Newgarden scored his fifth win of the season at Gateway after a daring strategic transfer beneath warning and an incisive cross on team-mate Scott McLaughlin on a restart following a 2 hour and 15 minute rain delay each paid off.
The outcome vaulted the two-time IndyCar champion from fourth to second on the factors desk, simply three behind Team Penske team-mate Energy, who may solely salvage sixth after dominating the primary half of the race.
However Newgarden says their proximity within the championship gained’t trigger a shift in how they race one another within the races at Portland and Laguna Seca.
“I feel we’re simply going to race like we at all times do,” mentioned Newgarden after scoring his 25th profession win in IndyCar. “It is form of so simple as that. We race all yr, we race arduous.
“It is not going to be the primary time Will and I’ve raced collectively. We have had many, many races which have been in lockstep, 1-2, pit technique, the entire thing. We’ll simply combat it out as regular.”
With 108 factors left out there, Chip Ganassi Racing trio Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson and Alex Palou stay firmly within the championship combat regardless of a mediocre evening at Gateway yielding eighth, seventh and ninth respectively.
Dixon is simply 14 factors adrift of Energy, with Ericsson 17 factors again, and Palou 43 factors off, whereas the third Penske driver, Scott McLaughlin, is 54 factors off the highest.
Will Energy, Staff Penske Chevrolet
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Newgarden mentioned he recognises that holding the championship within the Penske ‘household’ has to take precedence.
“Clearly we do not wish to do one thing that jeopardises the entire group as a result of it’s larger than us,” mentioned the 31-year-old. “On the finish of the day we have three vehicles within the combat nonetheless. There’s nothing that issues greater than placing a Staff Penske automotive in victory lane.
“As a lot as I would like that to be [me] – imagine me I do – I’ll work to be that particular person. We even have to simply ensure that we keep in mind that it is about all of us and it is about all the trouble we put in. We have now to verify one automotive secures the championship.
“It is only a steadiness. We’re simply going to race like we at all times do. Hopefully it does not flip ugly in some unspecified time in the future.”
Energy, the 2014 IndyCar champion, mentioned of his Gateway outcome: “Clearly, we wished extra. We made a mistake and didn’t take [a pitstop during] that yellow. That’s IndyCar. It’s by no means easy. You count on that within the championship.
“It’d come again to us within the subsequent two another way. That’s how it’s. We’ve obtained some good tracks developing.
“Like I predicted, it will likely be a troublesome battle all the best way to the top. I’ve been round a very long time and understand how this stuff go. The perfect factor about as we speak is that we completed within the high six, in order that’s nonetheless fairly good.”