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McLaughlin beats Energy in dash to complete for Penske 1-2

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After beginning on pole within the No. 3 Chevrolet, McLaughlin made the very best of a three-stop technique to guide a race-high 58 of 90 laps across the 2.3-mile, 17-turn highway course, beating Energy, who underwent an engine change after the morning warm-up, by 1.3194s.

Chip Ganassi Racing rookie Linus Lundqvist delivered a powerful drive to complete third – the primary podium of his profession.

Meyer Shank Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist completed fourth, forward of reigning and two-time IndyCar Sequence champion Alex Palou (Chip Ganassi Racing).

The entrance row of McLaughlin and Energy began on the more durable main tyres, with the previous in a position to get a clear leap into Flip 1 when the inexperienced flag waved.

Ed Carpenter Racing’s Rinus VeeKay, who began final within the 27-car subject, was making an attempt to make up floor when he tagged Sting Ray Robb (AJ Foyt Racing), sending him round and accumulating Jack Harvey (Dale Coyne Racing) in Flip 1. All would proceed on, with VeeKay receiving a drive-through penalty.

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The subsequent lap featured elbows out racing between Colton Herta (Andretti International) and Santino Ferrucci (Foyt), with the pair making contact on lap 2 after which once more two laps later with Ferrucci delivering a hip test whereas the 2 had been operating 18th and nineteenth.

Whereas that was happening, Pato O’Ward, who began fourth within the No. 5 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet, endured a depressing begin as he locked up and spun to keep away from rear-ending third-place man Christian Lundgaard (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing).

Patricio O’Ward, Arrow McLaren Chevrolet

Picture by: Richard Dole / Motorsport Images

O’Ward fell to twenty fourth however was then concerned within the first warning on lap 5 after clipping the curb and shunting Pietro Fittipaldi, Lundgaard’s team-mate, into the Flip 13 boundaries. O’Ward acquired a drive-thru penalty as soon as the race restarted on lap 7.

The runner-up place modified palms on lap 23 after Energy went broad in Flip 5 and off track briefly, dropping to 3rd and elevating Lundgaard, operating on a set of used softer alternate tyres.

Lungaard pitted the following lap and swapped to a set of recent softer rubber, with Energy coming in for service on lap 27 and altering to used alternates. McLaughlin replicated his team-mate’s tyre technique when he pitted on lap 28.

After the cycle of stops among the many subject, McLaughlin reclaimed the lead on lap 35 and carried a 7.2s lead over Lundgaard by lap 38.

The warning got here out once more on lap 43 for Alexander Rossi, who misplaced his left rear wheel and ended up stopping off-course.

A number of takers got here to the pits, together with McLaughlin, who took on a brand new set of alternates. Energy additionally took alternates and was in a position to get out forward of Lundgaard.

Amongst these to not pit was Palou, who assumed the race lead within the No. 10 Honda, with Felix Roseqvist (Meyer Shank Racing) second. Marcus Armstrong and Ferrucci lined up third and fourth when the restart occurred on lap 48.

Josef Newgarden, Team Penske Chevrolet

Josef Newgarden, Crew Penske Chevrolet

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After he restarted seventeenth and endured a battle with Energy, the pair swapping positions briefly, McLaughlin started to cost ahead, transferring as much as fifteenth by lap 50.

A 3rd warning was waved on lap 55 after Robb went heavy into the Flip 1 barrier, saying “I believe my steering wheel broke” over the radio.

Palou, Rosenqvist and Armstrong had been among the many takers to hit pit highway. Ferrucci stayed out and took over the lead, forward of rookie Linus Lundqvist (Chip Ganassi Racing). Palou took primaries, whereas Armstrong and Rosenqvist opted for used alternates.

With many takers to pit lane, it propelled McLaughlin to 3rd, adopted by rookie Kyffin Simpson, Energy and Lundgaard.

After the preliminary restart was waved off on lap 59, it went inexperienced on lap 60 with Ferrucci main Lundqvist and McLaughlin.

Ferrucci pitted from the lead and swapped for a set of recent alternates on lap 66, placing him in play to make it to the top. Lundqvist vaulted to the lead however handed off to McLaughlin by pitting with 20 laps to go.

McLaughlin constructed up over 3.5s lead over Energy, however the two, together with Lundgaard, pitted with 15 laps to. McLaughlin, on used alternates for the ultimate stint, returned with the lead, forward of Energy and Palou, on a conservative technique, rose to 3rd however 7.6s behind.

Linus Lundqvist, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Linus Lundqvist, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Picture by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Images

Lundqvist moved into the highest three with a transfer by his CGR team-mate Palou with 12 laps to go.

McLaughlin’s lead of over 3.5s evaporated when the warning waved with 5 laps to go after rookie Christian Rasmussen slid and stalled in Flip 13.

The late restart occurred with two laps to go, and McLaughlin made a getaway from his team-mate, who got here underneath stress from Lundqvist.

Ultimately, McLaughlin scooted away with the win, forward of Energy and Lundqvist.

Cla   Driver   Automotive / Engine   Laps   Time   Hole 
Scott McLaughlin Dallara/Chevrolet 90 1:56’45.7773  
Will Energy Dallara/Chevrolet 90 1:56’47.0967 1.3194
Linus Lundqvist Dallara/Honda 90 1:56’48.2194 2.4421
Felix Rosenqvist Dallara/Honda 90 1:56’50.2882 4.5109
Alex Palou Dallara/Honda 90 1:56’51.1465 5.3692
C.Lundgaard Dallara/Honda 90 1:56’51.8282 6.0509
Santino Ferrucci Dallara/Chevrolet 90 1:56’52.3828 6.6055
Colton Herta Dallara/Honda 90 1:56’53.2897 7.5124
Marcus Armstrong Dallara/Honda 90 1:56’53.8148 8.0375
10  Kyle Kirkwood Dallara/Honda 90 1:56’54.3346 8.5573
11  Graham Rahal Dallara/Honda 90 1:56’54.8061 9.0288
12  Romain Grosjean Dallara/Chevrolet 90 1:56’55.2268 9.4495
13  Jack Harvey Dallara/Honda 90 1:56’55.9042 10.1269
14  Kyffin Simpson Dallara/Honda 90 1:56’56.2188 10.4415
15  Scott Dixon Dallara/Honda 90 1:56’57.1401 11.3628
16  Josef Newgarden Dallara/Chevrolet 90 1:56’58.0128 12.2355
17  R.van Kalmthout Dallara/Chevrolet 90 1:56’59.2865 13.5092
18  Marcus Ericsson Dallara/Honda 90 1:56’59.6210 13.8437
19  Tom Blomqvist Dallara/Honda 90 1:57’00.3524 14.5751
20  Agustín Canapino Dallara/Chevrolet 90 1:57’00.4580 14.6807
21  Luca Ghiotto Dallara/Honda 90 1:57’01.4582 15.6809
22  Théo Pourchaire Dallara/Chevrolet 89 1:55’47.6985 stopped
23  Patricio O’Ward Dallara/Chevrolet 90 1:57’02.2234 16.4461
24  C.Rasmussen Dallara/Chevrolet 89 1:57’03.5045  
25  Alexander Rossi Dallara/Chevrolet 60 1:40’38.7103  
26  Sting Ray Robb Dallara/Chevrolet 54 1:09’59.8639  
27  P.Fittipaldi Dallara/Honda 42 1:42’21.7871  

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