Recent IndyCar Series News
Being thrown into the fire with the ‘Big Boys’ after riding high with an Indy Lights title at age 20 isn’t easy. But after taking his lumps, Josef Newgarden has finally broken through. The young racer, who’s been facing a less-than-ideal season with his Sarah Fisher Hartman crew, clawed his way to his first IndyCar podium finish in Baltimore this past Saturday – emphatically grabbing second place following a grueling battle. Smashing through extreme heat, six extended caution periods and multiple crashes, the young phenom found glory despite the extreme challenges before him. Starting in fifth, Josef fell back as far as 19th before powering his way forward through the field.
Magic Streak: IndyCar’s Scott Dixon Now ‘Winningest’ Active Driver, Takes Three Straight with Toronto Victory
A week sure can do wonders. Just ask Scott Dixon, who went from seventh in the standings and his first victory in more than a year – to dominating his third straight race and catapulting into IndyCar Championship contention…all in a matter of eight days. Now trailing current standings leader, Helio Castroneves, by a mere 29 points, Oakley’s ‘Kiwi’ veteran not only smoked the field in Pocono and Toronto (doubleheader) – he now charged his way into the history books as the winningest active driver in the sport and the seventh all-time winningest driver overall. But despite some serious fanfare from a truly magical stretch of racing, Scott’s remaining focused. “We’re here for the points,” he said following his 32nd career triumph. “It’s been a hell of a swing over a seven-day period.”
It hasn’t exactly been a glorious year for the Chip Ganassi Racing team in IndyCar. But in a dramatic turn of events, that changed. Fast. Scott Dixon blasted his way to his first victory of the season on the 2.5-mile triangle, leading the way for Ganassi’s sweep of the day during the first open-wheel race on the course since 1989. Fellow Oakley and CGR driver, Dario Franchitti, snatched third.