KOHLER Grand Prix Recap
ELKHART LAKE, WI (June 26, 2018) — Josef Newgarden secured his third Verizon IndyCar Series win of the 2018 season at Road America this last weekend; earning his victory from the pole-position.
Newgarden’s performance was near-perfect all weekend. Newgarden dominated two of the three practice sessions; refining his craft after a rough run throughout the third practice session, ultimately securing a spot on the inside of the first row.
Newgarden led 53 of the 55-lap race.
“What a day [it was]. I don’t know what to say, I’m worn out,” Newgarden said. “I was doing everything that I could to keep Ryan [Hunter-Reay behind me,] I knew, [Scott] Dixon was close, too, so it was a day of executing.”
Art Wilmes, Founder and CEO of RSR, is satisfied with Newgarden’s finish.
“Since Indianapolis, it’s been rough for our guys – Josef in particular,” Wilmes said. “I knew that our luck would improve in the coming races; but, these results are what we are after.”
Newgarden is now fourth overall in the point-standings, with 343. He is five points away from Alexander Rossi in third and 50-points away from the points leader.
Pigot was determined to improve his position in the point-standings this weekend. Pigot battled the entire race and his efforts were rewarded.
“Obviously, Will [Power] had an issue and I got boxed in and the field was just kind of streaming past me on the inside,” Pigot attested. He would fall to 14th on the start.
“We fell back a bit on the first lap; but, we were able to pass a lot of guys and move-up,” Pigot said. Later adding, “Overall, it was a great race and I had a lot of fun. There were a lot of really good battles and a clean race; but, a lot of hard driving.”
Pigot finished the Kohler Grand Prix in the eighth-position and is now 15th in the point-standings with 171. Pigot is two points from Tony Kanaan in 14th and is 222-points behind the points leader, Scott Dixon.
“Spencer’s performance this last weekend, is yet another testament to his talent.” Wilmes said. “There is still time to improve in the points-standings and I am confident that Spencer will continue to advance.”
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