Josef Newgarden dominates Iowa for first win of 2020

Josef Newgarden led over 100 laps on night two at Iowa Speedway to score his first win of 2020. He also became the first pole-sitter to win a race at the near-mile long oval. It is his 15th career IndyCar win.

The NTT IndyCar Series wrapped up a doubleheader weekend at Iowa Saturday night.

After a wild night on Friday, the on-track action was much tamer Saturday.

Defending IndyCar champion Newgarden led the field to green and would remain out in front of the first 100 laps. Meanwhile, Santino Ferrucci would work his way into the top 10 after starting 16th.

The Arrow McLaren team continued to shine on Saturday night as Patricio O’Ward worked his way up to second after starting 12th.

The first caution of the evening would not come out until lap 114 as Ed Carpenter would slide up into the wall in turn two and spin down the backstretch.

It would be Newgarden and O’Ward battling for the lead on the ensuing restart. However, on the next cycle of pit stops, O’Ward’s team failed to properly tighten the left-rear tire on the car. He had to stop on pit road and back into his stall. He would finish one lap down in 12th.

The caution would come out on lap 180 as Ryan Hunter-Reay spun coming out of pit road and hit the inside wall. This would be big for O’Ward’s teammate, Oliver Askew, as he was able to get back on the lead lap and pit to have fresher tires over the rest of the field who had pit just before the caution.

Like Friday night, fuel mileage was not an issue as Newgarden would cruise after the final restart to take the win.

Will Power and Graham Rahal finished second and third, respectively, to complete the podium. Rahal’s second podium finish is the first time he’s scored multiple finishes of such since 2017.

Simon Pagenaud, after starting last again, would rally to a fourth-place finish. Scott Dixon would round out the top five.

The IndyCar Series will return to action on Aug. 9 at Mid-Ohio.

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