CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
GRAND PRIX AT THE GLEN
WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL
TEAM CHEVY POST RACE RECAP
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2016
- Scott Dixon Scores Dominant Win at The Glen
- Chevrolet Sweeps Podium
o Josef Newgarden Finishes Second
o Helio Castroneves Finishes Third
o Victory is 13th of the Season for Chevrolet
- Championship Battle Continues as Series Heads to Sonoma for Finale
o Simon Pagenaud Holds 43 Point Lead Over Will Power
WATKINS GLEN, NY (September 4, 2016) – Scott Dixon and the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet team capped an almost perfect race weekend with a commanding win in the INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. The four-time Verizon IndyCar Series led four times for a total of 50 of the 60 laps, on the way to his second win of the 2016 season.
It is Dixon’s fourth win at The Glen in seven appearances, and his 40th IndyCar Series career victory, which is sole fourth on the all-time win list.
“I think this was actually a Chevy Volt like we were running on electric, or something. We got amazing fuel mileage,” said Dixon from Victory Lane, when asked how he managed to get so much better fuel mileage than several competitors.
Starting from the pole and leading the most laps on the way to the win, the only mark Dixon did not set was fastest lap of the race. That honor went to his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Tony Kanaan in the No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet.
Josef Newgarden brought the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Ed Carpenter Chevrolet to the checkered flag in second place. It was a great comeback for the popular American driver after a crash during practice sent the team scrambling to make repairs to the car for qualifying.
Helio Castroneves brought the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet to the finish line in third place after diving down pit lane for a splash of gas on lap 57 from second place.
Sebastien Bourdais rallied from a lap-one, turn-one spin in a multi-car melee to finish fifth in the No. 11 Team Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing Chevrolet to give Chevrolet four of the top-five finishers.
Charlie Kimball, No. 83 Tresiba Chip Ganassi Racing, finished sixth at the stripe followed by current points leader Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Team Penske Chevrolet.
Max Chilton, No. 8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet finished 10th to give the Chevrolet Aero Kit with fully integrated 2.2 liter V6 engine seven of the top-10 finishers in the 15th race of the 16-race season. This was Chilton’s first finish in the top-10 on a road course this season, and best result since finishing seventh at Phoenix in April.
Pagenaud increased his lead in the standings to 43 points after his closest challenger and Team Penske teammate Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet, retired from the race following a two-car incident on lap 39. That left him scored in the 20th finishing position.
Mathematically, only Pagenaud and Power remain in contention for the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series title, but with the season finale paying double points, the champion will be determined when the checkered flag flies at Sonoma.
Other Chevrolet finishers: Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 2 PPG Automotive Finishers Team Penske Chevrolet – 13th; Spencer Pigot, No. 20 Samsung Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet – 15th; Tony Kanaan, No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet – 19th and Power in 20th position.
Chevy drivers continue to hold top-six and seven of the top-nine positions in points:
UNOFFICIAL VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES POINT STANDINGS
- Simon Pagenaud 555
- Will Power 512
- Scott Dixon 451
- Helio Castroneves 451
- Josef Newgarden 446
- Tony Kanaan 427
- Charlie Kimball 389
The season finale is scheduled for Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, September 18, 201
SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: “It was a pretty eventful day,” Pagenaud said. “The last caution made it so the guys in front had to save a lot of fuel, and we didn’t save enough at the start of the stint and was very slow. We made it back in seventh and for the championship the day was very good. We collected a lot of points and we have a bit of a cushion going into Sonoma. We still have to race hard, but it’s going to be a lot more comfortable.”
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 2 PPG AUTOMOTIVE FINISHERS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: “It was like two different races out there today. There were times when the PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet was great early on, then we got shuffled back and little and fuel mileage didn’t work out for us. The goal was to make it to the end, but with the way the race played; we couldn’t and had to come in for a splash. That’s been our luck this year.”