Verizon Team Penske’s Will Power starting the Honda Indy Toronto from 4th place on the grid secured his third race win of the IndyCar Series on Sunday and in doing so has closed the gap in the battle for the championship with his team mate Simon Pagenaud to 47 points with just five races remaining this season.
Speaking following the race the Australian commented by saying:
The Verizon Chevrolet team is doing a great job, obviously. We’ve been playing catch-up all year but every race we’re executing, getting great strategies, great cars. We’ve just got to keep chipping away, man, keep chipping away and see if we can have a shot at this. Things really worked out for us on that last stop. The team called me in at the last minute. Perfect timing. I can’t tell you how many times it has gone the opposite way for me at this place. I was so stoked to see those yellow lights as I was on pit lane. It’s not often you catch a yellow like that.
Helio Castroneves who started the race from the front row in second place finished the race in second place giving Roger ‘the captain’ Penske a 1-2 finish. Speaking following the race the Brazilian commented by saying:
I know we didn’t win but I’m smiling because the Pennzoil Chevrolet car was really strong. The thing with the tire was strange. I’ve never had that before on a street course unless you lock it up or something like that. I was pushing, but not hard enough to cause that. I felt the car pulling and the tire just gave up. I’m not sure why. I noticed the (damaged) curb in Turn 5, that could have been a reason. I don’t know. Then, finally, we got a little break on the yellow. It put us back in the position to fight. Unfortunately, it was very difficult to pass so I tried everything I could and in the end I was like, ‘okay this is the chance’ but Will had like six (pushes) to pass. I only had three. It was very difficult to get the tires going but Roger (Penske) and the entire Pennzoil Chevrolet team, man, I’m so proud to be part of this team. These guys are never giving up. Thanks everyone. Let’s keep going. Let’s move to the next one.
Series points leader Simon Pagenaud finished the race in ninth place having started the race from third place and speaking following the race which has seen his lead cut to just 47 points he commented by saying:
The PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet was much stronger than what the results showed. It’s really unfortunate. I was really happy that I was able to run second for most of the race. We trimmed the car great midway through the race and it was really strong at the end, but unfortunately we got caught on the last yellow and that shuffled us to the back. We were able to get back inside the top 10, which was a great performance. We lost quite a bit of points today, but overall the performance is there. It’s there every week. That’s the silver lining to see how competitive we are. So, we go to Mid-Ohio, which is a track that suits us very well. I’m very excited about it.
It was a disappointing end to a tough weekend for Juan Pablo Montoya as he was forced to retire from the race his second successive retirement having gone out of the Iowa Corn 300.
Speaking following the race he commented by saying:
It’s just how this year has gone. What are you going to do? The DeVilbiss Chevrolet was fast. I think we passed more people than anybody and had a great time. It really was a lot of fun. I was in a really great position to get a good finish again and the caution came out and caught us. Then we had a misfire followed by the accident. It’s just how 2016 has gone for us.