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CHEVY INDYCAR AT PHOENIX TEST: Post Test Recap

CHEVROLET RACING
VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
PRE-SEASON TESTING
ISM RACEWAY
PHOENIX, AZ
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER END-OF-TEST QUOTES
FEBRUARY 10, 2018

AVONDALE, AZ – A total of 11 Chevrolet 2.2 liter V6 Twin Turbo Direct Injected IndyCar drivers completed two days of testing at ISM Raceway just outside Phoenix, Arizona signaling that the start of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series (VISC) season is right around the corner.

The Team Chevy contingent logged hundreds of laps learning the nuances of the all-new universal aerokit on an oval track. All previous testing has been on a variety of road courses.

Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, led the Chevy drivers in lap count, 346 over the 12-hour, two-day test on the 1.022-mile track. He also turned the fastest time 19.3878 seconds at 189.769-mph which put him second on the combined speed chart for the five sessions.

Tony Kanaan, No., 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet, was third in the final order followed by defending VICS Champion Josef Newgarden, No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, turned in the fourth quickest time to put three Chevrolet drivers in the top-four.

The season kicks off on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida March 9-11, 2018.

DRIVER QUOTES:

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 1 HITACHI TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: “It was okay. We’re still learning today. These are valuable sessions. I think we made a little more progress now and I’m excited to get going at night. I’m ready to run a little bit more in the No. 1 Hitachi Chevrolet.

FRIDAY QUOTE: “It was an okay day. It’s good to get back. It’s fun driving the Hitachi car officially today in an official session. We have a little bit of work to do and I feel like we got off to a good start. We’ll try and debrief tonight with everyone and see what we can do for tomorrow and make some more progress. Then we’ll come back here in April and we’ll be ready to rock.”

MATHEUS LEIST, NO. 4 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET: “The car was good and I think we are in good shape for the race here. I have to concentrate a little bit more on my race stints. The team did a great job. The last couple laps we were running in traffic and the car was actually very good. I made some great passes and then Rahal just brake-checked me going into Turn 3. I went to the outside and just got into the marbles and couldn’t stop the car. Just did a small touch on the wall but didn’t break anything. But it was a great day, great learning experience.”

FRIDAY QUOTE: “The car is great. The first practice we were fast. We have been working mainly on my side just for me to feel comfortable in the car, get laps down. I’m really happy with the performance of the whole team and with myself as well. We had two sessions and two top-10s including one top-five which is good. We need to do some race stints tomorrow to see how the car feels and probably improve a little bit. I’m happy with everything and I think we’re going the right way and hopefully we’ll have a great day tomorrow.”

WILL POWER, NO.12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: “It’s been good. Definitely gone through all the processes and tried to do some qualifying simulations, because that’s what time we’ll be qualifying the car when we come back in April. Really enjoying this car, the 2018 car is awesome. Our No. 12 Verizon Chevy’s been pretty good the whole time, we just had the wrong gears in yesterday when we did our qualifying run. We’re really in a good window, I feel like. So are a lot of people, by the look of it.”

FRIDAY QUOTE: “Not bad. We ran through a lot of different stuff, and we got to do a full tank run, and running some traffic. We’re making some progress with the new car.”

TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT CHEVROLET: “It was a good couple of days. We tried to run in traffic a little bit at the end. It’s going to be tricky, it’s definitely going to be tricky. We are still learning about the downforce, but all in all I think it was a positive test for us. We learned a lot , we didn’t have any major problems, which that’s what we’re looking for at this team right now is just to build. Build confidence and build momentum. It’s a good couple of days, but that doesn’t mean anything. Next is St. Pete, and when we come back here it will probably be a different day, different weather, you never know. I’ll take it obviously, it’s been a really good day for us and a really good weekend like I said, but it doesn’t mean anything.”

FRIDAY QUOTE: “Positive day for us. First day on the oval, first day with this car. A lot of work to do trying to understand what we need when we come back. But I’m happy. We had a trouble free day apart from problems that we had that were not up to us to solve them—some telemetry issues and software issues. Slowly we’re getting the team to work better together. It’s nice to have the Boss around all the time. He lights up the timing stand for sure.”

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET: “We certainly accomplished more in this session than we did in yesterday’s first session, but we just aren’t there on speed yet. Fortunately, we have another three hours yet this evening to work on dialing in our set ups.”

