One by one the field of 22 took to the 1.5-mile oval to score their two-lap averages and set the starting grid. A clean qualifying session for Marco Andretti locked the third-generation driver into mid-field but left the team striving for more while rival Team Penske stole the qualifying show.
Chasing the Checkers
Andretti quickly went to work with the falling of the green flag, fighting to maintain position. After the first pit stop, the U.S. Concrete driver challenged his way to fourth before clutch failure during his second stop. The clutch issue resulted in the loss of valuable laps and forced the No. 98 to settle for a 14-place result, taking the checkered four laps down
Following a five-weekend stint, the series now breaks for Father’s Day weekend and will return to Road America for Round 10 in two weeks time. The Kohler Grand Prix will go green Sunday, June 24 at 1:05 p.m. ET with live broadcast on NBCSN beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.
In His Words
“We were running a legitimate fourth and the clutch failed during our stop. From them on we had no clutch the whole race. I had the clutch in, grabbed first and then it just stalled and wouldn’t restart for five laps. We had just gotten by Ryan and the car was coming into its own. The U.S. Concrete car had the pace to win the race and we just had to cruise the rest of the way.”