IndyCar title race tightens as Josef Newgarden posts fifth win of season

AP photo by Joe Puetz / Team Penske driver Josef Newgarden enters the first turn at World Wide Technology Raceway during Saturday’s IndyCar race in Madison, Ill.


MADISON, Ill. — A rain delay saved the victory for Josef Newgarden, who earned his IndyCar-best fifth win of the season Saturday night at World Wide Technology Raceway and again tightened the championship standings.

Newgarden had been bumped from the lead by fellow Team Penske driver Scott McLaughlin shortly before the race was stopped for rain and lightning with 43 laps remaining. After a delay of just more than two hours, the race resumed with 36 laps to go and Newgarden needed only one to get past his "Bus Bro" buddy and hold on for the victory.

"I think this 2 car crew has been very patient with me; I've lost my cool a couple of times (behind) closed doors out of frustration for us," Newgarden said. "Sometimes you are wrong time, wrong place, and I feel like that's been happening a lot this year, and it kind of happened again tonight.