Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hitachi Chevrolet says he is proud of his team after they used a bold strategy to get the two-time champion back to a top-ten finish after the Tennessee-native’s left rear tire came off his car following his first pit-stop and speaking after coming back through the field o finish the event in tenth place having started the race from fifth. The tire came off Newgarden’s car on lap six of the Detroit race one.
Speaking following the race he said:
I’m really proud of the way we fought our way back for a top-10 finish. I felt like the No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet was a winning car, and I believe we had the fastest lap. We just had one mistake early on in the race and got caught a lap down. Luckily, we caught a yellow around Lap 20 that helped us get our lap back, and from there we just recovered as best we could. All in all I’m pretty pleased. Obviously, we want to come back tomorrow and be better. We have the car to do it and the team to do it.
Scott McLaughlin in the No.3 PPG Chevrolet had a disappointing race as he came home in 23rd place after the New Zealander hit the wall on lap 51 breaking the left-rear tow link on the car and speaking following the race he said:
My first race at Detroit started off a bit on the back foot from the incident in practice yesterday. As a result, we qualified back in the pack, but we were having a strong race with the PPG Chevrolet. We looked like we would end up somewhere around 10th after the final stop, but I just made a mistake, hit the wall, and broke the toe link. That was pretty much the end of our day, but I learned a lot for tomorrow. This was one of the hottest races I’ve had in a while; very taxing physically and mentally.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet started the race from seventh, led 37 laps, and came home in 20th place after suffering a failure on his ECU and speaking following the race he said:
It was very disappointing in how the race ended for us. Everyone on the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevy team worked incredibly hard to put ourselves in position to get a win that we desperately needed. There are definitely things that can be looked at when there is a red flag that late in the race. It’s something that we have to put behind us, though, because we have another race tomorrow and we have shown we have a car that can win.
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet started the race from ninth place and came home in twelfth place and speaking following the race he commented saying:
Despite the hot and humid conditions today I’m proud of everyone on the No. 22 Menards Chevy team. We were right there in the end to get a really good finish, but there was some very aggressive racing over the final laps that put us back a few positions. I was trying to be aggressive too but we just got pinned in and couldn’t make the necessary moves. We executed well today and that gives us confidence for tomorrow.