Team Penske Look To Build On Strong Start To The Season
Team Penske head to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend for the IndyCar Grand Prix with FIVE cars entered for the race with Juan Pablo Montoya returning to the Verizon IndyCar Series for the Month of May.
It will be Montoya’s first race since the 2016 season finale GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. The Colombian is excited to return to series saying:
“I’m so excited to get back on track with the Verizon IndyCar Series. I’ve run a few tests but will run my first race since last season at the INDYCAR Grand Prix. Indianapolis is one of those special places in motorsports. The buzz surrounding the whole city for the month can be felt. I guess I should feel a little behind, but I don’t. The guys on the Fitzgerald Glider Kits team have been in tune and mixed in with the other teams all season, so we have all the data and those tests went really well. I’m definitely looking forward to it.
Reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud who took victory in Phoenix last time out commented ahead of this weekend’s race by saying:
I’m so excited to return to Indianapolis to kick off the month of May with the INDYCAR GP. We were just there last weekend for the Rev Indy event, which was spectacular. I was fortunate enough to win two of the last three (grand prix) events there. We are hoping to execute again and there’s nothing like the crowd at Indy and there’s so much excitement all over the city during the month. My team is very proud to wear this iconic Menards livery during the month of May. We have been working really closely with Chevy as well and are ready to put on a good show.”
Josef Newgarden is looking forward to the race in Indianapolis saying:
Indianapolis is a second home to me, and I am just so excited to head back for the month of May. Last year, we didn’t have the best finish at the INDYCAR Grand Prix, but I felt like I learned a lot that I can apply this year. Our No. 2 hum by Verizon Chevy team has been really strong this year and we have proved that we can win on a road course. Qualifying is really important and we have been working on a few things we learned at Barber (Motorsports Park) that could apply to getting a good starting spot at Indy. I just know I can’t wait to get back on the track and race in front of the great Indy race fans.”
Helio Castroneves goes to Indianapolis following a strong start to the season and speaking ahead of the race weekend, the Brazilian commented by saying:
Indianapolis is a really special place to me. I’ve been lucky to win on the oval three times in the Indy 500 and finished on the podium for the GP last year. We had a pretty good race at Phoenix and have had top-10 finishes in all of the races this season so far. I know me and the No. 3 Verizon Chevy team are excited to race for the crowd at Indy and are bringing a car we know can win. With road courses, qualifying is so important and we’re ready for that. We feel so strong and ready to head into not only the INDYCAR Grand Prix but also just the month of May in general.”
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet who finished the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix in second place commented on the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis by saying:
t’s no secret we’ve had a bit of bad luck to start off our season until we had our podium finish at Phoenix. I know the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet team is ready to build off that momentum as we head into Indianapolis. The fans there are always so much fun to race in front of and with a long month of May ahead of us, I always feel energized after the INDYCAR Grand Prix heading into the Indy 500. The road course is fun and challenging. We’ve been working on our program since Phoenix and feel we have a really strong car to bring to Indy.”