A Pretty Good Day For Team Penske
Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet was happy with how his second day of practice for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil went at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday.
The Australian ended the day as the fastest driver and speaking following the day of action he commented by saying:
It was pretty good all day, actually. I have to say that it’s made some improvements overnight. The no-tow speed is better for sure, and I feel comfortable in traffic. You know, it’s a long week. Got to keep working at it. Things change. The car goes in and out of being good and bad and this and that. You’ve got to try not to get lost and just keep it simple.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Shell Fuel Rewards Chevrolet ended the day in second place giving Team Penske a 1-2 for the day and speaking following his day in the car, the three time Indianapolis 500 winner commented by saying:
I was trying to get a little bit ahead (of my teammate Will Power) in the Grand Prix, but he did a phenomenal job there. But again, it’s all about – now it’s the 500. You’re not thinking about the numbers of how many victories you have in your career, it’s more about the big one. This is the big one, and we are working as a team trying to get the best out of it. We understand that yesterday the top 10 there was only two Chevys, and today in the top 10 only three were Hondas, so you can see those boys are playing some games here, so interesting. But it’s OK. It’s all good. We keep focusing on our work. We’re working together with Chevy and everybody else so that we can keep up the good pace and move forward.
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 Menards Chevrolet ended the day in seventh place and speaking following his day in the car, the Frenchman who completed 86 laps commented by saying:
The Menards Chevy felt really good today. We continue to get a lot of good data from not only ourselves but also my teammates. It’s such a help to have the teammates I have. Everyone brings something a little different to the table and from that we all learn a lot. Today was a little different from yesterday in terms of what we were looking to accomplish. Obviously, speed is important, but there are so many other things to factor in. I really think we’re in a good place.
Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hum by Verizon Chevrolet rounded out the top ten with a fastest speed of 223.156mph completing 59 laps and speaking following his day in the car at the Speedway, Newgarden commented by saying:
We just continued to learn today. We’ve tested here a couple of times and now we’ve had two days of practice. Every day has a different focus, but the primary goal is speed. The hum by Verizon Chevy found some of that today. We want to be smart how we attack these days and really keep to our plan. We don’t worry about what other teams and manufacturers are doing at this point. They have their programs to run and we have ours. If we’re able to maximize what we do, then we’ll be in good shape when it’s time to put it all out there.
Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.22 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet was happy with how his day went. The Colombian completed 58 laps ending the day in 21st place and speaking following his time in the car he commented by saying:
It’s still very much a learning process for the Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet team. We have a lot of experienced people, but this collection is new in a lot of ways. But we’re getting a good feel for one other and how we communicate when we’re on the track. The car felt good today. We’ve got some things to work on, but everything is on schedule. Tomorrow should be a day like today and we’ll be able to keep working on it.