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CHEVY NTT INDYCAR SERIES ROAD AMERICA: Simon Pagenaud Teleconference Transcript

JULY 7, 2020

SIMON PAGENAUD, DRIVER OF THE NO. 22 MENARDS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, met with members of the media via Zoom. Full transcript:

“Texas was a great weekend. I think we executed really well and Chevy power was strong and allowed us to be upfront all day. We still have work to do, but we were able to finish second with what we had. Obviously it was the first weekend with the adjustments to the Covid . It is quite a bit different.

“Then we got to the Grand Prix of Indianapolis which is one of my favorites. We went there with our goal to win. Unfortunately we were only able to finish third. But considering the weekend, we did a great job as a team to execute again. And that shows the strength of the No. 22 team. To start a championship, you need to have the cohesion between people. I think we are showing that strength as a group, and that is going to prepare us in a very good dynamic going forward here.

“We have four races in two weeks, so obviously I have been taking a good time to recover. I’ve been very conscious of what to do to recover. Properly hydrate. I lost a mere 8 ½ pounds during the race at Indianapolis. I’m on my way to recovery, but it is definitely the life of an athlete. I just want to make sure going into Road America I want to present fully hydrated and full strength. It is going to be an interesting few weeks where that is going to become one of the priorities for the drivers going forward. But I’m excited because I’ve worked really hard for this and its paying off.”

“Its been strange. It is strange to go to the track without any fans. Its like being at a test session. Without the hype from the crowd, you don’t get the feeling of being a gladiator or a superstar. It’s quiet. It doesn’t have that racing feel. To me race fans make racing interesting. It’s a party every weekend when we go racing and without them, it is not. I’m excited about going to Road America and for the first time, we are going to open up the gates. I look forward to it. It is a great place to have people and for them to camp and see us racing around that beautiful track. Very excited that and for us, being back in Menards backyard. It is very important. In Wisconsin we always want to do well for that reason.”

“Quite frankly, big congrats to my team. I think the strategy that Kyle Moyer and Ben Bretzman put together, and Malcolm Finch calculating my fuel. He was extremely precise with how much fuel I had left in the tank and how much to use when. I think that was key. It was key to how much to push when others were pitting for example. We created a big difference when others were pitting. I was pushing as hard as I could for several laps and we made up a lot of seconds. In racing, a second is a lifetime. I think there was that. And then I was incredibly impressed with the Chevy power. I was able to pass people on the straightaway earlier than I have ever been before. Easier. I think Chevy has done a lot of work for horsepower and that gets me really excited for the Indianapolis 500. That really helped me.

“I am not going to give away any secrets here, but I think my physical preparation this past winter paid off. I was able to keep it at 100% the whole race and at the end I had a little bit of resources to try and get (Graham) Rahal. I was at the very very limit of my physical capabilities, so if that is the case, I think that a lot of people were very very struggling.”

“We are in the early stages of the aeroscreen. I have been one of the ones preaching this and in favor of the aeroscreen because it adds safety. We’ve been pioneers as IndyCar racers. We are pioneers in safety. We are the first to go forward with this type of device. Unfortunately it was too hot in the last race. But IndyCar is already looking at adjustments to try and help the drivers with cooling, venting and drink bottles placement and size. They know what to do. That’s exciting. We knew there would be some kinks along the way in the early stages certainly. I think we will be okay. But like you said, I’m working on my rehydration process. Right now preparing myself just like a race car to be tuned up for this week. Every weekend that is going to be very important.”

“To me, that would have been the perfect weekend to have fans. But the situation is what it is, and INDYCAR has done a great job with it. I think we are seeing the Penske organization stamp right now. We are seeing the changes at the track and the speedway, the track is beautiful. We’ve seen the upgrades in the monitors and the way the track looked and the evolution of Georgetown. It’s beautiful. I think having the triple header with INDYCAR, Xfinity and Cup together was phenomenal. I didn’t have much time to watch practices or anything, and I wasn’t allowed to stay for the Cup race unfortunately. It’s phenomenal. It is going to be a big shift for racing in America. It is going to change everything. We are going to attract fans from NASCAR to be interested in INDYCAR and vice versa. I think this is phenomenal.”

“Absolutely. I think it would be amazing if you can bring all the stars together in the same place. We talked earlier about a party – that would be a huge party for racing. Who knows what the future holds, to me it certainly seems like it could be a huge success.”

“That is a very good question. Actually I am really excited after this weekend. As you said it is one of my best starts. 2016 was a dream start, you couldn’t expect any better start. This is actually my favorite position. I am establishing myself as a championship contender right away. We are showing a lot of strength as a team and I love that because I am a team guy. I love to feel my guys behind me supporting me. All of us giving 100%. That is a phenomenal feeling for me. It is what I love the most about racing. But them we are chasing Dixon, and I do love chasing. I love to put pressure on him. Obviously he is on a roll right now, but that won’t be the case all year. At some point, we’ll be the one on a roll. We have managed two difficult weekends and come away with two podiums. I think that should get some people very worried about our possibilities in the future. Very excited. I think we are in a very good position. I think we are in a very good position. Much better start than we had last year and we finished second. I should be a very strong season.”

“I’ll tell you, its getting tough. It’s getting really tough out there! There are some really good kids coming up. Some really fast guys. Oliver Askew was impressive in qualifying. We’ve got Pato (O’Ward) and Rinnis (Veekay) – I started behind him, and he marched his way to the front. I was very impressed with his race pace. I only beat him on his last pit sequence. But he was very strong. He did a good job. I actually watched Rinnis in go karts not that long ago and was part of a jury to help him go up. I voted for him because I thought he had the right spirit. It is interesting to watch him work his way to the top. He’s definitely impressive. A lot of good kids. (Felix) Rosenquist is always there and Colton (Herta) is becoming more and more consistent. It is going to get tougher and tougher as the year goes on. It’s impressive to see how tight things are.”

“Oh no, and I wouldn’t give it to them anyhow. (LAUGHS) It is competition out there and I love winning. I wake up every more trying to find the edge; try to find more. There are secrets and I’m not going to tell you my preparation. And I’m sure it’s the same for them. We all think we have found the new edge and so on and so forth. It is competition. That is what is so exciting about all of this. But I think I am done giving advice.”

“No he hasn’t been back. Haley (Pagenaud) has family here at home. She is staying with them. I don’t see any reason why we should take the risk traveling. I’m already taking the risk to travel and get to the track. My life is based around racing. If I couldn’t race, I would be devastated. I’m in good health and Ithink I would be okay with the virus, but I don’t want risk to compete this season. If Haley was to be positive and transmit the virus to me, then I couldn’t race, so we are trying to be as safe as we can be. I unfortunately don’t have them at the track with me for support. We have Facetime and I hope he’ll be back soon.”

“I actually talked to Jimmie and I feel terrible for him. It is a very important season for him. To me he is the GOAT for me and he is a great friend. It is a real shame what is happening. He has no symptoms. But it is what it is. We all have to be safe and make sure that everything goes back to normal. But I feel terrible for him.”


JULY 4, 2020


1st Scott Dixon (Honda)
2nd Graham Rahal (Honda)
3rd Simon Pagenaud (Chevrolet)
4th Colton Herta (Honda)
5th Rinius Veekay (Chevrolet)

Simon Pagenaud moved to second in the point standings with a third-place podium finish in GMR Grand Prix on the Road Course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Pagenaud powered to third in the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet, from the 20th starting position.

Chevrolet claimed four of the top-eight finishers in today’s 80-lap race on the 2.439-mile/14-turn road course inside of the famed 2.5 mile oval.

Rookie Rinis Veekay, No. 21 Sonax Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, finished fifth after starting 18th. Defending Series’ champion Josef Newgarden brought his No. 1 XPEL Team Penske Chevrolet finished seventh and Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet, finished in the eighth position.

Up next for Team Chevy in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES is a double header weekend at famed Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin July 11 and 12, 2020 with fans in attendance.

“Yesterday was not what we wanted with qualifying. We unloaded well but went the wrong direction with this basically new car. But it was a negative that became a positive. I think it sets us up for the season really early on knowing what we need for the car. We weren’t totally happy when we started the race and adjusted the Menards Chevy and got better and better. We were also able to keep the tires underneath us really well. We made a lot of ground under pit sequences by really, really pushing really hard when everybody pitted and we gained a lot of ground that way. The yellow helped us a bit because we pitted about five laps before so that did help us. In the end we had good pace. It was really hard to move the car so thanks to all the extra training I put in since it was a really physical race. I also want to say a big thanks to Chevy because that was a lot of horsepower in the straightaway and helped me pass all of those people. Just a big thanks to them.”

“I drove the best race of my whole career! The team just gave me a great car, great strategy to go from P18 to P5. I drove my butt off! I have never been this tired after a race, but that’s what you get when you give 110%. Thank you to my guys and everyone at SONAX and Autogeek. I’m the happiest guy on earth right now!”

