Newgarden used a four-stop technique after beginning 17th, together with two units of Firestone alternate compound tyres [red side-walled] to cost as much as seventh within the closing levels of the race.
Nevertheless, on a day when championship chief Alex Palou completed second, Newgarden noticed his deficit develop from 34 factors coming into the weekend to 48 factors with one spherical to go.
“It was arduous to do far more than we did, beginning 17th,” mentioned the 2017 and ’19 champion. “We simply can’t begin from again there. We all know that.
“It was only a punch to the intestine yesterday [in qualifying] with the best way that went – and two weekends in a row,” he added, referring to a equally poor exhibiting in qualifying at Portland.
“It’s nonetheless a bit arduous to digest. Undecided what’s brought on that however pleased with my workforce. Gavin Ward my engineer has been doing a stellar job, we’ve had glorious prep.
“Coming into the weekends, I really feel extra assured than ever, I’ve actually gotten the whole lot from the workforce.
Josef Newgarden, Crew Penske Chevrolet
Photograph by: Artwork Fleischmann
“I feel we had a quick day, I actually do, on a four-stop technique we executed fairly properly.
“We simply weren’t going to make up an excessive amount of floor with out extra yellows, sadly we wanted that on a day like immediately.
“We simply want to start out up larger, we all know that. However we obtained what we may out of it. We’ll go to Lengthy Seaside to not less than attempt to get second on this championship.”
Simon Pagenaud was second highest Penske finisher in eighth, whereas Scott McLaughlin rose from 16th on the grid to say 12th.
Will Energy was set to be strongest Chevrolet runner, qualifying third and working second till Lap 10 when his automobile suffered an electrical concern that obliged him to make a protracted pitstop that dropped him two laps down.