IndyCar results and points after Barber

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Pato O’Ward continued his rebound in the NTT IndyCar Series points standings, topping the results sheet Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park in his first victory of the season.

The Arrow McLaren SP driver led the final 27 laps on the road course east of Birmingham, Alabama, and climbed from ninth to fifth in the points standings after opening the season with consecutive finishes outside the top 10.

O’Ward finished 0.98 seconds ahead of defending series champion Alex Palou, who was one spot short of repeating at the track where he won his first IndyCar race last year.

But Palou earned a solid consolation prize as he took over the championship lead through four races.

Two-time series champion Josef Newgarden, who had entered the race with a shot at a $1 million win bonus, fell to third in the standings after a 14th-place finish.

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings Sunday after the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama:


RESULTS

Click here for the box score from the 90-lap race on the 17-turn, 2.3-mile road course at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama. 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 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (2) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 90, Running
2. (3) Alex Palou, Honda, 90, Running
3. (1) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 90, Running
4. (19) Will Power, Chevrolet, 90, Running
5. (13) Scott Dixon, Honda, 90, Running
6. (4) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 90, Running
7. (8) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 90, Running
8. (9) Graham Rahal, Honda, 90, Running
9. (5) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 90, Running
10. (10) Colton Herta, Honda, 90, Running
11. (24) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 90, Running
12. (12) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 90, Running
13. (17) Takuma Sato, Honda, 90, Running
14. (7) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 90, Running
15. (14) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 90, Running
16. (6) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 90, Running
17. (20) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 90, Running
18. (15) Jack Harvey, Honda, 90, Running
19. (22) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 90, Running
20. (18) David Malukas, Honda, 90, Running
21. (16) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 90, Running
22. (21) Kyle Kirkwood, Chevrolet, 89, Running
23. (23) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 89, Running
24. (26) Jimmie Johnson, Honda, 89, Running
25. (11) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 88, Running
26. (25) Tatiana Calderon, Chevrolet, 88, Running

Winner’s average speed: 114.304 mph; Time of Race: 1:48:39.4368; Margin of victory: 0.9800 of a second; Cautions: 1 for 3 laps; Lead changes: 5 among 4 drivers; Lap leaders: VeeKay 1-29, Palou 30, Newgarden 31-32, VeeKay 33-60, Palou 61-63, O’Ward 64-90.


POINTS

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

Here are the points standings after the fourth race of the season for:

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Points: Palou 144, McLaughlin 141, Newgarden 135, Power 134, O’Ward 114, Dixon 113, VeeKay 106, Grosjean 101, Ericsson 84, Rahal 84, Herta 79, Pagenaud 69, Rossi 62, Sato 61, Lundgaard 57, Rosenqvist 56, Castroneves 55, Johnson 51, Daly 50, Kirkwood 46, Harvey 44, Malukas 44, Ilott 37, DeFrancesco 33, Kellett 30, Calderon 25, Ferrucci 22, Carpenter 18, Hildebrand 17.

Rookie of the year standings: Lundgaard 42, Kirkwood 38, Malukas 34, Ilott 32, Calderon 20, DeFrancesco 20


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Miguel Oliveira wins MotoGP Thai Grand Prix, Bagnaia closes to two points in championship

MotoGP Thai Grand Prix
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Miguel Oliveira mastered mixed conditions on the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand to win the MotoGP Thai Grand Prix. Oliveira showed the adaptability as he navigated a race that began in wet conditions and turned dry over the course of the race. Oliveira won the Indonesian GP in similar conditions.

“It was a long race, but I can’t complain,” Oliveira said on CNBC. “Every time we get to ride in the wet, I’m always super-fast. When it started raining, I had flashbacks of Indonesia. I tried to keep my feet on the ground, make a good start and not make mistakes and carry the bike to the end.”

All eyes were on the championship, however. Francesco Bagnaia got a great start to slot into second in Turn 1.

Meanwhile Fabio Quartararo had a disastrous first lap. He lost five positions in the first couple of turns and then rode over the rumble strips and fell back to 17th. At the end of the first lap, Bagnaia had the points’ lead by two. A win would have added to the gain and for a moment, it appeared Bagnaia might assume the lead.

Early leader Marco Bezzecchi was penalized for exceeding track limits, but before that happened, Jack Miller got around Bagnaia and pushed him back to third. Oliveira was not far behind.

After throwing away ninth-place and seven points on the last lap of the Japanese GP last week, Bagnaia did not allow the competition to press him into a mistake. He fell back as far as fourth before retaking the final position on the podium.

“It’s like a win for me, this podium,” Bagnaia. “My first podium in the wet and then there was a mix of conditions, so I’m very happy. I want to thank Jack Miller. Before the race, he gave me a motivational chat.”

Miller led the first half of the Thai Grand Prix before giving up the top spot to Oliveira and then held on to finish second. Coupled with his Japanese GP win, Miller is now fully in the MotoGP championship battle with a 40-point deficit, but he will need a string of results like Bagnaia has put together in recent weeks – and he needs Bagnaia to lose momentum.

Miller’s home Grand Prix in Australia is next up on the calendar in two weeks.

Bagnaia entered the race 18 points behind Quartararo after he failed to score any in Japan. The balance of power has rapidly shifted, however, with Quartararo now failing to earn points in two of the last three rounds. Bagnaia won four consecutive races and finished second in the five races leading up to Japan. His third-place finish in Thailand is now his sixth MotoGP podium in the last seven rounds.

Aleix Espargaro entered the race third in the standings with a 25-point deficit to Quartararo, but was able to close the gap by only five after getting hit with a long-lap penalty for aggressive riding when he pushed Darryn Binder off course during a pass for position. Espargaro finished 11th.

Rain mixed up the Moto2 running order in the MotoGP Thai Grand Prix as well. Starting on a wet track, Somkiat Chantra led the opening lap in his home Grand Prix. He could not hold onto it and crashed one circuit later, but still gave his countrymen a moment of pride by winning the pole.

Half points were awarded as the race went only eight laps before Tony Arbolino crossed under the checkers first with Filip Salac and Aron Canet rounding out the podium.

American Joe Roberts earned another top-10 in eighth with Sean Dylan Kelly finishing just outside the top 10 in 11th.