It’s Newgarden Again In Lights

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Josef Newgarden won Saturday night's Indy Lights race at Iowa Speedway. (IndyCar photo)
Josef Newgarden won Saturday night's Indy Lights race at Iowa Speedway. (IndyCar photo)

NEWTON, Iowa — Josef Newgarden held off Gustavo Yacaman to score his third Firestone Indy Lights victory of the season Saturday night at Iowa Speedway.

Esteban Guerrieri led the first 25 laps from the pole, but he gave way to Newgarden on lap 26 and Newgarden led the remainder of the 115-lap event on the seven-eighths-mile oval.

“We put a really good, strong car together for that race,” said Newgarden, who started fourth in the No. 11 Copart/Score Big/Robo-Pong/SSM car. “It felt so good I could go anywhere on the track, and that’s just a tribute to the team. I was so disappointed that we didn’t qualify a little bit better. At least we didn’t put ourselves too far back. We just came in with a conservative approach but still aggressive enough to get in the lead early on and just hold it all the way through. Great job by the Sam Schmidt Motorsports guys and everyone else that supports us.”

Yacaman, driving the No. 2 TMR-Tuvacol-Xtreme Coil Drilling car, recorded a Firestone Indy Lights-best runner-up finish.

Bryan Clauson, competing in his third Firestone Indy Lights oval race, was 5.8 seconds back but also finished a season-high third.

The finish:

Josef Newgarden, Gustavo Yacaman, Bryan Clauson, Victor Garcia, Duarte Ferreira, Jorge Goncalvez, Victor Carbone, Stefan Wilson, David Ostella, Chase Austin, Anders Krohn, Esteban Guerrieri, Brandon Wagner.