Team Penske took home a double podium finish in race 2 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear on Sunday.
Starting the race from 13th on the grid, Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hum powered by Verizon Chevrolet came through the field to challenge Graham Rahal for the win but came home in second place.
Speaking following the race, Newgarden commented by saying:
I’ll be honest, I think we were all just trying to get to the end. There were just two laps to go and we had marbles all over the tires. In that type situation, there’s not much you can do. You want to say you’d be able to go race this guy and try to beat him. And I would have done that if he messed up; if he made a mistake, I would try to capitalize. But if everyone stays steady, we are just trying to hold on to the race car. It’s very difficult to do that at the end. When it’s your weekend, it’s your weekend. (Race-winner Graham) Rahal did a great job. It’s a good bounce back for us at Team Penske in the hum by Verizon Chevrolet. It’s good to be in Detroit. Thanks to all the fans that came out and Chevrolet for all they do. It’s fun to be in this city. I was trying to get Chevrolet that win but just didn’t have enough today.
Will Power in the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet ce back from a tough race 1 to finish race 2 in third place having started the race from seventh place.
Speaking following the race, Power said:
Yesterday was just unlucky when the yellow came. We kind of went halfway between a two-stop and a three-stop. We went longer than the three-stop guys. I was saving so much fuel yesterday that I was too slow. The guys did a great job with the strategy today. I’m very happy with third. Today was much more representative of the car we had this weekend. Thanks to all of the guys, Verizon and Chevrolet.
Reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 DXC Technology Chevrolet started the race from 11th on the grid and came through to finish the race in 4th place and speaking following the event he commented by saying:
We definitely improved a lot overnight. The entire Penske team did a good job analyzing how we could do better in today’s race and it showed. A lot of it here in Detroit comes down to strategy. It’s not an easy race. Even if you have the fastest car, you aren’t always going to win. My hats off to Kyle Moyer (race strategist), Ben Bretzman (engineer) and the entire No. 1 team. We were saving fuel pretty much the whole race, but the car was still phenomenal. It’s not exactly what we want – we want to be up front more – but it was a decent day for the DXC Technology Chevy team.
Helio Castroneves in the No. 3 Hitachi Chevrolet started the race from fourth place and finished the race in 9th and speaking following the event he commented by saying:
The Hitachi Chevy was great again today. We had a little bit of bad luck there with Ryan (Hunter-Reay) and getting a tire cut down. It was early enough that I thought we might be able to overcome it, but we didn’t get a caution until the very end. I wish we could have done better with our finish, but our car was strong. We’ll head to Texas which is always a lot of fun.”