Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led from start to finish despite constant pressure from Ryan Hunter-Reay!
Newgarden led from pole but there were some issues immediately for his teammate Will Power. The Indy 500 champion had engine issues and retired despite the team thinking they had fixed the issue. On the other hand, Newgarden couldn’t break away from the pack led by Ryan Hunter-Reay. Newgarden was stronger in the second half of the stints but Hunter-Reay always caught up.
Behind these two, championship leader, Scott Dixon finished a superb 3rd after great strategy from Chip Ganassi Racing. His in-laps were second to none and thanks to Rossi and Sato squabbling, Dixon was able to jump the two at the second round of pitstops. All of this meant he has extended his lead to 45 points.
Alexander Rossi would have finished in 4th after some ruthless passing on Takuma Sato and Robert Wickens. However, an issue with his steering meant he had to pit and finished in 16th position. This meant Sato would finish 4th and Wickens 5th. The Canadian was lucky to avoid a penalty after being released into the path of Simon Pagenaud.
Despite it being caution free, it was an entertaining race with the undercut proving very powerful. The undercut helped out drivers such as Graham Rahal -who finished in 6th-
Elsewhere, Spencer Pigot had a good run to finish in 8th position with his British teammate, Jordan King finishing in 12th. Sadly, Carlin have had a tough Road America with both Max Chilton and Charlie Kimball finishing in 17th and 18th respectively. However, this is still their debut year and every race is a learning curve for a team.