Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden ended the opening day of track action at the Road America circuit in 13th place which was a great achievement considering the fact that the American is competing in this weekend’s Kohler Grand Prix with a broken collarbone and fractured right wrist.
Newgarden driving the No.21 Direct Supply Chevrolet said that following Friday’s autograph session his wrist was a little sore but as a far as his shoulder is concerned it didn’t cause him a problem and that the team will work on a way of making his wrist more comfortable in the cockpit.
Newgarden set a time of 01:43.8937s ending the day in 13th place just ahead of KVSH Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais completing 15 laps. The American who is in the hunt for this years Verizon IndyCar Series championship is hoping that the team can challenge at the front starting by earning a place in the Firestone Fast 6 on Saturday and speaking following the sessions today he commented by saying:
We got through a lot of really good things today. I feel really good about where we are at, we have a really fast car. We opted not to do another tire run there at the end and focus on doing more tomorrow and to have more tires later. We made some good changes in that session and I would be surprised if we aren’t near the top six tomorrow.
Spencer Pigot in the No.20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet ended the day at the bottom of the timesheets with a fastest time of 01:44.9342s and speaking following the session he commented by saying:
The first session went all right earlier, it was good to get back out on the track. Road America is a lot of fun. We seemed to struggle a bit in the second session for whatever reason. We need to go over everything and make sure everything is all right because the car seemed to change a lot between sessions. Hopefully, we can figure out what the problem is and work for a good qualifying spot tomorrow.