FRIDAY QUOTE: “This wasn’t the kind of start we had last year at the open test, but at the same time it doesn’t really mean anything yet! We have some improvement to do and things we need to figure out with this new car. That’s definitely something we can accomplish at this point. We didn’t get as much done today as what we would have liked and need to work more on getting the car where it need to be to get a solid lap time out of it. The car isn’t bad by any means – our race pace is good – we are still just missing a little something to get higher lap times.”

SPENCER PIGOT, NO.21 FUZZY’S VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET: “We are still working on getting more speed out of the car. I am looking forward to running in more race-like conditions tonight and getting more experience with that. We’ve got a good plan going into this evening and I’m ready to get back to work.”

FRIDAY QUOTE: “We really got through quite a few changes todays. Some of the things we did were good, some of there were not so good, but that’s how you learn. It was nice to get some more track time on the oval, especially with more cars out there. It was the first time I’ve ran on an oval in more race-like conditions and it was nice to get used to that. We are ending tonight with a good idea of what we need to fix for tomorrow.”

SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 MENARDS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: “It was good. Today we were doing some experiments. Yesterday we were very happy with the car in general. Today is a different day. We need to experiment to have a broader feel about this aero package. I wouldn’t say it was better but it was interesting to learn. So, so far, so good. I think we’re on the right path of learning in the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet and doing our homework. We’re having quite cool temperatures which it won’t be like that on the race weekend. We have to be cautious. We’re still having a lot of fun out there. I’ll be doing some more traffic running tonight to get a better feel of how it will be at a race.”

FRIDAY QUOTE: “It’s awesome to be back at an oval especially here for me since my first oval win was at Phoenix last year. I just love the new package with this car. It’s quite a bit different but that’s the kind of day I love. It’s when you have to work really hard with the engineer to figure it out and understand what does what. We got some good understanding today. We have a bit of homework ahead of us. So now we need to recoup and recap what happened today and understand the package. Overall, it’s a good start. They’re doing a good job with Chevy and I had a blast tonight.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 23 TRESIBA CARLIN RACING CHEVROLET: “It’s been another productive session with the No. 23 Tresiba Chevy team. There are things we’re still working out, even just fundamentals with the new car, but we’re making progress every time we make a run. It will be valuable to finally have this data and start building from here. Overall, I’m just so encouraged and excited about this team and what we can accomplish this season. It’s step by step, and I know everyone at Carlin is pushing hard to be competitive from lap one.”

FRIDAY QUOTE: “It was a great first day with the new car. It’s a brand new car to the team and a brand new car on the oval. It ran really well – no mechanical issues at all. We had a few electronic gremlins, but it sounds like a lot of people up and down pit lane were struggling with the same issues. The team has just been working flat out all day, especially on the electronics side, just trying to get the data where they need it and getting all the sensors where they need them. Mechanically we’ve got a little ways to go on the car, but we made progress and we learned a lot. From this afternoon to this evening we took a big step forward in competitiveness and speed. There’s still a ways to go, but I have a lot of confidence in everyone here at Carlin.”

KYLE KAISER, NO. 32 JUNCOS RACING CHEVROLET:

MAX CHILTON, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN RACING CHEVROLET: “Its been a good couple of testing days here in Phoenix. We had a lot to learn coming into this weekend and I think we were able to make loads of progress. We’re still battling the same balance issues we had yesterday, but we were able to get quite a few things sorted out this afternoon and find some pace. The No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet looks great on-track and it’s been a solid few days for the whole Carlin team. I’m looking forward to getting back out out there tonight and getting our race setup to where it needs to for the night race.”

FRIDAY QUOTE: “We have a lot to learn. I think it was a challenging day for everyone. There’s just a whole new way of driving to learn, especially for Carlin who has never ran an Indy car on an oval. We made big progressions today, which is really nice to see and we got into the ballpark at the end of the day. I’m glad it’s a two-day test and we still have tomorrow to continue progressing. If we can make the same jumps tomorrow that we made today, we’ll be looking really good.”

GABBY CHAVES, NO. 88 HARDING RACING CHEVROLET: FRIDAY QUOTE: “We just finished our first official team day at ISM Raceway today. We went through our run plan, made some changes and learned a few things. We didn’t end up where we wanted to be with the car, but we will take what we learned today and apply that for tomorrow and improve from there. We’ll be working hard to get our Harding Racing #88 Team Chevy car up to the front.”

