Newgarden holds off O’Ward to win Race 2

After an embarrassing 20min delay caused by the track sweeper leaking oil over the track, the cars got rolling with Dario Franchitti driving the Honda two-seater, and former MLB outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals Kerry Robinson as his passenger. There were six laps under yellow to help blast any excess oil-dry away, but two of these laps were counted as part of the 200.

At the start proper, Takuma Sato of Rahal Letterman Lanigan-Honda made a great start and Josef Newgarden tucked his Team Penske-Chevrolet behind. In third, Will Power had to work hard to keep Pato O’Ward’s Arrow McLaren SP-Chevy at bay. Scott Dixon made a strong start to immediately pass Jack Harvey’s Meyer Shank Racing-Honda, but then had to resist the challenge of Colton Herta’s Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport machine, up from 10th. Harvey staved off the two Ganassi cars of Marcus Ericsson and Felix Rosenqvist.

Meanwhile Santino Ferrucci’s Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser Sullivan entry had rocketed forward over the opening three laps to jump from 16th into 10th ahead of Ryan Hunter-Reay. Emulating that style was Rinus VeeKay who had also gained six places in the Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevy. Going in the opposite direction was Penske’s Simon Pagenaud who wisely ducked out of a three-wide situation on the opening…

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