IndyCar news ticker April 2023: Newgarden tops Indy 500 open test
Here is all the important IndyCar news from April 2023 in our ticker format – Latest entry: Josef Newgarden was the fastest driver in the Indy 500 open test
April 25, 2023: Newgarden fastest in Indy 500 open test
Josef Newgarden secured the fastest lap time on the first day of the official Indy 500 Open Test. The Penkse driver edged out Conor Daly and Scott Dixon for second and third. The most diligent drivers were Marcus Ericsson and Rinus VeeKay, who each completed 156 laps. The two-day test was literally rained out on the second day due to heavy rainfall. The legendary Indy 500 – now in its 107th running – will take place on May 28.
April 17, 2023: Kyle Kirkwood won in Long Beach
Kyle Kirkwood celebrated his maiden IndyCar victory with Andretti at Long Beach. The 24-year-old from Jupiter in Florida was in the top-3 throughout the race and prevailed over Romain Grosjean in a thrilling final phase. Grosjean had significantly more push-to-pass seconds but the former Formula 1 driver had to save fuel and was not allowed to use the extra power. Josef Newgarden, who had taken the lead halfway through the race and only dropped back during the final pit stops, brought his Penske Chevrolet home third. Scott Dixon and Pato O’Ward were involved in accidents.
April 5, 2023: Will Power signs multi-year deal with Penske
Will Power will continue to race with his longtime sponsor Verizon in the No. 12 Penske Chevrolet, as the driver and the team recently signed a multi-year contract extension. The Australian’s career began in late 2005 with Team Australia in what was then the ChampCar Series. The following season he made his debut in Formula 1, where he also took the first pole position of his career. Since 2009, Power has driven for Team Penske, with whom he won two championships in 2014 and 2022 and scored a victory at the Indy 500 in 2018.
April 4, 2023: Josef Newgarden wins in Texas
Josef Newgarden has won the first IndyCar race of the 2023 season on an oval. The Penske driver beat Pato O’Ward in an exciting race with many overtaking maneuvers and accidents. On the fast, 1.5-mile race track, there were even only two cars on the lead lap at times. In a heart-stopping final, Newgarden held his own against Pato O’Ward, who had a good chance of winning in his SP-McLaren. The Mexican O’Ward leads the overall standings after two second places ahead of Marcus Ericsson and Scott Dixon.