CHEVY INDYCAR AT SONOMA: Banner Day for Chevrolet at Sonoma as Newgarden Claims First IndyCar Championship, Pagenaud Sonoma Race Victory

Banner Day for Chevrolet at Sonoma as Newgarden Claims First IndyCar Championship, Pagenaud Sonoma Race Victory

Fifth Driver’s Championship in Six Seasons for Team Chevy in Verizon IndyCar Series

 

  • Chevrolet claims sixth consecutive Manufacturer Championship in Verizon IndyCar Series
  • Team Penske adds another victory and championship to storied resume in IndyCar
  • Josef Newgarden claims title in first season with Team Penske
  • Team Chevy sweeps podium in season-finale with Will Power finished third behind Pagenaud and Newgarden
  • Victory vaults Pagenaud to second in season-ending standing to give one-two in point standings

SONOMA, California (Sept. 17, 2017) – Team Penske was the big winner Sunday in the Verizon IndyCar Series as Josef Newgarden claimed his first career Driver’s Championship in the series, and Simon Pagenaud won the season finale at Sonoma Raceway in their Chevrolet-powered IndyCars.

Newgarden placed second in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma in his No. 2 Hum by Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, more than enough to give Team Chevy its fifth Driver’s Championship since returning to IndyCar racing in 2012.

Chevrolet won its sixth consecutive Manufacturer’s Championship in the series.

Today’s title takes the Team Penske IndyCar tally to 15 championships. Since Chevrolet returned to IndyCar in 2012, the Bowtie brand has captured 67 wins in 101 races, 180 podium finishes and 74 poles.

“Congratulations to driver Josef Newgarden, Roger Penske and everyone at Team Penske on this exciting championship in the Verizon IndyCar Series,” said Jim Campbell, Chevrolet U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Consistent performances all season by Josef and everyone on the No. 2 Hum by Verizon Chevrolet earned this impressive title. This marks our fifth driver/owner title since the return of Chevrolet to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2012. It takes a lot of solid team work, and we are incredibly proud of Josef and Team Penske on their 2017 championship.”

Newgarden set a track record in qualifying Saturday to start from pole position, and the race lead cycled back and forth largely between himself and 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Pagenaud in the No. 1 DXC Technology Chevrolet.

Pagenaud – who completed every lap of every race in 2017 – took the lead for good on Lap 64 on his final pit stop. He won by 1.096 seconds for Chevrolet’s 10th victory of the season. It’s the sixth straight year that the Bowtie Brand has won 10 races or more.

Team Penske swept the top-three with Will Power coming home third in the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet. Helio Castroneves was fifth for Team Penske in the No. 3 Hitachi Chevrolet.

Chevrolet will return to competition in the Verizon IndyCar Series at the 2018 opening event on the Streets of St. Petersburg with the 2.2 liter V6 Twin Turbocharged Direct Injected engine in the all-new Dallara universal aero kit.

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CHEVY INDY CAR AT WATKINS GLEN: Team Chevy Qualifying Recap with Quotes and Press Conf Transcript

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
INDYCAR GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN
WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER POST QUALIFYING QUOTES
SEPTEMBER 2, 2017

Josef Newgarden Leads Team Chevy Qualifying Effort at The Glen

WATKINS GLEN, NY – (September 2, 2017) – Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Josef Newgarden led the Team Chevy effort in qualifying for the INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen securing the third starting position in tomorrow’s race.

In a highly competitive Firestone Fast Six final round of knock-out qualifying, the driver of the No. 2 DeVillBiss Team Penske Chevrolet turned in a lap of one minute, 22.5169 seconds, just under the old track record, but had to settle for inside row two.

Teammate Helio Castroneves was sixth quickest and will start on the outside of the third row in Sunday’s 60-lap/202.20-mile race on the 3.37-mile/11-turn permanent road course.

Other Chevrolet qualifiers were:
Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet — 8th
Carlos Munoz, No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet — 11th
Simon Pageanaud, No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet — 12th
Spencer Pigot, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet — 13th
Conor Daly, No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet — 14th
JR Hildebrand, No., No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet — 21st

Alexander Rossi (Honda-Verizon P1 Pole Winner), Scott Dixon, Takuma Sato and Charlie Kimball completed Firestone Fast Six.

