Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet secured his first race victory in over a year leading a 1-2 finish ahead of team mate and series points leader Simon Pagenaud at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix race 2 on Sunday. Speaking following his victory Power commented by saying:
The guys did a great job in the pits, got me out in front of the 28, then obviously on the restart, I thought, ‘I’ve really got to capitalize here, otherwise, we’re not going to win.’ It wasn’t a big risk because it was on the outside. Had I tried to go on the inside, it would have been a much bigger risk. I wasn’t willing to take that with Simon because he’s the championship leader. So, if I was going to do it, I had to do it on the outside and cleanly. There was a space and I went for it. But I’ve got to thank Verizon, thank the fans. I mean Verizon, man, it’s been a long time since the No. 12 Verizon Chevy has been in victory lane so I’m very happy for the whole Verizon crew. It just gives the whole crew some confidence. I think we’ve all kind of been stumbling a little bit, the whole group of us. It’s been a tough start to the year. I missed the first race and just had a few mishaps, you know, and now we’re there.
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Hewlett Packard Chevrolet took his second P1 Award in row at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit on Sunday morning and led the race for a total of 40 of the 70 laps and speaking after extending his championship lead to 50 points as the Verizon IndyCar Series heads to Texas this weekend, Pagenaud commented by saying:
I tell you (Will Power) made a great pass and he was very aggressive on the restart. I didn’t feel comfortable on cold tires – a really good car on long runs but I struggled on cold tires. He saw it and took his chance and that’s how you win races. At that point you’ve got to be smart and think about the big picture. Congratulations to him. There was no point in colliding and trying too hard. I tried at the end – we had some push-to-pass left. The HP car was really competitive all day but I’ll take second I think it’s a really good points day for us. Very happy for Roger (Penske) with a 1-2 finish – they put so much effort into making this event possible, so thanks to the Penske organization and I’m really happy for the whole team.
Juan Pablo Montoya had an extremely tough race 2 as he started the race from 20th place but unfortunately for the Colombian he retired from the race after getting loose and hitting the wall meaning that he was unable to repeat his podium finish from Saturday’s race 1 and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
The car was pretty good. We moved up decent early in the race. We were even fast on the reds there. I had some contact with Dixon and it knocked the front wing off so we lost a lot of time coming in to fix that. I just was pushing trying to make up time.
It was an extremely disappointing race for Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet as although he started the race from third place and lead ten laps finished the race in 14th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
The Hitachi car was awesome once again. We made a move in the middle of the race to pass Simon. Everything was going really smooth. We had a nice lead. Unfortunately, we got caught by a yellow. We were coming in on that lap and the yellow came out and sent us to 13th place. Nothing you can do. Congrats to Will (Power) and Simon (Pagenaud) for finishing one-two here in Roger’s backyard. The good news is that we have Texas next week and we will get that one.