Fifth Gear: XPEL 375

By now, Josef Newgarden has likely spent the $600 awarded him by Roger Penske for winning Team Penske’s 600th motorsports race, and Jimmie Johnson has somewhat come down from the high of being competitive in his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES oval race and finishing a career-best sixth. In the INDYCAR SERIES, Dixon had entered the race with the most laps completed: 4.615. Team Penske has won both races, and McLaughlin, the series points leader, has been the class of the field in each, scoring his first series victory in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and finishing a heartbreaking second – by .0699 of a second – at Texas. Team Penske drivers occupied three of the top four finishing positions in Sunday’s race – first, second and fourth — and have the same standing in the season points tally to date. This will be the 38th time an INDYCAR SERIES race has been held on the waterfront circuit, with Mario Andretti winning the first race in 1984. This should be the first “normal” Long Beach race since the COVID-19 pandemic began. This year’s event culminates with an 85-lap race on Sunday, April 10 (3 p.m.

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