Three Cars In The Top Ten For Team Penske
Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hitachi Chevrolet maintained his lead in the NTT IndyCar Series championship on Sunday as he ended the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach in second place.
The Tennessee native had no answer for the speed of Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi in the No.27 NAPA Auto Parts Honda and as a result he finished the race 20s behind the Californian.
Speaking following the race he said:
It’s tough when you’re not able to compete at the very, very front. We were at the front, but you want to be competing for first (place). That’s disappointing, but we gave it our all today and thought we had a pretty good race, for the most part. The Hitachi car was fast, it was just a touch off what other cars had. Alexander (Rossi) did a nice job; congrats to Andretti Autosport. We had good fuel mileage (and) Chevy did a good job for us. We just were a little short. It’s a good day, it’s just tough when you’re not competing for the win.”
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 DXC Technologies Chevrolet had a strong result with a sixth place finish coming home just behind Ryan Hunter Reay and just ahead of his team mate Will Power.
Speaking following the day’s action he said:
, it was a solid day. I think that was the best we could have done today. I think we did everything we were supposed to do. Execution was there. We just lacked a little bit of pace, overall. So, we’ve got to keep working on it. That’s all you can do. (Alexander) Rossi had a great race. I think (Josef) Newgarden did a fantastic job and putting a Penske car up there is great. We’ve just got to keep working. I’m really excited about the INDYCAR Grand Prix coming up. I’m looking forward to the Month of May.”
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet ended the day in seventh place and speaking following the race he said:
“I guess it’s my mistake for going down there. I kind of went in the marbles. Probably went to the wrong side to defend from (Scott) Dixon. That was it, man. It was probably a podium finish there, but threw it away, unfortunately. I was debating whether to make the corner and I thought nah, it’s better to be seventh than in the tires. I was close. I may have made it, but I didn’t want to take the risk.”