Josef Newgarden did all that he could do in today’s INDYCAR Grand Prix of St. Petersberg. He was consistent during the race. Super aggressive. He made an astonishing move on Pato O’Ward, Alex Palou and Colton Herta clean, smart race. He won the race. It was bitter-sweet because he fell 16 points behind now 6-time INDYCAR Series Champion Scott Dixon.
The battle between Dixon and Newgarden was so memorable for fans to witness. Newgarden came back from an over 100-point lead about a month ago to be within a race to be the Champion. This series’ season again proves that winning races cures all ills. Yes, Dixon struggled in most of the races. But, Newgarden is a calculated driver who is employed by Team Penske, a successful team.
Newgarden won but he needed Scott Dixon to finish 9th or worse. That’s unadulterated, unmanufactured fight for the championship. Penske Entertainment deserves credit for not changing the points system. The Owner of IndyCar Series and President of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Roger Penske benefitted from the manufactured Championship format when Joey Logano forced himself passed Martin Truex Jr. to win at Martinsville Speedway to advance to Homestead-Miami Speedway to battle for the Championship, and to eventually win. And could win again. Newgarden will win more championships though. He’s got a bright future ahead.