Newgarden scored his fifth win of the growing season at GLOBALLY Technology Raceway following a bold strategic move under caution, and an incisive spread teammate Scott McLaughlin on a restart carrying out a 2hr15min rain delay both paid.
The effect vaulted the 2017 and 19 IndyCar champion from fourth to second on the points table, just three behind Team Penske-Chevrolet teammate Power, who could only salvage sixth after dominating the initial 1 / 2 of the race.
But Newgarden says their proximity in the championship wont result in a shift in how they race one another in the races at Portland and Laguna Seca.
I believe we’re just likely to race like we always do, said Newgarden after scoring his 25th career win. It’s sort of as simple as that. We race all year, we race hard.
It will not be the first-time Will and I’ve raced together. We’ve had many, many races which have been in lockstep, 1-2, pit strategy, the whole lot. We’ll just fight it out as normal.
With 108 points left available, Chip Ganassi Racing trio Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson and Alex Palou remain firmly in the championship fight despite a mediocre night at Gateway yielding eighth, seventh and ninth respectively. Dixon is merely 14 points adrift of Power, Ericsson 17, and Palou 43, as the third Penske driver, Scott McLaughlin, is 54 points off the very best.
Newgarden said he recognizes that keeping the championship in the Penske family must take priority.
Clearly we don’t wish to accomplish a thing that jeopardizes the complete group since it is larger than us, said the 31-year-old. By the end of your day we have three cars in the fight still. There is nothing that matters a lot more than putting a Team Penske car in Victory Lane.
Just as much as I’d like that to be trust me I do I’ll work to be see your face. We also need to just make certain we understand that it’s about most of us and it’s really about all of the effort we devote. We need to make certain one car secures the championship.
It’s only a balance. We’re just likely to race like we always do. Hopefully it generally does not turn ugly at some time.
Power, the 2014 IndyCar champion, said of his WWTR result: Obviously, we wanted more. We made a blunder and didnt take [a pitstop during] that yellow. Thats IndyCar. Its never straightforward. You anticipate that in the championship.
It could get back to us within the next two in different ways. Thats how it really is. Weve got the right tracks approaching.
Like I predicted, it’ll be a hardcore battle completely to the finish. Ive been with us quite a long time and understand how these exact things go. The great thing about today is that people finished in the very best six, so thats still very good.