Defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Hitach Chevrolet says that on a day like today the team needed to be further up the field for tomorrow’s season ending Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg. Speaking to Paddock Eye about whether it is beneficial to have Will Power on pole he said:

Yeah, I don’t know that it’s really relevant for us. I mean, we needed to be up front on a day like today. He did a great job. I felt like we were capable of being up there, too. Not sure I feel really one way or the other about him being up there. It was more about we needed to be up there.

I don’t think he can help us from that position, nothing like that. We just got to put our work in for tomorrow now

Speaking about Will Power he said:

I don’t know that Will is going to be able to help us do anything when we’re sitting eighth. That’s just the way it goes.

Speaking about the race on Sunday, Newgarden commented saying:

Yeah, we need to look at everything. I’m not sure yet what our plan will be. I think it will be a pretty aggressive race for most people as far as running pretty hard on fuel. I don’t think you’ll see a ton of fuel save. But there’s options there, big options. We’ll see what everyone decides to do at the end of the day.

We asked Newgarden about Scott McLaughlin being in the team and he commented saying:

Really good. Obviously first qualifying session for him. Not a lot of track time. I thought he was really good in the first session, seemed to adapt quick. I don’t know, I haven’t seen his run. I don’t even know what happened in qualifying. Could have been a lot of different things that pushed him back.

He’s going to be just fine. Just him getting going today.


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