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Josef Newgarden wins Indianapolis 500, Just after Overcoming Cheating Scandal

Josef Newgarden made history at the Indianapolis 500 by becoming the first back-to-back winner since Helio Castroneves 22 years ago, securing Roger Penske’s 20th win in the race.

Cheating Scandal

Newgarden’s victory came after overcoming a cheating scandal involving his team, Team Penske, which had been using illegal push-to-pass software. Despite the controversy, Newgarden’s skill and determination shone through as he passed Pato O’Ward on the final lap to claim victory.

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The race itself was delayed by rain for four hours, impacting NASCAR star Kyle Larson’s plans to run “The Double” by also competing in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Larson’s chances were further hampered by two rookie mistakes, resulting in an 18th-place finish.

Newgarden’s win was not without challenges. His team faced consequences for the cheating scandal, with Roger Penske suspending four crew members, including Team President Tim Cindric, known for his strategic prowess. Despite the setbacks, Newgarden’s triumph marked a significant achievement in his racing career.

Josef NewgardenJosef Newgarden drives during the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sund

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Scott Dixon of Chip Ganassi Racing secured third place, the highest for a Honda driver, followed by Alexander Rossi from Arrow McLaren Racing. Chevrolet performed well overall, claiming three of the top four spots in the race.

For Newgarden, the victory was a redemption of sorts, putting the push-to-pass scandal behind him and focusing on the joy of winning “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” for the second consecutive year. His celebration included climbing through a fence to celebrate with fans, highlighting his connection and appreciation for the crowd’s support.

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Tadese Faforiji

I am Tadese Faforiji, a history student of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State- 21st-century University, properly called. I am a blogger and an avid writer.