildebrand, who tested the Ed Carpenter Racing entry last week while Newgarden opted to rest his right hand.

Newgarden had most – if not all – to do with it today in a beatdown reminiscent of days of old in North American open-wheel racing.

Newgarden started second and made it past polesitter Simon Pagenaud on the first lap.

He then led all but 18 of the remaining laps – losing the lead only on pit stop sequences – in a flawless effort from both him and the Carpenter pit crew the rest of the race to win by 4.2828 seconds.

He’d lapped up to Pagenaud in second place at one point, and by the end of the race, only the top five stayed on the lead lap.

Will Power, Scott Dixon, Pagenaud, Mikhail Aleshin and Alexander Rossi completed the top six.

Power’s run toward the front came late after the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet crew was fighting the setup on his car all day.

He made it past Dixon and Pagenaud in the waning stages and adds the runner-up finish to his back-to-back wins at Detroit race two and Road America.

Dixon got on the podium after a tough final practice, the team reverting back to its 2015 setup on the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet and sorting out his issues.

Pagenaud drove smartly for points while Aleshin banked his second top-five finish of the season, top Honda driver of the day in the No. 7 SMP Racing Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda.

Rossi was sixth after another impressive drive in the No. 98 Castrol Edge/Curb Honda, although he had one moment where he ran wide off Turn 2 and nearly collected Tony Kanaan in the process.

Kanaan, who didn’t lead a lap despite leading both practice sessions, ended seventh after being caught out on a caution in the No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, losing two laps.

Sebastien Bourdais and James Hinchcliffe drove from 16th and 22nd to eighth and ninth with Charlie Kimball recovering for a top-10 finish after dropping out of the top-15 early.

Helio Castroneves, who entered second in points, was another caught out on a caution and ended 13th. The same story was true for Graham Rahal who never had much luck and ended 16th. Newgarden’s teammate and team owner Carpenter had a gearbox issue on a pit stop and ended 18th with Max Chilton, Juan Pablo Montoya, Conor Daly and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounding out the field.

Chilton spun but resumed, a tough ending after qualifying fourth, with Montoya and Hunter-Reay having engine issues (one Chevrolet, one Honda respectively) and Daly retiring due to handling.

Results are below:

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Pagenaud holds an unofficial 73-point lead, a net loss of one coming into the day, over Newgarden with this result.

The series heads to Toronto next week for the Honda Indy Toronto.

 

X44 Racing win 2022 Extreme E championship as Abt Cupra score first race victory

2022 Extreme E Uruguay
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Abt Cupra Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Klara Andersson scored their first win in the Extreme E Energy X Prix in the 2022 finale in Uruguay as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing drivers Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez survived a chaotic finale to edge the 2021 champion Rosberg X Prix team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikhaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, by two points.

“There are so many emotions,” Andersson said in Extreme E’s coverage. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long. In my second race, first full weekend to be at the top of the podium: it’s big.”

Andersson was behind the wheel at the finish.

Rosberg Racing entered the event with a 17-point advantage over X44, but the standings were close enough that four teams remained in contention in Round 5.

“It’s a crucial weekend for us,” Loeb said in Extreme E’s coverage prior to the race. “We are not in the best position to win the championship, but the only thing we can do is try to win the race and score as many points as possible.”

The top two title contenders each crashed in qualification and were relegated to the Crazy Race, Extreme E’s version of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). For the moment, they had the steepest hill to climb, but then the other two championship contending teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Acciona Sainz Racing failed to advance from their heats.

Only one team advances from the Crazy Race, so the X44 drivers were in a must-win situation to simply keep hope alive.

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Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gutierrez ran wheel to wheel into the first turn at the start of the LCQ.

The Rosberg racer experienced crash damage in that turn that damaged her front steering, but managed to limp back to the pits at the end of her two-lap stint. The team attempted to fix the steering, but incurred a penalty for having too many mechanics in the pit area.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez took the early lead, but knew she would need to sit through a five-second penalty for an incident earlier in the weekend. The female half of the gender equal pair erased the penalty by entering the Switch Zone with a five-second lead before turning the car over to Loeb.

That was all the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist needed to give him the advantage needed to win the Crazy Race.

But the championship was not over yet. X44 Racing needed to finish third or better in the five-car finale to earn enough points for the title and after advancing from the LCQ, they were forced to take the worst grid position.

A chaotic start to the Finale saw Loeb run as high the lead and low as fourth after getting pushed off course during his first lap. And that is how he entered to Switch Zone.

On her first lap, Gutierrez slammed into Molly Taylor. With one lap remaining, X44 and Gutierrez were still in fourth and the title hope was quickly evaporating, but it was announced halfway through the lap that the third-running Andretti United team would suffer a penalty for a Switch Zone infraction. The seven-second deduction for Timmy Hansen braking too late in the zone made the difference in the title.

Coming off a disappointing Copper X Prix when Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour crossed under the checkers first, but were relegated to fifth by penalty, the McLaren pair scored their first podium of the season in second.