Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Sonsio Chevrolet says that he hopes the outfits strong end to the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season adds up to him winning his third championship.
Speaking to Paddock Eye after claiming his second win of the season and third career win at Worldwide Technology Raceway, Newgarden said:
Well, we got to keep it up, right? We’re doing a good job now. Nashville was a little rocky for us. GP was slightly rocky, too. It can swing very quickly. We could be from being a hero this weekend to right back out of it in Portland. It swings that fast.
I don’t think we can be relaxed about anything. We’ve just got to keep doing what we’ve been doing. We certainly have to be strong. We’re not in some cushiony position when we can just sit back and anything can really happen to us. We can’t. We have to be solid. Hopefully we have a good, solid end here. If we do, that could add up to a championship.
The result means that with three races remaining, Newgarden has moved into third place in the championship just 22 points behind championship leader Pato O’Ward and speaking about the win he said:
Any win is big. It’s been disappointing on a couple of these last events because I felt like we’ve had winning cars. It was tough to have a not-so-good-race in your hometown of Nashville. And the GP wasn’t great. We came here with just an amazing car. Scott McLaughlin tested for us. He made a whole new package for us. I’m real thankful for my team and teammates and just happy to be falling back into this chase with Team Chevy and having Sonsio on the car tonight was good. Team Penske is good here. I’m so proud of this team! Team Chevy did awesome as you can tell! Great mileage. Great performance. This is so good.”
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet who starte the race on pole said he was stoked to finish on the podium in third place saying:
Stoked to finish on the podium with our Verizon Chevrolet tonight. We didn’t have a car that could compete with our teammate for the win, but it was good enough to stay up front and out of all the mess behind us. We had a pretty good strategy, just lost some track position in the middle of the race. All in all, not a bad night. It was more of a mentally draining race. When you are pushing hard, it takes it out of you.”
Scott McLaughlin in the No.3 DEX Imaging Chevrolet carved his was through the field from 11th to finish the race in fourth place and speaking following the action he said:
It was an awesome day for us and the DEX Imaging Chevrolet. I think we had a pretty decent car. I would say initially on the restarts, I just didn’t pick the right hole and was playing it safe in some ways. At about the 10th restart or so, I really got into it and got comfortable and got ourselves into a good position there at the end. We tested here some time ago, and I’m happy that my feedback has actually translated into some performance gains. It shows I’m learning the car and starting to trust myself – that’s the biggest part of my journey right now. Eventually, when I get more laps under my belt, we will get more results like this every week.”
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet started the race in fourth place and came home inside the top ten in eighth place and speaking following the action he said:
I’m very proud of how this Menards Chevy team battled back from the contact Josef and I had earlier in the race. I want to go back and look at the video to see exactly what I could have done differently in that situation. Obviously, you don’t like having contact with anyone, especially your teammate. It had a big effect on our day, but our car was so good that we were able to rebound a bit. The West Coast trip features three tracks that I love and I’m excited to get there.”