MAY 31, 2015

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, NO. 11 TEAM MISTIC E-CIGS – KVSH RACING CHEVROLET, RACE WINNER: TALK ABOUT THAT RUN TO THE END: “It was just about as nerve wracking as it gets. When we elected to stay out, I was like ‘Oh man, it is all or nothing’ from there. All I could hope for was just the same scenario as NOLA. Complicated conditions and one yellow after another and it was the right call today again. The difference is that we obviously deserved  it I think because the boys worked really hard. We were on pace; we passed a bunch of cars and made the moves when it mattered. We made it stick all the way to the end.  When we got on the Firestone red tires, I was like ‘Boy, that is way too early’. There was half-way of a groove. Just felt like it was such a risky move. But, I knew it was the right one, just like yesterday. I just couldn’t be any happier that we made it stick.”

SO YOU GUYS WERE SO LOW ON FUEL YOU COULDN’T DO A BURNOUT? “No I just had too much grip from the Firestone tires.   I couldn’t spin the rear wheels.”

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU BECAUSE YOU GUYS HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO GET THIS TEAM BACK WHERE IT NEEDED TO BE: “Yeah, it’s just a heck of a feeling.   After yesterday’s debacle where we couldn’t get it more wrong yesterday and today, well we did everything wrong yesterday but did everything right today.   The strategy, the pit stops, the management of the fuel – the guys did awesome.   I couldn’t be any happier for the Mystic guys, Hydroxycut, Circle K, and Chevrolet at home man!”

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 2 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FINISHED  10TH“We had a really good Verizon Chevy today. It was really good in the rain as we jumped out to a big lead. It looked to be a nice day for the team. I don’t really agree with what happened on the next to last restart, but that’s a conversation I will have. We gained points on Will (Power) with a 10th-place finish so it’s not a terrible day.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 83 NOVA NORDISK CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED  11TH: “It was just really tough conditions throughout the entire weekend in Detroit, especially today. I feel really badly that I made contact with my teammate – I honestly didn’t even know he was back there and if I would’ve known it was him there would have been a completely different outcome than what happened. I understand the importance of the one team mentality here at Chip Ganassi Racing Teams and I hate that the race ended that way for Scott because of me. It was a rough weekend for the whole team and I think we’re all ready to move on to Texas and have drastically different results there.”

SAGE KARAM, NO. 8 COMFORT REVOLUTION/BIG MACHINE RECORDS CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 12TH : “Today was a learning experience for sure. I knew we had a good car after we led the qualifying session before it was canceled. The whole team did a great job with the car and getting it right for me today. But I made some mistakes out there and you can’t get penalties and expect to win races. I learned a tough lesson today and I’m going to put it behind me and go to Texas with more experience under my belt. I know what I need to do to improve to help this team be successful.”

TONY KANAAN, NO. 10 NTT DATA CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 13TH : “Another bad day for the 10 car. We worked our way up from 13th to get into the top five and we had a solid strategy when we were planning on the race being timed. When that last yellow came out, we knew we could make it on fuel but when they threw the red we had to come in before the last restart. I know we had a good car and after the team rallied back after our incident yesterday, I felt good about today’s race. It’s just frustrating to know how much potential we have every race and then to not be able to get the results we want.”

SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 PPG AUTOMOTIVE REFINISH TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FINISHED 14TH: It was an interesting day.  We qualified second in our group but unfortunately qualifying got canceled when the second group couldn’t finish because of the weather. That was a setback for us. We started eighth and the car was setup for dry conditions. We needed it to dry quicker than it did. When it finally started drying at the end of the race we were at our best and we were doing great, racing up into the top five. Unfortunately we couldn’t stay there with some strange rulings there at the end. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t bring the PPG Chevy home in the top-five.  We definitely had the pace for it.  We will just recover and move on to Texas.  I’m really excited about Texas.”


LUCA FILIPPI, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA CFH RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED  17TH: “We raced really hard to make up positions at the beginning of the race. We came out of the pits on one stop on cold red tires and I just lost it. I’m very sorry to my team. We had a good result in our hands, even though we started in the back. The car felt great all the time. Today was probably the most difficult conditions we could find, because it was not only damp but also very cold. Everything combined made it very tricky and we had many cautions because it was very hard to keep it on the track.”

WILL POWER, NO. 1 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FINISHED 18TH: “I’m proud of the Verizon Chevy team and we were in good shape, despite the weather conditions. We had a bit of a steering problem and went towards a different strategy, then made good ground on the restarts. But going into the wall towards the end was a bad way to finish and obviously disappointed, but we will look towards a better result in Texas.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 HITACHI TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET,  FINISHED   19TH: “The Hitachi Chevrolet was really good today, especially in the dry. We made some different strategy calls, which were actually starting to pay off there at the end of the race. Unfortunately we got caught up in an incident between Will (Power) and another car and it ended our race. We were easily going to crack the top-five or top-six, so it’s frustrating to not be able to finish, but it’s racing and you have to move on.”

SCOTT DIXON, NO. 9 TARGET CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 20TH: There were a ton of different strategies and the race seemed to change every lap there after halfway. We just kept trying to make something happen in the Target car. Someone made a lunge at Charlie’s car, Charlie tried to crossover and then I guess he just didn’t see me and we got into the wall. Overall I think our car was really good. We had a top-three car. It was just a crazy race out there today for sure.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CFH RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 21ST: Tough day, tough conditions. I made a mistake and threw it into the wall and cost us a decent result today. I feel bad about that, that’s not something you want to do but unfortunately those things do happen sometimes. I have to work on being error-free on my side for next time and do a better job for the Hartman Oil boys. They did a good job and I had a good car, CFH Racing was great. Now it’s on to the next one to try and redeem ourselves.”

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