IndyCar results and points after Road America

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IndyCar Road America results, points: Josef Newgarden remained the only multiple winner in the NTT IndyCar Series this season as the championship hunt significantly was jumbled for the third consecutive race.

With the victory Sunday in the Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America, Newgarden moved up two spots in the points standings to third. Road America runner-up Marcus Ericsson reclaimed the points lead that he first took after his Indy 500 victory.

With nine races remaining, Ericsson is 27 points ahead of Will Power, who fell out of the top spot by finishing 19th after contact with rookie Devlin DeFrancesco (who was penalized).

Pato O’Ward and Alex Palou also lost ground in the points after finishing in the last two spots Sunday at Road America as the only drivers unable to complete 55 laps.

Here are the IndyCar results and points standings Sunday after the Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America:


RESULTS

Click here for the box score from the 55-lap race on the 14-turn, 4.048-mile road course at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. 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 Sonsio Grand Prix with starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 55, Running
2. (4) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 55, Running
3. (1) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 55, Running
4. (6) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 55, Running
5. (11) Colton Herta, Honda, 55, Running
6. (7) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 55, Running
7. (8) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 55, Running
8. (22) Graham Rahal, Honda, 55, Running
9. (9) Scott Dixon, Honda, 55, Running
10. (13) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 55, Running
11. (12) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 55, Running
12. (10) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 55, Running
13. (20) Jack Harvey, Honda, 55, Running
14. (18) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 55, Running
15. (19) Takuma Sato, Honda, 55, Running
16. (14) David Malukas, Honda, 55, Running
17. (17) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 55, Running
18. (21) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 55, Running
19. (15) Will Power, Chevrolet, 55, Running
20. (24) Kyle Kirkwood, Chevrolet, 55, Running
21. (27) Simona De Silvestro, Chevrolet, 55, Running
22. (16) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 55, Running
23. (23) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 55, Running
24. (26) Jimmie Johnson, Honda, 54, Running
25. (25) Tatiana Calderon, Chevrolet, 54, Running
26. (5) Pato O’Ward, Chevrolet, 46, Mechanical
27. (3) Alex Palou, Honda, 36, Contact

Winner’s average speed: 117.174 mph; Time of race: 01:53:02.8097; Margin of victory: 3.3710 seconds; Cautions: 5 for 9 laps; Lead changes: 10 among seven drivers. Lap Leaders: Rossi 1-14; Ericsson 15-16; Sato 17; Rosenqvist 18-24; Newgarden 25-27; Rossi 28-29; Grosjean 30; Lundgaard 31; Newgarden 32-41; Ericsson 42; Newgarden 43-55.


POINTS

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

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

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Engine manufacturers

Entrants

Pit stop performance

Top 10 in points: Ericsson 293, Power 266, Newgarden 261, O’Ward 248, Palou 246, Dixon 224, Rossi 218, Rosenqvist 203, McLaughlin 199, Pagenaud 197.


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Heather Lyne, Dennis Erb Jr. make history in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series

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More than two decades in the making, the pairing of Heather Lyne and Dennis Erb Jr. produced a historical milestone in Dirt Late Model.

Last month, Erb and his long-time crew chief Lyne won their first World of Outlaws Late Model Championship and with this achievement, Lyne became the first female crew chief to win in a national late model series. Their journey together goes back 21 years and tells the story of hard work, persistence and belief in oneself.

After a career-best season with the World of Outlaws, Erb and Lyne secured the points championship at US 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo. with three races remaining in the season. The consistency and success of their season came down to pinpoint focus. Lyne and Erb are a team of two living out a David vs. Goliath tale. In order to be as successful as possible this year the duo knew they had to do as much as possible with the resources they had.

“It’s always a challenge when you only have two people, both at the racetrack and at the shop,” Lyne told NBC Sports. “I also work full time, so during the day, Dennis has to do a significant amount of work so that when I get down there I can start working and maintaining. It’s planning ahead. It’s having that system in place and making sure that you’re prepared ahead of time.

