Newgarden dominates field for Iowa win
Josef Newgarden took the lead from pole sitter Simon Pagenaud on the first lap and never relinquished it save for cycling out during pit stops en route to his first IndyCar win of 2016.
“I’m just so elated that we were able to get that oval win,” said Newgarden after the race. “We’ve been so close finishing second here twice the last couple of years and second at other ovals but this team, they got it done. They gave me an amazing car and made it easy on me.”
Newgarden led 282 of the 300 total laps at Iowa, and at one point, had the entire field lapped except (at the time) second-place driver Simon Pagenaud. Color team owner Ed Carpenter impressed.
“Didn’t know we would have quite the dominant day that Josef had,” said Carpenter, who finished 18th, “but we needed to get back in victory lane for the team, for Chevrolet. It’s good to contribute some points for Josef and the No. 21 entry. Second in points right now, so we are in a really good position there. We just have to keep doing the same thing we are doing, and keep rounding into form. Hopefully next race we will have two of them on the podium.”
Will Power finished second to Newgarden on the day, passing Scott Dixon (third) and Simon Pagenaud (fourth) over the final few laps to secure his first career podium at Iowa. Mikhael Aleshin rounded out the top five.