Bommarito Automotive Group 500 race winner Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet said he was just happy to take his first victory with team owner Roger Penske calling his strategy.
The Australian who started the race from fourth place on the grid took the lead from Scott Dixon on lap 150 and never looked back.
It was Power’s third win of the season and he heads to Portland in third place in the championship and speaking following the race he said:
The car was not that good last night. We had to work, have a really good think about it and spend a little time speaking with my engineer. We came up with a really good setup, or what we thought would be a good setup, and it ended up being one. It was just a lot of fun out there. I was so happy to win my first race with Roger (Penske, as my race strategist). I was just wondering when that was going to come because I didn’t get to work with him in Indy and obviously won two races there. That was my first win with Roger (as my race strategist) and when he told me I could go wide open and not save fuel, that was a great call and a lot of fun to chop through the field. I’ve never passed so many cars in a shorter period of time. I have to thank INDYCAR for a great package, as well. As you could see, last year it was very difficult to pass and they came up with a package this year where you could definitely pass and run close.”
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet who started the race from sixth came home in fourth and speaking following the event he said:
I think we had a winning car. When Will (Power) passed me, I was saving fuel and I tried to hold the high lane. It didn’t work. So, we lost about, I don’t know, six or seven positions. But we came back because the car was so good. What a shame. But, in the meantime, I had a blast. There was some awesome racing out there, especially at the end. With the strategies, I think it just threw a curve for everybody and made the racing really good at the end. So, I think we had a winning car. But, that’s good. That’s really good. My guys did a phenomenal job in pit lane.”
Last year’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 winner Josef Newgarden finished the race in seventh place in the No.1 Verizon Chevrolet and speaking following the event he said:
“Tough night. We kept in it, we tried to make the most of it. We just lost too many positions there at the end. The whole race long, we just didn’t get the timing right. We got caught out in a couple of different times. Will (Power) got stuck up in the gray and we lost some speed when we caught him and lost a couple of spots there. We tried to make a fuel number there at the end and it ended up biting us. We worked hard. We had great pit stops; the guys did a great job. We just couldn’t get the timing right tonight and had to settle for the Verizon Chevy finishing seventh. But we have a car in one piece, so we go on to Portland and try and redeem ourselves.”