IndyCar news May 2023: Newgarden wins the 2023 Indy 500

IndyCar news May 2023: Newgarden wins the 2023 Indy 500
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Here is all the important IndyCar news from May 2023 in our ticker format – Latest entry: Josef Newgardon won the 107th running of the Indy 500

May 30, 2023: Newgarden wins Indy 500

Josef Newgarden has won the 2023 Indianapolis 500. The Penske driver prevailed in a dramatic final phase with two red flag situations. Although the regulations do not provide for a green-white-checkered finish, the race was finished under green in NASCAR fashion but not extended. Newgarden beat last year’s winner Marcus Ericsson to take the victory. There was a scary moment when Kyle Kirkwood’s rear wheel was send over the catch fences toward the grandstand. According to IndyCar, no one was injured as the wheel missed the grandstand and hit and damaged a private car in a parking lot.

May 26, 2023: Rahal replaces Wilson

Stefan Wilson was injured during practice for the 107th running of the Indy 500 after colliding with Katherine Legge and remains in hospital until further notice. Consequently, the Dreyer/Reinhold Chevrolet was at the start without a driver for the season highlight of the IndyCar series. As a result of that, the 34-year-old Graham Rahal will be used as a replacement driver. He wasn’t able to qualify for the race in advance, but is now allowed to compete with Chevy power for the first time in his career. The American will start the race from 25th on the grid. Stefan Wilson is doing well given the circumstances. As a result of the accident, he was diagnosed with a vertebral fracture. It is still unclear when the Brit will be completely healthy again.

May 22, 2023: Palou wins Indy 500 pole

Alex Palou will start from pole position in the 107th edition of the Indy 500. The 2021 IndyCar champion clocked a lap average of 376.936 kilometers per hour in the showdown for first place on the grid, beating both Rinus Veekay and Felix Rosenqvist, who also start the race from the front row. Graham Rahal missed out on qualifying for the race by 0.0044 seconds because Jack Harvey drove a better four-lap average in the closing stages.

May 15, 2023: Palou wins the Indy GP

Alex Palou (Chip Ganassi Racing) has taken a strong win at the Indianapolis Grand Prix to start the crucial month of May in style. Two weeks from the 107th running of the Indy 500, the Spaniard dominated the road course layout of the iconic race track. McLaren racers Pato O’ Ward and Alexander Rossi rounded off the podium on a strong team effort. Danish young gun Christian Lundgaard (RLL Racing) had previously recorded his maiden IndyCar pole position. The 21-year-old initially stayed in close battle with Palou, however the Dane’s tyre strategy didn’t pan out and he subsequently finished the race in fourth. Going into the infamous Indy 500, Palou now leads the standings on 174 points ahead of O’ Ward (168 points) and Chip Ganassi racer Marcus Ericsson (155 points).

May 2, 2023: McLaughlin wins in Alabama

Scott McLaughlin won the race at Barber Motorsports Park. The Penske driver used a three-stop strategy to beat Romain Grosjean, who finished second for the second time in a row. The race was characterized by many overtaking maneuvers and different strategies. For a long time Grosjean was in the lead, but in the closing stages he lacked push-to-pass seconds to defend against McLaughlin. Grosjean also had to save fuel in the Andretti car after only two stops.

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