“When you have a problem at the track, making sure you have all that stuff ready so it’s a quick change and not a lengthy process to make a repair. We had zero DNFs in the World of Outlaws, we had only one DNF out of 96 races [combined among all series].”

Dennis Erb clinched his 2022 championship before the World of Outlaws World Finals. Jacy Norgaard – World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

Taming Time

This was not an easy feat. Between a full travel schedule and Lyne’s full-time job as an engineer, time comes at a premium. What they lack in time and resources they made up for in patience and planning.

“We buckled down, and we got all the equipment that we needed back, motors freshened, and things of that nature,” Lyne said about the mid-point of last season. “We were able to keep up with that. We just had a higher focus. I tried to reduce my hours at my day job as much as I possibly could while still maintaining what I need to get done at work. I got rid of a lot of the other distractions and got a more refined system in place at the shop.

“We did certain tasks on certain days so we had time to recover. We were on the road a little bit more, as opposed to coming home to the shop. So we had to be more prepared to stay out on those longer runs. It was just really staying on top of things a little more. It was a heightened sense.”

This was Lyne and Erb’s fourth full season with the Outlaws, but they’ve been on the road together for the last 21 seasons starting in 2001. Their partnership began with Lyne’s bravery. When one door closed, she was quick to open another. In 2001, Lyne’s dad was ready to stop racing. Her mother wanted to regain her weekends, but Lyne knew this was her life path and wasn’t prepared to lose it.

“I’ve always been a tomboy at heart,” Lyne said. “I watched racing with my dad. Growing up he watched NASCAR. In high school, I got tired of playing at the lake house, so I went to the local dirt track and fell in love with it. I just couldn’t get enough. It took a year for me to convince my dad to come to the track with me. He finally did and we sponsored a car that year, the following year he started to race limited cars. He ran hobby stocks and limited late models.”

At some point, Lyne and her father’s level of commitment drifted apart.

“He did it for about five years,” Lyne said. “And then my mom said: ‘I’m done racing. I want my weekends back. It’s just not fun anymore.’ I wasn’t ready to hang up my wenches and Dennis raced out of the same hometown so I, on a dare, went down and introduced myself; told him if you ever need any help, I’ll drill out rivets, I’ll help wash, whatever you need. Twenty-one years later here I am.”

Heather Lyne became the first female crew chief to secure a national touring late model championship in 2022. Paul Arch / World of Outlaws Late Model Series.

Breaking Through

Lyne entered a male-dominated job in a field that is also male-dominated – and where there were few examples of women creating these places for themselves. In this way, Lyne became a blueprint for other women as they strive to find a place for themselves in racing and in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) overall. She has her mother to thank for providing a strong role model, her father for sharing her passion, Erb for taking a chance on an unknow entity and most importantly herself.

“I was raised to believe that I can do anything, I want to do, as long as I put my heart and soul into it.” Lyne replied when asked about role models in the sport growing up. “My parents did not raise me to have that limitation. But from a racing role model perspective, I went in there completely green and just introduced myself to Dennis, the fact that he was brave enough to take that risk and bring a girl to the racetrack. Someone he didn’t know at all speaks volumes for him.”

Lyne and Erb have learned how to survive and succeed with each other on the road. They do this by leveraging decades of combined experience and an ability to adapt to the everchanging landscape of dirt late models. Next year the World of Outlaws visits nearly a dozen new tracks and Lyne sees it as an opportunity for continued success.

“I just want to do it again,” Lyne says going into next season, “I’m looking forward to the competition, I always do. I wouldn’t do it if I wasn’t competitively driven.

“There are some new tracks on the schedule that I’m looking forward to trying for the first time that I haven’t been to myself,” Lyne said of the 2023 season, “Dennis seems to do well on those first timers. We won out at Marion center, we finished second at Bloomsburg. We have a good solid notebook of information to tackle them over the last three years with these rocket race cars that we’re running. It’s good to have that information and leverage it to try some new things.”