Newgarden claims first IndyCar Series win not far from home

Ryan Hunter-Reay (28) races during the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala. (Joe Songer/ via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Josef Newgarden's wait is over. To his relief, so is the race.

The 24-year-old Tennessean held off a hard-charging Graham Rahal on Sunday in the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama for his first IndyCar Series victory.

"I'm so relieved that it's over with," Newgarden said. "I really wanted that race to end. It was just so stressful for me. Normally I'm pretty cool, and I felt cool out there, but it was just very stressful to run those laps and try to control that thing. We've been there before and things have gone wrong, and today nothing went wrong."


IndyCar Leaders: Points
1 J.Montoya 136 1
2 H.Castroneves 133 0
3 S.Dixon 123 1
4 J.Newgarden 119 1
5 W.Power 112 0
6 J.Hinchcliffe 110 1
7 T.Kanaan 110 0
8 G.Rahal 103 0
9 S.Pagenaud 96 0
10 S.Bourdais 91 0
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