Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden heads to this weekend’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway aiming to continue his recent success that has propelled him to the top of the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings.
Newgarden will once again drive the Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevrolet sponsored No.2 Chevrolet which he won with at the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama earlier this season and it something that he will be hoping he can repeat this weekend.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, Newgarden who has scored three victories this season commented by saying:
I’m excited to head to Pocono. We’re leading the points and we’re in a really good spot as a team. We’re really coming together and my team continues to give me a strong No. 2 Fitzgerald Chevrolet. Pocono is a really unique track due to its corners and banking. They aren’t kidding when they call it the ‘Tricky Triangle,’ but we worked a lot on the car during the off weeks and are ready to put on a great show for the fans at Pocono.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet goes into this weekend’s race in Pocono just seven points behind series leader and team mate Josef Newgarden and speaking ahead of the race, the Brazilian commented by saying:
I really enjoyed having some off time to spend with my family and am ready to get back to work at Pocono. The No. 3 Hitachi Chevy team worked hard at the shop even though we weren’t racing for a couple weekends. They keep giving me amazing, strong cars and we’ve been doing well. We hoped for a better finish at Mid-Ohio, but it was still a good result. Pocono is really different than other tracks due to its shape. The crowd there is always really pumped and fun to race for. Unfortunately, last season we were caught up in a wreck there that ruined our day. We put that behind us and are ready to continue our hunt for the championship with another strong performance.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet is the defending Pocono race winner and is looking forward to the event this weekend saying:
I definitely had a great time off with (son) Beau and my wife, but am ready to get back on track. The No. 12 Verizon Chevy team put together a really awesome car at Mid-Ohio which produced a strong result. Now we’re going back to Pocono where we won last year. Another win there would be huge for us in the point standings, so we’re really going to give it our all. The team worked on the car a lot and we all feel it’s going to be another strong car.
Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud will once again carry sponsorship from DXC Technology No.1 Chevrolet for this weekend’s race and is looking forward to race, saying:
I had a great couple of weeks off where I relaxed, trained hard, focused on maximizing this end of the championship. I also did a few home improvement projects which is something I enjoy doing. I will stick to my day job, however, and I’m ready to get back on track. Pocono is a tricky racetrack with three very different corners and banking. I’m excited to get back there and continue to build a strong contention for the title. We’ve been doing well this season and we are in a tight battle for the championship which is about to get very exciting. We might have not been traveling, but the No. 1 DXC Technology Chevrolet team has been hard at work to iron out every single detail that may count toward these last four races. With always a great crowd of fans at Pocono, it’s going to be a really fun race weekend.”