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IndyCar: Josef Newgarden made a huge move at Gateway

Josef Newgarden’s overtake for victory late in the IndyCar race at Gateway was an interesting moment in the championship fight. All four Team Penske drivers were in contention for this year’s title and although 2017 is Newgarden’s first year with the team, he had built a healthy points lead. Shoving one of his teammates aside for victory helped to assert Newgarden’s place in the Penske hierarchy, and it also showed plenty of confidence, no fear of conflict, and that he wasn’t taking the safe option of settling for points.

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IndyCar: The 2015 IndyCar season keeps throwing up surprises

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Team Penske is supposed to be the dominant force in this year’s IndyCar Championship. With the fastest engine/aero package and four of the top five drivers from 2014, Penske has all the ingredients to completely steamroll the opposition. However, a series of wet races and well-timed caution periods have produced a variety of results and it has been a fairly mixed up season.

Here are some interesting stats after the first 10 races:

  • 7 different winners.
  • Only once has the polesitter taken victory.
  • The championship leader, Juan Pablo Montoya, has an average finishing position of just 6th.
  • Between them, Penske’s drivers have qualified in the top 3 on 26 occasions. However, they’ve finished races in the top 3 on just 12 occasions.
  • 104 points will be up for grabs at the final race of the season. At the moment, 106 points separate the top 8 drivers.
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V8SC: Marcos Ambrose’s comeback sets up a great narrative for 2015

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15 years ago Holden was the dominant force in V8 Supercars. Between 1998 and 2002 the manufacturer won 80% of the races along with every championship. Ford, their bitter arch rivals, needed a hero and they found one in the form of Marcos Ambrose. A young Ambrose had been racing in Formula Ford overseas, where he beat Kimi Raikkonen to the European championship, but had to return home to Australia when his budget ran dry. He immediately marked himself out as a man to beat in the V8 series and pushed Ford back into the winners circle with two championship victories. Unfortunately for Ford, Ambrose did not hang around long and left Australia for a second shot at success overseas.

Ten years have since passed and Ford needs another hero. The Red Bull Racing Australia team, currently backed by Holden, has won five of the last six championships and is on track for another title in 2014. Step in Marcos Ambrose. Just like he did all those years ago, Ambrose is returning home to Australia (this time to raise a young family) and is joining Ford to give them renewed hope of success. Not only that, but he is joining Ford’s oldest V8 team as it enters a new partnership with Team Penske. It’s a stunning combination.

Marcos Ambrose’s comeback gives the 2015 championship a great narrative and it’s one that will be keenly promoted. If he can end Holden’s winning streak a second time it will be an incredible sporting triumph.

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