Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hitachi Chevrolet heads to the Honda Indy Toronto this weekend aiming to extend his narrow lead in the NTT IndyCar Series championship standings. over Alexander Rossi. The Tennessee native who finished the REV Group Grand Prix of Road America in third place commented ahead of the event in Toronto saying:
I have always been a fan of Toronto. We’ve had some success there and it’s just a really fun course to drive. Not only that, it’s a great city and my crew guys and I always have a really good time up there. The fans are always so excited and gracious when we’re in town which makes it even better. It was nice to have a bit of a break to relax and work on a strategy for the remainder of the season that we all feel really good about. We have been reviewing a lot of our data from last year’s race at Toronto and some things we’ve learned at road and street courses this year we’d like to try out. We have a solid plan going into the race weekend, and I know my team is putting together a really strong Hitachi Chevy that I can’t wait to drive.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet goes into the race this weekend off the back of a second place finish last time out in Road America and speaking ahead of the race this weekend he said:
“It was awesome having a couple of weekends off. I spent a lot of time with my family and had some time to relax, which was really great. But now I’m excited to get back into my Verizon Chevy. Toronto’s track is really a technical one that makes it a fun challenge. Toronto is a race that really relies on a solid strategy and we think we have a few things to try out that will help out a lot. Things did not go our way last year there, so we are ready to go back and have a much better race. This season has been difficult for our team, but we are working really hard to improve and make a good run for the championship.”
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 DXC Technology Chevrolet finished the race at Road America in ninth place and speaking ahead of the race this weekend the Frenchman said:
We are ready for Toronto. I love this great city with a fantastic atmosphere. We are fresh off a test session in Mid-Ohio which really allowed us to take the time and understand how to attack the second part of the season. I’m personally refreshed and excited to get back to racing after two weeks off. I had the chance to go back to France for two days for a really great car show event mixing vintage cars, elegance and art – all in a castle organized by the luxury brand Richard Mille. It was phenomenal to see the impact of the Indianapolis 500 around the world. I also had the chance to meet with Will Behrends, the artist who has sculpted the faces of the last 30 Indianapolis 500 winners. Let me tell you that it was a very special experience and I can’t wait to see the final product on the Borg-Warner (Trophy). I’m really hungry for more racing. We’re sitting third in the championship and are in a really good position going forward. My crew and I are excited and focused on executing in the next three weeks to come.”