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Newgarden holds off Hunter-Reay, Dixon for Road America win

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Verizon IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden won the Kohler Grand Prix at the 4.048-mile Road America course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on Sunday. He led 53 of the 55 laps on the road course.

“What a day,” Newgarden said after his win. “I don’t know what to say, I’m worn out. I was doing everything I could to keep Ryan (Hunter-Reay), I knew (Scott) Dixon was close, too, so it was a day of executing. Team Penske did a great job. Tim (Cindric, race strategist) gave me the strategy I needed. The guys were perfect in their pit stops. I don’t know what to tell you.

Josef Newgarden racing at the Verizon IndyCar Series DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 9, 2018 (Getty Images)

Josef Newgarden racing at the Verizon IndyCar Series DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 9, 2018 (Getty Images)

“It was a hard-fought day, it was not as easy as it looked. I was looking at my mirrors half the day with Ryan closing in on me. I think that Team Chevy engine made the difference. I had the engine mileage that I needed, the power, good reliability – everything that you’d expect from Team Chevy. At the end of the day, to me, that’s what made the difference.”

Newgarden earned 54 points with the win. He now trails points leader Scott Dixon by 50 points, as Dixon has 393, while Newgarden has 343.

This is Newgarden’s third win of the season. However, it is his first win since Birmingham in April.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, the driver of the DHL IndyCar, was the second-place finisher. He received 40 points.

This is Hunter-Reay’s third second-place finish of the season. His last second-place finish, prior to Sunday, was at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix #1.

Scott Dixon, the driver of the PNC Bank/NTT Data IndyCar, was the third-place finisher. He also led two laps and received 36 points.

Dixon, who won two of the last four IndyCar races, finished third for the first-time since the Indianapolis 500.

Will Power, the Indianapolis 500 winner, was the only driver, who did not complete the race. He had a header problem and left the race after just two laps.

“Literally from as soon as I started warming it up, there was something amiss,” Power said. “I have no clue. They replaced the exhaust and it still didn’t take, so the Chevy guys will take a deep look at it.”

While Power had four podium finishes, including two wins, at the Indianapolis Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500, he’s also had three finishes in the 20s. This was his worst finish of the season with his 23rd position finish.

His previous worst this season was 22nd in Phoenix. Outside of finishing 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, he also has an 18th place finish and a 10th place finish.

“It is unbelievable the amount of DNFs I have had this season,” he said. “I have never had this many in my career in such a short period of time. Yep, that’s racing. Goes one way and then the other. As quickly as it is down, it can swing the other way quickly in a good way. When I think about it, we came into the Month of May, I think, fifth in points and left as the leader, so it can change, man.”

Following the completion of this race, Dixon, as mentioned above, is the points leader with 393. Alexander Rossi is currently in second place with 348 points. Hunter-Reay is currently in third place with 348 points, as well.

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