The 15th race of the season will start at 1:30 p.m. ET with live television coverage on NBCSN. Additional coverage will be provided by INDYCAR Radio Network affiliates, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com, the INDYCAR Mobile app, Sirius 212, and XM209.
DRIVER QUOTES:
JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 2 DEVILLBISS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 3RD: “I’m not sure that any of us on the DeVilbiss Chevy team thought we’d be in that fight for the pole, but we certainly were. I think we had the pole car. Unfortunately, I messed it up in Turn 9. I feel awful about that and I’ll beat myself up over it for a bit. I think we’re in a good spot for the race tomorrow, though. If we get the weather everyone is calling for, then I’m not sure that anyone knows the best place to be. You would think it’s at the front, so I hope that’s right.”
HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 HITACHI TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 6TH: “Overall, we’re proud of qualifying in the top six in the Hitachi Chevy. We thought we were looking pretty good making our way through qualifying and once we got into the Firestone Fast 6 we just didn’t have it, especially on the black tires. We know we have a fast car and we are definitely still in the fight there with the other championship contenders. We just need to be smart in the race tomorrow and handle whatever comes our way so we can be there fighting for the win in the end.”

WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 8TH: “I got a little loose out there in some spots and I think it affected my confidence in some others on if it would stick or not. The Verizon Chevrolet really wasn’t as comfortable for me today as yesterday. I don’t know if it’s the wind. I don’t feel like the track changed at all. I can’t really pinpoint it right now. I do know that we’ll all go to work and take a look at everything to get us in a good place for the race tomorrow. The weather looks to be in question and we won’t know the answers to that until we get there. We’ll plan for everything and go from there.”

CARLOS MUNOZ, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 11TH: “I pushed the car 100%, maybe lost one tenth because I got some bad shifting on my quickest lap and I think it cost me a position. When everything is so close, everything has to be perfect. I think it’s still a good day. We made some changes for qualifying and it helped a lot. I think tomorrow with all the rain, starting toward the front is better because of all the spray. We’ll see how it goes with the weather. When it’s raining, it’s a lottery race.”

SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 1 MENARDS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 12TH: “It’s a little disappointing for sure not to advance to the Firestone Fast 6. We’ve been quick here in the Menards Chevrolet all weekend and I’m not sure exactly why but we just couldn’t find that same speed in second round qualifying. Starting 12th, I think we’ll have the opportunity to move up quickly tomorrow and with weather as a factor, you never know what can happen. We’ll be working hard to get the best result we can, for sure.”

SPENCER PIGOT, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 13TH: “We definitely made a lot of progress in qualifying. We’ve kind of been hovering around an eighth of a second or a second off the pace so we closed the gap a lot! That was nice, but once again, we came up just a bit shy from advancing. Usually, if you’re within a tenth of Will (Power), you’re right up there at the front! A big thanks to all the guys, Fuzzy’s Vodka, and Chevrolet for letting me do this. It is another midfield starting spot, but we’ll see what we can do tomorrow!”

CONOR DALY, NO. 4 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 14TH: “It was very close with Carlos which is nice because we’re fighting to be in the top 12 which is good. We just missed it a little bit. I might have just not recognized that we needed the car we had this morning but we did three laps that were the same; it might have just been a tire pressure thing. Either way when you fight over a small gap like that, I probably could have done something different about it. It’s a shame but Carlos is very good at qualifying so it’s good to have him as part of our team because it really pushes me to improve my performance in qualifying. We’ve always been better in the race so we’ll see what happens.”

JR HILDEBRAND, NO. 21 FUZZY’S VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 21ST: “It’s been kind of a weird weekend. We’ve tried a lot of different things and just can’t get the speed out of the car we’re looking for. It’s frustrating because I really like Watkins Glen and the team finished on the podium here last year, so we were hoping for a bit more. We just can’t manage to get much better lap times out of it. It’s disappointing, but we’ll continue plugging away at it for the rest of the weekend. There should be some fuel saving going on tomorrow so hopefully that is something that works in our favor!”

CHEVY INDYCAR AT WATKINS GLEN: Chevrolet Will Mark Milestone Race at The Glen

 

Chevrolet Carries Momentum to Watkins Glen for Milestone Race

  • Team Chevy marks 100th Verizon IndyCar Series race since 2012
  • Chevrolet has registered 66 race wins and 73 poles in that span
  • INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen is penultimate race of the season
  • Chevrolet swept the podium in 2016 race on 3.37-mile road course
  • Four Chevrolet drivers among the top five in championship standings
  • Josef Newgarden extended points lead with fourth win of season
  • Chevrolet has won the past five races and nine overall this season
  • DETROIT (Aug. 30, 2017) – Since its return to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2012, Chevrolet has racked up five consecutive Manufacturer Championships, four driver and team titles, and two Indianapolis 500 victories.

