Newgarden wins Indy Lights race

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:35 PM ET

EDMONTON - Josef Newgarden survived a scare and went on to win the second Firestone Indy Lights race Sunday at the City Centre Airport.

The pole sitter in both of this weekend’s Indy Lights events was nearly taken out nine laps into the second race as teammate Esteban Guerrieri rubbed into him trying to get the inside lane on Turn 5.

Guerrieri was able to get by and led for a good portion of the race. However, the damage sustained making the pass caught up to the Argentine driver and he eventually had to go into the pits for repair.

Newgarden took over the lead and held off Stefan Wilson for the checkered flag. Peter Dempsey, who flipped his car in the first race on Saturday, finished third.

The win was Newgarden’s fourth of the season and increases his lead over Guerrieri at the top of the points standings.

Local rookie Stefan Rzadzinski, who made his Indy Lights debut on Saturday finished 13, a lap behind the leaders.

Three of the 16 cars in the event were unable to complete the race.

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