Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud heads to the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park aiming to return his No.1 Menards Chevrolet back to victory lane.
The Frenchman who is the defending Barber winner finished the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in fifth place having started the race from 21st place and last.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s race, Pagenaud commented by saying:
Barber is very unique in many ways. The layout is beautiful with lots of elevation changes, it’s a very challenging track both physically and technically. The site is an actual racing park with the most incredible vintage museum of motorbike and racing cars. We tested there in March and we found answers to a lot of our technical questions. After the first two races, let’s say that the Menards Chevrolet team went through a lot and still managed to bring a lot of points to classify third in the championship. We will continue to keep our heads down and work toward our return to Victory Lane.
Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Verizon Chevrolet heads to Barber Motorsports Park, the scene of his first Verizon IndyCar Series win, having secured his first podium for Team Penske having finished the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in third place.
Speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
I’m pumped to head back to Barber. It’s where I got my first win in the Verizon IndyCar Series (in 2015) and I’ve done well there. It’s one of the most beautiful and scenic tracks on the circuit, with a vibe all its own. It’s a wide but tricky track with a fun crowd, always ready for great racing. We’re ready to take the Fitzgerald Glider Kits Chevy there and build on our performance at Long Beach with the goal of another top five in mind. Momentum and consistency is key in this sport and we want to really just follow that with our program.
Helio Castroneves heads to Barber Motorsports Park having taken pole position for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach but finished the race in ninth place and speaking ahead of the race in Alabama he stated:
Barber is so much fun. It’s a really unique place due to its elevation changes. We had a decent finish in Long Beach after some mechanical things with the car cost us a little, but we are hungry to turn that top 10 into a top-five finish at the next race. We finished seventh at Barber last year and, with the momentum the AAA Chevrolet team is slowly building this season, I know we feel great about heading into Barber with another chance to win.
Will Power was involved in an incident with Charlie Kimball of Chip Ganassi Racing in Long Beach and finished the race in 13th place but is excited to be heading to Barber Motorsports Park.
Speaking ahead of the race weekend, Power commented by saying:
After having a rough go of it at Long Beach, I know the whole Verizon Chevy team is just itching to race at Barber. We’ve won there a couple times and have always finished within the top 10. Qualifying, as usual, is key here and we’ve got a plan in place to help with that. We’ve had good speed in the car in tests and races and now we need to turn that into results. We’re putting Long Beach in the rear-view mirror and head to Barber with a lot of excitement.