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Josef Newgarden wins Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America, takes home $1 million prize

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden celebrates after winning the Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America on June 12, 2022. With Sunday’s win, Newgarden is the first driver of the season to win on a road course, street circuit and oval track, and will therefore receive the first-ever PeopleReady Force for Good Challenge prize.
Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden celebrates after winning the Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America on June 12, 2022. With Sunday’s win, Newgarden is the first driver of the season to win on a road course, street circuit and oval track, and will therefore receive the first-ever PeopleReady Force for Good Challenge prize.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden won the Sonsio Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on Sunday. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Marcus Ericsson came in second and Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi, the race’s pole-sitter, finished third. Though he has yet to snap his three-year winless streak, Rossi has five top-ten finishes in his last six starts.

Andretti Autosport had a good day overall. To round out the top five, the final push for fourth place saw Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta battling teammate Romain Grosjean. Grosjean ultimately overtook Herta to finish in fourth place.

Newgarden, who also won at Road America in 2018, led for much of the race and earned redemption from a mishap in 2021 that caused him to lose out on the win. Newgarden was leading very close to the end of the race last year, but a late mechanical failure pushed him back to a 21st-place finish.

With Sunday’s win, Newgarden is the first driver of the season to win on a road course, street circuit and oval track, and will therefore receive the first-ever PeopleReady Force for Good Challenge prize. The $1 million prize will be split evenly with Newgarden’s team and his charities of choice: SeriousFun Children’s Network and Wags and Walks Nashville.

Road America qualified as Newgarden’s road course. Newgarden’s oval win came at Texas Motor Speedway and his street win was at the Long Beach Grand Prix. 

After Sunday’s race at Road America, Ericsson — this year’s Indianapolis 500 winner — now leads the championship with 293 points. Team Penske driver Will Power, who won last week’s race at Detroit, falls back to second with 266 points. Newgarden is right on Power’s tail with 261 points.

In addition to the grand prize, PeopleReady has offered and will continue to offer $10,000 to every race winner this season. The only exception was for the Indianapolis 500; Ericsson received $20,000 instead of $10,000. The winnings from all races are to be split with the winner’s team and the winner’s charity or charities of choice.

After three back-to-back weeks of racing, the series will take a small break. The next race is the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio at noon on July 3.

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