No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden
Laps Completed: 300/300
Laps Led: 245
Points Position: 1st (+29 pts)
- Josef Newgarden put on a dominating display by leading 245 laps in Saturday night’s Iowa 300 at Iowa Speedway, his series-leading fourth IndyCar Series victory in 2019.
- Frustrated after qualifying in the third position for the race, Newgarden wasted little time in showing the strength of his No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet, grabbing the lead from teammate Will Power on the 50th lap, just prior to a 30-minute red flag for a small rain shower that followed severe weather pushing the start time of the race back to 10:45 p.m. CT.
- Like his teammates, Newgarden needed front-wing adjustments to improve the handling of his No. 2 Chevrolet so that he could maintain his position at the front of the field. He was able to do just that as he was never seriously challenged after assuming the lead for the first time.
- The win is the second of Newgarden’s career at Iowa Speedway, and the 13th overall for the 2017 IndyCar Series champion. He has a knack for dominating while winning at Iowa as he led 282 laps in his 2016 win there. Newgarden also has a win at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, site of the next series event.
- Newgarden was able to maintain the IndyCar Series championship points lead, 29 points ahead of his nearest challenger, Alexander Rossi.
Quote: “Let me thank the fans that stayed. I’m sorry it took so long, but glad we got it in tonight. We can’t help the weather. My guys were awesome on the Hitachi car. Team Penske, Team Chevy, I can’t thank them enough. We had three fast cars. I wanted to be the fastest. We succeeded tonight. The car was great. You had to be good in traffic, and we were pumped for the guys. They worked really hard. It was nice to have it under the lights. I think if the weather didn’t come, we weren’t going to be under the lights. We just have to keep going. It’s early. This helps tonight, but it’s never enough. You never have enough points. We just have to stay on top of it.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!