Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix
Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix
Phoenix Raceway - Avondale, AZ
Phoenix International Raceway - Phoenix, Arizona
Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix
Race Complete

Broadcast Schedule

Practice 1
5:00 - 6:00 PM ET
8:00 - 9:30 PM ET
Final Practice
11:00 - 11:59 PM ET
9:00 - 11:59 PM ET

On-Track Schedule

Practice 1
5:00 - 6:00 PM ET
View Session Results
8:00 - 9:00 PM ET
View Session Results
Final Practice
11:00 - 11:59 PM ET
View Session Results
9:30 - 11:30 PM ET
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Josef Newgarden
Team Penske
Robert Wickens
Arrow McLaren SP
Alexander Rossi
Andretti Autosport

Race Recap

AVONDALE, Arizona – Josef Newgarden benefited from fresh tires on a late pit stop and charged from fourth place in the final seven laps to win the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix at ISM Raceway.

The reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion driving the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Newgarden took the lead for the first time on Lap 206 of 250 on the 1.022-mile oval. A caution flag on Lap 230, when driver Ed Jones hit the SAFER Barrier in Turn 4, forced teams to decide whether to pit for a new set of Firestone tires or make it to the finish with what they had.

Rookie Robert Wickens, who nearly won the season opener last month at St. Petersburg, Florida, before being involved in a late-race incident, was the leader on the Lap 243 restart, with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate James Hinchcliffe and Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi directly behind.

Newgarden, among eight lead-lap cars that stopped for new tires, bolted immediately past Rossi and Hinchcliffe on the outside through Turns 1 and 2 on the restart. He then sized up Wickens, in the No. 6 Lucas Oil SPM Honda, and made the winning pass – again on the outside in Turn 1 – on Lap 247.

It was Newgarden’s eighth career victory and first at ISM Raceway. It was also the 198th Indy car victory for Team Penske.

Wickens finished second by 2.9946 seconds for his first podium finish in his second Verizon IndyCar Series start. Rossi, in the No. 27 Honda, placed third.

Four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon finished fourth in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, with Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay fifth in the No. 28 DHL Honda.

The race saw just two caution periods, for single-car incidents involving Jones and rookie Pietro Fittipaldi. Neither driver was injured.

Newgarden also unofficially took the championship lead with 77 points after two of 17 races, followed by Rossi with 72, Sebastien Bourdais with 70, Graham Rahal with 63 and Hunter-Reay with 62.

About the track

Phoenix International Raceway

ISM Raceway is a one-mile, low-banked tri-oval race track located in Avondale, Arizona, just outside of Phoenix. Opened in 1964 with a currently-estimated grandstand seating capacity of around 67,000. Lights were installed around the track in 2004. One of the signature features of the is the "dogleg" at the exit of Turn 2, to which in 2019 will see the start-finish line moved to the "dogleg". A.J. Foyt won the track's first oval race, a 100-mile USAC event at an average speed of 107.536 mph.

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Past track winners

Josef Newgarden 2018
Simon Pagenaud 2017
Scott Dixon 2016
Sam Hornish, Jr. 2005
Tony Kanaan 2004
Tony Kanaan 2003
Helio Castroneves 2002
Sam Hornish, Jr. 2001
Buddy Lazier 2000
Scott Goodyear 1999
Scott Sharp 1998
Jim Guthrie 1997
Arie Luyendyk 1996
Robby Gordon 1995
Emerson Fittipaldi 1994
Mario Andretti 1993
Bobby Rahal 1992
Arie Luyendyk 1991
Rick Mears 1990
Rick Mears 1989
Mario Andretti 1988
Roberto Guerrero 1987
Michael Andretti 1986
Kevin Cogan 1986
Al Unser 1985
Bobby Rahal 1984
Tom Sneva 1984
Teo Fabi 1983
Tom Sneva 1982
Rick Mears 1982
Tom Sneva 1981
Johnny Rutherford 1981
Tom Sneva 1980
Al Unser 1979
Gordon Johncock 1979
Johnny Rutherford 1978
Gordon Johncock 1978
Gordon Johncock 1977
Johnny Rutherford 1977
Al Unser 1976
Bobby Unser 1976
A.J. Foyt 1975
Johnny Rutherford 1975
Gordon Johncock 1974
Mike Mosley 1974
Gordon Johncock 1973
Bobby Unser 1972
Bobby Unser 1972
A.J. Foyt 1971
Al Unser 1971
Swede Savage 1970
Al Unser 1970
Al Unser 1969
George Follmer 1969
Gary Bettenhausen 1968
Bobby Unser 1968
Mario Andretti 1967
Lloyd Ruby 1967
Mario Andretti 1966
Jim McElreath 1966
A.J. Foyt 1965
Don Branson 1965
Lloyd Ruby 1964
A.J. Foyt 1964