Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet was delighted with his first win of the season after the Australian took victory in the Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course on Saturday. Speaking following the race he said:
I can’t begin to tell you what it means to win these days. When you are in your 40s and still kicking butt, it’s awesome. You can’t doubt yourself; you just have to keep digging. I wasn’t feeling safe until there was literally one to go. The misfortunes we’ve had at times have been a struggle it’s a tough series. There are many, many components that have to be right. Everyone has to do their job perfectly and that’s what we did today. Winning is important for Verizon and for Roger Penske, especially here. Very, very happy.
Josef Newgarden in the No.2 XPEL Chevrolet started the race from 20th place and came home in eighth and speaking following the action he commented saying:
Finishing eighth today was not what we were dreaming of, but a pretty good result after having to start 20th. There was some chaos to avoid in the beginning after thinking I was going to get sideswiped by several cars on the start. I felt like I had to save the car for later in the race and that put us back a little bit. After that we just started marching forward and finally got into the top 10 and finished eighth. Again, a pretty good day for us. It was a fun race with XPEL and Team Chevy, and we moved forward in points a bit so that is great.
Scott McLaughlin in the No.3 CarShop Chevrolet started the race from 21st place and came home in 23rd place and speaking following the action he commented saying:
The Carshop Chevrolet was reasonably quick today, we just lacked a little bit of track position today. That is on us though. We have to qualify better to find ourselves a bit more in the mix. We made a mistake towards the end of the race when we were in slightly better position than where we finished. We are headed back to an oval next week and I am looking forward to taking another crack at that to see what we have. A disappointing day, but also a good learning day.
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet started the race from 12th and finished the race in 16th place and speaking following the race he commented saying:
It was a good day today that turned bad on the last stint. Unfortunately, our tire strategy of being on black, primary tires on the last stint was a problem on the restarts late in the race. Obviously, you want to be on the red, alternate tires for restarts and the last stint was when we saw the safety car. It’s kind of the same bad luck we’ve been having lately but hopefully it will turn around in St. Louis. It’s an oval that I really love, but really disappointed today. I thought we had a something for the top seven and 16th is not where we wanted to end up. The Menards Chevy team gave it all they had today and I’m proud of that