Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet came through the field from 26th on the grid in Sunday’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge to finish on the podium in third place and in doing so has elevated himself to fourth in the championship between Pato O’Ward of Arrow McLaren SP and Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in second and leader Alex Palou and speaking following the race he said:
““The Menards Chevy team did an amazing job in the pits. The car was phenomenal all day. Man, we started up front. We were right there at the end. I just want to congratulate him (Helio Castroneves, race winner). What he’s doing is awesome. And he is old. That gives me another 10 years. I think we had the race car to get it done today. Certainly Chevy, amazing job with the engine power, and handling was phenomenal. I was pedal to the metal.”
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet started the race from 32nd on the grid and survived a semi spin on pit-road to finish the race in 30th place and speaking following the race he commented saying:
I feel like we could have finished in the top five, we were just getting ourselves in that position on the last stop and then the brakes went to the floor unfortunately. I obviously spun trying to stop it and then the next time it just went straight to the floor. So, I mean, we had a good car, just unfortunately we’ll have to have a good look and see what was wrong with those brakes and see what happens. I have to say that all of the guys on the Verizon 5G Chevy team put in so much work this month, and it’s something I appreciate immensely. We’ll get back on track.
Scott McLaughlin in the No.3 Pennzoil Chevrolet started his maiden Indy 500 from 17th and came home 20th and in doing took the fastest rookie honors at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing and speaking following the race he said:
One mistake, it just eats you. You can’t make mistakes here; it needs to be a perfect day. That’s why experience is so important in this sport. It’s a place that really bits you, especially when you don’t see it coming. I didn’t quite pump my brake pedal up and had a stone-cold set of rotors coming into pit lane. I’m thankful that no one was hurt, as I came in there pretty hot. I’m happy to get rookie of the year, that was the main goal, but I would have liked to have finished higher up with the Pennzoil Chevy. I feel as though I could have been a factor, so it’s a bit of a bittersweet. But for my first Indy 500, to see Helio get his fourth, is tremendous. It was amazing to hear the crowd as I was getting out of the car! After 2020 it was a great 2021.
Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Shell Rewards Chevrolet started the race from 21st and finished the race in 12th and speaking following the race the Tennessee native said:
The No. 2 Shell Fuel Rewards Chevrolet was okay today. We just never found a way to balance the handling. It was a constant tinker between aerodynamic and mechanical changes to try and find the right amount of grip. Team Chevy brought good power but fighting either understeer or oversteer makes it hard to properly use it. Congrats to Helio on making history. He was a great teammate and I know he’s been trying for this for a long time.