Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden says that there is still a long way to go in the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season despite being 29 points clear at the top of the championship to Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi following his fourth Iowa win in five seasons.
Newgarden who started Saturday night’s Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway from second place took the lead from his team mate Simon Pagenaud early on in the race and never looked back.
The victory was also the Tennessee native’s fourth win of the season having also won the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, race one of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit and the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway. In a Q&A with Chevrolet following the race on Saturday, Newgarden was asked:
“Yeah, I’m a little dizzy actually. This place, it can take it out of you. But yeah, this is great to be back here in Victory Lane. Chevy brought it tonight. They had all the horsepower in the world, and the reliability, and good fuel mileage. They just came out with the C8 Corvette. I don’t know if you guys saw this, but I really want to buy one. So, thanks to Team Chevy for all the work. They do a great job. Hitachi, having them on-board, I think we’ve got three wins with Hitachi this year, so I’m really pumped for those guys. They have been such great supporters of Team Penske. It’s a team effort. You saw all three cars were fast tonight and that’s what it takes. You’ve got to have all three of us pushing each other. I was a little down yesterday. I felt like we had the pole car, and we didn’t get it right. Today, we got it right. I was so focused last night to make sure we got today right.”
“I knew we had to be patient at the start. We weren’t in the position we wanted to. I really wanted to start from the pole and just dictate the pace from there. So, I tried to bide my time. Once we got by Will, it was really just about managing tires and trying to make the most of the traffic. It was typical Iowa. Like, you’ve got to get through traffic fast here. And, whoever does that the best is normally the guy to beat.”
“Yeah, that’s a little bit better. We’ve got to keep going. It’s a long way. It helps, but we’ve got to keep it up. It’s a long way to go and a lot of guys still in it. You feel the pressure of that. It’s not easy every week to stay on top, and we’ve got to keep pushing each other to do that. That’s what it’s going to take to win the championship.“Let me thank the fans that stayed. I’m sorry it took so long but glad we got it in tonight. We can’t help the weather. My guys were awesome on the Hitachi car. Team Penske. Team Chevy. I can’t thank them enough. We had three fast cars. I wanted to be the fastest. We succeeded tonight.“The car was great. You had to be good in traffic. And we were pumped for the guys. They worked really hard. It was nice to have it under the lights. I think if the weather didn’t come, we weren’t going to be under the lights.“We just have to keep going. It’s early. This helps tonight, but it’s never enough. You never have enough points. We just have to stay on top of it.”