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Old 22 Jun 2017, 12:45 (Ref:3746027)   #1
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Round 10: Kohler Grand Prix. Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. June 23-25.

Round 10: Kohler Grand Prix. Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. June 23-25.

The 2016 Kohler Grand Prix was the first major AOWR event to be held at Road America, since the Champ Car Generac Grand Prix of Road America, in August 2007. Up until then, Road America had been a perennial event on the CART/Champ Car calendar, from 1982 - 2007, with the exception of 2005 due to payment issues. The first race was won by Héctor Rebaque for Forsythe Racing, in a March 82C-Ford Cosworth DFX and Sébastien Bourdais won the 2007 race for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, in a Panoz DP-01-Cosworth XFE. With the merger of Champ Car and the IRL in 2008, the race was dropped from the calendar.

The very first race to be held at Elkhart Lake was in 1950 and organized by the Chicago Region and Milwaukee Region of The Sports Car Club of America. It was the first of three races from 1950 - 1952, which were held on courses layed out on public roads. However, after a fatal accident at Watkins Glen in 1952, it was decided to discontinue motor racing on all public roads and the event was moved to a private, purpose built course. Highway engineer Clif Tufte, got together with local citizens and the Chicago Region of the Sports Car Club of America to develop and build a permanent racecourse. On September 10, 1955, Road America held its first SCCA national race weekend.

Since then, the track has hosted many major American motorsport's series, including the American Le Mans Series, CART, NASCAR and the United States Road Racing Championship. During this time the layout has hardly changed, apart from a chicane that was installed for AMA motorcycle competitors at The Kink.

Last year's race was won by Will Power, equaling Johnny Rutherford with 13th place for the most IndyCar victories. Power qualified on Pole, taking the lead from the start of the race, where he remained for the duration largly unchallenged, except for the last few laps. Tony Kanaan was able to close the gap on Power to only half a second by the final lap. However, Power had saved most of his push-to-passes, allowing him to use them for most of the final lap, holding of Kanaan. There was only one caution period on On lap 40, when the rear suspension on Conor Daly's car failed, sending him into the wall in turn one.

Some trivia:
The driver with the most wins: 3.
Mario Andretti: 1983, 1984, 1987.
Emerson Fittipaldi, 1986, 1988, 1982.
Michael Andretti: 1991, 1992, 1996.

The team with the most wins: 10.
Newman/Haas Racing: 1983, 1984, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2007.

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Current track layout:


Length:
4.048 miles (6.515 km)
Turns: 14

Lap record:
Dario Franchitti, August 19, 2000. 1:39.866, 145.924 mph (234.84 km/h). Team Kool Green, Reynard 2KI-Honda HRK. CART FedEx Championship Series.

Last year's winner:

Will Power, Team Penske. Dallara DW12-Chevrolet IndyCar V6.

Laps 50
Distance 202.4 Miles (325.731 km)
Race Time 1:39:10.3044
Speed 121.426 Mph (195.416 km/h)

Cautions:
1, laps 4.

TV Broadcast
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12:30pm ET.

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Esteban Gutierrez to drive for Dale Coyne this weekend and signs a deal for the rest of the season.

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Esteban Gutierrez to drive for Dale Coyne this weekend and signs a deal for the rest of the season.

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Good for him! Deserved.

Excellent post 1 BJS! One thing: Will Power and Johnny Rutherford have more than 13 wins. Was that a typo or am I missing something?

You'd have to think Power would be the favorite again.
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Good for him! Deserved.

Excellent post 1 BJS! One thing: Will Power and Johnny Rutherford have more than 13 wins. Was that a typo or am I missing something?

You'd have to think Power would be the favorite again.
Cheers. It was a typo and thanks for pointing it out. I shouldn't do these intros so late at night.
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Aleshin could miss this weekend's race at Road America, giving Robert Wickens the drive at SPM.

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This is awesome, thanks for sharing. I'm just getting involved with motor sport properly for the first time and this type of style is so interesting and helpful!
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This is awesome, thanks for sharing. I'm just getting involved with motor sport properly for the first time and this type of style is so interesting and helpful!
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This is awesome, thanks for sharing. I'm just getting involved with motor sport properly for the first time and this type of style is so interesting and helpful!
Welcome!

From an informative standpoint, this is a great time to get into motorsport. From a character standpoint, we've missed the boat in many ways, but there's still plenty to find very enjoyable.

And there's not much more enjoyable than IndyCar at Road America.

Speaking of enjoyable, the weather looks to be Chamber of Commerce like in Elkhart Lake for today and race day tomorrow.
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Qualifying results:

Congrats to Helio Castroneves on his 50th pole. I wonder if he can translate that into a win because his last win was Race 2 of the 2014 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix? Otherwise Penske seem to have found their form, with all four cars at the top of the Fast Six. Aleshin managed to sort out his visa issues and is back in his seat with SPM. Robert Wickens,will have to wait for another opportunity.

1 Helio Castroneves, Team Penske. Dallara/Chevrolet. 1m41.3007s
2 Will Power, Team Penske. Dallara/Chevrolet. 1m41.3611s 0.0604s
3 Josef Newgarden, Team Penske. Dallara/Chevrolet. 1m41.6608s 0.3601s
4 Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske. Dallara/Chevrolet. 1m42.0385s 0.7378s
5 Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing. Dallara/Honda. 1m42.9308s 1.6301s
6 Graham Rahal, Rahal Letterman Lanigan. Dallara/Honda. 1m45.0464s 3.7457s
7 Max Chilton, Chip Ganassi Racing. Dallara/Honda. 1m42.7566s
8 Marco Andretti, Andretti Autosport. Dallara/Honda. 1m42.8614s
9 James Hinchcliffe, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Dallara/Honda. 1m43.2105s
10 Charlie Kimball, Chip Ganassi Racing. Dallara/Honda. 1m43.3221s
11 Ed Jones, Dale Coyne Racing. Dallara/Honda. 1m43.7959s
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport. Dallara/Honda. 1m43.9786s
13 Carlos Munoz, AJ Foyt Enterprises. Dallara/Chevrolet. 1m42.9039s
14 Spencer Pigot, Ed Carpenter Racing. Dallara/Chevrolet. 1m42.8875s
15 Alexander Rossi, Andretti Herta. Dallara/Honda. 1m43.0171s
16 Tony Kanaan, Chip Ganassi Racing. Dallara/Honda. 1m42.9077s
17 Esteban Gutierrez, Dale Coyne Racing. Dallara/Honda. 1m43.1652s
18 J.R. Hildebrand, Ed Carpenter Racing. Dallara/Chevrolet. 1m42.9132s
19 Mikhail Aleshin, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Dallara/Honda. 1m43.8891s
20 Takuma Sato, Andretti Autosport. Dallara/Honda. 1m43.4111s
21 Conor Daly, AJ Foyt Enterprises. Dallara/Chevrolet. 1m44.1579s
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That was a clean start but they weren't exactly aligned.
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