Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Simon Pagenaud believes that this weekend at the Kohler Grand Prix at the Road America circuit in Wisconsin attacking is the best way to defend.
Pagenaud heads into the race in command of the series points standings with a 50 point cushion over reigning series champion Scott Dixon and speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
I’m definitely excited to race at Road America. It’s a challenging circuit, but a really fun place with the Indy car. This event has been in the past and remains a classic event on our schedule. At the test session, we had the opportunity to see Brad Keselowski drive my No. 22 Menards Chevy and I thought it was great to see how excited he was about the handling, power-to-downforce ratio we experience in these cars. It was a terrific experience and maybe we will get to swap rides, I’d love to do that. We head into the second half of the schedule now; our focus remains on winning races. We’ll continue to race smart, but attacking is the best way to defend, in my opinion.
Juan Pablo Montoya who has struggled since taking victory at the series opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg is hoping for a better race this weekend and says that the No.2 crew are looking for consistency and speaking ahead of the race at Road America the Colombian commented by saying:
We’re still looking for consistency this season and a chance to build some momentum heading into the second half of the season. It would be great to get a good result at Road America, so that we can build on that for the July races. I haven’t raced at Road America in quite a while. We had a teammate test there last week and it will be interesting to see what did and didn’t work well for them. It’s a challenging track that tests both the speed and agility of our DeVilbiss Chevrolet. I’m really looking forward to it.
Helio Castroneves driving the No.3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet will start his 320th Verizon IndyCar Series event this weekend which will tie him in fourth place on the all time list for most starts tied with Al Unser. Speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
It’s going to be fantastic to go back to Road America. We haven’t raced there in a number of years, but I’m excited to get out there and see how the Hitachi Chevrolet performs. It’s a big track, but track position, as usual, will be important. My Hitachi team is ready for the second half of the season. There is still quite a bit out there for us. I think it will be an exciting second half with the way the schedule is set up and we’ll see competitive racing.
Will Power driving the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet commented by saying:
Even though I haven’t raced there in a while, I enjoy the track at Road America. I find it very challenging. Some drivers have tested there and some haven’t. We had a teammate there, so what worked for them will give us a starting point and we’ll go from there. The weather didn’t work at Texas, but we’re still looking to build on the Detroit win. The whole Verizon Chevrolet team is excited to get the second half of the season started.
In the eight previous races this season there have been six different winners. Simon Pagenaud, Will Power, Juan Pablo Montoya, Sebastien Bourdais, Scott Dixon and Alexander Rossi.