By Earl Heath
Contributing Sports Writer
After a weekend of thrills and fun and records broken it was Josef Newgarden who took the checkered in the 47th version of the Acura Grand Prix Of Long Beach Newgarden out dueled Roman Grosjean (Andretti Auto-sport’s) and Alex Palau who challenged him heavily during the race.
His aggressive style allowed him to have the lead the final 31 laps. The Valencia native came from his second pit ahead of Palau.
The two fought many times during the race that caused Newgarden to say. “Alex Palau was super fast today, I thought he was a very deserving winner if it would have played out that way.”
There was a lot of little battles during the race as Grosjean passed Palau for second in lap 66 restart.
On lap 76 a caution came as former NASCAR Driver Jimmie Johnson hit the wall. It was the seven-time Champs third time in three days that happen.
Pole sitter and last year’s winner Colton Herta set a track record during qualifying. The 22 year old had won three straight races in the Golden State including Luguna Seca finishing the 2021 season. It was his first win in Long Beach
The win was Newgarden’s second in a row and currently leads Scott McLaughlin by 5points in the championship and Palau by 15.
“This place is a hard nut to crack, it’s a lot of pressure like the Indy 500,” said Newgarden, “Everyone looks at this place as the crown jewel of our sport and it would be an honor to win here and you feel it within the team.”