I Love This Place

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Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet took his second straight Verizon P1 Award at Iowa Speedway on Saturday afternoon. The Indianapolis 500 winner set a two lap qualifying average of 182.391MPH and starts Sunday’s race just ahead of his team mate Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Hitachi Chevrolet.

Speaking following the session Power said:

It wasn’t easy, but the car was great. “You really have to drive it. It was quite difficult over all the bumps, but we tested here (last week) and unloaded well (this weekend). Yeah, it’s the start of a good weekend. I’ve had a couple of bad ones and I want a really good weekend this weekend.

The Australian went on to say:

I love this place. “It’s a real tough little bullring oval and, man, I’ve been trying to win this (race) for so long. So, obviously, starting the race in a good spot.

Josef Newgarden commented by saying;

I think we’ve got great cars. I think it was a great qualifying performance from our team, and Will (Power) did a couple great laps. I think we all can be pretty happy. Simon (Pagenaud) is not too far behind us. We’ve just got to try and execute now tomorrow. I think this afternoon’s (practice) session is going to be really vital for us now that we’ve sort of gotten the short qualifying run out of the way, but it’s all about tomorrow now. This place you can have some fun if you get in a situation like that. Maybe that’ll present itself. I think with the way this aero kit and this tire is going to work this weekend, I think most people will take that late yellow, but maybe not. Maybe people will try and take a risk and stay out. But if you have new tires around this place, it could really be a couple magical laps to try and work through the field. It’s going to be really interesting to watch how people react to coming to pit lane and how they do it. It’s really going to be dictated to what your competitors are doing around you. I think that’ll be an interesting element to watch for the race, but it’s going to be all about taking care of your tires, like we’re talking about. I think that’s the key around this place is how do you take care of your tires, how do you use other lanes. That’s what you’ve got to be good at.

Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet starts the race from fourth place with a two lap average of 180.313MPH and speaking following the session he said:

I like it, I love it. I think it is a much better package than in the past. It is not easy in traffic; you really have to drive the car. Then you have to work with your engineers and your teammates to get the best package you can get. I’ll tell you what, that is what a short oval should be about. I don’t mind pedaling the car. It makes it more fun all the way around

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