Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden is looking forward to getting back to racing following few weeks off for the series. The Team Penske driver commented ahead of this weekend’s race saying:

Having a few weeks off before we really get going back into the championship hunt was great. I was able to visit the Hole in the Wall Camp with SeriousFun (Children’s Network) and had a lot of fun with some really great kids. I also spent time with family and friends as well, which was refreshing. But now, it’s time to shift gears back to focus on defending the championship for the No. 1 Hitachi Chevrolet. Pocono is a difficult track and, with a lot of really strong competition, it’s not an easy place to win. Team Penske tends to perform strong there and I know we have all the right people in place to give us the best car possible to make a run for the win. Every lap really counts between now and the end of the season. We need to be consistent and not make mistakes.

Defending Pocono race winner Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet is looking forward to getting back in the cock-pit after enjoying some down time with his family.

I’m definitely ready to race this weekend at Pocono. It was awesome to spend time with my family this past weekend, but I’m ready to get back on track. We learned a few things at the Indianapolis tire test (on Aug. 6) and I’m really excited to apply those to the race at Pocono in the No. 12 Verizon Chevy. The last two times we’ve raced there, we’ve had a really strong performance, but with three very different turns, it’s always a challenge to race there. Everyone is hungry for wins at this point in the season. Being in the championship hunt, we need a really strong run there to keep running toward the championship and we’re ready to do just that.

Simon Pagenaud went home to France during the summer break to see his family and is looking forward to getting back on track this weekend.

We had a bit of a summer break, so I went to France and saw my family, which was great. I trained by riding my bike with my physical trainer on some beautiful roads around my hometown. I feel very energized going into the race weekend at Pocono. I am very proud and excited to be carrying some new colors for this race. Look for the white and gold No. 22 Shell/Chevrolet-Marketplace car this weekend. The team has been hard at work and preparing a strong car for this weekend. They aren’t kidding when they call it the ‘Tricky Triangle,’ since all three corners have a very different radius and banking. The last four races are going to be intense.

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