Newgarden Hoping For A Strong Weekend In Portland

Defending series champion Josef Newgarden won in Phoenix this year
 Defending series champion Josef Newgarden won in Phoenix this year

Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet heads to Portland this weekend hoping to return to form following a difficult race in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park last time out.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race Newgarden said:

Gateway was a really tough race. We really gave it our all but came up short. We’re moving on from that and focusing 100 percent on getting every point we can. From here on out, it’s important that we get maximum points, and hopefully wins. I’m excited to go to Portland since I’ve never raced there before. It seems like a really cool town and a great track. There’s so much excitement around INDYCAR’s return there and I’m happy to be part of that. The No. 1 Verizon Chevy team started working on turning around our car for Portland on Sunday, so they barely took a minute off, making sure we have a strong car this weekend. We have a great group of guys, and with them behind me, I know we can definitely continue to battle for the championship.”

Will Power is one of three active Verizon IndyCar Series drivers to have raced a Portland and he heads to Oregan with the momentum in hos favour following his last time out at Gateway Motorsports Park.

Speaking ahead of the race this weekend he said:

That race at Gateway was just awesome. It was obviously a huge win for myself and the No. 12 Verizon Chevy team as it moved us up in championship points. It really shows the depth of our team. We didn’t have the best of practices leading up to the race, but we worked hard overnight and it paid off. It also gives us a lot of momentum headed into Portland. I’ve only raced there once, but from what I remember it was a really awesome track. There’s so much for fans and people in the industry to do there. My team has been working hard on the car since Sunday to make sure we’re in a really good spot for this weekend. There’s a lot of competition between myself, Scott Dixon, Alexander Rossi and my teammate Josef Newgarden, so I know getting more championship points and wins won’t be easy, but with my team getting just stronger and stronger every week, I know we’re really going to be able to run hard and give it all we’ve got.”

Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet is looking forward to the race in Portland saying:

“I’ve been looking forward to going back to Portland since they announced the race last year. I’ve only raced there once but it’s a really cool track, in a neat area that doesn’t have a lot of racing throughout the year. We’ve had some good momentum and also the fastest crew on pit lane in the past few races, and we’re still in the championship hunt so myself and the entire No. 22 Menards Chevy team are really going to give it our all this weekend. We have a lot of interesting items to test at the track this weekend and I’m really excited to go out there and try to grab a win.”

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