Team Penske head into the second half of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season aiming to get their championship campaign underway having yet to take victory so far this season.

Josef Newgarden, Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, and Scott McLaughlin have all scored podium finishes so far this season however none of their drivers have found victory lane so far in 2021. In the opening race of the season, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park, Will Power in the No.12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet ended the race in second place.

At the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg, Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud came home in second and third place respectively.

At the Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway, Scott McLaughlin took his first NTT IndyCar Series podium finish with a second-place finish in the No.3 PPG Chevrolet.

In race two of the Texas Motor Speedway doubleheader, the XPEL 375, Josef Newgarden finished the race in second place behind race winner Pato O’Ward in the No.5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. The team had no drivers on the podium during the GMR  Grand Prix of Indianapolis last month while in the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge it was Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Menards Chevrolet ended the race in third place and doing so moved to fourth place in the championship.

Reflecting on the Indianapolis 500, Simon Pagenaud commented saying:

The Menards Chevy team did an amazing job in the pits. The car was phenomenal all day. Man, we started up front. We were right there at the end. I just want to congratulate him (Helio Castroneves, race winner). What he’s doing is awesome. And he is old. That gives me another 10 years. I think we had the race car to get it done today. Certainly Chevy, amazing job with the engine power, and handling was phenomenal. I was pedal to the metal.

The Frenchman heads into the doubleheader in Detroit next weekend, 47 points behind championship leader Alex Palou of Chip Ganassi Racing.

Will Power in the No.12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet heads to Detroit in 12th place in the championship, 120 points away from the lead of the championship and speaking following the 500 he said:

I feel like we could have finished in the top five, we were just getting ourselves in that position on the last stop and then the brakes went to the floor unfortunately. I obviously spun trying to stop it and then the next time it just went straight to the floor. So, I mean, we had a good car, just unfortunately we’ll have to have a good look and see what was wrong with those brakes and see what happens. I have to say that all of the guys on the Verizon 5G Chevy team put in so much work this month, and it’s something I appreciate immensely. We’ll get back on track.

Scott McLaughlin in the No.3 PPG Chevrolet spoke following the 500 saying:

One mistake, it just eats you. You can’t make mistakes here; it needs to be a perfect day. That’s why experience is so important in this sport. It’s a place that really bits you, especially when you don’t see it coming. I didn’t quite pump my brake pedal up and had a stone-cold set of rotors coming into pit lane. I’m thankful that no one was hurt, as I came in there pretty hot. I’m happy to get rookie of the year, that was the main goal, but I would have liked to have finished higher up with the Pennzoil Chevy. I feel as though I could have been a factor, so it’s a bit of a bittersweet. But for my first Indy 500, to see Helio get his fourth, is tremendous. It was amazing to hear the crowd as I was getting out of the car! After 2020 it was a great 2021.

Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Chevrolet spoke following the 500 saying:

The No. 2 Shell Fuel Rewards Chevrolet was okay today. We just never found a way to balance the handling. It was a constant tinker between aerodynamic and mechanical changes to try and find the right amount of grip. Team Chevy brought good power but fighting either understeer or oversteer makes it hard to properly use it. Congrats to Helio on making history. He was a great teammate and I know he’s been trying for this for a long time.

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