Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion and current points leader Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden is looking forward to this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, round three of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

The Tennessee native goes into the race this weekend with a five point advantage over Alexander Rossi following his victory in Phoenix. Speaking ahead of the race he said:

What a win for Team Penske at Phoenix. We feel that coming off that win, we’re going to be strong heading into Long Beach. The crew has worked hard on our street course program since St. Petersburg and we’re ready for the challenge. I know that it’s a race my team and I really want to win and we’re ready to put the No. 1 Verizon Chevy in the best spot to make that possible. Street courses are always fun but Long Beach is really special with the history of that place. It’s also awesome that Team Penske’s IMSA program will also be racing this weekend which gives fans even more to be excited about and we’ll all be cheering them on.

Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 DXC Technology Chevrolet goes into this weekend’s race in Long Beach following a tenth place finish in Phoenix last time out and speaking ahead of this weekend’s race the Frenchman commented by saying:

I’m really excited to go back to Long Beach. It’s one of the events I look most forward to on the schedule because of the track and the area. It’s even more fun that my Team Penske IMSA teammates will also be sharing the race weekend with us. We had a lot of performance in Phoenix this past weekend, but unfortunately, I made a costly mistake in the pits early in the race. This weekend, we’re putting that behind us and look ahead to putting a great performance together in the No. 22 DXC Technology Chevrolet. My team has been working hard as we go into the second race of this three week, back-to-back stretch.

Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet is hoping to bounce back from following his retirement in Phoenix. The Australian commented by saying:

Last weekend at Phoenix was really unfortunate but we’re ready to head to Long Beach with a fresh start. Long Beach is a really fun street course that I really enjoy. The area is also full of great race fans which makes it even better. The No. 12 Verizon Chevy team has been working hard since St. Petersburg to work on our setup for street courses and I know we’re going to be bringing a really strong car. It’s also exciting that Team Penske’s IMSA program will be racing with us this weekend, so I’m looking forward to seeing how the team performs on that side too

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