    Also, the Bowtie brand has claimed 66 race wins and 73 poles in 99 events, including nine victories and 10 Verizon P1 Awards through 15 races this season.
    As it enters the penultimate race in its sixth year of competition this weekend at Watkins Glen International, Chevrolet teams and drivers will aim to ascribe another set of memories to the milestone race.

    Will Power, who claimed the 2014 driver championship, has earned 17 of his 32 career wins and 26 of 50 career poles in the 99-race span to lead all Team Chevy competitors. The Team Penske driver has three victories and six pole starts this season, and relies on the strength of Chevrolet’s turbocharged V-6 engine to challenge for victories on the variety of ovals and road/street courses.

    “When I think of Chevrolet, my thoughts immediately turn to horsepower, but it’s more than that. It’s the whole package of power, reliability, research and technology,” he said. “They put as much pride into winning as any driver or team. There’s a ‘whatever-it-takes’ attitude. There are ebbs and flows to everything, but Chevrolet continually takes their INDYCAR program to the next level. They’re never satisfied or willing to rest on their laurels. For that, I thank and congratulate them.”

    Added teammate and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves, who is competing in his 20th Indy car racing season: “They are the epitome of success and professionalism. Their desire to be the best is the required mind-set in motorsports. Everyone has great tools and resources, but what is the work ethic. I think that’s one of the things that sets Chevrolet apart. The power and reliability of the INDYCAR program over the years has been incredible.”

    Team owner/driver Ed Carpenter, who has earned two of his three career wins and two consecutive Indianapolis 500 pole starts with Chevrolet since ’12, is looking forward to the next performance markers that will be achieved with Chevy power.

    “It is quite an honor to know that we are one of two teams (along with Team Penske) that have been with Team Chevy for all 100 races since they have been back in the Verizon IndyCar Series,” he said. “Chevrolet really embraced us when we were a brand-new team in 2012, when others wouldn’t even talk to us. It has been such a great partnership up to this point, knowing that all of our accomplishments and milestones as a team have been with the backing of the Bowtie. I can’t wait to see what we accomplish together over the next 100 races.”

    Team Chevy has won past five races, swept into the Manufacturer Championship, and has four drivers in the top five of the standings heading into the INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen on the 3.37-mile, 11-turn road course.

    Chevrolet swept the podium in 2016 as the Verizon IndyCar Series returned to The Glen after a five-year absence and placed four drivers in the top five.

    Josef Newgarden, driver of the No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Chevrolet, was runner-up last year. Newgarden, who has won a series-high four races – including three of the past four – extended his championship points lead with a dramatic victory Aug. 26 on the Gateway Motorsports Park oval.

    Castroneves, No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, is 42 points arrears of Newgarden. Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud, No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet, is fourth, and Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, is fifth.

    Newgarden is confident but not taking anything for granted in pursuit of his first championship. The 60-lap/202.2-mile race on the natural-terrain course, competing against 20 other drivers – seven of whom are also title contenders — will present more challenges.

    “We’re happy to be in (the No. 1) position, but we don’t feel too safe about it, so we’ve always got to be on our toes,” he said. “We feel good about our position. That’s always better, in my opinion, than chasing. After winning at Gateway and continuing to lead Verizon IndyCar Series points, the whole No. 2 Devilbiss Chevy team and I are really ready to get back on track. We’ve done well on road courses this season, so we definitely think we’ll have something for the competition.”

    JR Hildebrand, driving the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet for Ed Carpenter Racing, registered a victory at The Glen on July 4, 2009, on his way to claiming the Indy Lights championship.
    NBCSN will telecast the race live at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.

    On the 3.37-mile, 11-turn Watkins Glen International road course in Watkins Glen, New York, Team Chevy will be well represented by:

    ED CARPENTER RACING:
    Spencer Pigot, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet
    JR Hildebrand, No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet

    A.J. FOYT ENTERPRISES:
    Conor Daly, No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet
    Carlos Munoz, No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet

TEAM PENSKE:
Simon Pagenaud, No. 1 Menards Chevrolet
Josef Newgarden, No. 2 DeVilbiss Chevrolet
Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Hitachi Chevrolet
Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet

GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK – TEAM CHEVY POST RACE RECAP

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES BOMMARITO AUTO GROUP 500   AUGUST 26, 2017   Josef Newgarden Captures Fourth Victory of Season; Holds Championship Lead After Strong Win at Gateway Motorsports Park  MADISON, Ill (August 26, 2017) – Josef Newgarden took one more step in his quest for his first Verizon IndyCar Series (VICS)…

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