Castroneves Set For 340th Verizon IndyCar Series Start At Mid-Ohio This Weekend
Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet heads into this weekend’s Honda 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car course, round 13 of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season aiming to overhaul Scott’s three point advantage in the battle for the title. The Brazilian is also hoping to secure his second race win of the season following on from his victory in Iowa.
Castroneves will also make his 340th Verizon IndyCar Series start and speaking ahead of the race, Spider-Man commented by saying:
We’re running second in point standings and now we’re headed to a race I’ve won at twice. Am I happy to head to Mid-Ohio? Of course. The No. 3 Hitachi Chevrolet crew has been building great cars for me all season and we keep having solid finishes. The last time we raced on a road course was at Road America, where we finished third. We had a strong car then and I know my team is preparing another fast car that we can race hard for another win with. The fans at Mid-Ohio are always a fun group, too, so I’m looking forward to getting back on track this weekend.
Josef Newgarden heads into the race this weekend in the No.2 PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet as the most recent race winner having taken victory at the Honda Indy Toronto, the Tennessee native will be hoping that he can close the gap further to Scott Dixon and go to victory circle for the second race in a row.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, Newgarden commented by saying:
Road courses can be really fun to race at and Mid-Ohio is definitely a fun one. The last time we raced at a road course was at Road America, where we finished second, and we won earlier this season at Barber. The No. 2 PPG Chevrolet team has really come together this season especially with road courses, and with a fun crowd there, I’ll have everything I need to race for a win with a great team behind me.
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud heads to Mid-Ohio as the defending race winner and will be aiming to repeat that performance this weekend as he hopes to close the cap to Helio Castroneves and Scott Dixon in the race for the championship with just five races remaining this season.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Pagenaud, who carry’s Menards as his primary sponsor this weekend commented by saying:
I’m excited to head to Mid-Ohio with the No. 1 Menards Chevrolet. We won there last year and it helped impact our championship hunt in a big way. It’s a fun course with great fans who are always excited for INDYCAR racing. Our last race, Toronto, was a great event for us and we think the momentum we built there that can really help us as we look for another win to get more points towards the championship.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet will hope to bounce back from a tough weekend in Toronto which saw him retire from the race in Mid-Ohio. Speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
Toronto was a really rough weekend for the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet team. We had an awesome, strong car and got tangled up in a wreck. It was really frustrating to end our day that way but we are ready to give it another shot at Mid-Ohio. We won at the Indianapolis road course earlier this season with a really strong car. The team prepared a beast of a car which was all I needed to win that race. They’re taking a lot of what we learned there and are applying it to our car this weekend. It’s a fun track with a great crowd, and one of the tracks I have not won at yet. To get a win there would be great for our season to give us a boost in points that we need.