Team Penske mark milestone with Indy win

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Josef Newgarden has claimed his maiden win of the IndyCar season as his Team Penske outfit celebrated the 50th anniversary of their first victory in the category in style.

Newgarden reversed his fortunes when he took out the Honda Indy 200 at Lexington on Sunday.

The two-time IndyCar champ led all but seven of the 80 laps at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car course to take line honours 0.879 seconds ahead of Sweden's fast finishing Marcus Ericsson, ending a rotten run of luck.

He had dominated the last two races before late yellow flags altered the outcome and denied Newgarden victory.

But he finally prevailed on Sunday as Team Penske notched their first 2021 win in the 10th race of the season.

The last time the Penske organisation went this late in the year without a victory was its 1999 win-less season.

It also marked career win No.19 for Newgarden - an IndyCar record for an American driver.

Series points leader Alex Palou of Spain took third while defending champion Scott Dixon of New Zealand and Alexander Rossi rounded out the top five.

Newgarden's Team Penske teammate - three-time Supercars champ Scott McLaughlin - finished 12th.

"Everyone has been giving me a hard time asking: 'what's up with us not winning?'," Newgarden said.

"But you know, I don't think this team could have done anything different - we've been in the game almost every race."

Will Power - one of four Penske drivers in the field - was involved in one of the three earlier cautions at the start of the race when contact with Dixon sent the Australian spinning into a blind turn.

Incoming traffic couldn't see Power stopped in the middle of the track and he was drilled by Ed Jones.

Power had his right hand wrapped when he left medical staff and did not return to the race.

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