Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden heads to the Honda Indy Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park off the back of a decent finish at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach where the Tennessee native finished the race in sixth place.
Newgarden who will be in the No.1 Hitachi Chevrolet for Team Penske this weekend is the defending Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama race winner and commented by saying:
We had a decent finish at Long Beach but we’re definitely hungry for more. Barber is one of my favorite tracks we visit – not just because we’ve won there – but because it’s a cool track and it’s only a few hours away from where I grew up (in Nashville, Tennessee). That just makes it even more special when I’ve won there. Barber is going to be interesting since it’s the first time we’re racing the new car on a road course. I think it could lead to some really exciting racing for the great fans at Barber and the fans at home. The whole No. 1 Hitachi Chevrolet team and I are ready to take the strong car we have ready for this weekend to the track and run a great race.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet can’t wait to get back on track this weekend and build on momentum and the morale boosting second place last time out in Long Beach. Speaking ahead of the race in Barber, the Australian said:
Long Beach was really great for the whole No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet team after we finished second. It was our best finish so far this season, so it’s done a lot for team morale going into this weekend at Barber. Road courses are always a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to racing one with the new car. My team has been really working hard over the past several weeks with back-to-back races and they have a really strong car ready to go. Barber is such a cool course and the fans there are always really excited to be there. It’s just a really fun event for everyone and I can’t wait to get on track.”
In contrast to his team mate’s, 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud is hoping for a more straightforward race this weekend having retired from the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Pagenaud who is back in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet commented by saying:
We had a really disappointing finish last week at Long Beach, but we’re going to use that disappointment to turn it into energy to fuel us to have a strong finish at Barber. We’ve had a busy few weeks and the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet team has worked hard to keep giving me great cars. It’s our first road course this season and it’s the first we’ll run with the new car. We learned a lot in the first three races, so we are ready. We won at Barber in 2016. It’s a beautiful track that always brings a lot of really great INDYCAR fans, so I know we’re all really looking forward to it