This weekend’s third race of the Verizon IndyCar Series at Barber Motorsports Park has plenty of intrigue going in.
Josef Newgarden was on his way to a fantastic finish at Long Beach before it all went awry while leading the race.
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On lap 73, Newgarden made contact with the No. 25 car of Marco Andretti, resulting in a drive-through penalty
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Six full-course cautions on the street circuit slowed the field down.
Driving the No. 67 SFHR Dallara/Honda/Firestone entry, Newgarden finished with an even quicker lap (1:18.5236) in Round 2.
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The 34-year-old Germany-native, Lucas Luhr, driving the No. 97 SFHR car, was in 17th place when an engine fire ended his day short of the checkered flag.
Josef Newgarden's teammate Lucas Luhr will start his first ever IndyCar race from 25th place.
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Newgarden's race were ended before it started due to car failure
The first standing start race for the IndyCar Series did not pan out but the race has exciting moments.
During the second stint of the race, Newgarden fell a lap behind and was never able to make it up.