CHEVROLET RACING IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES
REV GROUP GRAND PRIX ROAD AMERICA
ELKHART LAKE, WISCONSIN
TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING RECAP
JUNE 19, 2021
JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 2 HITACHI TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET WINS SECOND CONSECUTIVE NTT P1 AWARD, THIRD AT ROAD AMERICA, 13TH OF CAREER
TEAM PENSKE TEAMMATES WILL POWER AND SIMON PAGENAUD ALSO ADVANCE TO FIRESTONE FAST SIX; WILL START 4TH AND 6TH RESPECTIVELY
ELKART LAKE, WISCONSIN (JUNE 19,2021) Josef Newgarden captured his second consecutive NTT P1 of the season, but determined to turn this one into a W. After leading the majority of Race Two on the Streets of Belle Isle, two-time NTT INDAYCAR Series champion fought for the win, but couldn’t hang on and had to settle for the runner-up finishing position behind the wheel of his familiar No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet.
“We knew this morning this was what we were going to do,” Newgarden said. “I didn’t know where everyone else was at, but this was my plan in the morning. Everybody was on board with it. Just happy to see it work out. I’m a little surprised more didn’t do that. You need to mix it up. It was going to be hard to make used tires work.”
Joining Newgarden in the Firestone Fast Six were Team Penske teammates Will Power and Simon Pagenaud. After a virtual chess match through out the session, Power, No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet, secured the fourth starting position, and Pagenaud will roll off his No. 22 Menards Chevrolet in sixth.
The most recent winner on the NTT INDYCAR Series circuit, Pato O’Ward. No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, will have to start from 10th on the grid after wrestling with balance during Round 1 and Round 2.
Oliver Askew, subbing for Rinus VeeKay in the No. 21 Direct Supply Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet after VeeKay injured his collarbone in a bicycle training accident, turned in a very respectable 16th place qualifying effort for tomorrow’s race.
Kevin Magnussen, also a super-sub in the No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet for Felix Rosenqvist as he works to be cleared to drive following a hard hit in Detroit Race No. 1, got a total of 18 laps, his first in an INDY car, before qualifying. His learn-as-you-go program netted him the 21st starting position and valuable experience on how to improve his career-first drive in the AMSP Chevrolet.
NBCSN will telecast the REV Group Grand Prix live at noon ET Sunday, June 20. The 55-lap/220.5-mile race will also be broadcast live on INDYCAR Radio Network affiliates, Sirius 211, XM 205, Indycar.com, and on the INDYCAR Mobile app powered by NTT DATA.
Other Team Chevy Drivers qualified for Road America as follows:
Will Power, No. 12 Verizon 5G Team Penske Chevrolet – 4th
Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet – 6th
Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, 10th
Sebastien Bourdais, No.14 ROKIT AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet – 11th
Conor Daly, No. 20 US Army Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet – 15th
Oliver Askew, No. 21 Direct Supply Ed Carpenter Racing – 16th
Scott McLaughlin, No. 3 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet – 17th
Kevin Magnussen, No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet – 21st
Max Chilton, No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet – 22nd
Dalton Kellet, No. 4 K-Line AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet – 24th