Josef Newgarden Dominates Kohler Grand Prix En Route To 10th Career Victory

ELKHART LAKE, Wis – Chevrolet’s were quick this weekend in Road America, but unfortunately, only Team Penske were the ones benefiting from that speed the most. Josef Newgarden and Will Power shared the front row but had seven Honda’s lined up behind. When Power’s No. 12 Chevrolet had an electrical issue on the drop of the green flag, that left Newgarden battling a bunch of Honda’s for the win in Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix.

He’d do a great job holding them off in leading 53 of 55 laps en route to his 10th career Verizon IndyCar Series victory. Seven of those 10 wins have come in the last 27 starts, all with Team Penske, with Newgarden getting a much needed victory in Road America. 

Josef Newgarden practicing in Road America – INDYCAR Media Site

The Tennessee native entered the Month of May with two wins in the first four races of the season and the points lead. His best finish entering this weekend since May 1 was eighth. As a result of that, he fell five spots in the standings to fifth while his bid for a second consecutive series championship were on the ropes.

Instead, he made up for it and secured his third win of the season in his No. 1 Chevrolet. He led 73 of the 82 laps back in April in Barber, another natural road course in showing that these types of tracks are where he’s at his best. He also won last year in Mid-Ohio too.

Speaking of natural road courses, Team Penske has now won eight of the last 10 stops on these types of tracks. They’ve also won the last four caution free races, all since 2014.

Newgarden, held off Ryan Hunter-Reay who brought his No. 28 Honda home runner-up. It was Hunter-Reay’s fifth straight top five finish and eighth of the season. He catapults up to a tie for second in the standings with his Andretti Autosport teammate Alexander Rossi.

Rossi, had some problems with his steering late in the race and would pit early on Lap 39 for repairs. While he stayed on the lead lap, instead of finishing fourth, he would come home with his worst result of the year in 16th.

Scott Dixon rounded out the podium in his No. 9 Honda. He started eighth but by Lap 15, he was up to sixth. By the end of the second pit sequence on Lap 29, Dixon was third. He’d finish there for his 101st career podium and 148th career top five finish.

Takuma Sato and Robert Wickens finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Newgarden may have won by he held off five Honda’s for the victory. The series has the week off before retuning to action in two weeks at Iowa. Dixon, leads Hunter-Reay and Rossi by 45 points after 10 races.

Kohler Grand Prix Results

  1.  1 Newgarden
  2. 28 Hunter-Reay
  3.  9 Dixon
  4. 30 Sato
  5.   6 Wickens R
  6. 15 Rahal
  7. 22 Pagenaud
  8. 21 Pigot
  9. 10 Jones
  10.  5 Hinchcliffe
  11. 98 Andretti
  12. 20 King R
  13. 18 Bourdais
  14. 14 Kanaan
  15.  4 Leist R
  16. 27 Rossi
  17. 59 Chilton
  18. 23 Kimball
  19. 88 Chaves -1
  20. 32 Celis Jr. R -1
  21. 19 Claman DeMelo R -1
  22. 26 Veach R -1
  23. 12 Power OUT

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