Shortly after Staff Penske driver Josef Newgarden carried out a perfectly-executed “bump and run” Saturday to knock his teammate Simon Pagenaud out of the way in which with 31 laps to go in what proved to be the race-winning move, the pure response was, “What does Roger Penske take into consideration this?”
In spite of everything, the 2 drivers are battling for the championship and if Newgarden’s aggressive transfer in Flip 1 at Gateway Motorsports Park had failed and each drivers crashed, then Verizon IndyCar championship rival Scott Dixon would have probably gained the race and dramatically closed the hole within the battle for the championship.
Newgarden went on to win Saturday evening’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 offered by Valvoline within the first IndyCar Collection race at Gateway since August 10, 2003.
And Penske was all smiles after watching two of his 4 drivers have interaction in a fierce battle for the victory.
Pagenaud known as it a “NASCAR transfer.” Penske would have been proud if that moved had been made by Brad Keselowski or Joey Logano in NASCAR however as a substitute it got here from the 26-year-old, first-year Penske driver from Hendersonville, Tennessee – Newgarden.
“That was both Brad Keselowski or Dale Earnhardt or one thing, however that was some actual racing,” Penske instructed Autoweek. “These guys are racing exhausting and on the finish of the day it’s a must to get by way of. It was move. They touched a little bit bit however hey, we’ll work it out, I’m positive.
“I instructed the blokes when there are 30 or 40 laps to go it’s up to one another to handle themselves.
“I believe this reveals simply how good Josef is however Simon was driving an excellent race, too. It was a little bit little bit of the whole lot. It was terrific. It sounds just like the followers actually favored it.”
Gallery: IndyCar Collection at Gateway Motorsports Park, Saturday, August 26, 2017
Saturday evening’s race drew a jam-packed crowd on the frontstretch grandstands and was estimated between 30,000 to 40,000 followers. The massive grandstand between Turns 1 and a pair of was not open but it surely was a big and enthusiastic crowd that noticed Newgarden save the present together with his aggressive move.
Pagenaud, nonetheless, was livid that his teammate bumped him out of the way in which to win the race. Pagenaud needed to work very exhausting by slowing down and dealing the steering wheel to remain out of the wall.
Dixon handed Pagenaud to complete second by zero.6850-seconds and revered the actual fact the rival Staff Penske operation doesn’t imagine in “staff orders.”
It will have been straightforward to have each drivers accept a 1-2 end however solely true racers compete at Staff Penske and the staff proprietor wouldn’t need it another method.
It was Newgarden’s fourth win this season and his third win within the final 4 races. It elevated his lead within the Verizon IndyCar Collection standings to 31 factors over Dixon, 42 over Staff Penske’s Helio Castroneves and 43 over Pagenaud.
Rival driver Dixon applauded Newgarden’s aggressiveness and that he can do this by his IndyCar Collection operation at Staff Penske.
“It was thrilling to look at that move into Flip 1,” Dixon mentioned. “I hoped it might go totally different than it did. I’ve seen Staff Penske teammates do this earlier than and at instances it has helped us in our championship factors. They race very exhausting and it’s good to see they’re allowed to try this at Staff Penske. It’s nice for everyone round right here.
“It was tight confines there and it was fairly fortunate they have been capable of pull it off.”