Josef Newgarden dominates 2017 Honda Indy 200

Simon Pagenaud will attempt to be the first driver on the circuit to successfully defend a 2016 win

In Saturday's Indy Lights race, Norman finished ninth. Pagenaud is fourth in the standings with 436 points and Power is in fifth with 401 points.

"I'm surprised that we didn't get in (the Firestone Fast Six) because it felt like a good lap and I put everything I had in it", Pagenaud said.

Hinchcliffe's momentum came apart after the re-start as he had opted for black tires on the final pit stop while those right behind him - Takuma Sato, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Scott Dixon - were all on reds.

"I think something was broken", Dixon told Autoweek.

Josef Newgarden moved to first place in the IndyCar points standings Sunday with his second win in as many races.

Dixon is in an intense points tussle with four Team Penske Chevrolets as well as Graham Rahal's Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda. "We haven't had a ideal year by any means but we've had a very good year".

A podium finish has edged Will Power closer to the leader in the IndyCar series.

There are four races left in the championship.

"I think next year, when the auto develops the downforce from underneath, it's going to be way better racing".

Passing opportunities are typically hard to come by on this narrow and twisty permanent road course, but this race had plenty of excitement behind Newgarden, who at one point led by 10 seconds. Oliver Askew (Cape Motorsports) finished fourth and saw his points lead dwindle to 13 over VeeKay with one race remaining at Watkins Glen International on September 3.

Newgarden is fourth in series points after finishing in the same spot previous year for Ed Carpenter racing. Urrutia is the seventh different driver to win a race this season in the top level of the Mazda Road to Indy development series.

"Obviously, congratulations to Josef", Dixon said of Newgarden, who celebrated his third victory of the season and second in a row. "And we've got it for a couple more races, so hopefully it keeps working its magic".

"Obviously, Team Penske is strong".

"We were either going to pass him on track in a straight-up pass or we were going to pass him in a pit cycle, that was our plan", Newgarden said after the race. We've got to make the most of it. "The [2018] aero kit will help, but if you really want real hard-core racing - because DRS in Formula 1 is too much, like the passes aren't real - but I think the push-to-pass, it's just getting here".

The series shifts to oval racing for the next two events. An encore presentation of the race airs at 7 p.m. on NBCSN. Then it's on to Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison, Illinois, for the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline on August 26 (9 p.m. ET, NBCSN and Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network).

"We haven't won here", he said. "It was just one of those days".

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