Newgarden Wins The Season Opener At St Pete
Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hitachi Chevrolet picked up his eleventh NTT IndyCar Series win at the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg on Sunday.
Newgarden ended the race just ahead of defending series champion Scott Dixon in the No.9 PNC Bank Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Pole sitter Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet for Team Penske rounded out the podium.
Felix Rosenqvist in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda had a fantastic race debut for Chip Ganassi Racing as he led a number of laps during the event and came home in fourth place.
Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda came home in fifth just ahead of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Electronics Honda.
Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet came home in seventh place just ahead of Colton Herta who was extremely impressive for the Harding Steinbrenner Racing team.
Santino Ferrucci had s great race for Dale Coyne Racing coming home in ninth place while Meyer Shank Racing’s Jack Harvey in the No.60 AutoNation Sirius XM Honda rounded out the top ten.
Spencer Pigot in the No.21 Autogeek Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing came home in 11th place.
Graham Rahal finished the race in 12th in the No.15 United Rentals Honda.
Marco Andretti in the No.98 US Concrete Honda came home in 13th place just ahead of Zach Veach in the No.26 Gainbridge Honda while Tony Kanaan finished 15th.
Carlin Racing’s Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball finished the race in 16th and 17th respectively.
DragonSpeed Racing finished their first NTT IndyCar Series race with Ben Hanley. Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda retired from the race with an engine failure as did rookie Marcus Ericsson.
Sebastien Bourdais in the No.18 Team SealMaster Honda was unable to make it a triple win here as he retired from the race after losing drive.
Mathues Matt Leist in the No.4 ABC Supply Chevrolet retired from the race after contact with Ed Jones in the No.20 Ed Carpenter Racing with Scuderia Corsa.
Next up is the IndyCar Classic at the Circuit Of The Americas in Austin Texas.