Newgarden leading on different path in IndyCar title chase

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(AP) -- Josef Newgarden is already taking a different path in trying to win another IndyCar Series title.

When the American won the 2017 championship in his debut season for Team Penske, Newgarden didn't even have the points lead until three wins and two runner-up finishes in the final six races.

Just past the halfway point this season, with nine races down and eight to go, Newgarden already has won a series-high three times, all at tracks where he hadn't won before. Except for slipping to second after a fourth-place finish at the Indianapolis 500, he has been on top throughout 2019.

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IndyCar Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 J.Newgarden 402 3
2 A.Rossi 395 2
3 S.Pagenaud 341 2
4 S.Dixon 308 1
5 W.Power 294 0
6 T.Sato 292 1
7 R.Hunter-Reay 271 0
8 G.Rahal 244 0
9 J.Hinchcliffe 216 0
10 F.Rosenqvist 209 0
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