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Newgarden wins pole as IndyCar season starts at steamy Texas


FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — When defending IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden crossed the start-finish line to get the pole for the long-delayed season opener, there was no reaction from a crowd. There was, however, a quick warning over the radio to his Team Penske crew to avoid any celebratory high-fives.

Newgarden, last to make a qualifying run on a steamy Saturday in Texas, had a two-lap average of 215.740 mph in the No. 1 Chevrolet. The race later that night was set to end an all-in-one-day event to start the season.

"This feels awkward. There's no fans," Newgarden said, adding that he was...

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