Newgarden completes IndyCar Series weekend sweep at Iowa Speedway
Josef Newgarden completed the weekend sweep he wanted at a track where he has had plenty of success, winning the IndyCar Series race Sunday at Iowa Speedway.
After a win at Honda Indy Toronto, is Christian Lundgaard poised to be a real threat in IndyCar over the next few years? How impressive was Alex Palou's second place finish in Toronto despite a damaged front wing? TSN Racing analyst Tim Hauraney joins SportsCentre to discuss.
Christian Lundgaard started on the pole and took advantage of the car troubles of IndyCar standings leader Alex Palou to hang on to victory Sunday. His first win on North America's top open-wheel auto racing circuit also brought to an end a pact with his best friend to keep his moustache until he climbed atop an IndyCar podium.
The New Zealander often jokes that as the only IndyCar race in a Commonwealth country, the Honda Indy Toronto is essentially his backyard. He's also won four times on the street course around Exhibition Place, including a dominant performance in 2022, for the second-most victories in the race's history.
Alex Palou executed perfect strategy with a fast car to beat Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon by a wide margin, giving him four wins in his last five races and a massive lead in points as he chases a second title in three seasons.
Josef Newgarden finally captured his long-awaited Indianapolis 500 on Sunday and gave team owner Roger Penske his 19th and first since buying Indianapolis Motor Speedway, making an audacious pass of defending race winner Marcus Ericsson during a frantic 2.5-mile sprint to the finish.
Few had heard of Alex Palou when he arrived in IndyCar after several years of racing in Japan. It was 2020, during the pandemic and a season of no spectators, and the Spaniard drove for one of the smallest teams in the series. Now the 26-year-old starts on the pole Sunday for the Indy 500 seeking the biggest win of his life.