AUGUST 2, 2015

SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 PPG AUTOMOTIVE REFINISH TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FINISHED 3RD: “Well, I was out of push to pass and I knew Dixon had some, and Wilson too. I tried to get a run but it didn’t work out. It was excited to see and I was hoping something would work out for me. But today, I got lucky enough you know. It doesn’t hurt to be lucky, because this season hasn’t been the most lucky overall. But great job by Team PPG and Team Chevy. We had a rough start to the weekend and Team Chevy really took care of us just before qualifying so its nice to get an uplifting emotional feeling I should say. It was a disappointing day for Team Penske but we will bounce back in Pocono because its one of our strengths at the superspeedways. Congratulations to Graham Rahal because honestly, that was a pretty good drive.”

SCOTT DIXON, NO. 9 TARGET CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET, 4TH: “It’s tough when everyone has the same pace and everyone is on the same tire. With the new aero kits there’s just such a big wake behind the cars and it sometimes makes it tough to get around people. We were trying to lineup for that last restart there and the leader went way early there. Not a bad day for the Target car overall in the points and moved up a bit in the championship race.”

“We had a normal day actually. We didn’t benefit from any yellows and we weren’t hurt from any yellows. I think we had a decent strategy and it worked out. When you have six cars or even the top eight, and there is just four tenths of a second between the cars, its hard to pass. So it is going to play strategy, luck, if you catch a yellow or not. At some point we had like six different strategies so I can say coming out of here today, and we moved from eighth to fifth, but I can say we didn’t get hurt from the strategy but we didn’t benefit from it at all.”

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 2 HAWKI PERFORMANCE TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 10TH: “Everyone on the Hawk Performance Chevy did an amazing job today. From where we were on Friday to today was a huge difference. We did everything we were supposed to do today and the race was playing out perfectly for us. Unfortunately we got a caution with about 25 laps to go that we didn’t need. It worked out for some and didn’t work out for others. But we had a great car and we still have the points lead. Ready for Pocono where we won last year.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CFH RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 13TH: It was a tough day, sometimes it is your day and sometimes it’s not. Today just wasn’t our day, that’s what it comes down to. Things play out for you sometimes and today didn’t play out for us strategy-wise. It was no real fault of our own, we just got unlucky. We had the pace and we had a good car, it was a good effort all weekend. It’s disappointing, but we’ll go on to the next one and hopefully take a shot at another victory in Pocono.”


HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 HITACHI TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FINISHED 15TH: “We had a great race today. The Hitachi Chevy guys did one heck of a job for me and Roger (Penske, race strategist) put us in great position to capitalize. There was a lot going on out there today, a lot of traffic. We had a great Hitachi Chevy but, unfortunately, the strategy didn’t play out for us. I wish there wasn’t two weeks of before we go to Pocono because I really want to get back on the track soon.”

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, NO. 11 TEAM HYDROYCUT – KVSH RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 17TH: “Obviously a very disappointing day for the Hydroxycut Chevy car. We did what we had to do early on. We were saving fuel, then as usual the guys in the back pitted early and started exposing us. So we started to run quick and as soon as we turned the wick up a yellow came out. We pitted and cycled to the back. After that the race was pretty much over, but not only did it happen once, it happen twice when they closed the pits a second time for the Karam incident. It’s disappointing because the car was good and the KVSH Racing team executed all weekend, but we ended up losing precious championship points. On days like this you just have to move on and keep at it. We will go on to Pocono and see what we can do.”

STEFANO COLETTI, NO. 4 KV RACING TECHNOLOGY CHEVROLET,FINISHED 19TH : “Very disappointing race. We had the speed, the strategy was going to be good and then I had contact with Sato at the beginning of the race. I was half a car inside and he didn’t give me any room, so we touched and I had to come in for a new front wing and everything went downhill from there. It’s a shame because the car was fast and everything was good and I’m sure we could have had a great result but that’s the way it ended.”

LUCA FILIPPI, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA CFH RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 21ST: “It was looking very good, but everything that could go wrong today happened to us. If there had been an asteroid crashing down somewhere in the world, it would have been on my car. I can say I am glad I didn’t get struck by lightning or hit by that asteroid and I can go home safe and sound! For the race, I think we were very fast. We probably had the second or third fastest lap of the race. We were running fourth when the yellow came out at the wrong time. We still had a good strategy, at the end we were just managing the fuel we had and hitting that number we wanted to. Unfortunately, there was a mistake in the calculation and we ran out of fuel. I did everything I could and the team did everything they could to get me as many positions as they could, it was just a very unfortunate situation. I think we have to be pleased with out pace today.”

SAGE KARAM, NO. 8 COMFORT REVOLUTION/BIG MACHINE RECORDS CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 22ND: “It was a big learning experience for me today. When strategy doesn’t fall your way it makes it even tougher on the team. The biggest thing today I learned was fuel saving. I was able to get better fuel mileage and get better lap times which was a plus for me. Just really bummed for the mistake I made going into Turns 4/5. I was adjusting my brake bias and missed the apex to the corner and that was it. I was coming into the pits that lap as well. The car was pretty quick all day and who knows what we could have done if we stayed on the lead lap there. If the cautions fell our way a little maybe we could’ve gotten up there toward the front.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 83 NOVOLONG FLEXPEN CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 23RD: “Obviously I’m really disappointed. The No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet was really good all weekend – the Chip Ganassi Racing cars are always good here at Mid-Ohio. I had really hoped to repeat the performance of 2013 and be in victory lane, but we just kept getting run into today. A lot of the things we could control we did well, but there were a lot more things that we couldn’t control and didn’t go our way. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the great thing about the Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing team – we’re really resilient. We’ll dig in and bounce back for the 500-mile race in Pocono, and then finish out the season strong with double points on the Best Coast.”
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