Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Sonsio Chevrolet took victory in a chaotic Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway on Saturday night, on a day that saw Pato O’Ward of Arrow McLaren SP take a major step in claiming his first championship win as with just three races remaining he has a ten point lead in the championship after finishing second while his championship rivals, Alex Palou and Scott Dixon both retired from the race following a nightmare event for the Chip Ganassi Racing pairing.
Polesitter Will Power in the No.12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet completed the podium in third place just ahead of his teammate Scott McLaughlin in the No.3 DEX Imaging Chevrolet. The stand-out performance however was Sebastien Bourdais who gave AJ Foyt Racing their best result of the season coming from 18th on the grid in the No.14 ROKiT Chevrolet to finish the race in fifth place.
Takuma Sato came home in sixth for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing just ahead of Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda just ahead of Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet while Marcus Ericsson was ninth in the No.8 Huski Chocolate Honda. Meyer Shank Racing’s Jack Harvey rounded out the top ten just ahead of Conor Daly and Tony Kanaan while Romain Grosjean was the last runner in his No.51 Dale Coyne Racing with Rick Ware Racing Honda completing his first oval race in 14th place.
James Hinchcliffe was classified in 15th place, nine laps down but retired the race car ending another miserable race for the Canadian when trouble started on the opening lap for the Mayor of HinchTown with a suspected gear selection issue forced him to change his steering wheel on the way to the green flag.
Arrow McLaren SP’s Felix Rosenqvist, Alexander Rossi, Colton Herta who led the majority of the race retired from the event as did Scott Dixon and Alex Palou, Dalton Kellett, Graham Rahal, Ed Jones and Rinus VeeKay and Ed Carpenter also retired from the race. Next up is Portland on September 12.