Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya who heads to Watkins Glen this weekend for the IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen is hoping that everything comes together for him following what has been a tough season for the Colombian.
Montoya who will drive the No.2 PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet for the first time this season, heads to the Glen following a ninth place finish last time out in Texas.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, Montoya commented by saying:
Maybe this will be the weekend everything will change. It has to at some point. It will be the first time for us to have the PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet at the track this year and those colors have been pretty good. The new track surface at Watkins Glen is incredible. It was a ton of fun to drive at the test. It should be a great weekend.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet goes into this weekend’s race in fourth place in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings following a fifth place in Texas.
Speaking ahead of the race Castroneves commented by saying:
We’re still in the (championship) mix, but the Hitachi Chevrolet team needs a solid performance at Watkins Glen. I’ve got some experience there, but it’s a different place now. Our cars really like the new pavement. It was amazing when we tested there a couple of weeks ago. We dodged a few bullets in Texas, so maybe our luck is changing a little. I’m looking forward to a very exciting weekend.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet heads into the race having closed the gap in the series standings to 28 points behind leader Simon Pagenaud. Power has won four races this year including the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.
Power finished the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend in eighth place. Looking ahead to the race at Watkins Glen, Power stated:
I liked Watkins Glen a lot when we went there a few years back. Now, it’s just amazing with the new surface. The speeds are incredible with the grip that we have with these cars. We’ll try and keep the Verizon Chevy in good positions throughout the weekend. We’re down to two races left. Everything we do will be critical. We’ll stay focused and see at the end what’s left to do. I don’t think the fans will leave disappointed after this one.
Series points leader Simon Pagenaud heads to the IndyCar Grand Prix at the Glen following a fourth place finish in Texas and speaking ahead of the race he stated:
I think the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen is going to be a very historical race and classic venue. The track is great; the competition is close. All of the ingredients are there and the fans will have a great time as it is a beautiful area. There are just two races left and the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chevy team is out in front. We’ll continue to focus and execute with our head down until we cross the finish line. I really can’t wait for this weekend.