Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta fended off Josef Newgarden to win the Acura Grand Prix at Long Beach as Alex Palou claimed his first NTT IndyCar Series title.

Three drivers entered the final, but they quickly became two after Pato O’Ward of Arrow McLaren SP was hit by Ed Jones in the first lap and sent the Mexican spinning to the back of the field, not before to withdraw on lap 18 with damage.

Despite several warnings littering the first half of the race, Herta quickly recovered from her modest qualifying position to move up from 14th place on the grid and compete for the win.

Newgarden had appeared to be in charge of the race early on as he chased an outside title shot, however, he couldn’t hold Herta’s pace and would have to settle for second place.

Scott Dixon made sure to fill Newgarden’s mirrors throughout the 85 laps of the No. 9 Bank-Honda PNC race to complete the last place on the podium.

Palou had a tricky first stint and lost places as he tried to protect his car, but that didn’t stop the Spaniard from developing a solid strategy to end the season with fourth place and his first IndyCar title. .

In what could have been his last race for Team Penske, Simon Pagenaud put in an impressive performance to finish fifth ahead of Alexander Rossi who failed to secure three wins in a row around Long Beach.

Jack Harvey has also recovered well from a poor qualifying session, the Briton would finish seventh after gaining 18 places as he leaves Meyer Shank Racing for a team that has yet to be announced.

Quadruple series champion Sébastien Bourdais stopped in the first lap but had a solid race with the AJ Foyt team to return to eighth place after starting 22nd.

Takuma Sato finished ninth ahead of Will Power to complete the top 10.

As Palou celebrates his first title, the Rookie of the Year award went to Scott McLaughlin after Romain Grosjean suffered mechanical issues halfway through the race before retiring with six laps to go.

The NTT IndyCar Series will return to action on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla. On February 27.

# Driver Time / Interval Tours led Points
1 Colton Herta 01: 49: 10.3764 43 53
2 Josef newgarden 0.5883 18 42
3 Scott Dixon 1.0752 1 36
4 Alex Palou 2.4120 32
5 Simon pagenaud 3.1237 30
6 Alexandre rossi 4.6739 28
7 Jack Harvey 6.3467 1 27
8 Sebastien bourdais 8.0275 24
9 Takuma Sato 10.5939 22
ten Will 11.4297 20
11 Scott McLaughlin 12.3327 19
12 Ed jones 26.9660 18
13 Felix Rosenqvist 27.4167 17
14 James hinchcliffe 27.9725 16
15 Max Chilton 30.0358 15
16 Graham rahal 30.3482 4 15
17 Jimmie johnson 31.1603 13
18 Charlie kimball 32.1546 12
19 Dalton kellett 32.1585 11
20 Helio Castronèves 32.6206 15 11
21 Conor Daly -1 turn 9
22 Oliver askew -2 turns 3 9
23 Ryan hunter-reay -2 turns 7
24 Romain Grosjean -10 rounds 6
25 Rinus VeeKay -37 rounds 5
26 Callum ilott -38 laps 5
27 Pato O’Ward -42 turns 5
28 Marcus Ericsson -60 rounds 5


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