NTT IndyCar Series championship leader Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hitachi Chevrolet says he is excited to be heading to the season finale Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend.
The Tennessee native goes into the race this weekend leading the championship by 41 points from Alexander Rossi needing just a fourth place finish to win his second championship.
Speaking ahead of the race he said:
I’m really excited for the race at Laguna Seca. My guys on the Hitachi Chevy have given me great cars all year which has led to some success. Now, we just need to put everything together to try and finish the season with the championship. Laguna Seca is a track I haven’t raced at before, but we have tested there. It’s definitely going to be a challenge because of that and since there are three other guys still in contention for the championship, along with a bunch of guys looking to win the race. We’ve reviewed our data from the test and all other races this year and feel like we have a great plan headed into the race.”
Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 DXC Technology Chevrolet goes into the race 42 points behind his team mate in the race for the championship.
The Indianapolis 500 winner commented ahead of the race saying:
What a season it’s been. We won the Indy 500, and the DXC Technology Chevy team brought home a few more wins along the way. Now it all comes down to the championship race at Laguna. This is my favorite time in racing — it’s crunch time. I love Laguna Seca. It’s a beautiful racetrack where I have done well in the past. Our strategy is very simple — we are going into it, to win it! It’s going to be full attack mode all weekend. The goal is to be the hunted so we can control our destiny. It’s going to be an exciting one with the championship contenders because we’re all going to put everything on the line. I can’t wait!”
Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet is looking forward to the race this weekend saying:
“I can’t believe it’s going to be the last race of the season already. It’s been a tough season for the Verizon Chevy team but with a couple of wins, we’re glad we were able to find some success. Without the pressure of being in the championship hunt, we’re going to Laguna Seca just focused on winning another race. My team has worked so hard and I’m so grateful for everything they’ve done. Laguna is a new track for our team but we have a good plan in place and I know they’ve put together a great car for me there that I just can’t wait to race.”