Team Penske head into this weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series double header Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear following a mixed 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet heads to Detroit this weekend, the scene of his last Verizon IndyCar Series win in 2014 having taken the lead in the series standing following his second place finish at the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil having just missed out on securing his fourth Indy 500 win. Speaking ahead of the race weekend the Brazilian commented by saying:
Detroit is a really cool race. The fans are great and full of enthusiasm. It’s our only doubleheader this season and is always a fun race weekend for the fans. It’s a unique track and it presents a challenge to teams due to the back-to-back nature of racing there. The No. 3 Hitachi Chevrolet team and I are ready for the weekend, especially after finishing second in the Indianapolis 500. We feel we have built some great momentum so far this season and are ready to keep building on that.
Reigning series champion Simon Pagenaud in the No.1 DXC Technology Chevrolet started the Indianapolis 500 last weekend from 23rd place and finished the race in 14th place and speaking ahead of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear he commented by saying:
Belle Isle is always an exciting event for us at Team Penske being in Roger (Penske’s) and Chevrolet’s backyard. There are two races back-to-back in one weekend, which can be a serious physical challenge, but it’s one that the No. 1 DXC Technology Chevrolet team and I look forward to. Detroit is very special to me because it is the place I won my first Indy car race. To make it more special, we will be sporting a new livery with the unveiling of our new partner DXC Technology. I’m very excited to represent them and hopefully bring them to victory lane this weekend. We are ready to put on a great show for the fans in Detroit.
Josef Newgarden heads to the Detroit Grand Prix in the No.2 Hum by Verizon Chevrolet having started the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil from 22nd place and finished the race in 19th and speaking ahead of the event he commented by saying:
The race at Detroit is a really unique event since there are two races in the one weekend. It’s definitely a challenge for teams and drivers, but I know the No. 2 hum by Verizon Chevrolet team is up to the task. We’ve learned some things at road and street courses this season that we think we can apply to the two races. We were hoping for a better Indianapolis 500 and didn’t really get what we were looking for after being involved in a wreck. The whole team has been working hard to get the car turned around for this weekend and we can’t wait to race.
Will Power heads to the Detroit Grand Prix weekend having won here last year and will be looking to recover from a disappointing Indy 500 which saw him retire and speaking ahead of the event this weekend he stated:
I really like racing at Detroit. Last year we didn’t have a great result in the first race, but we won the second. It really helped us figure out a couple of things which led to more wins later that season. The No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet has been strong this season, and we’re ready to continue to build on that strength at Belle Isle. The speeds we have been able to show at other street courses have been phenomenal, and the car setups have also been awesome. We’re ready to see what we can do there.