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2018 Road America: IndyCar Race Results - Newgarden, Penske Hold On to Win!
Posted by: ASkyler on Jun 24, 2018 - 02:54 PM
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2018 Road America: IndyCar Race Results - Newgarden, Penske Hold On to Win!



Pole to win! Josef Newgarden and his No. 1 Penske prepared Chevrolet has won the 2018 Kohler Grand Prix at the historic Road America circuit.

Pole to win! Josef Newgarden and his No. 1 Penske prepared Chevrolet has won the 2018 Kohler Grand Prix at the historic Road America circuit.
Credit: PaddockTalk / Paul Hurley



By Mike Sulka

Pole to win! Josef Newgarden and his No. 1 Penske prepared Chevrolet has won the 2018 Kohler Grand Prix at the historic Road America circuit. For Newgarden, it is his third win of the year, and 10th of his IndyCar career. Newgarden is now fourth in the drivers championship.

Ryan Hunter-Reay and his No. 28 Andretti Autosport Honda picked up a podium after following just one second behind in the tire tracks of Newgarden all day. For Hunter-Reay it is his fourth podium of the year, and 39th of his IndyCar career. Overall, Hunter-Reay has 42 major open-wheel podiums.

Scott Dixon finished third and will leave Road America in the drivers championship lead by 45 points. Dixon picked up his fifth podium of the year, 98th of his IndyCar career, and 101st major open-wheel podium. Dixon picked up five positions from his starting position of 8th.

Takuma Sato and Robert Wickens would round out the top-five finishers.

There were no caution flags during the race. The last race at Road America without a yellow flag was in 2000.

 
Recap

It was an all-Penske front row that led the field to the green flag. Josef Newgarden would get a great start, Will Power would slide backwards to 18th with apparent engine issues. He would seem to recover, but much ground was lost. Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi would slide in behind Newgarden.

On Lap Two, Will Power's race would come to an end with issue. Power would say, "We don't know what the issue is yet. They just replaced the exhaust, but that didn't resolve it. They are going to have to dig deep into it."

By Lap 10, the race would settle in, with Newgarden leading ahead of Hunter-Reay, Rossi, Sato and Bourdais. The three leaders would pit together five laps later and take on the primary compound (black). Dixon would go an extra lap to move up to sixth.

Rossi would be the first of the leaders to pit on lap 29. Rossi would stick with the primary tires. Newgarden and Hunter-Reay would stop on the next time by. Newgarden would go to prime tires, Rossi would stay on the primes. Meanwhile, Rossi would find himself under review from the stewards after a tussle with Sato when returning to the track. He would be cleared.

Newgarden would continue to lead with Hunter-Reay still less than a second behind. The big difference would be Dixon coming forward during the pitstop exchanges to earn third. Rossi and Sato would follow until Rossi would lose contact with the leaders due to a problem with a tire. During the pitstop, the team would find a problem with the left front suspension.

The final pitstops would begin on Lap 42 with Dixon pitting from third, and five seconds back. The team would short-fill and send him out with the alternate tire. Newgarden, and Hunter-Reay would make their final stops on the next lap and take on the alternate tire. They would return to the track with Hunter-Reay just ahead of Dixon who would get a run heading into Turn Five, but just wasn't close enough.

The order would remain the same to the end. Congratulations to Josef Newgarden and Penske Racing for winning the 2018 visit to Road America.

Next up, the annual visit to Iowa Speedway for the Iowa Corn 300 in two weeks.

2018 Road America: IndyCar Race Results

1 Josef Newgarden
2 Ryan Hunter-Reay
3 Scott Dixon
4 Takuma Sato
5 Robert Wickens
6 Graham Rahal
7 Spencer Pigot
8 Simon Pagenaud
9 Ed Jones
10 James Hinchcliffe
11 Marco Andretti
12 Jordan King
13 Sebastien Bourdais
14 Tony Kanaan
15 Matheus Leist
16 Alexander Rossi
17 Max Chilton
18 Zachary Claman De Melo
19 Charlie Kimball
20 Gabby Chaves
21 Alfonso Celis Jr
22 Zach Veach
23 Will Power


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