Team Penske enjoyed a great race at the Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet started the race from 9th place and came through the field to take the lead of the race to claim his second win of the season and speaking following the Rainguard Water Sealers 600 the Australian stated:
In the beginning it was a matter of getting to the front. We talked about that in our pre-race strategy meeting, that track position is going to be everything because I know whoever would have the lead and the bottom of the track would be very difficult to pass. The Verizon Chevy team gave me phenomenal stops all night. Obviously that was the key, to keep getting out first. But a really good restart on Dixon that one lap, that one restart where he got out ahead of me. It was a pretty intense battle there at the end with Scott (Dixon). I was kind of working out in my head how I was going to get him over the line because he was kind of able to side draft me and be ahead on some laps, so it was really going to be an interesting finish. I’m just over the moon. Over the moon to win here – my second home. My wife is from here, so we spend a lot of time down here, so it’s just an amazing feeling.
Reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 DXC Technology Chevrolet started the race from 10th place on the grid and came through the field to finish the race in third place just behind Tony Kanaan and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
Yeah, well, it was very much pack racing, so we were trying to get away from the pack, which we did for quite a while. It was a way also to save some fuel and stay behind (Will Power). I was trying to protect him so that we could just go as fast as we could and it worked out really well. At the end there, I was hoping we were going to go a little longer because I had a really good car. It was a lot of fun. It got a little crazy at the end. I tell you, it is just incredible how close we can race against each other. Good fun, good night for the DXC Technology Chevy, awesome working with Will. That is Team Penske, we all work together, you guys don’t believe us, but we do and we showed it tonight.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 AAA Insurance Chevrolet was forced to retire from the race with a mechanical issue. The Brazilian was involved in an incident on pit-road in the early stages of the race, speaking following the event he commented by saying:
I felt the vibration and called it in to the team, but we couldn’t get back to pit road. The right front went and it was straight into the wall. It was a pretty solid hit. The most disappointing thing about it is that the AAA Chevy was absolutely awesome tonight. After the pit road deal I was able to work my way through traffic. We were about to get into the top five when the tire went. There’s nothing anyone can do about it, but it drives me crazy because we had such a great car.
Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hum by Verizon Chevrolet was left disappointed as he was forced to retire from the race following contact and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
It was definitely a bad decision. There may have been some oil dry up there, but going to the third lane was not a right idea. I was just trying to get some space with Dixon; I didn’t know exactly where he was going to go. I probably could have backed out of it sooner and realized it’s not going to be good up there. It’s just my fault, I feel bad for the guys on the No. 2 Hum by Verizon Chevy team. We’ve had fast cars and it’s always a shame when you make a mistake for your guys. I put that on me, just trying to race hard, and the third lane wasn’t there, so we didn’t have it tonight.