Aug 18

Points leader Newgarden sees ‘close fight’ for championship

Team Penske driver and Tennessee native is the first American to lead the Verizon IndyCar Series standings

Josef NewgardenThe top six drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings are separated by just 58 points heading into Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. At this time last year, 58 was the margin between first and second places.

None of that changes Josef Newgarden’s strategy heading into the final four races of the 2017 season.

“If (the 58-point margin) is between first and second or first and sixth, I think you approach it the same way,” Newgarden said today during a media teleconference. “You still have to have solid race weekends without any errors or problems to have solid points finishes. If we can capitalize on more wins, we’ll do that.”

Newgarden leads Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves by seven points and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon by eight points. Two other Penske drivers, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power, trail by 17 and 52 points, respectively, while Graham Rahal is sixth, 58 points behind Newgarden.

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source: Indycar.com