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Pato O’Ward Wins, Newgarden Spins, Johnson Finishes 5th At Iowa

Pato O'Ward on the streets of Belle Isle in 2022

Pato O’Ward took advantage of Josef Newgarden’s misfortune and held on for the final 64 laps to win the Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 at Iowas Speedway.

It’s his second NTT IndyCar Series win this season and the fourth of his career.

On lap 236, Newgarden was leading the race and well on his way to sweeping the weekend when a mechanical failure sent him spinning into the wall in a hard wreck. Newgarden had led 148 of 300 total laps in the event, after leading 227 of 250 laps the previous day en route to winning that race.

The wreck opened the door for O’Ward, who took the lead under caution after winning the race off pit road and led the rest of the way.

“The No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP guys in the pits were awesome,” O’Ward said to NBC Sport’s Dave Burns in the winner’s interview. “I think that’s what gave us our win.

“Obviously, I did my job in the car to keep it safe and maintain. I knew we had the pace, it’s just tough whenever you’re going through the traffic. The guys in front of me race it in a different way than you do, it’s different every lap”

Will Power led the opening laps from the pole, but was passed by Newgarden after the opening round of green flag pit stops and couldn’t get back to the lead the rest of the day under green. Still, however, the Australian was able to finish second.

Scott McLaughlin finished third and Scott Dixon was fourth. Jimmie Johnson made a show out of the final restart, saving the car multiple times from wrecking and was able to get my Marcus Ericsson in the closing laps to get his first top five finish in IndyCar.

On lap 119, Kyle Kirkwood hit the wall coming into turn one, after being passed by leader Newgarden and the lapped car of Vinus Reekay going into the corner three wide. This and the Newgarden wreck were the only on-track incidents that led to a caution. Kirkwood was able to walk away from the crash, but ended up finishing 25th, in front of only Christian Lundgaard, who had a mechanical issue a few laps prior that forced him to pit.

Just five races remain in the 2022 IndyCar season. The next race on the schedule will be Saturday, July 30th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

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