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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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Josef Newgarden Shatters Track Record to Win First Verizon P1 Award of Year

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES GOPRO GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA SONOMA RACEWAY TEAM CHEVY DRIVER POST QUALIFYING RECAP SEPTEMBER 16, 2017   Josef Newgarden Shatters Track Record to Win First Verizon P1 Award of Year Pole is the 11th for Chevrolet in the 17-Race Verizon IndyCar Series Season   SONOMA, Calif. – (September 16,…

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TEAM CHEVY DRIVER POST QUALIFYING QUOTES

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES GOPRO GRAND PRIX OF SONOMA SONOMA RACEWAY TEAM CHEVY DRIVER POST QUALIFYING QUOTES SEPTEMBER 16, 2017   DRIVER QUOTES: JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 2 HUM BY VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, VERIZON P1 POLE WINNER: “ “I can’t say that I necessarily expected it, but it’s really great to get the…

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Chevrolet Captures 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer Championship

Title is Sixth Consecutive for the Chevrolet IndyCar Program DETROIT (September 16, 2017) – For the sixth consecutive season, Chevrolet has won the Verizon IndyCar Series (VISC) Manufacturer Championship. The Bowtie Brand has captured the title every season since returning to IndyCar competition in 2012. The Chevrolet 2.2 liter twin turbocharged direct injected V6 IndyCar engine…

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Chevrolet Aims to Close the Deal on Multiple Titles

Team Chevy enters season finale with four drivers in hunt Sonoma Raceway road course hosts 85-lap decisive race Josef Newgarden is front-runner entering double-points race First-year Team Penske driver has field-high four victories Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power also contenders Chevy drivers have combined for nine wins, 10 pole starts Chevrolet has won the…

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TEAM CHEVY DRIVER POST RACE NOTES, QUOTES & RECAP

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES INDYCAR GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL TEAM CHEVY DRIVER POST RACE NOTES, QUOTES & RECAP SEPTEMBER 3, 2017   WATKINS GLEN, NY (SEPTEMBER 3, 2017) –  As has been the case in the Verizon Verizon IndyCar Series since Chevrolet rejoined the Series in 2012 the Driver/Team as…

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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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CHEVY INDYCAR AT GATEWAY: Will Power Puts Chevy on the Pole at Gateway

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES BOMMARITO AUTO GROUP 500 GATEWAY MOTORSPORTS PARK TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING RECAP AUGUST 25, 2017 MADISON, Ill (August 25, 2017) – For the sixth time in the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series (VICS) season, Will Power will lead the field to the green flag piloting his No. 12 Verizon Team…

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