Three time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves returns to the Verizon IndyCar Series with Team Penske starting with this weekend’s IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Brazilian is returning to racing in the Verizon IndyCar Series for the month of May for the first time since the 2017 season finale last September.
Castroneves who will take to his No.3 Verizon Chevrolet on Friday commented by saying:
I’m back! I’m so excited to be back with Team Penske at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in INDYCAR. I’ve been really enjoying my time with the team’s IMSA program, but I’m really excited to jump back into the No. 3 Verizon Chevrolet. We have a great team of guys put together for both the INDYCAR GP and the Indianapolis 500. I’m ready to kick off the month with a road course race and get some time in the car with the new aero kit. More importantly, I’m excited to go out there and put on a great show for the fans there.
Defending series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Verizon Chevrolet goes into the race this weekend following his second race win of the season last time out at Barber Motorsports Park.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend the Tennessee native commented by saying:
It’s been really great to have some time off before Indianapolis, but we’ve definitely been hard at work still. My team put together a really strong car at our last road course event at Barber, which won us the race. Now, we’re headed to the INDYCAR GP and the guys have put together what I’m sure will be another super-fast No. 1 Verizon Chevrolet. I’m feeling really good about it. Really, I’m excited for the whole month of May in Indianapolis. There’s really nothing like it and I know the whole team is ready to put on a great show at our next two races.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet heads into the race as the defending IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis race winner. The Australian has claimed two wins from the four races that have take place on the Indianapolis road course.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Power commented by saying:
After a couple weeks off, I’m ready to get back at it. We had a rough go of it at Barber, but we’re putting it behind us. The month of May is such a special time in Indianapolis and I’m really excited to go back there. Last year we won the INDYCAR GP in the No. 12 Verizon Chevy and I see no reason we can’t do it again. Historically, it’s been one of our better tracks as a team, and I think we will be really strong and I know we’re going to have a good shot at winning there again.
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet is excited that it is the month of May. The 2016 champion, like his team mate Will Power has two wins at the IndyCar Grand Prix of Indianapolis having taken the first win here with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in 2014 and then again with Team Penske in 2016.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend the Frenchman commented by saying:
It’s the Month of May in Indianapolis. What more can you say? The whole series really rallies around the month and INDYCAR does a great job of really giving the fans a lot to do with two races. The INDYCAR GP is always a lot of fun and it’s a race myself and the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet team are really comfortable with. We won that race a few years ago and are ready to do it again. My team has been working hard to prepare great cars for the month and we saw a lot of really great speed at the recent test at Indianapolis. I really just can’t wait to get back on track in Indiana.