Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden in the No.2 PPG Chevrolet heads to Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar course with momentum firmly in his favour having scored four wins so far this season more than any other driver, the most recent of which came last weekend in Iowa which has given the Tennessee native a healthy 29 point lead over Alexander Rossi.
Newgarden however isn’t taking his position at the front of the standings for granted however and is just approaching the championship one race at a time.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race he said:
There is a lot of momentum on the side the No. 2 PPG Chevrolet team right now, but we need to focus on this weekend. I’m definitely a fan of road courses like Mid-Ohio, especially because of all of the fans that show up there. There’s always a really great crowd that gets us all really pumped up for the race. Mid-Ohio is a place we’ve had some success at including a win a couple of years ago, which was the last time we raced the PPG livery there. We’re hoping it brings us luck again.”
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet is looking to fight back from a fourth place finish in Iowa to close the gap to Newgarden in the championship battle. Speaking about the race this weekend the Frenchman said:
I’m super excited about Mid-Ohio. We’ve got five races left and we’re right in the mix of it. Chevy has done a tremendous job lately giving us a bit more horsepower, so I feel really in the game. We tested there awhile back, and the car was good. We’re going to do everything we can to catch Josef (Newgarden) and plan to make the Menards Chevy shine in Mid-Ohio. I can’t wait for the weekend to come.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet heads into this weekend’s event still searching for his first win of the season having struggled in the last few races. The Australian came home in 15th place at the weekend and looking ahead to Mid-Ohio the 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner said:
It’s no secret that we’ve had a tough season, but we’re not letting it bother us and are just letting it push us to be better. I’m a big fan of road courses so I feel like we have a good shot at doing really well this weekend. The Verizon Chevy team has worked hard on the car we’re bringing to Mid-Ohio and I feel like we will be able to finally have some luck on our side.