No. 1 PPG Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden
Laps Completed: 55/55
Laps Led: 0
Points Position: 5th (-67)
After running up front on yesterday, Sunday ended up being a challenging day for Josef Newgarden and the No.1 PPG Dallara/Chevrolet. The Tennessee-native qualified in the 14th position and finished ninth to complete Race 2 of the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America.
On the first lap of the 55-lap event, Newgarden was able to move up nine spots prior to the caution flag waving when teammate Will Power made contact with both Graham Rahal and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
As the laps wore on, Newgarden pitted on lap 12 for fuel and tires and, by lap 25, had moved up to a race-high seventh position as the pit cycle played out.
He eventually slipped back in in traffic, forcing the team to take a more fuel strategy/early pit stop strategy for the remainder of the race.
There were no late cautions to try and make up positions with a closed-up field like during Saturday’s race, and Newgarden would have to settle for ninth-place as the checkered flag waved.
Newgarden dropped to fifth in NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship point standings.
Quote: “Just a tough day for our PPG Chevrolet. Not the kind of day we wanted, especially when you see someone like (Scott) Dixon not have a very stellar day either. We just didn’t have the speed we were hoping to have. I thought we made some good changes overnight, but the race didn’t play out in our favor today. Early on, we knew we were going to be fighting some aero issues being back in the pack, so we switched to more of a fuel strategy/track position race. It could have played out a few different ways, but it just wasn’t meant to be today. All-in-all, we had some speed in our Chevrolet this weekend and we showed that with the pole and leading a bunch of laps yesterday. We just couldn’t put everything together. We will move on and focus our efforts on Iowa now.
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!