Team Penske head to Belle Isle for the Chevrolet Dual In Detroit aiming to get back on track following a somewhat tough Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet was the highest placed driver in Team Penske stable ending the race in 10th place after starting from 6th place and speaking ahead of this weekend’s on track activity he commented by saying:
The Detroit event is unique with the two races, so the schedule is a little different than what we normally have. It kind of mixes things up a little bit which is good, I think. My Verizon Chevy team won a pole last year and we won a race back in 2014. Mostly, we’ve had good results there, so I’m looking forward to getting back to work after Indianapolis. We’ve continued our roller-coaster ride this season and it would be great to get everything moving in the right direction.
Juan Pablo Montoya in the No.2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet who won the Indianapolis 500 last season goes into the race weekend in Detroit have retired from the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and is currently in 10th place in the championship and speaking ahead of the races in Detroit he commented by saying:
It’s good to get right back at it after Indianapolis. We certainly didn’t have the best of luck during the month of May. That’s why I think it’s good to get after it again. It’s time to move on from Indy. We had good starts last year in the Verizon Chevy in the Belle Isle races. The finishes weren’t where we’d like. We were able to lead some laps in the Sunday race, so maybe we can build off that. We just need to get some positive momentum going. It’s really been an up-and-down season, which gets frustrating.
Helio Castroneves heads into this weekends race action after finishing the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in 11th place and is currently in third place in the drivers standings on 224 points, 11 behind Scott Dixon. Commenting about this weekend’s action he commented by saying:
I’m very much looking forward to putting Indianapolis behind us. It was just such a frustrating ending there. We were in great shape one minute and not the next. Really excited to get back in the Hitachi Chevrolet, though. We haven’t been in those colors in a while, so that will be good. Hitachi is such a great partner and we’re looking to bring them some good results. The Belle Isle event is tremendous and one that I always look forward to. Other than the Sunday race last year, it’s a track that we’ve been able to do well at. We’re just excited to get up there and on the track.
Series points leader Simon Pagenaud heads to the races at Belle Isle following a tough race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway where he finished the race in 19th place having started the race from 8th place on the grid.
Speaking ahead of the race activity this weekend, Pagenaud commented by saying:
Even though the finish of the Indianapolis 500 is not what we hoped for or indicative of the car we had, we’re ready to get back on the track. I don’t feel we lost any momentum. As a team, the whole Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chevrolet crew is in a great place. We came out of Indy with the points (lead) in good shape, so the big-picture view is good. I like the Belle Isle track and really looking forward to competing there again.