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IndyCar rookie David Marcus' career-best second gateway

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Madison, Illinois — Joseph Newgarden sees the checkered flag out the windshield as IndyCar rookie David Marcus, charging hard, comes closer and closer to the Gateway truck’s rear-view mirror. .

The Dale Coyne Racing drivers were coming out of nowhere and out of nowhere late Saturday night driving fast towards the leaders after a long rain delay and intense racing at World Wide Technology Raceway.

20 year old boy jumped out and second around Scott McLaughlinHe then set his sights on the final lap at Newgarden, a two-time IndyCar champion who has so far been unable to control a championship race.

Newgarden thought, “Wow, that kid is hungry.” ”

Unfortunately, Marcus ran out of time on the 1.25-mile oval outside St. Louis. He passed McLaughlin and one more lap after him might have given Marcus his first IndyCar win.

His results show he’s a quick study, but he’s still learning to race the oval. It was the worst among all. His second-place finish on Saturday night was his first IndyCar season and the first podium of his career.

Still, he wonders if the rookie’s mistake cost him any chance of cornering Newgarden for a win at Gateway.

On fresh tires for the final run of the night, Marcus waited until two laps to test the ditch on the top of the Gateway. His car was like a rocket ship in the top lane, past McLaughlin on the outside.

He ran out of time to catch Newgarden, but Marcus was quickly closing in when Newgarden took a series-best fifth win of the season.

Why did it take him so long to try the outside lane?

“It was a little disappointing that it came so late. “I will burn it into my mind and remember it for next time.”

That wasn’t his only mistake of the night, as Malukas was scolded by McLaughlin for mispronouncing his surname (a soft “h” instead of a hard “h”).

Either way, second place was as good as Saturday night’s win for Marcus. When Newgarden had the underage Marcus spray the real thing instead of the grape juice he was given, he even got to celebrate with champagne.

“Why didn’t they give me the real thing? That’s not funny,” Marcus said. “Maybe I could tell them to shut their mouths, but I don’t know.”

Just three months ago, he was losing his Indianapolis 500 top rookie honor to Jimmie Johnson. Jimmie Johnson finished the race under Marcus, but was rewarded with eye-popping speed in qualifying for his show and being an ambassador for “the greatest spectacle in racing”.

Marcus’ supporters were outraged, and after hitting the 200-plus mph mark in practice and actually being the best of any Indy 500 rookie, Marcus himself wondered how he’d let the 46-year-old Johnson beat the top rookie. I wondered if I had lost the

With the drama fading away from social media, Marcus is back with big runs for small Dale Coin Racing.

He finished eighth in the second race of last month’s Iowa doubleheader, ranking 16th ahead of Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, his teammate Takuma Sato, and the rest of the Rookie class. It has been.

Newgarden praised Markus after the race, saying Markus, a Lithuanian-American from the Chicago area, could probably be a little more aggressive.

Newgarden is three points behind Team Penske teammate Will Power with two races to go, but the potential to race a rookie with Saturday night’s victory on the horizon I wasn’t worried about potential risks.

“When I look at newcomers, I definitely think they’re a little more cautious or reserved, or at least rethinking what they think they should be doing,” Newgarden said. Respect. He’s probably one of the cleanest rookies I’ve ever seen. He’s almost too much respect.”

Marcus admitted to both getting out of the way of the Penske car during practice and being a little starred when he found himself racing at Newgarden and McLaughlin.

His engineer radioed that Marcus was about to sight the race leaders and glimpsed them as they navigated Turns 1 and 2. I’m behind the Penskees now. I’m crazy ‘ ‘

Marcus has been rooting for Team Penske since he was a kid and says he didn’t stand in their way when he entered IndyCar this season. man,” he said.

And he had to calm himself while chasing the duo.

“I was trying not to get nervous. I mean, I was nervous, but I was trying really hard not to get too excited and do something stupid,” Marcus said. With two Penskes in front, it’s definitely intimidating.”