Josef Newgarden is excited to be heading to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach this weekend as part of the Team Penske set up. Newgarden, driving the No.2 Verizon Chevrolet ended his first race with the team, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg in eighth place and speaking ahead of the race this weekend, he stated:
Long Beach is a really exciting track for me to head to now being part of Team Penske. It’s an event that everyone wants to win. The Indy 500 is the crown jewel of the schedule, but Long Beach is right up there, too. I love the crowd at Long Beach because it’s always exciting and a fun atmosphere. I know I speak for the whole team when I say I can’t wait to get the hum by Verizon Chevy on track at Long Beach. I feel the team is really coming together and we’re looking to build on the momentum we built at St. Pete.
Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud heads to Long Beach hoping to build on his second place finish at St Petersburg and speaking ahead of the race this weekend the Frenchman commented by saying:
Long Beach is a special event for me. I really like the whole California vibe. There’s just a different feeling in the air there. The St. Pete race allowed us to make a lot of points right away in our championship quest and it is what the Menards Chevrolet team does so well. We’ve done some testing during the break which has gone well. The whole team is very hungry. Long Beach has been kind to me and especially last year when we got my first Team Penske win. We’re ready for the street fight.
Helio Castroneves is excited to be heading to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and speaking ahead of the race, the Brazilian commented by saying:
Long Beach is one of the most exciting tracks on the circuit to me. It’s a fun environment and we’ve done well there. We really battled in St. Petersburg and wound up with a sixth-place finish, which was great, but I’m ready to perform better than ever at Long Beach. We were fast there last year, but we need to close the deal this time. I know the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet team will give me a great car and we’ll be ready to go.
Will Power is also looking forward to the race this weekend saying:
I really enjoy racing at Long Beach. It’s a great crowd and we have performed really well there in the past. It’s been a bit since we’ve won there, but I feel good about our chances. We didn’t get the result we wanted at St. Pete, but the Verizon Chevy was strong. We just want to put together a complete weekend to make up some of the ground we lost. Qualifying will be important as it always is. The competition in the (Verizon IndyCar Series) is very, very close which makes it difficult. As I said, the Long Beach event always has a great crowd and that definitely raises everyone’s game. It should be a great event.