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After Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden won Saturday night’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 presented by Valvoline by performing a perfectly executed “bump and run” on teammate and defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud, Mears could see it unfolding.
Mears was on the rooftop of the turn 1 suites at Gateway Motorsports Park in the spotters’ stand. He is the longtime spotter for three-time Indianapolis 500-winning driver Helio Castroneves.
With 31 laps to go, Newgarden got a great run down the long front straight and dove to the inside of Pagenaud’s Chevrolet entering turn 1. Pagenaud tried to regain his line but Newgarden held the position, bumped into Pagenaud, sending his car adrift up the track
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