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Josef Newgarden Wins at Gateway; David Malukas Storms to 2nd

Josef Newgarden won Saturday’s (Aug. 20) Bommarito Automotive Group 500 to secure his third consecutive and fourth overall win at World Wide Technology Raceway in the NTT IndyCar Series.

Behind Newgarden, rookie David Malukas pulled off a daring pass around Scott McLaughlin on the white flag lap and grabbed his career best finish in the process, coming home second.

Newgarden had nothing but praise for his third placed teammate in victory lane.

“I knew Scott was going to be good at the end there, and he had a great restart,” Newgarden told NBC.

“He was no slouch this weekend. He was very, very good and you know, Scott’s done an amazing job; he could’ve easily won this race himself … But I’m glad we were able to come back out on top.”

The race’s conclusion came over two hours behind schedule after rain red flagged the race on lap 217, eight laps after McLaughlin swiped control of the race from Newgarden. McLaughlin and his Penske teammates dominated the evening in St, Louis only being briefly challenged by Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward – and eventually Malukas.

Newgarden took the lead once again as the race got back underway with 43 laps to go, and never relinquished control from that point on.

While Newgarden now moves into second place in the standings, only three points behind Will Power, Malukas may as well have won the race himself after nabbing second place in the race away from McLaughlin at the last moment.

Teammates Malukas and Takuma Sato both used fresh tires to mount a last ditch charge to the front, with Malukas making his way around Power, O’Ward, and Colton Herta en route to his attack on McLaughlin. Malukas’ previous best finish had come at Iowa, an eighth place result.

“Unfortunately, two laps to go, that’s the one lap I decided to do the outside lane and it worked so well,” Malukas reflected after the race.

“So, if I would have done that a bit sooner, maybe we could have done something for Newgarden. But, I mean overall that is a win for me, a win for the team. Man, they deserve that so much!”

Power led the first half of the race from a historic pole position until he was overtaken by O’Ward during a restart just beyond the halfway point of the race. The caution triggering said restart featured Jack Harvey making contact with the turn 4 wall, forcing the field’s hand and leading McLaughlin, Newgarden, Sato and others to pit for fresh tires while Power and O’Ward opted to retain their track position.

Long time leader McLaughlin took his initial lead of the race on pit strategy, pitting one lap before his teammate, netting the lead of the race as pit stops cycled through.

Newgarden may well have held off McLaughlin, had he not found himself staring up the gearbox of Christian Lundgaard on pit entry. Having to follow Lundgaard through the pit entry wound up costing Newgarden 1.065 seconds on pit road, allowing McLaughlin to decisively pass the two-time champion on the backstretch on lap 209.

Rinus VeeKay was the race’s only retirement after an electrical issue struck the Dutchman during the first quarter of the race. Harvey’s lap 144 scrape with the wall was the only caution for an incident on track throughout the race.\

Next up for the NTT IndyCar Series will be the Grand Prix of Portland from Portland International Raceway. Coverage will begin Sunday, Sept 4, at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.

The finishing order of the 2022 Bommarito Automotive Group 500 is:

  1. Josef Newgarden
  2. David Malukas
  3. Scott McLaughlin
  4. Pato O’Ward
  5. Takuma Sato
  6. Will Power
  7. Marcus Ericsson
  8. Scott Dixon
  9. Alex Palou
  10. Graham Rahal
  11. Colton Herta
  12. Devlin DeFrancesco
  13. Romain Grosjean
  14. Jimmie Johnson,
  15. Helio Castroneves
  16. Felix Rosenqvist
  17. Kyle Kirkwood
  18. Dalton Kellett
  19. Christian Lundgaard
  20. Simon Pagenaud
  21. Callum Ilott
  22. Ed Carpenter
  23. Conor Daly
  24. Jack Harvey
  25. Alexander Rossi
  26. Rinus VeeKay

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Alex joined Frontstretch in March of 2021 and currently serves as the IndyCar editor, as well as contributing to Formula 1 coverage.

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Shane Everett

It was a fantastic race, but you wouldn’t have known it was based on this recap. Was there anyone else available to write this who actually watched the race and wouldn’t just go through the motions?

Jeremy

To be fair, the first 2/3 of the race was not that interesting as everyone was anticipating rain and mostly in fuel save mode to try and stretch each stint as far as possible (trying to avoid being hung out a lap down when the rain showed up). Outside of some moves on the start, and Pato making a little noise working toward the front, most others seemed content to play the fuel save game.

Post rain, the final 40 laps made up for it with multiple duels for position on track (the primary two being Newgarden / McLaughlin and Malukas storming to the front) while Dixon and surprisingly Power were in full damage control trying to limit points loss on a not horrible, but less than stellar day for both.

Points are tight, the next two races for the Championship should be good!

WJW Motorsports

Uggh – and I feel asleep during the red and still haven’t seen the final 40

Shane Everett

Moreover, you may want to hire an editor that would have avoided the glaring errors present. That may require actually paying someone.

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