O’Ward wins in Iowa after Newgarden falls while in the lead

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Pato O’Ward pounced on Josef Newgarden’s bad luck on Sunday to win the second race of the Iowa Speedway doubleheader and Jimmie Johnson had the first top 5 finish of his IndyCar career.

Newgarden dominated and led 148 of the 300 laps while trying to sweep the weekend. But with 64 laps to go something broke on his Team Penske car and he spun hard into the outer wall.

After his obligatory check at the Infield Care Center, he was visibly unsettled.

O’Ward actually made the pass for the win in the pit lane with a quick stop by his Arrow McLaren SP team, holding off Penske teammates Will Power and Scott McLaughlin for the win. It’s the second win of the season for the Mexican driver, who finished second on Saturday and remains firmly in the IndyCar title race with five races remaining.

O’Ward’s win also ended Team Penske’s dominance at the 0.894-mile oval, where Roger Penske’s drivers had won six of the last seven races prior to Sunday.

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon was fourth, followed by teammate Johnson, who rode hard with Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson for his best result in two seasons of IndyCar racing. Ericsson is also a Ganassi driver, and Newgarden’s crash helped the Swede retain the lead in the IndyCar standings – making Johnson’s aggressive race somewhat unnerving for the Ganassi camp.

It was another podium for Chevrolet, who made it on Saturday with Newgarden, O’Ward and Power.

Newgarden was rated leaders at the time of his crash and dropped to fourth in the standings after his crash.

RAHAL RETURNS

Team owner Bobby Rahal has been noticeably absent from the track for nearly two months, confirming Sunday that the 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner had a triple bypass.

Rahal told The Associated Press he went for a routine annual check-up on May 5 and doctors found he had unknowingly suffered a heart attack – maybe two – and found a 100 percent blockage in his left anterior descending artery .

Rahal assumed the surgery would be immediate, but it actually didn’t happen until June 6th. He appeared to be emaciated ahead of Sunday’s race, only the second IndyCar race that Rahal Letterman Lanigan’s owner has competed in since this May.

“Surprised he leaked the news but nonetheless it’s been an intense few months for our family.” Son Graham Rahal wrote on Twitter. “We are very lucky to still have dad with us, very lucky, but now he’s good for another 100,000 miles we think! Many had asked where he had been, now you have your answer.”

NEXT

IndyCar and NASCAR share at Indianapolis Motor Speedway next weekend. IndyCar races on Saturday on the street; NASCAR races on Sunday.

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