Newgarden stopped Grosjean and Blow to win at Long Beach

Joseph Newgordon finally added the Long Beach success to his career after winning the NTT IndyCar Series after a tough fight on Sunday’s famous Southern California street curriculum.

After trying to keep polar bear Colton Herta in sight, Newgordon jumped into the Andrei Autosport car during the first round stops – but the two were spotted being jumped by Alex Blu.

That put him still second in the middle, but this time chasing the reigning series champion. He came out two rounds later than the Spaniard before his second stop, and no more. 10 reunited with Kanasi. Baloo made a swing in passing him on turn 5, resulting in little contact between the pair, but no change in position. His best shot, and after Newgarden got better out of Harbin at the end of the lap and made a small break, the pair returned to play in the long game.

The final chapter of the war came after a 15-round resumption. Newgarden and Paulo were still running first and second, but behind them was Romain Croszine, who was at the forefront of picking soft firestones in his last time. The call paid off as soon as the bet turned green, the Frenchman did a relatively easy job of taking the milk second, and he immediately began to hunt down Newgord. That gap quickly evaporated, and Newgarden no. 28 Andrei faced a series of attacks from Honda. A big lunch was denied from CrossGene on Turn 5, and the rest of Crosszine’s push-to-pass burned everything.

That finally allowed Newgarden to breathe a sigh of relief, and brought the ball back into play in the second fight. Is there enough leftovers for someone to do something on the last lap? We are not sure, because just seconds before the white flag came out, the match ended in yellow when Takuma Sato collided with the barrier.

“It’s a fight today,” Newgarden said happily. “It simply came to our notice then. I was working my butt off with CrossJine at the end in the Reds; I was hoping I could stop him. It was so hard. Very proud of the Benske team. I’ve been trying to win a race here for 11 years, so I’m so proud to have done it.

After flirting again with the first IndyCar win, Grojsean took reasonable satisfaction in coming to his first platform as an Andrei driver.

“Very close,” he said. “But not close enough.”

Balu was also happy to finish where he started.

“We did a good strategy,” he said. “We went from third to first in strategy, then we were very close (at the second stop). , But will try again at Barber.

It may not have been his day, but it was so much better than Herta. The 2021 Long Beach winner dominated the starting lineup: just five rounds later, he had already opened a gap of almost 2.0 seconds at Newgarden, and all early signs indicated an afternoon of racing for scraps. The first setback came in the form of a slow first stop, which made Herta radio the team and ask how he was able to get out of the third round stops.

That would be his only stop today. Before he could get inside for the second time, he overcooked it as he approached the 9th turn and put the car inside the fence. The bet is over.

“I braked a little late,” he said. “I got in there, locked the front right, that’s all. Just stupid mistake. We were definitely in that thing. We took third place, continuing with Alex and Joseph. It’s unfortunate. I feel so bad. I did a little over.”

His absence, along with other early departures, paved the way for many drivers to retain strong results from a difficult start to the weekend. Will Power missed the Fast 6 in the qualifying round, but no. 12 Team Benske Chevy was pleased to finish fourth, while Bodo O’Ward was nowhere to be found Friday and Saturday, but moved up to fifth.

“Today is very determined for us,” he said. “I know it’s not a success, but we’re had a very difficult start to our year. All I want to do today is get a good solid foundation, build momentum from today. Be proud of what we did today. We moved forward, not just a few levels, but a few. We’ve going to Barber, one of my favorite places.There are 14 more races, today was a big step considering where we started the weekend.I had a great race car today.Unfortunately, we have not started a little ahead yet, but eyes forward – in the next few races we I think we are going to do some good things.

Scott Dixon shifted his starting position from 16th to sixth, which was a similar story behind him.

“Starting to qualify, we made a big mistake in the car,” he said. “We were very aggressive in strategy. I think we jumped about 10 cars in that first row. Had to give up a little to save fuel, but I think a lot of people were surprised at the pit we dug.

Along the way, Kansas teammate Marcus Eriksen – who ran in third and looked strong – resumed on the 67th lap when he crashed into a wall at the exit of Turn 4 and spun directly into Dixon’s path, where he survived a friendly fire. The New Zealand player could not avoid contact, but escaped unharmed.

Ericsson’s crash was in line with an afternoon theme, where more than a third of the area was claimed by the crash. Jimmy Johnson was already racing with a piece in his hand after the crash on Friday and then crashed again Saturday morning. On this occasion, he lost it on the way to Turn 5 and picked up Coin David Malugas on the way to the tires. It was not immediately clear if there was any previous contact between the couple who started the cycle.

“I lost it so quickly, I don’t know if there was a connection behind it,” said a confused Johnson. “I thought I had lost it in the rubber stacked at the corner entrance, but the crew thought differently. Anyway, the rubber was unlike anything I had ever seen before. There was an inch of rubber stacked around the racetrack and it was very interesting where to put the car. I think it was a bit wide.

Most of the other influences are of the standard lockup, skit, and bang genre, but Simon Beganat took a different approach when he took a bruise while hitting Sato in the fountain and went back to a flower bed.

Outside of race-ending accidents, Scott McLaughlin was the only driver in the top 10 who started in black tires. The idea was to hang on to loving life in the first place and then pick others when the tire was in his favor in the race. He succeeded in the first part of the mission, and when he made his first stop he was running in the same position as where he had started, but during the second job the plan went sideways as he cut through the barrier at Harbin. He lost 10 positions and buried himself throughout the afternoon.


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