No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden
Laps Completed: 128/200 (rain-shortened race)
Laps Led: 1
Points Position: 1st (+35 pts)
After running a consistent race, Josef Newgarden and the No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet team finished fifth at Pocono Raceway allowing them to continue to lead the IndyCar Series championship points lead.
The race began with an on-track incident involving several cars on lap 2 but luckily Newgarden avoided the incident. Once the race restarted, he was scored as second and began to battle back to the first position.
The No. 2 Chevrolet’s first pit stop came on lap 40 electing to just take fuel and four tires.
While remaining in the top-10 most of the event, Newgarden was called to the pits by team strategist Tim Cindric for fuel and tires to try and maintain track position on lap 66.
The team’s third and final pit stop occurred on lap 103 where he once again took fuel and tires.
As the sky darkened, IndyCar called a red flag for track conditions on lap 128 which eventually resulted in the conclusion of the event with the No. 2 team taking home fifth-place.
With just three races remaining at Gateway, Portland and Laguna Seca, Newgarden heads to Gateway this weekend continuing to lead IndyCar championship point standings with a desire to earn as many points as possible to maintain his lead.
“It was kind of an interesting day, but it could have been worse. It was sort of like qualifying yesterday where qualifying got rained out but we started on the pole. We didn’t finish this race but we finished fifth. We’ll take it. I wish we could have been a little bit higher, but I think Will (Power) was going to be tough to beat today. He looked very strong. Certainly towards the middle of the race I thought he was looking very good. We fought with what we had today and I thought the Hitachi Chevy was pretty good. Coming out of here with a decent finish allows us to now focus on the last three events. We just need to set our sights on Gateway next weekend and execute. I think we will have a good Hitachi Chevy. I always feel confident with Team Penske, and Team Chevy has been pushing hard, so I’m looking forward to it.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!