Verizon Team Penske’s Will Power was Roger Penske’s leading car at the end of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil on Sunday. Starting the race from sixth place, Power led the race once for eight laps and came home in 10th place and speaking following the race, Power who drives the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet commented by saying:
Tough day for the Verizon Chevy. It was pretty hectic as we went to the back and then the front again. We tried to save fuel at the end. We were on the same strategy as (winner, Alexander) Rossi but he was getting better fuel mileage and quicker lap times. It was really tough trying to save fuel those last 15 laps and keep our speed within the traffic. We made it as best we could. Despite the penalty, we still made it back to the front, but it just didn’t go our way towards the end.
Last year’s Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya was left disappointed as he was unable to repeat his win this season. The Colombian started the race from 17th place and on lap 63 of the event he made contact with the wall at Turn 2 ending his race. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
It’s disappointing for Verizon and Chevy and everybody who has worked so hard. The car was just hard to drive and it was a little bit tighter there in that corner and it got away. It was a disappointing day.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Pennzoil Chevrolet started the race from ninth place and led the race four times for a total of 24 laps and looked on target to win his fourth Indianapolis 500 however following an incident with JR Hildebrand towards the end of the race Castroneves was left battling to make it back into the top ten coming home in 11th place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
What a car. What a team. I’m very disappointed in the way we ended up. It’s just not reflective of the car that we had and the pit stops that we had. I’m just so proud of the entire Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet team. The car was so strong. We had a car that could have won, but it wasn’t meant to be and we’ll move on to next week.
Series points leader Simon Pagenaud started Sunday’s race from eighth place and was up to speed quickly and looked to be in contention until he was penalized on lap 66 of the race during his pit-stop for an in-proper pit exit which result in a drive through penalty which dropped the Frenchman to 30th place however he recovered to finish the race in 19th place and goes into the Chevrolet Duel In Detroit this weekend leading the championship by 57 points from reigning champion Scott Dixon. Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
“It was a tough day. I really think we had a contending car again this year. Thanks to Team Penske for giving me such a good chassis and such a good understanding of the aero on the car. The Menards Chevy was definitely a good car today before bad luck struck us today. We got a misfire in the engine at about Lap 97 and we had to fight with that the rest of the way. It was just inconsistent power. We kept fighting, though, and still have the lead in points. I really thought we had the car today.”