“It was a tough day – really disappointing. We got hosed today by the caution, both Will [Power] and myself. I felt like we had a pretty strong chance of being able to finish 1-2 and it’s a shame to miss it by just a little bit. We almost pitted right before it came out but went one lap longer. I guess it was a good day in reality. We got up to the front there with Will running 1-2 and then wound up in the back with the yellow. From there we just tried to claw back our way as much as we could from 15th or 16th. It was just a tough pill to swallow in the middle there. Our XPEL Team Chevy car was good. I felt really proud of us this weekend and thought we made nice little baby steps every session and we seemed to be getting better. I thought we were relatively decent compared to Will who seemed to be the best this weekend. It was awesome to have XPEL on the car this weekend and at the end of the day it was just a shame we weren’t able to convert and finish the race 1-2.”

“I think every day where you can improve positions from your qualifying, is a good day. We got some solid points but we are not quite where we want to be or where I want to be. If you are in this championship to be finishing eighth, you are here for the wrong reasons. We want to win, we want to be on the podium. The Arrow McLaren SP cars had the pace, we just didn’t quite get everything out of our third stint which cost us a lot of track position and we had to make that up in the end. I think overall, we finished, we improved, we were on pace, and we have some good information to improve for Road America.”

“We had a really good start; really, a good first half of the race. I was happy with the car at the beginning, but fuel saving was tough for us. We had a bit of a difficult strategy call to make from there. But you know what, we put some points on the board, we hung with it, we’re still in the fight. Happy to get Race 1 with the U.S. Air Force Chevrolet under our belts!”

“We showed so much promise this weekend, at least up until about halfway through the race when that yellow came out and we were running eighth. I think if you can keep up in eighth for half of the race, you’ve obviously got the pace to stay there. Annoyingly we got shafted by that yellow. We were one of the last to pit in that cycle, so we came out near the back and we had to use the black tires at some point so we went even further back. We were quick toward the end with the fresh red tires. Rosenqvist, Hunter-Reay and I all picked off a few and gained a few positions. Then we picked up a rear shim problem with 10 laps to go. We lost our rear shims, so my steering went out and I couldn’t really attack. I think we should’ve easily had a top-10 finish, but it just didn’t work out in our favor today. The good thing is that the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet has been quick the last few races, so we know the car is strong heading into Road America this weekend.”

“While I think that 18th is not the result that the No. 4 Tresiba team wanted out of this weekend, I’m really proud of the guys. They fought hard all day. All three pit stops were money. The car had decent pace at times but I think there was room to improve. I know the engineers and I already have some ideas heading into the doubleheader next weekend at Road America. It was a hot, physical race and I know the guys were hot because they don’t get the same breeze I do in the cockpit. So overall a good weekend, a learning weekend. We’ll move on from here and be better next time.”

“We had a great Verizon Chevy and definitely had the speed that we showed in qualifying. Just got caught out by a unfortunate caution that really didn’t help. After that, we had a problem in the pits that cost us a lot of time and then there was no chance to recover. Chevrolet did a really great job with the power and we had awesome car, but we just had a tough day. This Verizon team is fast, we just need to put a full race together.”

“Alright, that’s a wrap for my first NTT INDYCAR Series race. First of all, I have to thank AJ Foyt Racing and K Line Insulators USA, they gave me a great car. We’ve been working on it all weekend. It’s been a tough condensed weekend for me being a rookie with minimal testing coming in. Had a lot of work cut out for us and we didn’t really put a foot wrong, finished all our laps, got lots of experience and I think that was the goal for this weekend so I’m happy that we can walk away having checked that box. We’re going to debrief with the 4 car and the engineers and see what we can learn. And now that my appetite’s been whetted for this kind of racing, I can’t wait to come back next weekend at Road America.”

“We had a fast car today after a strong warm-up when we were sixth quickest. We moved up well early in the race and our strategy looked very good. But we caught the yellow flag just at the wrong time and it cost us big time. I truly believe we had a shot at a top ten finish today. Considering the DRR guys had not run a road race in seven years and never at the IMS road course, our pit stops were excellent, and the car improved every session we ran including the race. My only IMS road race was in 2014 and an IMSA sports car race. So, with experience now after today, I’d love to come back here for the October road race. It was very impressive how the whole team came together with their first road race in so many years. Sure, it was hot in the cockpit, but I feel very good after the 80 laps. It was a successful weekend for us. We are all excited to come back next month for the Indy 500 now.”

“It was really unfortunate and unacceptable, to be honest, to have a result like that. I will have to check with the guys to see exactly what happened but after watching the replay, I just lost the rear of the car. It was toward the end of a stint so the rears were starting to go which caught me off guard. I’m really sorry to the entire Arrow McLaren SP team but we will move on and push for a good result in Road America next weekend.”


JULY 3, 2020


POS.  DRIVER                                                       
1st        Will Power (Chevrolet)
2nd      Jack Harvey (Honda)
3rd       Colton Herta (Honda)
4th       Graham Rahal (Honda)
5th      Oliver Askew (Chevrolet)
6th      Josef Newgarden (Chevrolet) 

For the 58th time in his NTT INDYCAR SERIES career, Will Power has captured the NTT P1 Pole Award behind the wheel of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. It is the fourth time the 2014 Series’ champion and 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner will lead the GMR Grand Prix of Indianapolis field to the green flag. 

Power’s number one starting spot is the sixth for Chevrolet on the Road Course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Power has three GMR Grand Prix wins to his credit after starting on the pole for each of the victories. He is tied with Team Penske and last year’s GP winner Simon Pagenaud who also has three wins of GMR GP.  

Additional Team Chevy drivers joining Power in the Firestone Fast Six were Oliver Askew and Josef Newgarden. Askew will start his No 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet in the fifth spot alongside the two-time and defending champion Newgarden in the No. 1 XPEL Team Penske Chevrolet. 

Jack Harvey, Colton Herta and Graham Rahal completed the field of the first Firestone Fast Six  of the 2020 season. 

NBC will broadcast The NTT IndyCar Series GMR Indy GP live at 12:00 noon ET on Saturday, July 4th.  Coverage can also be found on the INDYCAR Radio Network, network affiliates, Sirius 211, XM 205, and the INDYCAR Mobile app powered by NTT DATA.


WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET – POLE WINNERFOR THE 12TH CONSECUTIVE SEASON, YOU HAVE SCORED AT LEAST ONE POLE. YOU STEP A LITTLE CLOSER TO HISTORY. YOU’RE JUST NINE AWAY FROM MARIO ANDRETTI FOR ALL-TIME LEADER IN POLES IN THE INDYCAR SERIES. WHEN YOU FINISHED THAT LAP, YOU LET OUT A BIG SIGH, LIKE I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING ELSE. DID YOU LEAVE ANYTHING ON THE TABLE IN THAT LAP?“No, nothing on the table in that lap. I knew that (Jack) Harvey had a pretty good time up there, so we put our best set on for the last run and I just gave it my all. Fortunately, it was enough. But man, the heat. I just want to jump into an ice bath right now, I’m so bloody hot!”

AFTER THE LAP YOU SAID ALL WE NEED TO DO IS CONCENTRATE ON THE THINGS WE’RE GOOD AT. WHAT’S THAT?“That’s the lesson from Texas. We don’t need to be trying to get out first. If you’re thinking of that, you’re going to make a mistake, or I don’t need to be thinking about winning. You just need to be thinking about what you’re really good at, which is for me, driving; and for the crew the stops that they’ve done thousands of. We’ve all had a chat and we all understand that. That’s how we’re going to win a championship.”

YOU ARE UNDEFEATED WHEN YOU START ON THE POLE HERE. HOW IMPORTANT IS THAT GOING INTO TURN 1 TOMORROW AFTERNOON?“Yeah, it’s a long stretch. You’ve got to get a good jump, but they’re going to be on you anyway, even if you get a good jump. So, just be smart and get through that first corner. I think being on the pole is definitely a good spot. You’re probably going to be out of a bit of harm’s way, but there are obviously a lot of hungry guys behind you trying to gain some positions.”

OLIVER ASKEW, NO. 7 ARROW MCLAREN SP CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 5THYOU JUST NOTCHED-UP YOUR BEST-EVER INDYCAR QUALIFYING PERFORMANCE. WHAT A GREAT EFFORT TO MAKE THE FIRESTONE FAST SIX. THAT LAP GETTING TO THE FAST SIX, THAT LAP IN Q-2 WAS AWESOME“Yeah, my No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet was unreal today. We made some really good changes after practice and it was just flawless. I felt at-one with the car and those are some really good feelings. The goal was to lead Q-1. After that, it was all gravy. Went we went first in Q-2, I was like, okay, we’ve got a shot at the pole here. And I wish we were able to put a new set of reds on for Q-3 because that was my first time experiencing used reds. So, I think we have a little bit to learn there, but all-in-all, it was a great day for the guys.”

WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND?“Honestly, I felt pretty calm. Like I said, the goal was to just get through Q-1 and after that, I was just enjoying myself out there. This is a track that I have a lot of experience at and a lot of really good memories, too; so I’m just really happy to be here.”

