Newgarden dominates IndyCar race in victory
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — Pole sitter Josef Newgarden dominated the IndyCar race at Road America on Sunday, leading 53 of 55 laps for his third victory of the season.
The defending series champion crossed the finish line with a comfortable 3.38-second cushion over second-place finisher Ryan Hunter-Reay. Points leader Scott Dixon finished third, part of the three-car pack that separated from the field with about 13 laps to go in the road race.
The victory completed an impressive weekend for the Team Penske driver at the 14-turn, 222-mile-long track, where Newgarden’s No. 1 Chevy registered the top speed in in practice.
He returned to the podium following a five-race stretch finishing no higher than eighth, dropping him from first to fifth in the driver standings.
What might be considered a slump for Newgarden came to an emphatic end. He picked up his 10th career victory and first at the rural Wisconsin road course.
Hunter-Reay just couldn’t catch up after Newgarden’s car got a fresh set of tires on his last pit stop.
Alexander wins first
NORWALK, Ohio — Blake Alexander raced to his first Top Fuel victory in the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals.
Alexander had a 4.011-second pass at 297.81 mph to beat Terry McMillen in the final.
“It felt really good,” Alexander said. “I got a little emotional because I’ve tried to do this my whole life. I’ve come close but have lost sponsors, thought I was never going to drive the car again and basically we have gone through everything to climb back to the top.”
Matt Hagan won in Funny Car, Tanner Gray in Pro Stock, and Eddie Kraweic in Pro Stock Motorcycle.
Hagan edged points leader Courtney Force with a 4.094 at 288.21 in a Dodge Charger R/T for his first victory of the season.
Gray won for the third tiome this season and eighth overall, topping Erica Enders with 6.615 at 209.62 in a Chevrolet Camaro. Krawiec raced to his third victory at Summit Motorsports Park. He beat Jerry Savoie with a 6.923 at 195.05 on a Harley-Davidson.
Hamilton retakes lead
LE CASTELLET, France — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the French Grand Prix from pole position to retake the lead of the Formula One title race.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Kimi Raikkonen in his Ferrari crossed second and third to complete the podium at the Paul Ricard Circuit.
Defending champion Hamilton was never challenged after he reached the first corner a split second before Sebastian Vettel knocked into Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Vettel needed a new front wing for his Ferrari and had to work his way from the back of the pack to settle for a fifth-place finish behind Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Hamilton has 145 points after eight races. Vettel, who entered the race with a one-point lead, leaves trailing by 14.
It was Hamilton’s 65th career win. Only Michael Schumacher has more victories with 91.
While Hamilton thanked his team for its “great work” via the radio after crossing the line, Vettel lamented that he “had lost the race on the first lap.”