Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden in the No.2 XPEL Chevrolet broke both his and the team’s victory drought as he took victory from pole position in Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 presented by HPD Ridgeline at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course, to claim his first IndyCar Series win since the 2020 season-ending Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
Speaking to Paddock Eye following the race, The Tennessee-native says he hopes that the result will be the base of momentum for him and the team as they prepare for the inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix which takes place early next month and happens to be his home town.
Well, it’s a good momentum for us. We’re about four weeks off, try to keep it up. I’m so excited for Nashville. I mean, I just don’t know how you can’t be so giddy about that event. I know I am.
It’s going to be a huge, huge deal for all of us, not just for the series, but for that city. Can’t wait to experience what that’s all about. Hoping we can have a good race there. It would be great to win a race there in my hometown.
Newgarden went on to say:
I’d start each stint and feel like we had everything under control. “You get to the back end of it, and I felt like I was starting to fall apart, so it was really hard to hang on. I had my wing man, Tim (Cindric, Team Penske president), coaching me all the way, just making sure I knew what was up.
“This team has been doing the job. Everyone has been giving me a hard time, asking what’s up with us not winning a race. But I don’t think these people at Team Penske could have done anything different. We’ve been in the game almost every race, had great performance. It’s great to seal a win here finally.
In his first race here, Scott McLaughlin in the No.3 PPG Chevrolet came home in 12th place while Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet came home in 14th place.
Will Power retired from the race in the No.12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet.