Verizon Team Penske’s Will Power took a a lights to flag victory at the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America on Sunday. It was the Australian’s second win of the season following victory at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit.
Power held off a late charge from Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet who did a fantastic job to claim a podium finish. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing’s Graham Rahal in the No.15 Gehl / D.A Lubricant Honda did a fantastic job to claim another podium in third place just ahead of the No.28 DHL Honda of Ryan Hunter Reay.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet ended the race in fifth place just ahead of Charlie Kimball in the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet with Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.2 Team Penske Chevrolet coming home in seventh place.
The driver of the day was Josef Newgarden in the No.21 Direct Supply Chevrolet who starting the race from 20th place just two weeks after breaking his collarbone and his wrist did an incredible job as the 25 year old America finished the race eighth place and heads to Iowa speedway next week for a test before the Iowa Corn Indy.
Spencer Pigot in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet did a great job as he finished the race in ninth place while Carlos Munoz rounded out the top ten in the No.26 Andretti Autosport Honda.
Jack Hawksworth in the No.41 ABC Supply Co AJ Foyt Racing Honda ended the race in 12th place just ahead of series points leader Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet who suffered an engine issue while battling Will Power for the lead and as a result heads to Iowa with a 74 point lead over team mate Helio Castroneves.
James Hinchcliffe in the No.5 Arrow Honda did a great job coming from the back of the grid to finish the race in 14th place just ahead of Andretti Herta Autosport’s Alexander Rossi and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team mate Mikhail Aleshin in the No.7 SMP Racing Honda.
Takuma Sato in the No.14 ABC Supply Co AJ Foyt Racing Honda ended the race in 17th place just ahead of KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais and Dale Coyne Racing’s Gabby Chaves. Max Chilthon finished the race in 20th place after running out of fuel and was forced to pit to top off with fuel.
There were two retirements from the race with Scott Dixon in the No.9 Clorex Chevrolet suffering an engine failure while Conor Daly in the No.18 brought out the only caution in the race following rear suspension failure.