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Newgarden's last lap pass propels him to IndyCar win


(Texas Motor Speedway on Twitter)


It was a battle between two gunslingers at Texas Motor Speedway for the NTT IndyCar Series XPEL 375 between Team Penske teammates Scott McLaughlin and Josef Newgarden that settled itself coming off turn four on the last lap.


Arrow McLaren SP driver Felix Rosenqvist led the field to green Sunday afternoon, but as the cars came up to full song at 220 miles per hour, Scott McLauglin beat Rosenqvist to the line to lead the next 56 laps.


The first caution of the day occurred on lap 12 when Alexander Rossi, who had jumped the initial start of the race, suddenly slowed on the apron of the track and retired the car with engine issues.


During the first stent of the race, the most impressive driver on track was the young AJ Foyt Enterprise's driver Kyle Kirkwood. After a brief caution, the rookie restarted 23rd and was on rails. Moving into the top 10 after four green flag laps.


Lap 98 would mark the second caution of the day as Tukuma Sato, and Devlin DeFrancesco made contact in turn one as the battled for 17th. Sato was sent up the track and made contact with the wall in turn two. As the field made its way down pit road, smoke was seen coming from Romain Grosjean's car which ended the Swiss driver's day. Arrow McLaren SP drivers both had terrible pit stops as Rosenqvist slid through the box and O'Ward hit the left-front tire changer.


On the Lap 114 restart, Kyle Kirkwood got loose trying to pass DeFrancesco through turns 3 and 4. Kirkwood went around into the outside wall, ending his day


The cautions kept coming through this part of the race as on lap 129, Helio Castroneves went to the outside of Graham Rahal, DeFrancesco pulled to the inside to make it three-wide through three and four and got loose hitting the transition between the racing surface and the apron and collected Castroneves and Rahal which ended his day. Under the yellow, Rosenqvist pitted with a mechanical issue and retired the car.


The race restarted on Lap 149 and Rinus VeeKay was charging on fresh Firestones and by lap 159, VeeKay took the lead from McLaughlin. Scott Dixion has other ideas by taking the lead five laps later after McLaughlin and VeeKay saved fuel so they could finish the race with one stop remaining. Meanwhile, Jimmie Johnson made his way into ninth place.