CAN YOU CREATE ANOTHER ONE TOMORROW?“We’ll see. We’re going to try and repeat what we did in Texas a couple of weeks ago. A top 10 would be fantastic, but we’re not holding back.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 1 XPEL TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 6TH“We couldn’t really get going there on that lap. You know I came out of the pits and had a huge lockup to start the lap on the first corner. I’m not sure. It snuck up on me and hasn’t done that all day. You know I’m sure I have an influence on why that happened, but not 100-percent positive why we got such an aggressive lock up. We had one lap on the tires ready to go just like Will. I thought we were getting better all session but were a little bit behind him all day. We definitely need to work on our pace, and I felt like we were getting there. You come to this track and you don’t see the separation of people on-track. Everyone is just kind of the same speed. There’s definitely people that shine. Obviously Will [Power] and Simon [Pagenaud] have been very good here but it doesn’t separate people out, so you’re all clumped together. Team Chevy has worked with us all session and we were pulling forward they were giving us a little more each time. I think we can still have a good show with XPEL tomorrow and go for a win.” 

CONOR DALY, NO. 20 U.S. AIR FORCE ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 8TH“We felt like we had a lot of grip on the red tires. For some reason, there’s a big difference in tires for us. On the blacks, the car just doesn’t quite come in the way I like it. As soon as we put on reds, I can really get on it, even on Lap 1. We have to try and bring those balances a little closer together for tomorrow, but I’m super pumped. We’ve got the U.S. Air Force Chevrolet, all of us here together for the first time at Ed Carpenter Racing, this is a great start. We’re right in the fight starting 8th. That’s all we want a chance to be up there and get good points at the end of the day.”

MAX CHILTON, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 10TH“All-in-all I’d say it was a pretty decent day for us. We were up front quite a bit in practice this morning and then we dropped down and ended up 18th toward the end of the session, but I knew we were quicker than that for qualifying. Surprisingly I came in from my final run in the first round of qualifying and was having a hard time finding myself on the time sheets and then realized I was up in P2 and moving onto the second round with the rest of the top 12. We went out in the second round and the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet was really good, but I didn’t really drive to the grip levels because I was worried about the temperature. I went out and did what I’d done before but tidied it up on the first lap on reds. Then on the second lap I went out thinking there was no way I was going to go any quicker so let’s just over drive it and see what we can do and ended up actually going quicker. Unfortunately, I think it just proved that I didn’t get the most out of the first lap, but that does prove that Gallagher Chevrolet is quicker than where we are so hopefully we’ll have a good day tomorrow and move quickly through the field to the front.”

PATO O’WARD, NO. 5 ARROW MCLAREN SP CHEVROLET – Qualified 13th“We were just outside of getting into the Fast 12 and competing for a spot in the Firestone Fast Six. The No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet is super fast and I think we showed that at times throughout the day. I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s race and making my way to the front. Congrats to my teammate, Oliver, for qualifying fifth and make sure to watch us both tomorrow on NBC at 12:00 p.m. ET.” 

RINUS VEEKAY, NO. 21 SONAX ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 18TH“It was a tough first qualifying in IndyCar. We had a pretty good first run on blacks, then went to reds. I anticipated having two flying laps, but at the end of my first one I caught the checkered. It’s a bummer, I think there was more time the car if we’d had a second lap. We’re starting 18th, which isn’t where we wanted to be but we’ll make the best of it.” 

SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 MENARDS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 20THAFTER PRACTICE, YOU SEEMED QUITE CONFIDENT. WHAT HAPPENED IN QUALIFYING?“On the red tires, just having a lot of push, so I couldn’t complete the corners which then translates into lap time. It’s so tight here, you’ve got to be able to roll the speed in those corners and, unfortunately we missed out. We missed it. We missed the balance. Unfortunately, this morning we felt pretty good. And then I think the adjustment we made went in the wrong direction.”

BUT YOU KNOW HOW TO GET FROM THE BACK TO THE FRONT. YOU STARTED 8TH LAST YEAR AND ENDED-UP WINNING THE RACE. YOU’VE DONE IT FROM FURTHER BACK THAN THAT, BEFORE. “Well, you can play with downforce levels so you can really decide to run less downforce and you’re a lot quicker on the straightaway. The downforce, when you lay that rear wing down, there’s a lot of gain in speed. I think we might have to do that tomorrow. We’ll see. The degradation rate was low, so that might help us to make that decision.” 

SAGE KARAM. NO. 24 WIX FILTERS DRYER & REINBOLD RACING CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 23RD“It was a big IndyCar first for the DRR crew and I on the IMS road course. So we’ll take P23 in qualifying in our initial day on the track. We are chipping away at it and getting stronger each run. We had a small car issue in practice when we stalled on the track. But we got it back quickly and I was able to finish the practice session. We are going to have to work some magic in the race tomorrow (Saturday) but I’m feeling good! Thank you to all the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing WIX Filters boys for the continued hard work!” 

CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 4 TRESIBA AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 24TH“Honestly, pretty disappointed. It was not the result that anyone at AJ Foyt Racing wants, not anything that the No. 4 car wanted, but I still have a huge amount of faith in the team, the guys, the engineers tonight. Headed into the engineering office, we’re gonna work on it, look through all the data, talk about previous experiences here plus what tomorrow’s going to bring strategy-wise, weather-wise. It’s supposed to be another hot one tomorrow, so that changes a little bit with what we do, but I have every bit of confidence that come warmup tomorrow morning the No. 4 Tresiba Chevrolet will be faster. And then in the race we’ll roll some strategy dice and hopefully end up inside the top 10.” 

DALTON KELLETT, NO 14 K-LINE USA AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 26TH“First INDYCAR qualifying is in the books. What better place to do it than at Indianapolis? This is the track that means a lot to me and means a lot to the team – all their history here – so I can’t think of somewhere better to have that great first experience. It’s definitely been a learning day without having a lot of testing in the offseason given the big break and all that. Just trying to go hard right off the bat on the Firestone reds — it’s pretty tough — and definitely something that I’m going to have to learn and get better at as the season progresses. But I think we’ll be reviewing the day, looking at the onboard between the 14 and the 4 cars and seeing what we can learn from that and make improvements for tomorrow’s race.”


CHEVY RACING IN NTT INDYCAR SERIESGMR GRAND PRIXINDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAYINDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA TEAM CHEVY ADVANCEJULY 2, 2020RACE #2 OF 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERES:Chevrolet will play a major role in the upcoming historic weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For the first time Team Chevy teams and drivers in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Cup Series will compete at the famous race track on the corner of 16th and Georgetown in Indianapolis, Indiana. A total of 57 Team Chevy drivers will compete for a win at the track nicknamed the Brickyard.  

The 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season begins in earnest with Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix on the Road Course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the first race of the trio of professional motorsports series making racing history. 

A total of 11 Chevrolet-powered teams and drivers are ready for the battle in the GMR Grand Prix on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course utilizes some of the 2.5-mile oval, including the short chute between turns one and two, through turn one and down the front straightaway before diving back into the infield.   

Chevrolet has had great success in the GP of Indy with five poles and five wins in the six races held there to date. 

Simon Pagenaud is ready to defend his spectacular 2019 victory in the rain, again behind the wheel of the bright No. 22 Menards Chevrolet.  

After scoring two podium and three of the top-five positions at Texas, the Chevy IndyCar 2.2 liter turbo charged direct injected V6 teams and drivers are ready to get their rhythm going for the remainder of the season, but especially for the return to Indianapolis Motor Speedway in August for the Indianapolis 500. 

 Fans have multiple options for listening and watching all of the on-track activities. NBC Sports telecasts: Qualifying, 4:30 p.m. ET Friday, July 3, NBCSN (live); Race, noon ET Saturday, July 4, NBC (live).  

INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: Mark Jaynes is the chief announcer alongside analyst Davey Hamilton. The GMR Grand Prix race airs live on network affiliates, Sirius 211, XM 205, and the INDYCAR Mobile app powered by NTT DATA.  All NTT INDYCAR SERIES practices and qualifying are available on and the INDYCAR Mobile app. NBC Sports Gold livestreaming:

All NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice sessions and qualifying will stream live on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold, NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer live streaming product.  

At-track schedule (all times local): Friday, July 3 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice, NBC Sports Gold 4:30 p.m. – Qualifying for the NTT P1 Award (three rounds of NTT INDYCAR SERIES knockout qualifications), NBCSN (Live) Saturday, July 4 9-9:30 a.m. – NTT INDYCAR SERIES warmup, NBC Sports Gold Noon – NBC on air 12:01 p.m. – “Drivers, start your engines” 12:08 p.m. – GMR Grand Prix (80 laps/195.12 miles), NBC (Live)1 

Immediately following the conclusion of the NTT IndyCar race, 28 Camaro SS drivers will also compete on the road course in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Then the finale on Sunday will see 18 Camaro ZL1 1LE drivers will take to the 2.5-mile oval and race for the right to be called an Indianapolis Brickyard 400 winner. 

The NTT INDYCAR SERIES race and the NASCAR Xfinity race will be paced by a beautiful Camaro ZL1. The NASCAR Cup Series race will be led to the green flag by an all-new Chevrolet Silverado. 

BOWTIE BULLETSSince returning to INDYCAR manufacturer competition in 2012, Chevrolet has amassed 82 wins and 92 poles in 135 races along with six Manufacturer Championships. 

