Two-time NTT IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hitachi Chevrolet says that it is hard not to be disappointed after leading the majority of Sunday’s Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle but finished second behind Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward. The Tennessee native led the most laps however, unfortunately, he was unable to retake the lead the of the race after Pato O’Ward got past the Team Penske driver.
The result means that Penske remain winless so far in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season and speaking following the race he said:
It’s hard not to be disappointed. I think we had the car to beat. It’s just cautions when we didn’t need them and the wrong tires when we didn’t need them. It was a fun strategy. I think we were doing well. It’s just the caution that killed us. My rears were shot. And we didn’t really need that. So, it is what it is. We tried. We went for what we went for. I don’t want to second guess too much. It just didn’t fall our way there at the end, so that’s pretty sad. Obviously, Team Chevy won still. So, I’m very happy for all our partners. Team Chevy does a lot for us, so to get a one-two is a big thing here in Detroit. I’m super happy about that.”
Scott McLaughlin in the No.3 PPG Chevrolet started the race from 21st place and came home in 20th place and speaking following the action he commented saying:
It was another difficult day out there on Belle Isle. After starting 21st we got up to mid-pack, around 12th or 13th, on strategy and unfortunately had a cut tire midway through the last stint after some contact. It wasn’t my best race, but it wasn’t my worst. This is one of the toughest weekends of my career, but something I can build on. A character-building weekend, for sure. We have some good road courses coming up that I know the PPG Chevy will be strong on, so I have my focus on those.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet recovered from a disappointing race on Saturday, as he came from 20th on the grid to finish the race in sixth place and speaking following the action he commented saying:
“It was a very good day considering where we started. The guys had a really good strategy and really good pit stops. I was happy to get some yellows at the end because we had new reds and I was comfortable that they would last. I was right there behind O’Ward and he went on to win it, so it shows what you can do if you are good at restarts.”
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet started the race from tenth and came home in eighth place and speaking following the action he commented saying:
It was a decent Championship Day today for Race Two of Detroit. It was treacherous out there, but we had a competitive Menards Chevrolet and that makes me excited for the rest of the season. We found a lot of stuff this weekend that makes me feel comfortable and we can squeeze some good speed out of the car. We saw a lot of strategy today, but overall, it was great race.