Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet had what he described as a really good race in the Verizon IndyCar Series season finale Grand Prix of Sonoma.
The Australian started the race from seventh place and finished the event on the podium in third behind champion Scott Dixon and race winner Ryan Hunter Reay.
Speaking following the race, Power said:
It was a really good race for the No. 12 Verizon team. We had a really, really fast car. I think if we would have started farther up front, we would have had a chance to win. It was a good year though,.Roger (Penske) got his 500th win today. We won the Indy 500. We won the 200th INDYCAR race for Team Penske. We won the Brickyard 400. Just couldn’t get the championship here. But overall, it was a good year for Team Penske.
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 DXC Technology Chevrolet started the race from eighth place and came home in fourth and speaking following the race the Frenchman said:
Yeah it was a good day: definitely competitive, we definitely unlocked a lot of secrets. I think we cracked the code this weekend on the car and what I needed so we were much more competitive that we’ve been on the road course and it felt good. It felt fun. We had great battles on track. We played the tire strategy and fuel strategy really well. The team, Kyle Moyer (race strategist) and Ben Bretzman (engineer), did a fantastic job with that. My pit crew were phenomenal again, as they’ve been all year long. We couldn’t have done much better because we were saving fuel midway through to the end of the race. I’m satisfied with it. It was a good race.”
Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Verizon Chevrolet started the race from third on the grid and came home in eighth place and speaking following the race he said:
It was not a great day. It really all started with the first pit stop. We just had a mistake in trying to get out and I stalled it. It kind of ruined the whole day from that point there on. It was tough to recover after that. I think we had a lot of potential today and we could have contended for the win, but it was too hard to come back. It was a great season and a lot of great moments for the whole team and myself. We just have to work to be a little stronger next year and go for the championship and the Indy 500.
Team Penske may not have won the drivers championship this year however as an organisation the team were celebrating as Brad Keselowski in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in Las Vegas prior to the final race of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.
Speaking about taking their 500th win, Roger Penske said:
What an incredible finish in Las Vegas and an amazing way to earn Team Penske’s 500th victory. “Great job by Brad (Keselowski) and the No. 2 Autotrader Ford team to start the Playoffs with a win and a great finish by all three of our cars today. We still have some work to do this afternoon in Sonoma as we try to get win number 501 and compete for the INDYCAR championship. Thanks to everyone throughout our organization for their hard work and all their dedication for helping us reach this special milestone of 500 wins.
Brad Keselowski who delivered the win for The Captain said:
Winning 500 races as an organization is such an incredible accomplishment. Roger Penske was already in an elite category and this milestone only enhances that. I’m thrilled for Roger and everyone at Team Penske and I’m incredibly proud to drive for him.”