Chevrolet at IMS road course since 2014:o  5 wins (Will Power, 2015, ’17, ‘18); Simon Pagenaud 2016, ‘19) o  All five wins for Team Penskeo  5 poles (Will Power, 2015, ‘17, ‘18); Simon Pagenaud (2016); Sebastian Saavedra (2014)o  Power holds circuit qualifying lap record (1:07.7044), set in 2017o  Josef Newgarden holds circuit race lap record (1:09.3888), set in 2017o  Power (2015) holds most laps led (65) record by winnero  Pagenaud is the only driver to win on the IMS 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course and go on to win the championship (2016, with ChevrolPower is second all-time INDYCAR pole winner with 57 (behind only Mario Andretti with 67). The GMR Grand Prix (80 laps/195.12 miles) will see several driver and team adjustments among the 11 Team Chevy drivers compared to Texas. o  Dalton Kellett (A.J. Foyt Racing) makes his IndyCar series debut. Sage Karam (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing) and Max Chilton (Carlin) make their first 2020 season starts. Conor Daly (Ed Carpenter Racing) makes his first start with Ed Carpenter Racing after finishing in sixth with Carlin at Texas.   

QUOTABLE QUOTES: ROB BUCKNER, CHEVROLET RACING ENGINEERING PROGRAM MANAGER FOR THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES: “The Chevrolet teams and drivers are ready to get the INDYCAR Series kicked off in earnest on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend. We had a great race at Texas, but then we have had another long break. However, this time has given the Chevrolet engineers working with our teams and technical partners a great opportunity to take the learnings from the changes to the car this season, especially the aeroscreen, and work together to fine-tune those changes for upcoming stretch of races on a variety of tracks. With the highly technical Indy road course the first test. we are anxious to see if we have maximized the data to make key improvements to have a strong showing on Saturday. Chevrolet powered drivers have had great results in the six previous Indy Grand Prix events and we are looking forward to continuing that streak. Everyone wants to win at Indy!

FROM THE COCKPIT: JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 1 XPEL TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: “Indianapolis is such a special place. It’s like my second home so racing there means a lot to me personally, especially even more so now that Roger [Penske] owns the track. It’s such an honor racing for him but with this being our first race there since he purchased the track, it just makes it even more great. And not to mention this will be the first time ever INDYCAR and NASCAR have raced at the same track on the same weekend, and it’s the Fourth of July so it’s just going to be a huge event. I know myself and my crew on the XPEL Chevrolet are really pumped for this race weekend. We really miss the fans at our races but know precautions are necessary and are glad they will be joining us back at track soon. It’s going to be such a huge weekend for NBC and we are so thrilled to be part of it.” 

CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 4 TRESIBA AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET:“While the GMR Grand Prix usually kicks off the Month of May, this year’s race is just as exciting as INDYCAR and NASCAR come together to celebrate the July 4th weekend with a historic doubleheader. I’ve had great results on the IMS road course in the past and can’t wait to get on track for my first road course in the No. 4 Tresiba Chevrolet for A.J. Foyt Racing! The opportunity to race for A.J. is always special – it means even more when it’s at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!” 

PATO O’WARD, NO. 5 ARROW MCLAREN SP CHEVROLET:“The next few weeks ahead of us are going to be intense and eventful. There is no better place to start it off than at the GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Arrow McLaren SP and I have used this time off to prepare and be ready to tackle the challenges coming towards us at each track and event. I can’t wait to get going again this Friday and am really excited to be racing again on NBC. Hopefully Oliver and I can put on a show for all our fans and partners.” 

OLIVER ASKEW, NO. 7 ARROW MCLAREN SP CHEVROLET:“I’ve always enjoyed racing on the Indianapolis road course, and I’ve had a lot of success there on the Road to Indy. I hope to take that experience into my first INDYCAR road course race. I think that everyone at Arrow McLaren SP has set the foundations for a very good month of racing, so I’m looking to take advantage of the cars we have been working hard to put together. It will feel weird to be racing in Indianapolis without fans but hopefully everyone tunes in to NBC to watch the race at noon on Saturday.” 

WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET:“Any time we race at Indianapolis is always just something else. There’s so much history at that track and it means so much to our series. With Roger [Penske] owning the track now, it’s even more special knowing how much the series, the track and our team mean to him. The Verizon Chevy guys have prepared a really great car for this weekend. We have had some amazing success there as a team since Simon [Pagenaud] and I are still the only winners. This is such a fun road course and always is a place where the series really can put on a show. NBC has put a lot of time and effort into this race weekend and having NASCAR and INDYCAR at the same track during the same weekend will be really cool.” 

DALTON KELLETT, NO 14 K-LINE USA AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET:“I’m excited to get my season underway at the GMR Grand Prix. I couldn’t be more grateful for the chance to make my debut in the K-Line Insulators USA No. 14 Chevrolet! With the long delay to the start of my season, it will be important to maximize all available track time. Especially given the condensed schedule. As a rookie, I expect there to be obstacles to overcome and new challenges to face. I am confident in the team we have put together to take these on. The goal is to perform well and learn the most that I can in my rookie event.” 

CONOR DALY, NO. 20 U.S. AIR FORCE ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET: “After what seems like many months together as a team, we still have yet to race together! I’m very excited to get out there with Ed Carpenter Racing and complete our first race together! The car looks incredible, I can’t wait to get out there for the U.S. Air Force. ECR has done well at the GMR Grand Prix before so it’s time to get out there and compete for a win! We’re looking to get some good points and start off this three-weekend stretch strong.” 

RINUS VEEKAY, NO. 21 SONAX ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET:“I am really looking forward to the GMR Grand Prix, finally driving an Indy car at Indy! That’s something really special! I am excited to get to drive again and really get the season started now. We’ve got some really busy weeks coming up. I’m very confident and think we have a strong package for this weekend.” 

SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 MENARDS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET:“I am thrilled to go back to Indianapolis. My whole life changed last May when my Menards Chevrolet team had that incredible month by winning both the Indianapolis 500 and the INDYCAR GP. Memories I will never forget. Now we finally have the opportunity to return and attempt to win again. We have been very fortunate at Team Penske with that particular road course race since my teammate Will Power and I are still the only winners of the event, which says a lot about how our team works together. I have been training pretty hard since our last race at Texas. Training is such an important part of my race prep. It’s great to feel in the best physical shape and mental space of my career right now. I wish fans could join us but know they will be back soon and I know all of us in the series can’t wait to see them back starting back at Road America. So until then, we will do our best to put on a great show for all of the fans tuned into NBC.”

SAGE KARAM. NO. 24 WIX FILTERS DRYER & REINBOLD RACING CHEVROLET:“It’s been a long time for the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing team to run more than just the Indy 500. They have been trying hard to expand their IndyCar program and, this year, WIX Filters extended its partnership to run some road courses. We were already to go at St. Petersburg when the (COVID-19) pandemic lockout started. We had to pack up and take everything back to Indy. We had put in a lot of work with testing, simulation runs and purchasing some road course parts with Dallara. We were hoping to run more events in 2020. But some races were postponed or cancelled. So I’m very excited to run the IMS road circuit this weekend. The Indy GP was not originally on our 2020 schedule and I really wanted to do it. Now we get that opportunity. I ran a sim test recently for the IMS road course. I believe we are ready to go. It is a big learning curve for myself and DRR since it’s over seven years since DRR has run an NTT INDYCAR SERIES road race. I raced there in 2014 in the IMSA race with the Ganassi sports car and finished second. It was a tough situation at St. Pete as we were very excited to run there. And it just wasn’t me. There were guys moving up from the Indy Lights and other guys who were looking for full-time rides with new opportunities. It has been tough for all of the drivers to sit. Many guys had been chasing their dreams of IndyCar racing and had to wait. It’s good that we can show our sport in action again after so many sports have been halted. I think the drivers want to put on the best possible show for the fans because we all – teams, drivers, sponsors and fans – have missed the racing. The fans are what makes the racing world go round.” 

MAX CHILTON, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET: “I couldn’t be more excited to get back behind the wheel of the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet this weekend on the road course at IMS after being out of the car for so long. It’s been a long time to be away from a race track, but I’ve been putting in a lot of time at my home gym and thankfully I was able to get some time on the sim last week as well as some testing in one of Carlin’s F3 cars at Silverstone to get back into the swing of things. I love being at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and really enjoy driving the road course layout there, so I’ve been anxious to get back over to the US for this one. Conor and the team did a great job in Texas a few weeks ago and got us off to a great start, so I’m hoping I can keep us moving in that direction and come away with another solid result for Carlin and Gallagher.”  

Chevrolet INDYCAR Series Statistics 

Chevrolet has recorded six NTT IndyCar Series Manufacturer Championships since returning to manufacturer competition in 2012.

Chevrolet earned six consecutive CART Manufacturers’ Cup championships from 1988-93.

Chevrolet has recorded 12 driver championships, including four in the past five years.

Chevrolet has recorded 193 wins in Indy-style racing, including USAC, CART, Indy Racing League and IndyCar Series since 1965.

Chevrolet’s initial win, under USAC sanction, was by Al Unser in the Pikes Peak Auto Hill Climb on July 4, 1965.

Chevrolet has 82 wins and 93 poles in 136 in IndyCar Series races since returning to manufacturer competition in 2012.

Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Year-By-Year Results 2020 – 1 pole in 1 racePoles – Josef Newgarden (Texas)

2019 – 9 wins, 9 poles in 17 racesDriver/owner championship (Josef Newgarden/Roger Penske); Indianapolis 500 win (Simon Pagenaud)

2018 – 6 wins, 9 poles in 17 racesIndianapolis 500 win (Will Power

)2017 – 10 wins, 11 poles in 17 racesEngine Manufacturer Championship; driver/owner titles (Josef Newgarden/Roger Penske)

2016 – 14 wins, 13 poles in 16 racesEngine Manufacturer Championship; driver/owner titles (Simon Pagenaud/Roger Penske)

2015 – 10 wins, 16 poles in 16 racesEngine Manufacturer Championship; driver/owner titles (Scott Dixon/Chip Ganassi);Indianapolis 500 win (Juan Pablo Montoya). First manufacturer to capture all titles since Chevrolet returned to INDYCAR in 2012

2014 – 12 wins, 13 poles in 18 racesEngine Manufacturer Championship; driver/owner titles (Will Power/Roger Penske)

2013 – 10 wins, 11 poles in 19 racesEngine Manufacturer Championship; Indianapolis 500 win (Tony Kanaan)

2012 – 11 wins, 10 poles in 15 racesEngine Manufacturer Championship; driver/owner titles (Ryan Hunter-Reay/Michael Andretti)Total – 82 wins, 93 poles in 136 races






JUNE 6, 2020
FT. WORTH – Team Chevy’s 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season is officially off and running. And, as Texas Motor Speedway always delivers, the season-opening Gensys 300 was a 200-lap heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat, action-packed race. Reigning and two-time Series’ champion Josef Newgarden started the No. 1 XPCEL Team Penske Chevrolet on the pole and led 41 of the 200 laps. But the competition in the top-five was fierce and teammate Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 DXC Technology Chevrolet had set his sites on a trip to Victory Lane. The pair of Team Chevy drivers battled with the competition and the 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner brought home a runner-up finish followed closely by teammate Newgarden in third. It was a strong night for Team Chevy at Texas. Six of the top-10 finishers were Chevrolet powered. TOP CHEVROLET UNOFFICIAL FINISHING RESULTS:POS.   DRIVER2nd           SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 DXC TECHNOLOGY TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLT3rd       JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 1 XPEL TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET           5th       ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 SONAX ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET     6th       CONOR DALY, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET9th       OLIVER ASKEW, NO. 7 ARROW MCLAREN SP CHEVROLET10TH    TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 7-11 AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET Charlie Kimball in his debut with AJ Foyt Racing was on his way to a top-five finish, but contact with the wall leaving pit lane after the final pit stop with laps quickly winding down relegated the driver of the No. 4 Novo Nordisk Chevrolet to 11th place. Pato O’Ward, No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet finished 12th with Will Power bringing 2nd.the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to the checkered in 13th place. Rookie Rinus Veekay had a rough start to his NTT INDYCAR SERIES career. After a very hard crash in practice that the team thrashed and was able to present to pre-race tech, but on lap 38 he got too high in Turn Two and got in the marbles. The No. 21 Sonax Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet went into a spin and contact was made with another car. While he climbed out of his car uninjured, the car was too badly damaged to continue and he was scored 22nd. TOP FIVE UNOFFICIAL FINISHING RESULTS:POS.  DRIVER                                                             1st       Scott Dixon (Honda)2nd      Simon Pagenaud (Chevrolet)3rd       Josef Newgarden (Chevrolet4th       Zach Veach (Honda)5th      Ed Carpenter (Chevrolet)The NTT IndyCar Series season continues at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 4th for the GMR Grand Prix. Live coverage will air on NBC and IndyCar Radio as well as SiriusXM
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER QUOTES:SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 DXC TECHNOLOGY TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: – Finished 2nd:WITH SO MANY VIBRATIONS, HOW DID YOU MANAGE THEM ALL EVENING LONG?“It was a tough situation. But, we knew coming in, obviously the situation is very difficult for the IndyCar Series, you know, putting together the race and making sure that we could put on the show to entertain people. That’s really what we do and what this business is about. And, I was very proud to carry the DXC Technology colors here. They’re from Texas. It was just an intense night. We had balance change. Some stints we went really loose. One stint we went under steer. It was difficult to understand, so I had to be very cognoscente of that with the adjustments in the race car. But it was a lot of fun. I enjoyed it.”
YOUR TEAMMATE, JOSEF NEWGARDEN, HAD VIBRATION ISSUES AS WELL. BEHIND THE WHEEL, WHAT CAN A DRIVER DO WHEN YOU’RE DEALING WITH SOMETHING LIKE THAT?“Well, it’s the same for everybody. So you’ve got to do the best you can with what you have and this is what today was about. Actually, I enjoyed it. I think it’s tough. One-day racing. I thought it was fun. I thought it was action-packed, for sure. I wish we had the fans here. That’s what we’re missing very much.” JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 1 XPEL TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET – Finished 3rd:“I feel like we won the race with how bad we were. My team fought. If there’s anything we have, it’s an incredible fighting spirit. We do everything we can to finish the race as best as possible. But, we were just struggling. I was really struggling with vibrations in the tires. For whatever reason, our set-up philosophy kind of fell apart on us. It wasn’t favoring the race condition. And I just struggled. I was really struggling. So, congrats to Scott (Dixon, race winner). They were amazing. The Chip Ganassi cars were amazing tonight. They definitely deserved the win. But, I’m really happy we were able to fight for a podium and keep up there.
“I feel bad for XPEL. We got the pole and they were pumped to try an win this race and I said, hey, we’ve got to do the best that we can to try and win. But, we had a great result. It was great to have them on the car for their first time out. We’ll have another race with them and try and get another victory at some point. But, Team Chevy did a great job. We were close. We didn’t have what it took to fight for the win tonight.”
TONIGHT, YOU DIDN’T HAVE THE SPEED BUT YOU CAME BACK WITH THE FINISH. IS THIS THE KIND OF RESULT YOU WERE TAKING ABOUT WHEN YOU SAY, THAT’S WHAT WE NEED IN 2020 IF WE’RE GOING TO REPEAT AS CHAMPION?“Yeah, definitely. There were times when I felt like I was going to wreck the car and we kept it off the wall. We came home with a podium finish, which is really good. And that’s what you have to do all year long. If I can win the race, I’m going to go for the win. But tonight was not that night. So, we tried to pick up the pieces and finish as strong as possible. And, that’s what this team is capable of. They execute every stop for me. I’ve got the best of the best on my car. Tim (Cindric) is always calling a great race, and that’s just why we were able to finish up front on a tough night. So, we’ve got to re-group, you know? I’m not pleased with third. I want to go win a race. And I know all these guys do behind me, so we’ll figure out what wasn’t right tonight. We’ll fix it. And we’ll come back for a win.” ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 SONAX ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET – Finished 5th AT ONE POINT, FOR THAT FINAL RESTART, WE THOUGHT YOU MIGHT BE FIGHTING FOR A PODIUM SPOT. ULTIMATELY, YOU FINISHED 5TH, BUT WHAT HAPPENED ON THOSE CLOSING LAPS?“I was being pretty aggressive. I had a good shot at getting Josef (Newgarden) on the restart out of (Turn) 2 and I got way loose as I was going under him out of (Turn) 2 and kind of lost my run. And then, he was struggling so much in (Turns) 1 and 2, I was trying to pressure him and just got too close, and that opened the door for Zach (Veach, finished 4th). But, I’d rather go for a podium than fourth or fifth. It doesn’t really matter to me. It’s the same difference. It would have been nice to be on the podium.
“But the ECR team did a great job all night. Pit stops were awesome. It was obviously a track position race. Team Chevy was great. I think we had a car that if we could have ever gotten to the front, I think we could have really challenged. We were kind of in the back of the line all night, just slowing picking people off and getting people in the pits, but it was a tough night. It was a long race. But, it’s great to be back and good to be back racing. Firestone did a good job in tough circumstances. I know they can bring a better tire than that. They know they can bring a better tire than that. But, when you can’t make tires because of COVID-19, this is what we get. So, hopefully the fans enjoyed it. We’ll have a lot better stuff yet to come.”
IT WAS A TRYING DAY FOR YOU AND FOR THE TEAM AS A WHOLE. YOUR ROOKIE TEAMMATE HAD HIS INCIDENTS IN BOTH PRACTICE AND THE RACE. AND YOU HAD A MOMENT IN PRACTICE, AS WELL. BUT WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT THIS TEAM TO COME OUT HERE AND PUT TOGETHER RESULTS LIKE THIS?“It was tough. Everything I kind of asked Rinus (Veekay) to do, he didn’t really do. I wanted him to just be patient and be careful. The last thing I told him before the race was to don’t go high and stay out of the marbles. So, we’ve got a little work to do there on the sponginess of him, but he can drive the car. I mean, he was coming forward with virtually no practice and never running an oval in an IndyCar race. He’s going to get there; it’s just going to be challenging here at times. But we still love him.” CONOR DALY, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET – Finished 6th“It was an awesome night and I knew we had a great car in the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet. I messed up a little bit in qualifying and just under drove it, but we made up for it with such a great race. The team had great pit stops, really incredible pit stops all night. The car was fantastic to drive and it really gave me the confidence to go forward. We made such a great improvement from last year. To be honest we probably should’ve been in the top five, but we just got a little loose in those last three laps and just couldn’t hang onto it. I was driving it pretty sideways for final couple laps. I’m just super thankful to Carlin and Gallagher for giving me the opportunity to be here with the team and to be in the series. It’s such a great way to start out the championship.”
OLIVER ASKEW, NO. 7 ARROW MCLAREN SP CHEVROLET – Finished 9th“It ended up being a great day for Arrow McLaren SP and the No. 7 team. The whole crew and Chevrolet put a great car under me and we were able to execute our game plan perfectly. To finish in the top-10 in my first-ever INDYCAR race is more than I could have asked for. We are carrying a ton of momentum into the Indy GP and I think we will only get stronger as a team. This is a great way to begin the partnership between Arrow, McLaren, and Schmidt Peterson, and I’m happy we could have a good result after months of preparation. Thank you to everyone at Texas Motor Speedway, INDYCAR, Roger Penske, and the state of Texas for making this race happen.” TONY KANAAN, NO 14 7-ELEVEN AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET – Finished 10th“A difficult race. I had a little mistake in pitlane. First time in 23 years, I got a speeding violation and that cost us track position. From then on I was just trying to minimize the damage because track position was extremely important. But I had a great qualifying and at the end of the race, we actually got lucky and got the yellow at the right time and we gained seven positions and finished in the top 10 so I’ll take it.” CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 4 TRESIBA AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET – Finished 11th“A disappointing result for a really strong night for the Tresiba Chevrolet team. The car was so good. We unloaded pretty well, and I think we made it a little bit better, qualified solidly and then the green flag came out and the car felt so good I was able to make moves and move forward. A small miscalculation in pit lane meant that we had to make an unscheduled pit stop which was unfortunate which put us back and we got caught up and ended up with a little bit of damage at the end of the race. Still two AJ Foyt Racing cars finishing 10th and 11th, I think it’s a solid start to 2020. I can’t wait to get back in the car for the next NTT INDYCAR Series race.” PATO O’WARD, NO. 5 ARROW MCLAREN SP CHEVROLET – Finished 12th“I think it was a good first race for everyone at Arrow McLaren SP. Our first objective was to finish and the second objective was to get into the top-10. We were just two positions shy of getting into the top-10 but my teammate Oliver did a fantastic job and ended up in ninth. I ended up 12th because of a personal mistake during one of the pit stops. I think for not practicing much and coming into this track not knowing anything about it, coming out with a 12th place finish after starting from the back is a huge positive. It’s something that will give us momentum going to the Indy road course in a month. I think it was a great start for the whole Arrow McLaren SP team, our fans, and our partners. It definitely left us wanting more.”
WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET – Finished 13th:“The Verizon Chevy was really good, it was just so hard to pass. Obviously, we had a mishap on a pit stop and that put us at the back and, man, there were four cars that went 36 laps on the first stint. I feel like they should be penalized, it’s unbelievable. That could be four more positions for me. It was a frustrating night. We had a mistake that put us in a bad place and it’s just unfortunate.”
RINUS VEEKAY, NO. 21 SONAX ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET – Sidelined in crash on Lap 36 – Finished 22nd“I got a little too high around Santino, lost the rear in the marbles. Got collected by Alex. It’s very, very unfortunate. I expected my debut to be a lot different. I’m so sorry to the team. We’ll get better from here. I had very limited time, a lot of learning but unfortunately I crashed twice. I will have to sleep and think about it for a month But our Ed Carpenter Chevy was good.”


