Fifth Gear: Hy-Vee INDYCAR Race Weekend

Josef Newgarden is on the charge, and he’s charging fast. Yes, the 80-point deficit to Palou is still massive, but Newgarden can now see a path to winning a third season championship. If Palou had finished 10th, Newgarden would be another 15 points closer. Yes, Newgarden took a solid chunk from Palou’s series lead, which prior to the weekend was 117 points. Palou has won races on both permanent road courses, including last year’s 30-second victory at the latter. An 80-point lead is effectively a two-race advantage with five to go, so Palou still reigns. He is third in the championship, 43 points out of the lead with six races remaining.

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