Pagenaud chasing Newgarden, Rossi in IndyCar in Iowa

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) IndyCar points leader Josef Newgarden has spent much of the season holding off a hard-charging Alexander Rossi.

Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud looks poised to make the chase for the championship a three-car affair.

Pagenaud moved 22 points closer to Newgarden, his Team Penske teammate, after leading 80 of 85 laps in a dominant win in Toronto last weekend. Pagenaud now trails Newgarden by just 39 points and Rossi by 35 heading into Saturday night's race at Iowa Speedway.

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IndyCar Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 J.Newgarden 434 3
2 A.Rossi 430 2
3 S.Pagenaud 395 3
4 S.Dixon 348 1
5 W.Power 306 0
6 T.Sato 301 1
7 R.Hunter-Reay 285 0
8 G.Rahal 266 0
9 J.Hinchcliffe 244 0
10 F.Rosenqvist 239 0
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