Josef Newgarden Triumphs in Historic Indianapolis 500 Back-to-Back Win Amid Scandal

Josef Newgarden secured a thrilling victory at the Indianapolis 500, becoming the first driver in 22 years to win back-to-back titles. Despite a race delayed by severe storms and marred by multiple cautions, Newgarden emerged victorious from a final lap duel with Pato O'Ward. The win was shadowed by past controversies involving his team.

Reuters | Updated: 27-05-2024 06:38 IST | Created: 27-05-2024 06:38 IST
Josef Newgarden Triumphs in Historic Indianapolis 500 Back-to-Back Win Amid Scandal
Josef Newgarden

Josef Newgarden won a final lap duel with Pato O'Ward to become the first back-to-back winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 22-years on Sunday, team owner Roger Penske's 20th win of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" coming with a whiff of scandal. Newgarden's victory capped an eventful afternoon at the Brickyard that saw the start delayed four hours due to severe storms and the race interrupted by multiple cautions.

Still the drivers managed to get in all 200 laps around the 2.5 mile oval, but only just with the race finishing in the Indiana sunset right before the 8:15 p.m. ET (0115 GMT) curfew with Newgarden giving the crowd of over 300,000 an American winner on the U.S. Memorial Day weekend holiday. Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon was third.

Starting on the front row alongside Penske team mates polesitter Scott McLaughlin and 2018 Indy 500 champion Will Power, Newgarden ran near the front of pack all day. But at the end the fight came down to the last lap shootout with O'Ward, Newgarden sweeping past the Mexican's Arrow McLaren to become just the sixth driver to win back-to-back 500s and the first since Helio Castroneves in 2001 and 2002.

Even as Newgarden celebrated chugging from the traditional quart of milk he took a moment to hit back at critics who have labelled him a cheat after his victory at the season-opening IndyCar race in St. Petersburg was forfeited for illegal use of the push-to-pass feature that gives drivers a horsepower boost. An investigation by team owner Penske, who also owns the IndyCar series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, resulted in Newgarden's disqualification and sanctioning of several officials including the race outfit's president Tim Cindric and race engineer Luke Mason. "They can say what they want I don't even care," said Newgarden. "We worked our tails off.

"Luke, Tim they're not here today but they are a huge part of this."

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