Team Penske Mid-Ohio Advance
Team Penske head into the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio sports car course in Lexington this weekend off the back of a 1-2 finish last time out at the Honda Indy Toronto. Will Power secured his third win in four races leading home team mate Helio Castroneves and in doing so he has closed the gap in the championship to 47 points with five races to go.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, Power commented by saying:
After a bit of a slow start this season, the No. 12 Verizon Chevy team has built a lot of momentum in the middle part of the season and we’ll look to keep it going at Mid-Ohio. I really enjoy racing at Mid-Ohio. The natural terrain creates a fast, yet technical, circuit. It is not a track that I’ve won at before, so this would be a great time to do that and we’ll need to work hard to accomplish that. We’ve gotten ourselves into the championship fight, but it’s still a little early to be counting points. We just need to keep doing what we have been and let the points manage themselves.
Helio Castroneves goes into this weekend’s race in third place in the championship following his second place in Toronto and speaking ahead of the race in Mid-Ohio he commented by saying:
The Hitachi Chevrolet team has been consistent this year. We’re in the fight for the championship and now it’s time to step it up and put some pressure on those guys in front of us. Mid-Ohio is a track that fits my style on road courses. It’s been a few years since we’ve gotten the kind of results representative of the car we’ve had, so we’ll need to work hard to get that back. I like the challenge of a course like Mid-Ohio. I’m confident in our ability to be in the fight this weekend and really looking forward to it.
Simon Pagenaud still maintains a lead in the series points standings despite not winning since the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis and ended the Honda Indy Toronto in ninth place just behind reigning series champion Scott Dixon who finished the race in eighth place having started the race from third on the grid.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, the Frenchman commented by saying:
I always look forward to competing at Mid-Ohio. It’s a classic event for the Verizon IndyCar series. I’ve been fortunate to have some success there over the years in both INDYCAR and sports cars. I’m excited about being in the PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet again. We’ve had some good results in those colors this season. The No. 22 team tested there last week (July 21) and we were pleased at the end of the day. We went through our list of tests to experiment, which will lead us in a good direction for the race weekend. We’re all ready to go.
Juan Pablo Montoya goes into this weekend’s race following a tough race in Toronto which saw the Colombian retire from the race. The Colombian is currently in 13th place in the series standings on 279 points and speaking ahead of this weekend’s race he commented by saying:
We just need to get out of this rut we’ve been in. We’ve had great cars every race, but just haven’t been able to avoid the bad luck. It has come in practice, in qualifying and in the races. It just always seems to be something. I have no doubt that the Hawk Performance Chevrolet will be ready to go this weekend. I know what it takes to be successful at Mid-Ohio. It’s a very challenging circuit, so we’ll have to be on top of our game to get a good result.