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Josef Newgarden’s Heartfelt Message to Pato O’Ward after Indy 500 Duel

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Pato O’Ward, who clinched second place, expressed a mix of emotions after the race. “Hard to put it into words,” he said. “I’m proud of the work we did today. We recovered…some people were driving like maniacs. We had so many near race-enders and were so close again…so close…I put that car through things I never thought it was going to be able to do…somehow I came out the other side of the corner…it’s just so painful when you put so much into it and were two corners short.”

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Following the intense race, Josef Newgarden took a moment to commend O’Ward and acknowledge his tenacity on the track. The Australian driver praised O’Ward, saying, “You are a great competitor, one of the best in the world,” while reflecting on their previous battles. In the end, Newgarden expressed his belief that O’Ward deserved a win, but circumstances favored him on this occasion. He wished O’Ward the best for his future endeavors.

The Duel of Josef Newgarden with Pato O’Ward

Josef Newgarden

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The final lap of the race saw Josef Newgarden engaged in a fierce battle with Pato O’Ward. The two drivers exchanged positions, pushing their cars to the limit. As they navigated the corners, it was wheel-to-wheel racing at its finest. Newgarden’s surge past O’Ward secured his victory, but it was clear that both drivers had given their all.

After crossing the finish line, Josef Newgarden didn’t head straight to the winner’s circle. Instead, he ran into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway grandstands to celebrate with the 300,000-plus fans in attendance. His joy was palpable, and his tradition of mingling with the crowd after a win showcased his genuine love for the sport and its supporters.

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Marty Snider, a pit reporter, captured Newgarden’s exhaustion: “It took him 12 years to get his first Indianapolis 500. It took him 12 months to get his second.” The victory was hard-fought, and Newgarden’s determination paid off.

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I'm Moin Akhunji, a passionate sports writer renowned for my unique storytelling approach. My expertise spans across various sports, notably NASCAR, F1, and IndyCar. I hold a profound admiration for athletes like Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. When I'm not crafting articles, you'll likely find me trekking in the hills, indulging in my favorite hobby.
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