Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet says he hopes that he will be in a position to challenge for the championship in Sunday’s season finale Grand Prix of Sonoma.
Speaking ahead of the event this weekend, Newgarden said:
It’s been a very up-and-down season, but we’re ready to do everything we can to make a run at the championship. Some races have gone our way and some have not, but we’re going to forget about all that and put a strong effort forward with the No. 1 Verizon Chevrolet. Sonoma is a really fun racetrack and I’m bummed we won’t be returning in 2019, but I’m excited that we will be racing at a few new places that the fans are really happy to see on the schedule. We’ve put forward a strong effort in 2018 and we’re ready to go out on a high note to end our season.”
It has been a great season for Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet as the Australian won the Indianapolis 500 in May and is still in the running of the championship. Speaking ahead of the race this weekend he said:
We’re headed to Sonoma knowing we need to fight for every point we can for a chance at the championship. We’ll need a lot of luck on our side, but it’s still something we can achieve. We’ve had a season that was a bit all over the place. We won a few races including the Indianapolis 500, which was incredible, but then we’ve had a number of DNFs. The No. 12 Verizon Chevy team has worked so hard this season, but we need to keep at it for a run at the championship. We want to do everything we can to really put on a really good show for the last race of the season and give it all we got.
Simon Pagenaud heads into the race aiming to take his first win of the season in the No.22 DXC Technology Chevrolet and speaking ahead of the event this weekend, the Frenchman said:
I can’t believe it’s the last race of the season already. It’s been a tough season but we’re ready to finish it out strong. We won last year’s race at Sonoma, so myself and the No. 22 DXC Technology Chevrolet team feel good about the race. It’s unfortunately our last race at Sonoma and I’m definitely going to miss it. It’s a really great road course with a lot to do locally for race fans and people working in the series, so I know we’re all going to miss it but I’m looking forward to giving our last race there my all.