Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet ended the IndyCar Grand Prix at Watkins Glen presented by Hitachi on the podium in third place.
Speaking following the race, the Brazilian commented by saying:
It was really good. The Hitachi Chevy was actually running smooth. But, unfortunately when I saw the numbers, and the way the set-up for our car, I don’t think we’d be able to save fuel. And I told those guys on the radio. Guys, let us think of some other strategy because this is going to be tough to save fuel. I’m glad they were able to pick-up really quick. We bailed out right away and were able to push as hard as we could and open up enough of a gap so in the end, I guess the No. 5 and the No. 18 ended-up running out of fuel, so it was a great strategy with Roger (Penske) and the Hitachi car. Now let’s keep going. I know the championship might be over, but it’s not over for Team Penske. So, now we need to focus and go win Sonoma.
Series points leader Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Hewlett Packard Chevrolet started the race in seventh place and that is where he finished and in doing extended his points lead over team mate Will Power who retired from the race.
Pagenaud has now extended his lead in the championship to 43 points with one race remaining and speaking following the race he stated:
It was a pretty eventful day. The last caution made it so the guys in front had to save a lot of fuel, and we didn’t save enough at the start of the stint and was very slow. We made it back in seventh and for the championship the day was very good. We collected a lot of points and we have a bit of a cushion going into Sonoma. We still have to race hard, but it’s going to be a lot more comfortable.
Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.2 PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet ended the race in 13th place having started the event from eighth place. Speaking following the race, Montoya said:
It was like two different races out there today. There were times when the PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet was great early on, then we got shuffled back a little and fuel mileage didn’t work out for us. The goal was to make it to the end, but with the way the race played, we couldn’t and had to come in for a splash (of fuel). That’s been our luck this year.
Will Power who started the race from the front row retired from the race following a heavy crash and it was believed that he may have suffered a concussion in the incident. But no updates have been given yet. Power commented after the race saying:
After narrowly missing the pole in Saturday’s qualifying and starting second in Sunday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen, Will Power’s day ended early following a Lap 38 crash with Charlie Kimball. The result was a 20th-place finish, but Power is still in the hunt for his second Verizon IndyCar Series championship heading into the final race of the season. The Aussie sits 43 points behind leader Simon Pagenaud heading into the double-points season finale on Sept. 18 at Sonoma Raceway. Before Sunday’s accident, Power battled for the lead on the 3.37-mile New York road course and led two laps early on. Following the incident in which Kimball’s car made contact from behind and the No. 12 Verizon Chevy hit the barrier in Turn 5, Power entered INDYCAR Medical’s concussion protocol and he will be evaluated further in a few days.