Team Penske’s Will Power is hoping to continue the celebrations at the Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix presented by Lear this weekend, following his victory in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil last weekend, the Australian heads to Motor City with a two lead in the championship over Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi.
Speaking ahead of the is weekend’s double header, Power said:
This has been an amazing week so far. When you want something so much and it finally comes true, that your hard work has paid off, it is a great feeling. Now we have to focus on Detroit with the No. 12 Verizon team because I don’t want to experience a hangover from the win when we are leading the points. And this is such an important weekend for Roger (Penske) and Chevrolet. It’s great to come here as the Indy 500 Champion, but we want to win here too because this race means a lot to a lot of people. It’s such a tough circuit that you have to be in the game from the drop of the green flag or you can have a bad day pretty quick.
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet heads to Detroit off the back of a sixth place at the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and looking ahead to the double header in Detroit he said:
After such a bad start to the season – through no fault of our own most of the time – it feels like we are turning a bit of a corner over the last three races. A lot of that has to do with our luck finally changing, but we’ve been fast as well. Detroit is a place that I’ve always enjoyed going to race. I actually got my first Verizon IndyCar Series win there in 2013, but that was prior to my time with Team Penske. I really want to win here for Roger (Penske), Chevrolet and DXC because of all the efforts that have gone into making this a very important stop on the schedule, especially coming after the Indy 500.
Josef Newgarden heads to the Detroit Grand Prix following an eighth place in Indy and speaking ahead of the event this weekend the defending series champion said:
There are some years that you kind of wish the weekend after Indianapolis was off because it’s such a long time away from home, but this year is a bit different. There seems to be a lot of buzz and excitement around Will’s Indy 500 win, so why not keep that going with a great weekend of racing in Detroit with the No. 1 Hitachi Chevrolet. The Indy 500 is a big deal to everyone in the field, but Detroit is a huge deal to Team Penske as well. You know the effort Roger (Penske) has put into this race and this city, with the help of Chevrolet. I’m really looking forward to seeing what new things have been done to the island since last year. It’s really a unique place.”