Team Penske head to the Streets of Toronto this weekend with Simon Pagenaud commanding the lead in the series points standings 73 points ahead of Ed Carpenter Racing’s Josef Newgarden.
Speaking ahead of the Honda Indy Toronto Simon Pagenaud commented by saying:
Toronto is such a vibrant city with a tremendous amount of diversity. I always enjoy my time there. At the track this year, pit road is on the other side of the track, so that will be something to get used to. Changes like that to a racetrack can have a larger effect than meets the eye, so we’ll just have to see how it goes once we get out there. The PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet team is still out front in the championship, which is a huge testament to how hard they have worked all year. We’ll continue to attack with a lot of racing left on the schedule. We’ve still got work to do.
Will Power who taken two victories so far this season along with two Verizon P1 Awards goes into this weekend’s race in third place in the series points standings and speaking ahead of the race he commented by saying:
The Verizon Chevy team has some really good momentum going right now. We’re in the championship hunt and, as we’ve seen before, anything can happen as the schedule shortens. We’ve worked hard to get to this point after starting in a bit of a hole. The results in Toronto have been good over the last couple of years. The circuit is challenging. There are several spots where you can find trouble. Track position will be really important. The whole team has been great over the last few races. We know how to win there, so I’m really looking forward to getting up there.
Helio Castroneves who is currently in 5th place in the championship commented by saying:
Toronto has been pretty good to us overall. It’s such a great city to visit. On the track, we’ve done pretty well over the last few years. The Pennzoil Chevy team definitely is looking to break through with a victory. Last week at Iowa was frustrating, but we have to move on and keep it in the past. We keep shuffling around in the points standings, so it would be nice to start setting ourselves apart from that little group we’ve been in.
Juan Pablo Montoya will be hoping that he can have a good race this weekend having being forced to retire from the Iowa Corn 300 last time out following an engine failure and speaking ahead of this weekend’s race he commented by saying:
We’ve got to get our consistency back. It has been a little up and down lately for the DeVilbiss Chevrolet team. We had a great car last week at Iowa and had that mechanical problem. It happens to everyone, but that doesn’t make it any less frustrating. I’m looking forward to Toronto and getting some momentum going for the final part of the season. My results at Toronto don’t look that great, but we’ve been more competitive than it shows. If we can get a little good luck, then I think we’ll have a good weekend up there.