Pagenaud Delighted With His Win At Indy
Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet came from eighth place on the grid to take his first win of the 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season and Penske’s fifth in six seasons at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
Speaking following the race he said:
Oh, yeah, it was. It was amazing the whole race. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ I thought everyone was saving fuel; I was just so fast. Chevy did a fantastic job giving us the horsepower. Third time – I’m equal with Will (Power). That’s awesome; we kept it in the Penske family. I can’t believe it; it’s awesome. What a race! I want to thank Team Penske, everybody who supports me, obviously. This is the sweetest win I’ve ever had, I guess. I just have to get everything right. We did that this weekend, slowly and surely. The starts just didn’t align. The performance has always been there this year. The team has been fantastic giving me what I need, so here we are.”
Points leader Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Fitzgerald USA Chevrolet started the race in 13th and came home in 15th place and speaking following the day’s action he said:
I knew we were sitting pretty good. I thought we pitted right at the right point. We had at a great car. I could get through traffic. Everything was clicking and we were just kind of cruising there until that final pit stop. I think what really put a knife in us was the caution that came out. We still had another four or five laps of fuel, so we could have dictated when we pitted. When we did pit for the caution, it wasn’t time – the track wasn’t quite there. We probably needed two or three laps on the dry (tires). When I came in I was screaming to stay on red (Firestone alternate) tires. I really thought (the track) wasn’t ready yet, and I didn’t want to go to rain tires and that was probably a mistake. I should have said, ‘Go to rains.’ If we would have gone to rains, we would have been in the catbird seat still coming out first. Just a calamity of errors there at the end put a couple nails in our coffin.”
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon 5G came home in sixth place and speaking following the race he said:
“I don’t really know what our biggest issues were today. The strategy call the guys made was the right one to get us the track position that we lost. We were reasonable in the wet, but in the dry we just weren’t good, then I made a mistake. It was just a rough day, but great for Simon (Pagenaud). It’s funny that only me and Simon have won this race. He won again. I was stoked when I saw him win the race. Congrats to him, he really needed that. But it was a great day for us. I’m really happy with seventh considering how much we struggled in the dry.”
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Pennzoil Chevrolet was classified in 21sr place two laps down and speaking following the race he said:
Man, it was fun to get back out there in the Pennzoil Chevrolet. Like all of our teammates, we struggled with the speed in the dry conditions, so we were hoping for some rain to see if that could jumble the strategies up. Our Pennzoil Chevy was better, for sure, and we were able to avoid some trouble and make up some track position. Unfortunately, we just had some issues coming out of the pits on the wets (Firestone rain tires) and stalled the car. But we got some laps in – some reps – and we are ready for the big race in a couple of weeks. That is what we are here for. And congrats to Simon (Pagenaud). What a drive there at the end and what a win. Great to see him back in Victory Lane.