IndyCar stats, results and points after Texas: A major payoff for Team Penske

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IndyCar Texas results and points standings: Team Penske’s strong start to the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series continued Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway as Josef Newgarden edged teammate Scott McLaughlin by 0.0669 seconds on a last-corner pass to win the XPEL375.

After his 600th victory as a team owner, Roger Penske paid off Newgarden, who led only three of 248 laps, with six $100 bills in victory lane. McLaughlin, who led a race-high 186 laps, got caught in traffic in the closing laps and finished second at Texas for the second consecutive year.

“At the end I was (thinking) Scott is going to be hard to beat with traffic,” Newgarden said after his 21st career victory. “He’s been strong this whole time. He was strong last year, strong at the test. I thought if we just had clear running, we would have a great fight. We probably would have been dicing back and forth the entire time.

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“It gets so difficult when you have cars that are about to go a lap down, fighting each other. Scott is trying to manage that, and it helps me to be able to close up on end. At the end, I literally conceded with two laps to go. It’s just not going to happen. I literally almost lost it off four pushing hard to go ahead close. He did a good job. He was in position.”

“You could have held on for one more corner,” McLaughlin, who broke through for his first career victory in the season opener at St. Pete, joked in the postrace news conference.

“I could have kept that mindset,” Newgarden said. “But that mindset changed as soon as I got to corner three. The traffic just presented a great opportunity to really get after it, try to do something to win this race.

“I went high side. If I hit the fence, I hit the fence. Scott is still the winner, it will be a great day for the team. I was so pumped. I’ve never been so excited.”

In a battle of IndyCar powerhouses, Marcus Ericsson finished third in the No. 8 Dallara-Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing, which also had top 10s from Scott Dixon (fifth), Jimmie Johnson (a career-best sixth) and Alex Palou (seventh).

Will Power finished fourth in the No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet as Penske took three of the top four.

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings Sunday after the Firestone Grand Prix of St Pete:


RESULTS

Click here for the box score from the 248-lap race on the 1.5-mile oval at Texas Motor Speedway. Click here for the lap leader summary and here for the pit stop performance.

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Here is the finishing order in the XPEL375 with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out:

1. (7) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 248, Running
2. (2) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 248, Running
3. (14) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 248, Running
4. (4) Will Power, Chevrolet, 248, Running
5. (5) Scott Dixon, Honda, 248, Running
6. (18) Jimmie Johnson, Honda, 248, Running
7. (11) Alex Palou, Honda, 248, Running
8. (15) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 248, Running
9. (27) Santino Ferrucci, Honda, 248, Running
10. (8) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 248, Running
11. (19) David Malukas, Honda, 248, Running
12. (9) Colton Herta, Honda, 247, Running
13. (21) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 247, Running
14. (25) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 247, Running
15. (10) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 247, Running
16. (20) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 247, Running
17. (22) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 246, Running
18. (16) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 245, Running
19. (24) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 233, Contact
20. (3) Takuma Sato, Honda, 140, Contact
21. (1) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 138, Mechanical
22. (26) Graham Rahal, Honda, 128, Contact
23. (6) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 128, Contact
24. (17) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 128, Contact
25. (23) Kyle Kirkwood, Chevrolet, 113, Contact
26. (13) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 103, Mechanical
27. (12) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 11, Mechanical

Winner’s average speed: 165.467 mph; Time of Race: 2:09:29.7270; Margin of victory: 0.0669 of a second; Cautions: 4 for 52; Lead changes: 15 among 12 drivers. Lap Leaders: McLaughlin 1-56; Sato 57-61; Castroneves 62; Kirkwood 63-67; Hildebrand 68; McLaughlin 69-149; Newgarden 150-151; McLaughlin 152-158; VeeKay 159-163; Power 164-183; Ericsson 184-193; Carpenter 194-197; Malukas 198-200; Ilott 201-205; McLaughlin 206-247; Newgarden 248. PeopleReady Force For Good Challenge ($10,000 charitable donation): Josef Newgarden


POINTS

Click here for the points tally in Sunday’s race.

Here are the points standings after the season opener for:

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Entrants

Top 10 in the standings: McLaughlin 97, Power 69, Palou 67, Newgarden 65, Ericsson 58, Dixon 55, Herta 50, VeeKay 50, Pagenaud 39, Johnson 35.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.


QUALIFYING

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Fastest lap by driver

Fastest lap by driver after qualifying

Fastest lap by driver and class after qualifying

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