Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet had a disappointing end to his Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway on Saturday after he was forced to retire from the race after hitting the wall on lap 52 and following the race he was asked:

WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET – SIDELINED AFTER HITTING WALL ON LAP 53
YOU HAD SUCH A STRONG START. WHAT HAPPENED?
“Yeah, the car was great. The car was really good. I came out on cold tires and just got a little bit out of the groove. And man, it’s like ice. There are so many marbles because they brought the new tire that really sheds the rubber. And, that was going to happen in the race, no matter what. But, I guess it’s my bad for getting up there. You just can’t put an inch on that stuff. Man, you just go straight. It’s just ridiculous. It sucks for the guys. We had such a good car. They had to hang out all day. We had a good chance.”
Josef Newgarden in the No.2 PPG Chevrolet extended his championship lead to 38 points after finishing the race in seventh place having started the race from pole position and importantly finished the race ahead of Alexander Rossi who has now moved into third place in the championship and speaking following the race the Tennessee native said:
For us tonight, our guys did a great job. Our PPG car was fast. We were better in clean air, which was unfortunate because we got stuck in in dirty air more often than not. I think if we were a little bit better in traffic, we could have made something happen. But they did a great job. Great stops. Good calls from everybody. I’m really proud of the team. Now we’ve just got to try and have a couple of better rounds here to finish the season off.
Will Power went on to say:
Yeah, the Verizon Chevy was great. The car was really good. I came out on cold tires and just got a little bit out of the groove. And man, it’s like ice. There are so many marbles because they brought the new tire that really sheds the rubber. And, that was going to happen in the race, no matter what. But I guess it’s my bad for getting up there. You just can’t put an inch on that stuff. Man, you just go straight. It sucks for the guys. We had such a good car. They had to hang out all day. We had a good chance.
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet started the race from fourth place and came home in fifth however the result has moved the Frenchman above Alexander Rossi into second place in the series standing with just two races remaining and speaking following the race he said:

Wow, what a night. That is a race that I am going to be excited to re-watch. Honestly, I really don’t know much about what happened because as a driver you are kind of like a horse. You just have to keep going. We had a really good car and after five laps the car was really, really strong. It had a lot of pace and we could really keep it up through the stint. Really, really struggled on restarts. Just no grip. Some of it is me and some of it, I don’t know what it is. Certainly, some work we need to do. Wow, it was an eventful race. Lots of passing and lots of elbows out, out there and with the strategies, it seemed like it was fun. The fans had a great show tonight.

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