Lando Norris gives Arrow McLaren SP first victory in NTT INDYCAR SERIES IRacing Challenge with teammate Pato O’Ward second

Chevrolet remains unbeaten with five wins in the six-event NTT INDYCAR IRacing Challenge

DETROIT (April 25, 2020) – Chevrolet remains unbeaten in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES IRacing Challenge and Arrow McLaren SP scored the teams’ first win and capped that with a one-two finish. 
McLaren F1 second year driver Lando Norris took his first attempt at an INDYCAR IRacing and drove right to the top of the podium at the Virtual Circuit of The Americas. 

Full-time Arrow McLarn SP INDYCAR driver Pato O’Ward finished a close second to his teammate.

“It was not easy,” said Norris. “It was a tough race but especially close to the end with Pato closing down with new tires. I didn’t think I was going to get back to the lead so I was kind of gutted. But I got the call from my engineer to keep pushing, so I did. And we got there and got the win.”

But the young Englishman didn’t make it easy on himself. He spun coming back up to speed after the first of his two pit stops and had to make up a lot of lost positions as the laps clicked. Once he got his rhythm back, he put on a determined march to the front. 

Lando Norris crosses the Circuit of The Americas finish line first in the No. 04 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet (Photo Courtesy of Chevrolet)

“I have worked to get the best equipment I can so I can come as close as possible to replicating a real car on track which I think is a benefit with everything that is going on, I can drive almost every single day and keep progressing.”

Today’s runner-up finish was the best for O’Ward in the five events run in the six race series.

“It was good, but man, Lando is so good in the sim,” said O’Ward. “I have a lot to work on and spend some more hours in the sim. I just really got my unit right for this IndyCar IRacing Series. We are all trying to keep improving. Our whole team worked well together all week. I was pushing hard to get to Lando at the end,. but I couldn’t quite get to him.”

Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 Snap On Team Penske Chevrolet had scored back-to-back wins in round three and four. But today, on-track contact and time lost for repairs put the 2019 Indy 500 winner in the 14th finishing position. 
Team Chevy drivers scored the three of the top-four finished with Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin finishing fourth and six of the top-10 with Will Power, Renius Veekay and Josef Newgarden finishing sixth, seventh and 10th respectively.

The sixth and final event of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES IRacing Challenge is set for next Saturday, May 2nd with live coverage on NBCSN.

CHEVROLET IN NTT INDYCAR IRACING CHALLENGE VIRTUAL TWIN RING MOTEGI JAPAN: Simon Pagenaud captures second consecutive victory of six-event series

Simon Pagenaud nabs second consecutive victory in the virtual INDYCAR racing world

Chevrolet remains unbeaten with four wins in the six-event NTT INDYCAR IRacing Challenge

DETROIT (April 18, 2020) – For the second consecutive week, Simon Pagenaud captured the victory in the NTT INDYCAR IRacing Challenge besting a hard challenge from Scott Dixon and a fierce wheel-to-wheel battle with teammate Will Power. 

A relative novice to the virtual world of IRacing, the 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner. was exhausted but happy after he captured his second consecutive win, both on ovals.

“That was a hard race. I had to battle with my teammate Will Power and then (Scott) Dixon there at the end.” said a tired but jubilant Pagenaud who piloted his No. 22 DXC Technology Chevrolet. “I work hard all week to be competitive and I think I am catching up and I think I am getting there.
“I also have great help from my real race engineer Ben Bretzman. He is a great help on race strategy and pit stops. I’m having a lot of fun, but it is still stressful. We are lacking a lot of feedback and having to learn a new way to race. But is is fun. I’m having a lot of fun in these iRacing events, but it can be stressful as I continue to learn this style of racing. I hope all the fans enjoyed it because I had a blast!”

Dixon finished second followed closely by Pagenaud’s Team Penske teammate Will Power in the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet. 

Power led a significant amount of laps, but contact during the fierce battle for the win in the closing laps relegated him to the final spot on the podium. 
“Man, I was really hoping Scott (McLaughlin), Simon (Pagenaud) and I were going to have a great fight for the win,” said Power. ” It’s frustrating that a lapped car kept us from doing that. It really hurt Scott but I’m happy that Simon was able to get the win for Team Penske eSports. The Verizon Chevy was great out front and it was nice to lead a lot of laps, but we didn’t lead the one that matters.”

After winning the pole, Robert Wickens was involved in a multi-car melee early in the race, but recovered to finish fifth in the No. 6 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. 

Next Saturday round five of the INDYCAR IRacing Challenge will be at the Virtual Circuit of the Americas.

