Chicago - American pole-sitter Josef Newgarden pulled away
at the start in capturing Sunday's IndyCar Road America Grand Prix, giving the
defending season points champion his 10th career triumph.
Newgarden dominated on IndyCar's longest course for his
third victory of the season over 55 laps at the 4.014-mile, 14-turn road course
at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
American Ryan Hunter-Reay was second with New Zealand's
Scott Dixon third and Japan's Takuma Sato fourth.
Newgarden won two of the first four races of the campaign at
Phoenix and Alabama, but had placed no better than eighth in five races since
"It was pretty flawless," Newgarden said.
"This car has been a rocket all week. It was not easy. Ryan was really
pushing me all of the time. I knew what I had to do but it wasn't easy."
Newgarden and Hunter-Reay surged at the start as disaster
struck Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power of Australia, the 2016 Road America
champion who started alongside Newgarden in the front row.
Power was slowed at the green flag with a broken right
header and pitted quickly before finishing last in the field of 23.
France's Sebastien Bourdais, the 2007 Road America winner
who started sixth, also fell back early with electrical issues.
Dixon, last year's Road America winner, moved into third
after pit stops with 26 laps remaining and made his last refuel stop a lap
before Newgarden and Hunter-Reay.
But the Americans returned to the track just ahead of him
and Hunter-Reay never threatened a pass over the final 13 laps.
"I wasn't able to catch up to Josef. He was in the zone
for sure," Hunter-Reay said. "I was pushing 110 percent. That's just
what we had."
Dixon, who started eighth, stretched his season points lead
from 23 to 45 points after 10 of 17 races with his sixth consecutive podium
"It was OK," Dixon said. "If we had done
better in qualifying... I think we would have had a real good shot at winning
Dixon, 37, seeks his fifth career IndyCar season title after
taking the crown in 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2015.
Newgarden, who won four times last year on the way to his
first IndyCar season points title, pulled within 50 points of Dixon.
"It's far until we get to the end of the season,"
Newgarden said. "I think we're going to be just fine. we'll be there at
The next race will be July 8 at Iowa, where Hunter-Reay is a
three-time winner and Newgarden won in 2016.