NTT IndyCar Series championship leader Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hitachi Chevrolet is hoping he can extend his championship lead this weekend as the series heads to Pocono Raceway for the ABC Supply 500 following their summer break.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend the Tennessee native said:
It was good to have a couple of weeks off, so I took some time to reset and refocus as we head into the final stretch of the season. Pocono is a difficult track, and it takes the right pit and fuel strategy to do well with any 500-mile race. We have a pretty good plan in place for the Hitachi Chevy, so we’re ready to put it into action. My crew has been really giving it their all every race and we’re all ready to keep fighting for more wins to keep gaining points and continue to make a run at the championship.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet is looking forward to this weekend’s race saying:
The Verizon Chevy team has been working hard to give me everything I need to run a good race, but we’ve just had some bad luck and mistakes we’ve been fighting against. However, it’s great to get back to an oval. Pocono is a track I feel really comfortable at. It’s really technical, so it’s a fun one for me to drive. Pit strategy is so important there so we’re ready for that. We’re going to do everything we can to go out there and just compete for wins.
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Penske Truck Leasing Chevrolet heads into this weekend’s festivities off the back of trip home to France for an Indianapolis 500 media tour.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend he said:
During the break, INDYCAR and BorgWarner organized an amazing media tour in France. I had the honor of taking the Borg-Warner Trophy home to France to share my experience winning the Indy 500. In Paris, the interest from the media was just tremendous. We started the week with a visit to the French office of our partner DXC Technology, and it was wonderful to meet so many great people there. From there, we went to Poitiers and then Montmorillon, my hometown, where the city organized an incredible celebration full of people starring the Borg-Warner Trophy. I must say I was really impressed to see the excitement and interest around INDYCAR in France, and it’s great to be in this era of the sport. Now, we’re off to race at Pocono. I’m very excited to be back competing. I love this time of the year because ‘it’s crunch time’ so it’s time to go for it with four races remaining.”