Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Pennzoil Chevrolet says he is so happy to be back in IndyCar as he prepares to make his NTT IndyCar Series iRacing Challenge debut on Saturday in the Firestone 175 at Twin Ring Motegi.
Speaking ahead of the race, the three time Indianapolis 500 winner said:
I’m so happy to be back in INDYCAR, even though it’s in a virtual race at Twin Ring Motegi. I feel like I have the edge for this weekend since I’m one of the few drivers in the field who actually raced there in real life and have been able to win there with Roger (Penske) back in the day. I also could not be more excited to be back in the virtual Pennzoil Chevy also known as the ‘Yellow Submarine.’ I’m excited to be back representing our great partners and our wonderful team. I’m not sure I can say it enough about how much I can’t wait to race against my fellow INDYCAR drivers and show the fans an exciting race on NBCSN!”
Castroneves is reunited on track with his team mate’s, defending Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 DXC Technology Chevrolet, defending series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Hitachi Chevrolet, Scott McLaughlin in the No.2 Shell V Power Chevrolet and Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet.
Speaking ahead of the race Josef Newgarden said:
The race this weekend at Twin Ring Motegi is really special for our team and for me. I’m a huge fan of Japan and Japanese culture, so it’s really cool to be doing this race. But for Team Penske, the relationship with Hitachi pretty much started thanks to this race years ago. So, the entire Hitachi group is really excited about it. So, I’m going to work with my team and give the Hitachi Chevy all we got.
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 DXC Technology Chevrolet said:
The randomly selected track this weekend by INDYCAR is definitely a great surprise since it’s such a neat track. Twin Ring Motegi is pretty unique, so it can be a really exciting challenge. Thanks to Ben Bretzman and other members of the team who helped me prepare, we had a really great race last weekend and are looking for another successful result. I’m looking forward to having all the fans join us through NBCSN since this is going to be one really great show!”
Scott McLaughlin who won round 2 at Barber Motorsports Park is looking forward to the race saying:
I’m ready to give the INDYCAR iRacing Challenge event another crack. I’ve loved being able to get to experience the series and to get to know the drivers, even just over a computer. This will be awesome as it’s another oval event, which is really different for me. Michigan last week was a learning experience for me, and this week will be the same because Motegi is totally different. We’ve had some good luck so far and hope to have the Shell V-Power car up front again this weekend.”
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet said:
Motegi is such a neat road course – I wish we still raced there. I raced there back in the day, and it was such a fun place. I’ve really started enjoying ovals more and more. We had some success there, so it’s a track I am really looking forward to racing in the INDYCAR iRacing Challenge. I’ve been working hard with my team to get the Verizon Chevy in a good spot to just keep building on the momentum we have had. We’ve had some really great speed in the past few races but haven’t gotten a win yet. That is 100 percent our focus going into this weekend.”