Team Penske’s Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Josef Newgarden heads into this weekend’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at Gateway Motorsports Park having finished the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway last time out on the podium in second place.

The result meant that the Tennessee native has extended his lead in the championship to 18 points over Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, Newgarden commented by saying:

Gateway is going to be really exciting since I haven’t ran a race there. It’s been a long time since INDYCAR has been there, which presents a new challenge especially with a brand-new track surface. The No. 2 PPG Chevy crew and I have hit a stride as we continue to run well, including a podium finish at Pocono. We continue to try new things and really gel. We’re really happy with how this season has been going and know we have to continue to work hard because, with only a few races left, anything can happen. So we want to do whatever we can to have great points days so we can maintain our lead. I can’t wait to see a new crowd of fans and know that the whole series will put on a great show for those fans.

Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Shell Fuel Reward Chevrolet heads into this weekend’s race as one of only three drivers in the current field along with Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon who raced here in IndyCar in 2003, the last time the series was here.

Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Castroneves who is in third place in the championship commented by saying:

I’m really excited to go back to Gateway. Last time I was there, it was a really fun crowd and I can’t wait to see them all again. I’m one of the few in the Verizon IndyCar Series who have actually raced there since it’s been awhile since the series has been there. I feel that we have an advantage since we won there when we used to race there. However, with a new track surface, it’s anyone’s game. The No. 3 Shell Fuel Rewards Chevy team and I know we have a lot of work to do to gain back some points, but we’re ready to perform well and make it happen.

Reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 Menards Chevrolet heads into this weekend’s race following a fourth place finish last time out at the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s event the Frenchman commented by saying:

It’s three fun weeks. We’re racing every week now. It’s crunch time for the championship. This is what racing is all about when you have to bring your ‘A’ game in tough situations. Gateway is a new track for me. It’s a fast, short oval. I think for our package, it’s going to be quite good. They just resurfaced the track and it’s beautiful. Everyone did a fantastic job. We’ll have the No. 1 Menards Chevrolet this weekend. It’s great to have them on board in their Midwest footprint and always great to go to victory lane with them and that’s what we hope to do.

Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet is aiming for a second win a row this weekend following victory at the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono last time which sees him moving to 42 points of series points leader Josef Newgarden.

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s event at Gateway Motorsports Park, Power commented by saying:

What a win that was at Pocono. We definitely did not see that coming, but it was awesome. Now we’re headed to Gateway and we’re really excited. There’s only a few races left, so points are critical and myself and the No. 12 Verizon Chevy crew are working hard to try and do well to move up in points. It’s a tight battle with the top five right now, and that’s really great. It makes it more fun but challenging every weekend knowing what’s at stake. We haven’t raced at Gateway before, and it’s a new track surface, so we will really have to be on our game. The team continues to give me strong cars, so I feel we can definitely bring home another great finish this weekend.

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