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NTT IndyCar Series News Conference
Sage Karam No. 24 Wix Filters Chevrolet
Conor Daly No. 20 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet
Dale Earnhardt Jr.No. 3 Nationwide JR Motorsports Chevrolet

THE MODERATOR: Welcome, everyone, to today’s INDYCAR iRacing Challenge videoconference. My name is Kate Davis. I work at INDYCAR. I’m the director of communications.
Today we’re joined by three athletes competing in this weekend’s Chevrolet 275 from virtual Michigan International Speedway: Sage Karam, driver of the No. 24 Wix Filters Chevrolet; Conor Daly, driver of the No. 20 U.S. Air Force Chevrolet; and Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 3 Nationwide JR Motorsports Chevrolet.
Gentlemen, thanks for joining us today. I’ll kick it off with a question for each of you and then we’ll open it up to the media on the line.
Sage is our resident INDYCAR iRacing expert. You won our week 1 race, but you’re too young to have raced at Michigan, but you did race at Auto Club Speedway, which is quite similar. What should fans expect this weekend?
SAGE KARAM: I think from yesterday’s race running we did, I think it’s going to be a pack race kind of feel, kind of like Fontana was in 2015. But it’s going to be exciting, that’s for sure. I just think we need to stay off of each other, and we should be all right.
I think once it comes race time, I think it’ll be a bit better. I think the guys will then know that the race is on the line and stuff like that. It’s just kind of the same thing that’s happened the last couple events. I think when we’re doing these practice runs and stuff, we just kind of go out there, have a little bit more fun, and then when the race comes we turn it down 5 percent or whatever we need to to get through it all. But no, it’ll be cool.
I think you’ll see like in the beginning of stints when the tires are fresh and good, you’ll see a lot of like three-wide action, and then as the stint goes on, the tires will start to wear a bit, guys will start battling some understeer, and I think you’ll see guys more single file and it spread out a little bit.
But we’re going to do another practice race with everybody today to see if we can work with some new weather settings and stuff to maybe make it a bit easier for us to race and stay off each other a little bit.
THE MODERATOR: Conor, we know you’re a big gamer, but up until recently you had not been a big iRacing guy. But in the NTT INDYCAR Series you typically have success at ovals. How has practice been going this week for you, and what should we expect from you this weekend?
CONOR DALY: Thank you. It’s been fun, honestly. Michigan was actually the first track that we got on when this whole iRacing INDYCAR challenge was set up. They had Michigan and Watkins Glen as two practice sessions because we didn’t really know what our first race was at the time. And we got on there, and it’s been a lot of fun, honestly. Like the racing there, the track being so wide, so many different lanes you can use, and just yesterday the practice race, honestly I was really impressed with all of us. I thought it was going to be a lot more chaotic than it was, and the racing is crazy. Like it’s very close. There was a lot of overtaking, but there was also — it thinned out a little bit at times. Pitting for tires was super important. And you know, I don’t know, I thought it was a lot of fun.
We ended up fighting up at the front for once. I know everyone is probably really surprised about that, but battling with Scott McLachlan for the lead, a lot of fun. So we hope to do that again.
But even if we’re 28th, I’m still probably going to have a great time. That’s what Michigan is all about, I think, and that’s what this weekend is going to be all about.
THE MODERATOR: All right, last but certainly not least, let’s welcome Dale Jr. who’s joining us. You’re the only driver here that has actually raced at Michigan International Speedway, obviously not in an INDYCAR but in a NASCAR. You have two wins in both the Xfinity Series and the Cup Series. How is practice going for you? I know you were a late entry this week. How excited are you to be participating this weekend?
DALE EARNHARDT JR.: Practice was a lot of fun, and I don’t have any time in the car on the simulator. I’ve been on iRacing for a couple decades, but I haven’t put much time on the INDYCAR, and obviously have no real-world experience, so there’s a lot of learning and trying to understand why the car reacts the way it does and what creates those issues because some of them are realistic and some of them may be because of the sim or the tire model of the sim. Just trying to understand how to stay out of trouble. Keep yourself out of trouble was what yesterday’s practice was about, and I’m looking forward to today, practicing some more with these guys.
I had such a great time when I went to the Indy 500 last year and I have so much respect for the guys that are in the field and the guys that we’ll be practicing with and racing with this weekend. It’s kind of fun for me to get to know their personalities a little bit and how they interact with each other was really fun yesterday during practice. I was just kind of sitting there listening to everybody go back and forth with each other, and it’s kind of funny. I kind of understand that camaraderie and the back and forth that they have is really similar to what we have in the Cup Series, and they’re all racers, you know, so it was — you know, I just hope that I can stay out of trouble, and that’s going to be the main thing early. There’s two kind of trains of thought there, that you can go real hard and try to keep yourself toward the front if you can because there’ll hopefully not be a lot of trouble up there, or if you’re not able to do that, you’ve got to hope that you don’t get caught up in anything going on in the middle or back of the back which is definitely probably going to have some action.
That’s what iRacing is all about, just trying to know when to stay out of trouble and then when to push. The tires are going to fall off a little bit. The car gets real, real tight in some circumstances that’s real challenging for everybody in the pack, and just knowing how to keep yourself out of trouble is the main thing.
Q. Conor and Sage, what, if any, attention has this brought you? Can this platform raise your visibility, and has it led to sponsorship either for iRacing or start of discussions on real-world opportunities?CONOR DALY: Well, I guess I’ll start. We didn’t really know what to expect from it at first. Obviously we have this incredible looking U.S. Air Force car, and we want to put it out on the internet because they’ve committed to us in real life and they’re willing to invest in me and our sport, and obviously in this difficult time in the world right now, we’ve got to give them as much as possible for being willing to commit to us in the first place.
I think we are honestly still in the early stages of figuring out how to make this work as good as we can.
The Twitch stuff is really kind of funny for me. I just did it two years ago just for fun because I play a lot of Call of Duty, and I play games, and I think sometimes we might say hilarious things, and I know Colton Herta and I play a lot, and some of the other guys, we’ve played a lot. We’ve played some Forza Motorsport, as well. It just gives you something — it’s all about building your brand, and if you have four different areas where your brand can build, Twitch, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, that’s more than, I guess, you’re used to with just the Facebook or Twitter or even Instagram.
To add a fourth element to that, maybe I continue to develop a YouTube channel, as well, who knows. There’s stuff that I think you’ll end up doing during this time that will no matter what help you in the long run, and that’s just what we’re trying to do is when we do go back to racing. Maybe we’ve built a bigger fan base, we’ve built a bigger brand for our sponsors and the people that do support us.
SAGE KARAM: Yeah, I agree with Conor. Just another point about the Twitch thing, the fans can see our reactions to certain events that take place, where before when we’re inside the cars and stuff, they don’t really get to see those things and hear what we say, and whether it’s good or bad things, I think the fans like to make that first-person connection with us and seeing how we go about it. It’s pretty interesting, you see different drivers, how they’re handling these situations and stuff, and it’s pretty cool.
I mean, I’ll be the first to admit, I watch Conor’s stream all the time because it’s pretty funny when he’s streaming these races, he gets on it pretty good with some jokes and stuff and he’s always entertaining to watch. It’s cool to see the personalities of some of these guys while they’re racing.
Q. Dale, greetings from another neighbor in Mooresville. You never had a chance to drive an INDYCAR in your career, so in a lot of ways this is a little bit new. You were a master of the draft in a stock car. How is drafting different in these cars at Michigan in the virtual world than maybe the way the car is handled in your world in NASCAR?DALE EARNHARDT JR.: Well, there’s one thing, where two wide was pretty common all day long at Daytona and Talladega in a Cup car, three wide seems to be real common in the INDYCAR. Not only are you worried about the guy beside you, whichever side he’s on, and the run you’re trying to create off the car in front of him, the run the guys have behind you, but most of the time you might have two guys beside you, you get boxed in real easy, and then when the car produces the runs, you don’t have something to do with it, you don’t have a place to go, and you have to make that decision for yourself to not take it, and that’s the hard thing to do but probably the best thing to do in a lot of situations is just to wait for another opportunity, another lap, another run.
Hopefully I have enough patience to do that. I definitely don’t want to be the one to start any crashes. I’m the new guy. It definitely is — I’m a fish out of water, and just being able to shift gears and have gear selection while you’re drafting and trying to understand how to produce opportunities using that is really foreign to me, so I’m learning on the fly. All these guys have been really helpful, the ones I’ve reached out to have been very supportive, and it’s a good group.
Q. And also when Harding Racing started a couple years ago, they chose No. 88 as a tribute to you. How excited or impressed were you when you heard that? And also Conor Daly is an alumni of a guy that’s driven that No. 88 in INDYCAR.DALE EARNHARDT JR.: I wasn’t sure if that was really a tribute to me or they just liked the font. Either way, I know the guy over the team or owns the team was a fan, I suppose, but I loved it. I thought it was beautiful. It’s a good-looking number and looks good on that race car. Looks good on their race car, and they’ve been able to develop that team and improve that team and it’s great to see the success that they’ve been able to have. I love seeing it out there.
Q. And finally, bringing some more of your fans maybe to tune in tomorrow to maybe see INDYCAR for the first time, how important is that?DALE EARNHARDT JR.: Well I think these guys have such great personalities, and they’re even more diverse than what we have in NASCAR because they’re from all over the world. I think that that’s the real value in the series is the drivers and their personalities and who they are, and so I’m “fan boying” myself just being out there hearing them talk, hearing them interact with each other, getting to know them better. I’ve got a few friends in the series but certainly want to know the other guys and get to know the rest of them really well, so this is such a great opportunity for me to do that, and I think the fans are really going to appreciate getting the opportunity to see them on the racetrack, on the virtual racetrack throughout this break, to get to know them even more.
