Barber IndyCar: Penske's Josef Newgarden wins after late rain drama

Penske's Josef Newgarden won a tense delayed Barber IndyCar race after returning rain opened the door for Scott Dixon and Sebastien Bourdais to gamble on slicks on a wet track

Newgarden picked up where he left off on Sunday, initially cantering into a lead that grew to over 25 seconds before he made his first stop on Monday.

That meant he was able to almost take a free pitstop, coming out just behind Bourdais who had initially fallen to a distant second by defending from Andretti's Ryan Hunter-Reay.

But Dale Coyne Racing made one of its trademark strategy gambles and opted for an unconventional one-stop race for Bourdais compared to Newgarden's two stops.

While Newgarden looked set to win at mid-distance, the rain's return put his dominance under real threat.

Newgarden was the first to blink and stop for the wet compound tyres late on, with around half the field following across the next set of laps.

But Chip Ganassi Racing's Dixon had also followed the one-stop strategy of Bourdais, running more laps in a stint than anyone else.

Newgarden's threats both opted to remain on dry tyres in the hope a late caution would save them as the race was running to a time limit of two hours rather than the planned 90 laps due to Sunday's weather.

That then meant a tense run of laps between Bourdais and his chief engineer Craig Hampson as they assessed whether Bourdais could hold a sizeable gap over Newgarden on slicks.

But with nine laps remaining, Bourdais admitted he could go no further and stopped for wet tyres, with Dixon stopping a lap later to do the same.

That elevated Hunter-Reay and the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports pairing of James Hinchcliffe and Robert Wickens into second, third and fourth, while Dixon and Bourdais became embroiled in a battle.

A stunning side-by-side dice that became a drag race to the line went the way of Bourdais for fifth ahead of Dixon.

Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's Graham Rahal produced a strong recovery drive to seventh after restarting the race in 14th and surviving some backmarker clashes.

Team-mate Takuma Sato was eighth ahead of Simon Pagenaud, who the rain prevented from making the most of two sets of red compound tyres.

Marco Andretti finished 10th, despite his annoyance at an off-strategy on Sunday being ruined by the field refuelling before the race restarted on Monday.

Will Power returned to the race after his Sunday crash 16 laps down, using the mileage to trigger a new engine fitting ahead of the Indianapolis road course race.

Carlin endured a miserable Barber weekend after Max Chilton stopped on track as the race was set to restart. Team-mate Charlie Kimball had retired on Sunday after what he believed was contact from Ganassi's Ed Jones.

Race result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Josef Newgarden Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 82 2h01m14.4486s
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 82 9.9607s
3 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 82 15.5389s
4 Robert Wickens Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara/Honda 82 17.6794s
5 Sebastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 82 26.8897s
6 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 82 26.9768s
7 Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 82 30.1194s
8 Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara/Honda 82 30.5526s
9 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 82 42.4618s
10 Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Dallara/Honda 82 44.6892s
11 Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 82 45.2334s
12 Matheus Leist AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 82 57.9291s
13 Zach Veach Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda 82 1m05.9298s
14 Jordan King Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 82 1m20.0118s
15 Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 81 1 Lap
16 Rene Binder Juncos Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 80 2 Laps
17 Gabby Chaves Harding Racing Dallara/Chevrolet 80 2 Laps
18 Tony Kanaan AJ Foyt Enterprises Dallara/Chevrolet 80 2 Laps
19 Zachary Claman Dale Coyne Racing Dallara/Honda 80 2 Laps
20 Ed Jones Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda 64 Mechanical
21 Will Power Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet 53 Spun off
22 Max Chilton Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 34 Mechanical
23 Charlie Kimball Carlin Dallara/Chevrolet 10 Contact

Drivers' standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Josef Newgarden 158
2 Alexander Rossi 145
3 Sebastien Bourdais 119
4 Graham Rahal 119
5 James Hinchcliffe 118
6 Ryan Hunter-Reay 113
7 Scott Dixon 107
8 Robert Wickens 97
9 Marco Andretti 88
10 Will Power 81
11 Ed Jones 79
12 Tony Kanaan 79
13 Zach Veach 77
14 Takuma Sato 70
15 Simon Pagenaud 66
16 Spencer Pigot 61
17 Gabby Chaves 55
18 Matheus Leist 51
19 Charlie Kimball 50
20 Max Chilton 44
21 Jordan King 38
22 Zachary Claman 31
23 Ed Carpenter 26
24 Jack Harvey 25
25 Kyle Kaiser 23
26 Rene Binder 22
27 Pietro Fittipaldi 7

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