Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet did a fantastic job in the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America on Sunday where starting the race from third place fought right until to the final lap of the race with Will Power for the lead of the race coming home in second place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
I really believe that the extra lap of yellow at the end cost me the race. I don’t know all of the details about what happened with the extended yellow, but I’m obviously not in control of that. Will (Power) did a really good job of saving his push to passes until the last lap. We had the red tires (in the last laps) which was a little quicker and we were just chasing Will down. Towards the end we had one push to pass which gave us extra power but he had three so he had an advantage on us, but what a great race. Down the straightaways I was able to look at the fans on the last two laps and people were standing and spinning hats and shirts and that’s what I love to see. I hope (the fans) enjoyed it as much as I did and they come back because we’ll make even better next year.
Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet started the race from 11th place and came through to finish the race in sixth place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
A lot of credit to the Novo Nordisk team today. It’s nice to see Tony Kanaan on the podium and it was too bad for Scott Dixon. We worked a lot on the setup with Max Chilton’s guys and that was really helpful. I had a really good run on Helio (Castroneves) but he blocked me there toward the end. Then he gave a position back to Hunter-Reay and not me so I’m not sure what went down there. A lot of credit to the 83 guys on pit lane today. They kept giving me positions on pit lane. I’m pretty happy with the result and the fans were just incredible this weekend at Road America.
Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Chevrolet started the race from seventh place and made a great start but ran out of fuel towards the end of the race and ended up being the last car classified in the race in 20th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
It was a real character building day today for us I guess you would say. It seemed like everyone just went early on the start and I was stuck behind a few cars that didn’t go. From there we just fell back unfortunately. I think we ended up running out of fuel for whatever reason after that and dropped way back. It was a tough day for the Gallagher team but I know all these guys who win races and championships in the Verizon IndyCar Series went through this, and you have to deal with these kind of days and move forward.
Reigning series champion Scott Dixon who started on the front row in the No.9 Clorox Chevrolet alongside Will Power had an extremely disappointing race as the New Zealander was forced to retire from the race with a mechanical failure related to his Chevrolet engine and as a result of his retirement the Iceman has dropped to fourth in the series standings and is now 90 points behind points leader Simon Pagenaud and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
I’m not really sure what happened there. We maintained our spot in second and I was happy with the Clorox car at the start. We just started losing power for some reason and had to pull off track. It’s really a shame as we had really good pace in the car and I think would have been in contention for the win. It looked like a great crowd out there today and I was really excited to be back here at Road America, but we didn’t get a chance to finish unfortunately.