Josef Newgarden shared an $ 1 million IndyCar bonus with kind Nashville dogs

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Josef Newgarden wanted to thank the veterinarian for his work in helping him adopt his 30-pound mutt, Axel, who has become part of his family.

Team Penske driver returned to the shelter – literally – with his systems behind the wheel.

Newgarden earned a $ 1 million bonus Sunday to win on Road America, as his third win of the season ended three wins at IndyCar. This means that, among other things, the Nashville head of Wags and Walks could build a new dog kennel.

“It eliminates all kinds of dogs – all kinds of animals,” Newgarden said. “When you hear some of the sad stories that these guys go through to find dog houses, we are very happy to have made money from this club because they have done so much for us and so many people in the group. Nashville. “

Josef Newgarden won the Sonsio Grand Prix on Road America.
(Photo by AP / Morry Gash)

Newgarden won an oval in Texas and a road course in Long Beach this season, and headed to Road America in search of a road victory that would make him the first IndyCar driver this season to win at all three venues.

The prize was a $ 1 million grant from the PeopleReady Force for Good Challenge, which shared a bonus between Team Penske and charities that nominated Newgarden. Americans selected Wags and Walks of Nashville and SeriousFun Children’s Network.

“Having a problem like this, I think, only exacerbates the competition,” Newgarden said. “You want to do it for them.”

Leaders of all charities participated in the Newgarden press conference through Zoom to thank the pilot.

“We’re very excited,” said Kathryn Hurley of Wags and Walks. “It will affect thousands of dogs here in Nashville and allow us to build a better environment for raising children.”

It was the first year of the crisis and he won half the IndyCar season before; Newgarden is the only driver to have won several of the eight of 17 races.

Newgarden defeated Indianapolis 500 winner Marcus Ericsson of Chip Ganassi Racing by 3,371-seconds following a late start, but Ericsson regained the lead with a final finish.

This is the seventh time the leading point has changed this season.

“I think it will be a tough, long season, but we have put ourselves in a good position now to get into the second half,” Ericsson said. “We must continue to do what we have been doing.”

Alexander Rossi, Andretti Autosport driver who started on the mound in search of his first win in three years, finished third and was followed by teammates Romain Grosjean and Colton Herta.

Chevrolet won the competition with Newgarden, but Honda took the next four spots. Felix Rosenqvist of Arrow McLaren SP and Scott McLaughlin of Penske were sixth and seventh for Chevy.

Newgarden had a 2.8-second lead over Rossi when Pato O’Ward’s engine failed and rested for six to restart the delayed start. Helio Castroneves then issued another warning.


Newgarden jumped heavily on Rossi at the start of each late and didn’t look back.

Rossi had hands full of Ericsson, then with teammates, as his loss reached 45 races. His most successful run on Saturday was the first in three years.

“It’s always a little frustrating when you start on the tree and you can’t turn around, but it was usually a good day,” Rossi said. “I think Josef was a little better off than we were. I think we were the second best car. I fought in the beginning when I was trying to do something and just jumped a little bit. That’s what allowed Marcus to do that. Go on.”

Newgarden won again on Road America, where they won again here in 2018. He monitored the victory last year until his gearbox failed at the end and handed the victory to IndyCar champion Alex Palou.

“I never thought (last year),” Newgarden said. “I just looked a lot today. The thing I looked at the most was that we were in place. There are not many opportunities for you to close. I wanted to close.”


Palou’s chances of securing last year’s victory were immediately cut short by an earlier altercation with Ganassi Ericsson’s teammate. When Ericsson moved inside Palou, the right back of the Swede car connected to the left left of Palou, and the Spaniard left.

“He was trying to win the competition on the third level,” Palou said. “The car is broken. That’s it. The game is over.”

Ericsson said he had not done anything wrong.

“It may have been the beginning of a race, but this is a race,” Ericsson said. “Once you get the chance, you have to do it. There was nothing wrong with the move.”

Will Power, meanwhile, stepped down on IndyCar guidelines because of his first experience. Poor enough to put Power on 15th in the starting lineup and he was knocked back by rookie Devlin DeFrancesco just eight times in competition. Power expired at 19.


DeFrancesco received a suspension-and-go suspension for constipation. Strength dropped to second in the standings, 27 points behind Ericsson.

O’Ward engine failure knocked him out from third to fourth in motion; Palou went down from fourth to fifth. Newgarden’s success, in turn, made him go fifth and third.


Seven-year-old NASCAR contestant Jimmie Johnson had a frustrating day for meeting Tatiana Calderon in the back of the pack on the first leg. Johnson went to produce a full yellow. He completes 24.

Calderon was in the field with Simona de Silvestro, showing for the first time the IndyCar event involving two female drivers since de Silvestro and Pippa Mann entered the Indianapolis 500 in 2015.


Not all Newgarden’s bonus money goes to charity. They also earn a lot of money and do not know how to spend it.

But he has a good idea of ​​his first purchase.

“Maybe the McDonald’s team,” Newgarden said. “Maybe over $ 100 at McDonald’s at least.”



There is a two-week break in the IndyCar schedule ahead of the July 3 race ahead in Mid-Ohio in Lexington, Ohio. Josef Newgarden won in Mid-Ohio last year.

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