NTT IndyCar Series points leader Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hitachi Chevrolet for Team Penske said that he felt that they had an up and down opening day for Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto.
Speaking following the action, the Tennessee native said:
It was kind of an up-and-down day. I think the Hitachi Chevy has a lot of potential. It seems like it’s fast, but we just haven’t extracted all of the speed out of it yet. We need to work on that tomorrow. That’s why you have practice. From the team standpoint, I thought it was a flawless day. The guys always do a great job of executing, so we just need to get a little better overnight and refine everything and get ready for qualifying.”
In contrast to Newgarden, his team mate Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 DXC Technology Chevrolet had a really good day as he ended the second session as the fastest driver and speaking following the action he said:
It’s been a really good day. I think it comes from all the preparation ahead of time. Just very happy with the DXC Technology Chevy. I love this track. It’s just a lot of fun. It reminds me of Reims in France and it’s just awesome. Just really like the rhythm. You know, it’s fun. The car is really, honestly, really good. I just needed to put a good lap together and it seems good on every tire in every condition. I’ve got to get the job done, and I’ll tell you what, man, this is so much fun. It’s just awesome. I told the team, ‘It’s such a pleasure to drive this car, thanks for preparing it.’
Will Power was not happy with his day in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet and speaking following the action he said:
It’s definitely not good enough. It’s good to see my teammate Simon (Pagenaud) is up there, so we’re going to take a good look at what he’s doing and try and replicate that. We’re just going to keep working away on our Verizon Chevrolet and see what we can figure out to find speed. We had a couple of issues with the engine too, so we have a few things we’re going to take a look at overnight.”