Team Penske head to the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway this weekend with Simon Pagenaud leading the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings by 58 points from team mate Will Power while Helio Castroneves is in third place.
Last time out at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Simon Pagenaud took his fourth victory of the season and speaking ahead of this weekend’s race the Frenchman commented by saying:
Pocono has such a great history with Indy car racing. The list of winners at the track is amazing. The track was designed with these cars in mind. The racing produces a lot of passing and lead changes. It’s very similar to Indianapolis in many ways. I’m very excited to have Menards back onboard the No. 22 Chevy. I like the gains we’ve made in our oval-racing program. Pocono suits our team very well and it will be a very competitive race.
Will Power who drives the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet is happy to be in the championship with four races to go having missed the opening race of the season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
Power has six podiums so far this season with his first podium of the season coming in his first race of the year, the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix where the Australian finished the race in third place. Power has third victories so far this season including back to back wins at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Race 2 and the Kohler Grand Prix at the Road America circuit.
Speaking about the race race in Pocono, Power commented by saying:
The Verizon Chevrolet team is ready for Pocono. We have a lot of momentum right now and it’s a track that we’ve had some good performances. It’s a track made for these cars. There is a lot of passing and jockeying for position. We’re in the championship hunt and that’s all I could ask at this point after missing the first race. The whole team has worked so hard to get ourselves back in it. We just need to finish strong.
Juan Pablo Montoya finished the Honda Indy 200 at Mid Ohio in 11th place and goes into the race in Pocono in 12th place in the series standings. The Colombian who this weekend will drive the No.3 Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet has a great record in Pocono having won here in 2014 and finished on the podium in 2015, he will be hoping for a similar result this weekend.
Speaking ahead of the race, Montoya commented by saying:
Pocono has been good to us the last couple of years. We won in 2014 and were on the podium last year. I hope it brings some good luck. The Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet team definitely needs some of that right now. This season has been as frustrating as I can remember. We’ve had good car pretty much everywhere, but not getting the results for one reason or another. Pocono is great track for INDYCAR with a lot of opportunities to make things happen. It would be nice to finish the season strong.
Helio Castroneves goes into this weekend’s race in third place in the Verizon IndyCar Series points standings having finished the Honda Indy 200 at Mid Ohio last time out in 15th place and speaking ahead of the race on Sunday the Brazilian commented by saying:
The Hitachi Chevy team really needs a good result at Pocono. Other than last year, we’ve had good finishes there. The car has always been strong and I don’t expect anything different this year. It’s important that we keep pace with the guys in front of us and pick up some ground if we can. The season is in the homestretch. I really enjoy the racing at Pocono and happy to hear that we’ll be going back next season. It’s a very competitive track that produces great racing.