Team Penske’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet who started Sunday’s ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway from pole position enjoyed a great battle with Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi and finished the race in second place.
Speaking following the race, the Indianapolis 500 winner commented by saying:
I actually thought we’d be able to jump him again, but I got caught up with a lapped car coming out of the out lap and almost went to the wall, and came back; and then had a miss-shift on the out lap. It was just a terrible exchange altogether. I wasn’t quite good enough in traffic. (Alexander) Rossi was very good running in traffic. We just had way too much push. So yeah, that’s all we could do. The guys did a great strategy. We went long. That’s how we jumped in but weren’t quite good enough in traffic, but it was a great day for the Verizon guys.”
Defending series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Hitachi Chevrolet started the race from second place and finished the event in in fifth place.
Speaking following the race he said:
Yeah, it was just a tough day. We didn’t have anything for anybody. We were scrapping to keep that top 5. That was the big thing for us. I was driving my butt off and I think the team was trying everything they could to help me and this was all we had. Will looked like he gave (Alexander) Rossi a good run for his money, which was great. It was just not enough. So we’ll look at everything. It’s always kind of tough right after this type of race. You don’t have all the facts and you want to go back through the data and try to figure out what you can do better next time. So, that’s what we’ll do. But, I’m thankful that all the fans stuck around to watch this race. We’ll work hard for these last three now.”
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Pennzoil Chevrolet started the race from fifth place and came home in eighth.
Speaking following the race the Frenchman said:
We got damaged in that first crash and we had to change the tow link which the guys did an amazing job – we didn’t lose a lap. We restarted in the back, and it was very, very difficult to move forward. I don’t know if there was more damage under the car. We will check at the shop. I think that was the best we could do today with what we had. It was unfortunate without yellows. Just not much we could do. I was so proud to drive the Shell Chevrolet Marketplace car. It is what it is, we will go to Gateway to bounce back!