Josef Newgaarden in the No.3 Hitachi Rwam Penske Chevrolet, started today’s Hy-Vee One Step 250 at Iowa Speedway from seventh place and came through the field to claim his second successive victory and sixth career at Iowa Speedway. Newgarden led 211 of the 250 lap race while on Saturday he led 129 laps so led 240 of the 500 laps over the weekend.
Speaking following his victory on Sunday, Newgarden said:
“We knew we had a great car, and the pressure was there because I think we wanted to execute on it and make sure it was a great weekend. “I’m happy now. When you finish the first race, it’s great to have a doubleheader, but you just feel incomplete until you get through today. To be able to come back and do it again, I’m so proud of the team.
Newgarden’s fifth oval win of the season see him move to second place in the championship and has closed the gap in the standings to 80 points behind championship leader Alex Palou with just five races remaining this season.
“It’s very gratifying because I know how good our car is here. When you show up with a car like this, you’ve got the pressure to just execute and get the job done. When you don’t get the job done, you feel like you did something wrong.”
Next up is the Music City Grand Prix of Nashville, Newgarden’s home race in Tennessee.