Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet had a great start to the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday.
Starting the race from fourth, the Australian made a great start and battled throughout the race with eventual race winner Alex Palou in the No.10 SEGI.TV Honda.
Speaking following the race, Power said:
“I had enough fuel left to use push to pass for the last two laps, but it just blew my mind how fast Alex (Palou) was in the first stint. We had absolutely nothing for him – he just pulled away, so I figured he was doing a three-stop race because I was doing the best lap time I could for the fuel number we needed. We’re super happy to get the Verizon 5G Chevy on the podium. We’ve had a pretty bad to the year the last four years so it’s awesome to get a really good start to the season. I said to the guys, if we do this week in and week out – just solid races with no mistakes – I promise you we will absolutely have a great chance at winning the championship this year.”
Scott McLaughlin in the No.3 PPG Chevrolet started the race from 12th and came home in 14th and speaking following the action the New Zealander said:
“We got p14, which isn’t bad. I got held up mid-race, which was disappointing, but I didn’t have the car and I didn’t want to push it either. We ended up getting to them, but it just took too long. I wanted to get a whole race under my belt, which we did. The PPG Chevrolet was great and the pit stops were fantastic. I can’t wait for St. Pete.”
Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hitachi Chevrolet started the race from eighth but didn’t past turn five on the opening lap and speaking following the action he said:
“I got loose coming over the hill. It was a good start. We were lining in pretty nicely, but I just got loose in the wake. I thought I had the car and then touched the grass and I think once I touched the grass it pitched me sideways. I feel really bad for anyone that got involved in that. Obviously, my mess created a bigger mess. Any of the cars that got involved, I’m real sorry because it was obviously us that tipped it off. It’s a shame. I feel like we had a really good car. We just needed to file-in there at the start. We partially did that but yeah. But we’ll come back. We’ve just got to bounce back at the next one.”
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet, started the race from 15th and came home in 12th and speaking following the action he said:
We made a gamble on a three-stop strategy, which didn’t work for us and we wound us finishing 12th. We made big progress in the race. The whole weekend, we improved the Menards Chevrolet. We need to keep digging and keep finding some speed on the racecar to be up front, but we will get there.”