Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hitachi Chevrolet endured a really tough weekend at home in Nashville for the inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix. The Tennessee-native started the race from 12th place after being handed a penalty and came home in tenth place and speaking following the race he said:
It was a really tough weekend, you know, it’s been a tough week. It was a great event and I’m really proud of the city of Nashville and INDYCAR. I think just putting this together they did a great job. But specifically on the No. 2 Hitachi Chevy, just sort of a nightmare day. Up and down, you know just tried to fight and I think, ultimately I can’t be too sad. I don’t think we can be dissatisfied with 10th. As up and down as the day was and as much chaos happened, 10th is not the worst thing coming out of here, but very disappointed. I’m proud of my team. I think they did a great job. With Team Chevy and the support from Hitachi – all our partners are always top-notch and the people on the 2 car are a pretty special bunch. I’ll be happy to go into the next race and keep fighting and come back here next year and hopefully redeem ourselves.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet had a tricky day on the streets of Nashville as he was involved in separate incidents with two of his teammate’s, Simon Pagenaud and Scott McLaughlin receiving a drive-through penalty and speaking after coming home in 14th he commented saying:
Pretty crazy day. I feel bad for Scott definitely. I thought he saw me and I was on new tires and he had like 15 laps on his and it was totally on me. Just a bad move. Rough day to say the least. A 14th-place finish is not a very good day for the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevy, but I learned a lot.
Scott McLaughlin who came home in 22nd place commented saying:
A promising day unfortunately has turned into a bit of a negative. Our car was strong – our DEX Imaging Chevy looked good and was coming through the field fast. I was having a lot of fun passing a few cars and passing some people on pit strategy as well, but unfortunately got taken out twice. It’s disappointing but it is part of it. I’m probably more disappointed for DEX Imaging. This is their first time back on the car since St. Pete and we were having a really good run there. So, you know I learned a lot this weekend. It’s promising signs for me and my IndyCar career and I’ll continue to focus on just trying to be better and trying to put myself in better situations so we don’t get caught up in the mess. I learned a lot, I love Nashville and I can’t wait to come back here next year.
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet started the race from seventh place on the grid but suffered damage following contact with Will Power and as a result, he was classified in 21st place and speaking following the action he commented saying:
Well, we didn’t have the day we expected with the Menards Chevy. We had a fantastic racecar, really fast. I wish we could have been at the front all day, but we got collected in two big incidents and ended up not finishing the race, which was a shame. I really enjoyed the racetrack this weekend and I love the town. I’m going to come back and visit. I want to see some good restaurants and music. The design of the track was fun and I look forward to coming back next year.