An excited fan at last weekend’s Kohler Grand Prix at the Road America in Wisconsin stole race winner Josef Newgarden’s bottle of champagne in winners circle before spraying the defending champion.

The fan also hugged the Team Penske driver. Newgarden saw the funny side of the incident saying:

“Someone took the bottle and started spraying me, too. That happens. You just got to expect the unexpected in Victory Lane is what I would say.”

The win was Newgarden’s third of the season and he is currently in fourth place in the championship as the series heads to Iowa for the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway next weekend.

Speaking following his win, Newgarden said:

“It was a hard-fought day; it was not as easy as it looked. “I was looking at my mirrors half the day at Ryan closing in on me. I think that Team Chevy engine made the difference. I had the fuel mileage that I needed, good power, good reliability – everything that you’d expect from Team Chevy. At the end of the day, to me, that’s what made the difference.”

Newgarden went on to say:

t was a day of executing. Team Penske did a great job. “You’re trying to juggle fuel economy and driving fast and the tires are wearing out, so you’re nearly wrecking towards the end of the stints in all the high-speed corners. It’s really difficult to manage the whole thing but our car was phenomenal. Our car was great on Firestone reds (alternates tires). I was loving the reds today so that’s why I kept choosing them.

 

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