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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the IndyCar season-opening race at St. Petersburg (all times local):
Josef Newgarden has won the IndyCar season-opening race to continue Team Penske’s strong start to the motorsports season.
Team Penske drivers have combined to win two NASCAR races, two Supercars races in Australia and now the IndyCar opener for four victories in seven days. As Newgarden was taking the checkered flag in front of boss Roger Penske, teammate Ryan Blaney was leading the field to green for the NASCAR race in Phoenix.
The race showed that Penske and Chip Ganassi Racing opened the season at the top of the series as the organizations claimed the top four spots. Scott Dixon was second for Ganassi, followed by Will Power for Penske and then Ganassi rookie Felix Rosenqvist.
Alexander Rossi from Andretti Autosport finished fifth, followed by James Hinchcliffe of Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and then Simon Pagenaud, the third driver in the Penske lineup.