IndyCar: Kohler Grand Prix Preview


This weekend the Verizon IndyCar Series races into Wisconsin, for the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America.

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon enters this weekend having won two of the last three races, putting him in first place in the championship standings. Dixon, who won at Road America last year, will be looking to build on his momentum.

Alexander Rossi, in his #27 Andretti Autosport Honda, arrives at the famed road course 23 points behind Dixon. The 27 year-old has registered four top-five finishes in the last five races, however at Road America his record is less than stellar. Rossi has finished 15th and 13th in his two previous starts at Road America, so will look to turn these results around in order to remain in championship contention.

Defending series champion Josef Newgarden has had a string of disappointing results since hislast win at Barber Motorsports Park earlier in the year. The Team Penske Driver has failed to reach the top-five in the last five races, and has seen himself fall to fifth in the standings. Newgarden did look to be headed in the right direction on Friday, after leading both of the series’ practice sessions.

2018 Indy 500 winner Will Power arrives at Road America in third place in the championship standings, 13 points behind Rossi, and 36 points behind Dixon. Power was the winner when IndyCar made its return to Road America back in 2016, and will look to replicate that success this weekend.

Schmidt Peterson Motorsport’s (SPM) Robert Wickens, who has impressed many in the paddock with numerous strong performances this season, is still looking for his first IndyCar win. The 29 year-old Canadian very well could get his maiden victory this weekend. Road America is a track similar to some of the European circuits Wickens raced at in his years spent in the German DTM series.

Wickens’ SPM teammate James Hinchcliffe is still looking to turn his fortunes around after failing to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 back in May. While Hinchcliffe struggled in Detroit, he did have a rather promising race last time out in Texas, where the Driver of the #5 Arrow Honda crossed the finish line in fourth.

Coverage of today’s Kohler Grand Prix at Road America can be found on BT Sport ESPN from 17:30 BST.