Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden who this weekend is driving the No.2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet goes into the race in Iowa as the defending race winner having taken victory for Ed Carpenter Racing last season.
Newgarden is looking forward to the event this weekend and will hoping to carry his momentum from Road America last time out where he finished in second place forward to Iowa this weekend. Speaking ahead of round eleven of the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series, Newgarden commented by saying:
I’m really pumped for the race at Iowa. For starters, I won last year, which was huge for me and my career. Secondly, we’re racing again in the No. 2 Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevy in which I won earlier this season in at Barber. And on top of that, we’re coming off a solid finish at Road America. We’ve been working on our oval program since Texas and have a lot of things we want to try out that we think will give us a really strong car. The whole team is really excited to head to that race and see what we can do.
Helio Castroneves heads into this weekend’s race aiming to claim his first win of the 2017 season and speaking ahead of the event he commented by saying:
Road America was a really great race for us, and the whole team is ready to head to Iowa. The No. 3 Hitachi Chevrolet team and I learned a few things at the other oval events that we think can apply to this track that we thing will bring us a really strong car. It’s one of those tracks that I’d like to get a win at and the competition is always good. Iowa fans are always a fun crowd so I’m ready to go back and see them.
Reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 Menards Chevrolet is excited about racing on one of his favourite circuits and speaking ahead of the race the Frenchman commented by saying:
I’m excited about Iowa. It’s one of my favorite short ovals. I’ve had some good success there. We’ll be wearing the Menards colors again which is awesome to have to have onboard in the Midwest where they have such a great presence. It’s a track where we should have a little advantage with our Chevy package and expect to strong there. We got the Verizon P1 Pole there last year and finished fourth. So, we’re definitely excited to go back and maybe finish a little higher this time.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet is looking forward to the race in Iowa this weekend saying:
I think Iowa is going to be a really fun race this year. Last year, Josef (Newgarden) had us all covered, so I definitely want to turn that around. With him now being on the team, and seeing how he performed there, I think it could but fun to battle again. The No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet team’s oval program is in a great place. We had an awesome car at Texas and we’ll have another one at Iowa, as well. The crowd is always excited there and the track is fun, so I’m happy to be going back there this weekend.