Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet finished Sunday’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach where he started the 85 lap in second place ending the event behind race winner Alexander Rossi who Power believes will be the one to beat during the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season after the Californian’s dominate weekend.
Power who finished the race 1.2413s behind Rossi commented following the race by saying:
Man, that was just absolutely driving as hard as I could go. On the restarts, I couldn’t get close. I think the Verizon Team Penske car had better top end, but their drive out of the hairpins was really good. I thought I might have a chance, but the thing is with this push-to-pass system is you can use two or three seconds and really look after it out of each corner and you get almost the same benefit. I think they should go back to 10 hits only and then you would see some passing.
Defending series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Verizon Chevrolet started the race from 6th place and finished the race in seventh and speaking following the event the Tennessee native commented by saying:
Well, I think we had a good day working. Certainly at least a podium, but we kept getting bit by yellows a couple times today and had to fight our way back from them. It didn’t work in our favor. It is disappointing I think when you look at the speed of our car. I think we had a capable performance of challenging for a podium, but it didn’t work out. Thanks to Verizon and Team Chevy for making some of this happen and all of our other partners. We will just go to Barber and try and have a smooth weekend and try to get back to the top step of the podium.
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 DXC Technology Chevrolet had a disappointing day as the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion was forced to retire from the race following contact with Graham Rahal. The team brought the car behind the wall but were unable to repair the No.22 and as a result the Frenchman was forced to call it a day.
Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
Terrible day. We didn’t even make one corner. We had a really good start, blocked the run, I went to the outside and we had a good braking point. We were going to be three-wide and I was three-wide on the outside. It’s not like I went on the brake early, and (Graham) Rahal forgot to brake. It was a shame, we had such a competitive car and a fast car all weekend. I feel bad for the DXC Technology people here. The biggest shame is that we can repair the car and go back to earn valuable points for my championship, but the decision from INDYCAR on the stand is very costly for me today.