Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hitachi Chevrolet said that they really wanted the win after the Tennessee native took victory in the opening Detroit Grand Prix.

Starting the race from second place, Newgarden had a great battle with Alexander Rossi to take a 25 point lead in the championship into tomorrow’s second race in Motor City.

Speaking following the race, Newgarden said:

How about that call by Tim (Cindric-Strategist)? It was the perfect call to get us in position that we needed. I was hoping it would dry up, I thought that would give us more opportunity to do something. But our Chevy car was awesome. The Chevy engine was perfect. I had the horsepower I needed. The fuel mileage; the drive-ability. In Chevy’s backyard, this was a big one.
“It’s great to have Hitachi with us. So many people here from Japan. It is an honor to have them here. So pumped to have them here.
“So pumped to be with Team Penske. We really wanted this one. I can’t tell you how hard our whole team worked the whole off season to make sure our street course cars were ready, and they were ready today.
Newgarden went on to say:
They do an amazing job here. Bud Denker and everyone who works here-I think they have 1,200 volunteers that work here. Thank you to all these volunteers. They do such a great job. This island has just grown. I’m so pumped about this!”
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