Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden is a six-time Iowa Speedway race winner after taking back-to-back victories and sweeping the Hy-Vee weekend. The Tennessee native in the No.2 Hitachi Chevrolet started the race from seventh place and worked his way through the field to claim his second race win in less than 24 hours.
Newgarden led home pole-sitter and his Team Penske teammate Will Power in the No.12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet while championship leader Alex Palou took his seventh podium of the season in the No.10 The American Legion Chip Ganassi Racing Honda in third place. Felix Rosenqvist had an extremely strong race for Arrow McLaren and challenged for the lead late on but it wasn’t enough for the Swede as he finished the race in fourth place just ahead o Scott McLaughlin.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon’s wait for an Iowa win continues as the driver of the No.9 PNC Bank Honda finished the race in fifth place and will be disappointed with the weekend as a whole after losing second in the championship to Josef Newgarden with just five races remaining this season.
Colton Herta was seventh, just ahead of David Malukas who had a great race in the No.18 Dale Coyne, with HMD Motorsports Honda ending the race just ahead of Marcus Ericsson, while Pato O’Ward rounded out the top ten.
Kyle Kirkwood was 11th just ahead of Romain Grosjean in the No.28 DHL Honda while Christian Lundgaard ended the race in 13th place just ahead of Callum Ilott who put on another impressive display for Juncos Hollinger Racing to end the race just ahead of Alexander Rossi and Meyer Shank Racing”s Helio Castroneves.
Conor Daly came home in 17th place in the No.60 Honda for Meyer Shank Racing just ahead of Rinus VeeKay and Jack Harvey, while Graham Rahal in a rebuilt No.15 Blue Compass RV Honda rounded out the top twenty.
Devlin DeFrancesco was 21st just ahead of Santino Ferrucci and Ed Carpenter, while Ryan Hunter Reay and Takuma Sato had separate brushes with the was, as did Agustin Canapino. Benjamin Pedersen was the last car classified as Sting Ray Robb in the No.51 Biohaven Dale Coyne Racing with RWR Honda was disqualified from the race as his team failed to secure his tyre in a pit-stop which resulted in the tyre bouncing down the track.
Benjamin Pedersen was also qualified from the race for not maintaining a competitive pace.
Race control has disqualified the No. 55 team from the race for failure to maintain a competitive speed. 😔
— AJ Foyt Racing (@AJFoytRacing) July 23, 2023
Alex Palou heads to the Music CIty Grand Prix in Nashville in two weeks time with his points lead intact, albeit cut from 117 to 80 points while Scott DIxon has lost ground to Palou and is now 120 points behind his teammate in third place in the championship.