Josef Newgarden wins pole at Detroit Grand Prix, sets up sweep

Josef Newgarden wins pole at Detroit Grand Prix, sets up sweep

Josef Newgarden wins pole at Detroit Grand Prix, sets up sweep

New Zealand's Scott Dixon, newly honored by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, celebrated with a victory in the second race of IndyCar's Detroit Grand Prix double-header on Sunday. In recording his first pole position of 2019, Newgarden beat out Rossi again and padded his championship lead with another bonus point. We got the tires (up to temperature) when we need them to. It's fast, really fast, and we've executed well.

Despite first-lap contact with Carlin Racing's Patricio O'Ward, Takuma Sato rebounded for his second straight third-place finish.

Rossi's second-place starting position is his fifth top-five start in the last eight races.

Although there was a lengthy stoppage to dry the track as water seeped onto the racing surface in Turn 6, both sessions were run without any other incident.

Dixon took the lead midway through race when rookie Santino Ferrucci went in for his first pit stop.

Josef Newgarden, who won Saturday on Belle Isle, was able to return to the race after being knocked out of it following an accident with James Hinchcliffe and finished 19th in the 22-car field. "We were making that call regardless".

There's a good chance, though, it will be easy for him to remember what happened Sunday.

"I think when we pitted was the right time to pit", Newgarden said. Today we have to see how the red (tires) and the black (tires) fair.

With AP Photos.Josef Newgarden has won his first pole of the season, setting him up to sweep the Detroit Grand Prix races.

Alexander Rossi, who has finished second in his last two races, will start second.

The five-time NTT IndyCar Series champion and 2008 Indianapolis 500 victor was moved to learn of the award and ceremony presentation later this month at the Investiture Ceremony at Buckingham Palace in England. Newgarden has won 12 IndyCar races since 2015. Pagenaud, who entered the race leading the series in points, was sixth after beginning 13 during a single-file start.

The 70-lap race became a 75-minute timed event after thunderstorms delayed the start by more than an hour.

Five-time champion Scott Dixon hit a wall to bring out another yellow flag, ending his race following 23 laps after he was running third.

"I haven't been satisfied with a race since Gateway [in August]", Power said, "and this is the first time I've been satisfied with a race [since]". He blamed himself, not the weather, for making a mistake.

Speaking about his national award, Dixon said: "It's definitely a huge honour and totally different to any kind of racing accolade I've had", Dixon said.

The race started after a delay and there was more sputtering than speed on display. Shortly after the race resumed, the yellow flag came out again because Matheus Leist briefly lost control of his vehicle.

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