Josef Newgarden claimed his third victory of the 2022 IndyCar season last time out at the Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America.
The Nashville native moves up to third in the standings thanks to that result, while Indy500 winner Marcus Ericsson extended his championship lead with a composed drive to P2.
The race proved a tense strategic battle between Newgarden, who started from second place in the Team Penske Chevrolet, and polesitter Alexander Rossi.
Rossi got away well at the race start, fending off the onrushing Newgarden and maintained a strong pace out front, defending to the inside as the Team Penske driver launched an attack around the outside of Turn 1 on Lap 7.
Championship contender Will Power saw his race crumble in front of his eyes on the next lap as he was speared off the track while defending from the charging Devlin DeFrancesco.
The pivotal moment came in the pit lane on Lap 15 as excellent work from the Team Penske crew allowed Newgarden to re-enter ahead of the No.28 Andretti Autosport car.
Newgarden looked to be cruising to victory out front before Pato O'Ward's Arrow McLaren car suffered an engine failure, bringing out the caution and allowing the pack to Constantina up with just four laps left to run.
Rossi hoped to launch an attack on the race leader at the restart, but the Andretti Autosport driver was instead forced to defend from the Chip Ganassi Racing Honda of Marcus Ericsson, who swiftly took P2 with a calculated lunge up the inside of Turn 1.
Newgarden surged forward, taking the chequered flag to claim his third victory of the 2022 season and in doing so earned the $1 million PeopleReady Force for Good Challenge prize pool.
What is the next IndyCar Grand Prix?
The NTT IndyCar Series returns to action at the start of July for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.
Josef Newgarden will hope to continue his championship challenge at Mid-Ohio having won there in 2017 and 2021. Nine of the current grid are previous winners at a track that offers elevation, high-speed corners and one of the trickiest pit entries on the calendar.
With eight rounds of the 2022 IndyCar season already completed and a further nine to come, the Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio represents the halfway point in this immense season.
What time is the next IndyCar Grand Prix?
The Indy 200 Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio is scheduled for Sunday, July 3rd. The full weekend schedule has not yet been revealed, but the session times will be updated here in due course. Here are all the important dates and track times for Round 9 of the 2022 NTT IndyCar Series.
Race: Sunday, July 3rd (6pm BST)
Countdown to the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio
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