Newgarden wins Indy Grand Prix of Alabama for 3rd time

(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Josef Newgarden banked on the rain at Barber Motorsports Park, and it was a pretty safe bet.

The defending series champion started on the pole for the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and led almost the entire way, winning the rain-delayed race on Monday for the third time in four years. IndyCar had pushed back completion of the race because of heavy rain Sunday.

With a sizable lead and showers starting anew, Newgarden made his second pit stop with about 15 minutes left in the timed race to switch to rain tires. Contenders like Sebastien Bourdais and runner-up Ryan Hunter-Reay remained on the track while the rain soaked the course.

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IndyCar Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 J.Newgarden 158 2
2 A.Rossi 145 1
3 S.Bourdais 119 1
4 G.Rahal 119 0
5 J.Hinchcliffe 118 0
6 R.Hunter-Reay 113 0
7 S.Dixon 107 0
8 R.Wickens 97 0
9 M.Andretti 88 0
10 W.Power 81 0
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