Josef Newgarden won the Iowa 300 Sunday morning, his second win at Iowa Speedway in four years, joining Dario Franchitti and James Hinchcliffe as two-time winners at the 7/8-mile oval set in the cornfields of central Iowa.
Let’s look at his win through some of the numbers:
4 — This was Newgarden’s fourth win of the season (St. Pete, Detroit 1, Texas, Iowa), which matches his four wins from his 2017 championship season. His 245 laps led also marked the fourth time in five years he’s led the most laps here. Four also represents his margin of points ahead of Alexander Rossi heading into the race, which he stretched to 29 points on Rossi’s 6th-place finish.
7 — Number of podiums Newgarden has earned in 12 races this season. He’s also finished fourth twice.
14 — Iowa marked Newgarden’s 14th career win, which moved him past Tom Sneva and into a tie with teammate Simon Pagenaud for 31st on the all-time wins list. His 11 wins over the last three seasons is the most in the series.
173.6 — The average number of laps Newgarden has led at Iowa over the last five races dating back to 2015. This includes the 2017 race where he was only credited with one lap led. Take away that race and he led an average of 216 laps in the other four events.
487 — Number of championship points Newgarden has through 12 races. En route to winning the 2017 championship, Newgarden also won the 12th race of the year (Toronto) and sat fourth in points with 400. He finished that season with two wins and four total podiums in his last five races.
I’m very competitive, and I don’t always
show it, but you want to do well every session, every
practice, every qualifying. You want to be the best. If
you don’t want that, then why are you here?
— Newgarden, post-race
Pit Lane Parley
After the second practice session on Friday night, Host Mike, Mike and Matt had the chance to sit down with Newgarden and talk about everything from championships to a possible Iowa repave to hydration tips. You can also hear where Newgarden guarantees he will win the race.
Full disclosure: He didn’t “actually” guarantee he would win, but he was feeling really, really good about his chances.
You can listen to it on all sorts of platforms, including here on iTunes.
Photo credit: Joe Skibinski/IndyCar Media