Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 DXC Technology Chevrolet started Saturday nights DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway from second place on the grid and that is where the Frenchman finished.
Speaking following the race, the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion commented by saying:
It was a good night. We started really strong, really loved the car to start in the heat. As the temperature dropped, it got a little bit more difficult for us. We adjusted the car the wrong way as the temperature dropped, it got pretty loose for us midway through. It was a pretty fast-paced race, as well, quite physical. I was just trying to manage the balance. It was quite fun, actually. We had to keep up with the tires, keep up with the balance of the car throughout the stints and also relay to the pit what you needed for the next one. It was fun. I mean, I had a lot of good battles, especially with Alexander (Rossi) at the end. He gave me some gray hair, the last 30 laps, but we managed to hold him off. That was really cool. Just to get a good result like this for us – I think the No. 22 team needed a break. I think we got one tonight. For DXC, it’s pretty awesome. We had about 3000 employees from DXC tonight, so it was good to have a good showing.
Defending series champion and pole sitter Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Verizon Chevrolet endured a disappointing race as the Tennessee native finished the race in 13th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
You know, pretty much anything bad that could have happen happened tonight for the No. 1 Verizon team. Everyone worked real hard and the guys gave me a great car. Everyone did everything they could tonight. It was a great effort from my team. Pretty much, anything that could have went wrong went wrong tonight. That is all there is to it. We will move on to Road America.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet who went into the race leading the championship started the race from third place and was forced to retire from the race after contact with Dale Coyne Racing’s Zachary Claman DeMelo meaning he was classified in 18th place.
Speaking following the race he said:
The guys in front of me were saving a lot of fuel and completely lifting to try and make it and someone went around on the outside. Unfortunately, the timing stand was talking to me at that exact moment and I couldn’t hear my spotter call, “Outside,” and there was someone outside at that point. It’s just a bad situation, but something that happens at a track like this. It was not the guy on the outside’s fault. I didn’t know he was out there at that point. We were lifting so much trying to save fuel and he went outside me. It was just a bad deal, but we will move on to Road America.