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NEWTON, Iowa (July 10, 2016) – Josef Newgarden doesn’t want anyone to think he did something spectacular by winning the Iowa Corn 300. But he did.
Still recovering from a broken right hand and clavicle sustained in an accident at Texas Motor Speedway last month, the young American dominated the 300-lap race on what he described as the most physically demanding track on the Verizon IndyCar Series (VICS) schedule.
Newgarden, who qualified second, led a record-setting 282 laps behind the wheel of the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet. The win is the third of Newgarden’s career and the first on an oval track. Today’s victory is the ninth win for Chevrolet in 2016.
“Best car I’ve ever had,” said Newgarden, who had finished second on the .894-mile, variably-banked oval each of the past two years. “Happy for my team. For my owner; he is a good dude. He takes good care of me. Just happy. This is so cool. Thanks to everyone in Iowa. I love this place. Love coming to Iowa. Love the fans here. Love running Indy cars around this place.”
Following Newgarden to the checkered flag was Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. Power, who won the two races previous to coming to Iowa Speedway, has advanced to third in the standings after 10 completed races thus far in 2016. The Firestone 600 has been postponed until Aug. 27 after rain halted the race after inclement weather stopped the action on Lap 71 of the scheduled 248-lap race.
Giving Chevrolet the sweep of the podium was four-time and defending VICS champion Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Dixon was credited with leading one lap and now resides in fourth in the standings.
Pole winner Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet, finished fourth, and holds a 73-point lead as the series heads to the Streets of Toronto.
Chevrolet drivers scored seven of top-10 finishing positions. Tony Kanaan, No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, finished seventh, with Sebastien Bourdais, No. 11 Team Hydroxycut-KVSH Racing Chevrolet in the eighth finishing position. Charlie Kimball brought the No. 83 Tresiba Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet to the finish in 10th place.
Chevrolet drivers continue to hold the top six in the point standings. Following Pagenaud, Newgarden, Power and Dixon are Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, in fifth and Kanaan in sixth. Kimball sits 10th in the standings.