Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin in the No.3 PPG Chevrolet started Saturday night’s Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway from 15th place on the grid and came through the field to score his maiden IndyCar Series podium finish coming home in second place in only his fourth race in the NTT IndyCar Series and speaking following the action he commented saying:
I’ve never been so happy to finish second in all my life. Thanks to PPG, Chevy and the team. I couldn’t quite get Scott at the end there. But I tell you what, it was bloody cool battling with my all-time favorite hero – Scotty Dixon. Two Kiwis 1 and 2 is fantastic. My mom and dad are watching at home I know for sure, and unfortunately my wife Carly said if I go good this weekend she was going to give me a slap across the face and I went good, so I’m sorry babe, that’s how it is! I’m just so proud. We’ve done the work and I’ve worked really hard behind the scenes to make the car feel good and we got good strategy from my team. They put me in the position and I’m really just happy to bring it home for them.
Josef Newgarden in the No.2 XPEL Chevrolet recovered from a mid-race penalty which sent him to the back of the back following a clash with Sebastien Bourdais to finish the race in sixth place having started the event from tenth place and speaking following the action he commented saying:
It was definitely a tough night in the first race here at Texas. It was a scrappy day. After starting 10th, we made our way back up to sixth at the end of the day following a minor altercation with a couple cars that checked up in front of me. Unfortunately, at Texas right now it is hard to move out of that bottom lane and it makes it really a one-groove racetrack. I just didn’t have enough time to react and ended up spinning Bourdais, which put us to the back after a penalty. We just had great execution to claw our way back to a near top-five finish. Pretty happy with that.”
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet was left disappointed after starting the race from second place on the grid and came home in 14th place and speaking following the action he said:
We just caught a bad break tonight with that caution coming out when it did. (Scott) Dixon got away from us on the start but I felt like we settled in a bit and had a decent Verizon Chevy. Once we lost that track position it was a struggle to make that back up. Tried some strategy that didn’t work out the way we wanted. We have another shot at it tomorrow and a good starting position, so hopefully a little luck falls our way.
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet was left disappointed with a tenth place finish and speaking following the action he commented saying:
A 10th-place finish tonight in Texas is certainly not the result we wanted but considering the day I think P10 is reasonable. We had a very fast Menards Chevy tonight, but unfortunately, we couldn’t use it. An excessive vibration on tires made our stints longer, and we had an issue with a brake that we need to investigate. We have a fast car, so we should expect to be back to the front tomorrow