Q. Dale, you mentioned you have a handful of friends in the INDYCAR Series. I’d be interested to know who are some of the guys you’ve looked to for some help getting adjusted to the car this week, whether it was Jimmie who I know has raced the last two weeks and isn’t going to be racing this week?DALE EARNHARDT JR.: Well, I reached out to Jimmie just to get temperature, get an understanding of his experience so far. But I have some guys in the iRacing service, customers that use the car a little bit to offer some advice. Rahal is a good buddy of mine. We’ve interacted over the last several years on a pretty regular basis. And Marco and me became pals over the last couple years. Simon — you know, when I went — Simon was on the podcast. Mr. Penske is going to be on the podcast Monday. I don’t even know if we’ve announced that yet.
I just had such a great opportunity, like I said, when I went there to the Indy 500, being in a NASCAR, being a NASCAR driver for all these years, there’s just no opportunities to go to these races. To actually be at the Indy 500 for the first time, my first INDYCAR race, to meet and interact with some of the drivers was a real treat for me and really got to see the series and the value in it and enjoy it.
I’ve met Conor a few times, great guy, going to ask him for some twitch advice here because I’m starting to try to figure out how to get Twitch going on my end, overlays and all that good stuff. So you know, it’s an opportunity to sort of connect with some of these people and create some friendships.
Q. You talked a little bit already about some of the intricacies with drafting, running three wide through some of the practicing that you’ve done thus far. Is there any one thing for you that’s been the hardest thing to adjust to or get the feel to jumping over from a Cup car sim to an INDYCAR this week?DALE EARNHARDT JR.: Well, the way they had the aero modeled in the INDYCAR on iRacing, it’s tough for me to understand what of that is realistic and what of that is exaggerated or whatever because the car will get real tight sometimes and I’m not quite — I haven’t quite really figured out why that happens and how to try to prevent that the best I can, whether it’s how I’m positioned behind the car in front of me, if I need to offset my car to that car some way, somehow, but sometimes the car just takes off, gets real tight off of Turn 2 particularly, and trying to — I think that’s really going to be the thing I’m most worried about right now is trying to understand that and trying to avoid that.
Sometimes the car gets runs, gets — you’re able to just take off and get a run in the draft, and again, I’m not sure — I want to know why. I want to know why, what produced that run and created that car to take off like that, because I want to be able to do it every time all the time.
Just trying to figure out what’s going on there. I have zero real-world experience in the car, so I don’t know what’s real and what’s not, what’s real and what’s iRacing. So I’m just trying to learn as fast as I can.
THE MODERATOR: Conor, Sage, you want to tell him?
CONOR DALY: No, because I have no idea.
DALE EARNHARDT JR.: I don’t know if he’s telling me the truth.
Q. Conor, you talked about having fun and talked about building a bigger brand through this on Twitch, and yet it’s been seen on the NASCAR side that interactions in iRacing can still have business and sponsor implications. How much fun can you have when knowing everything can still be dissected by sponsors, and how much of this is business versus fun?CONOR DALY: That’s a great point. I think that was really interesting obviously after the NASCAR race with what happened with Bubba. I mean, it’s not like we’re getting on the internet and going into like crazy mode. Yes, we’re getting emotional and we’re shouting at people sometimes, but only Will Power is the only one really insulting people, so I don’t really know what else is going on. We’re just all kind of having a great time.
But it’s just one of those things where, yes, is it a business? Absolutely. Like we’re still — we are still wearing our sponsors, we’re still — we can’t necessarily go out there and go super crazy. But yeah, you are going to get more emotional drivers or let’s say emotionally reactive drivers on the internet when you don’t — like certainly Alex Rossi and Colton Herta in my discord, you can’t see their faces. They don’t know they’re on camera or being recorded or whatever, so it’s harder to kind of police yourself in that sense.
But you know, I think in the end, if you don’t understand that, again, this is — we are trying to entertain people, like this isn’t something that — I don’t think anyone is going to get a job in a real race car after the iRacing INDYCAR Challenge, and I don’t think for sure anyone is going to lose their job because of what they do on the iRacing INDYCAR Challenge, so you’ve just got to remember that, hey, like — even me, I’m guilty — like I said literally yesterday in the practice race, I’m trying to have a great time, I’m having fun. I got so angry that I got wrecked on the last lap. I was curious. I left the discord, I haven’t talked to Colton Herta in 24 hours, I’ve been so mad at him, and honestly, I don’t know why. Like I shouldn’t be angry. But it was fun because you’re racing for the lead and we are competitors. We want to win this stuff.
You’ve got to just compartmentalize a few different emotions when the camera is rolling, and then yeah, hopefully come out the other side still with your job and all your sponsors.
Q. What does this do for maybe your brand if you think about that like compared to maybe running the Chili Bowl?CONOR DALY: Well, the Chili Bowl, I think that’s, again, diversifying your portfolio. You’re going to do something different, something out of your comfort zone. Simulator racing is out of my comfort zone, as well. But here we are. And I don’t really mind. I think I’m happy enough with what I can do in an INDYCAR and what we have the potential opportunity to do this year with Ed Carpenter Racing and Carlin this year to where I can go and do that and enjoy it and also might it go well? No. Might it go like — might it go great at some point? Yeah, that would be awesome. But yeah, just trying to learn different things and just trying to do as much as I can because you’re only young — I’m going to still call myself young, but you’re only young once, so I’m going to try and live it up a little bit.
Q. Dale, I’m just kind of curious, INDYCAR is kind of its own little community, and NASCAR is kind of also its own little community. How much curiosity is there amongst the NASCAR drivers, what’s going on in INDYCAR and vice versa? Obviously we’ve seen Jimmie try the iRacing a little bit, you’re going to be a part of this. There’s got to be some I would think.DALE EARNHARDT JR.: Oh, yeah, absolutely. There’s a ton. I think if you’re a race car driver, you certainly — you’re watching other forms of motorsport and you’re obviously curious as to how those cars drive and what they feel like and what the drivers are dealing with, are the cars comfortable, uncomfortable, how are they reacting to air and so forth.
I’m certain that all of the NASCAR drivers would really love to get that opportunity to understand everything there is about driving the INDYCAR, and I’m sure that the INDYCAR guys feel the same way about driving a stock car.
You see that curiosity — I’m going to tell you right now, doing the double is not easy. People talk about doing the double and how cool that is. It is cool, but it is really, really hard because you’re committing yourself to the entire month at INDYCAR and then you’ve got the — you’ve got all the month of racing on the weekend in stock car and you’re back and forth to meetings and trying to switch between profiles of how you approach the INDYCAR versus you driving the Cup car, and the fact that guys still do it with as much challenge as there is logistically and just trying to run well, the fact that guys are still trying to do that shows you that the curiosity is certainly there and people are trying to make it reality.
Q. For you, there’s no other way for you to be a part of anything INDYCAR when it comes to being in the cockpit than the circumstances we all are dealing with right now, so in a weird kind of way, it’s kind of cool — maybe that’s not the right word —DALE EARNHARDT JR.: No, it is. It’s cool. I love it. I might have been crazy enough to take up an offer to run INDYCAR in my 20s or maybe my early 30s, but I didn’t have the guts for it. As I got toward my 40s I certainly don’t have the balls for it today, but when I was — when I heard that there might be an opportunity for me to get out there on a simulator — I mean, I’m comfortable in the sim. I’ve spent a lot of time racing online, so I feel like I can hold my own with most of the customer base on there, and these are real-world guys. It’s just such an honor, I guess, to be out there and on the track with them.
I never would interact with them any other way, you know. I probably hardly know any of them, so it’s really cool to be able to be out there and just having fun. This is all really a lot of fun. There are some implications, and there are some business components to it, but for me it’s a great opportunity to showcase Nationwide as a partner of mine that they’ve been a partner for a really long time, but it is also an opportunity to kind of wade in this pool and have some fun with these guys.
Q. Dale, once racing returns to normal, do you think sim racing will kind of be a way for retired drivers such as yourself to keep racing competitively and then maybe even current drivers to keep racing during the off-season?DALE EARNHARDT JR.: You know, I don’t know what will happen once everybody goes back to racing in real life. Drivers are going to be so busy with that job that they’re not going to have a lot of time to devote to any kind of a schedule on sim racing.
Sim racing is, for everyone, for the most part, sim racing is just a way to go in there and blow off some steam and have some fun at any time you want. When it starts to become something that’s a bit scheduled, it loses a little bit of that sort of fun in the instance of just jumping in there and having fun and jumping on the surface and going at it.
But you know, so I think when these guys go back to their real jobs, they’re going to be so focused on that. A lot of them are going to park the simulator, probably never use it again, but some of them are avid users of the service and will continue just to have some fun on there and enjoy it the way they always did. I don’t know that we’ll ever see — and we might, I could be wrong. I’d love to be wrong, but I don’t know that we’ll ever see an official series with real-world racers that continues. That’s managed by the organization bodies like INDYCAR or NASCAR.
Q. Sage, you obviously have a ton of experience on the sim; what makes iRacing better than other games such as rFactor 2, Assetto Corsa, stuff like that?SAGE KARAM: I guess I just never really drove them all that much. I’ve been on iRacing since 2007, so like when it was in beta mode. So I’ve been a part of it for a long time. It’s just kind of always been the one I feel like when you go talk about major sim programs, like it’s always the top one people talk about.
I have all the other ones, but I’ve probably done like 10 laps on rFactor 2 and five laps on Assetto Corsa or whatever — I don’t even know what it’s called. So yeah, I don’t know. I’ve just been a part of iRacing for a while, and it’s cool to see the progression of it, just from even just a few years back when you’d have world championship races that iRacing had put together and everybody would be running those, and now like the amount of money that’s coming into sim racing, you look at the NASCAR world championship series presented by Coca-Cola, it’s a $300,000 prize pool, which is like pretty incredible for sim racers, and Porsche just put together a $250,000 or $200,000 prize pool for their championship, so the money is starting to get pretty huge in sim racing, and people are starting to make a living more so than honestly a lot of real race car drivers are getting paid. It’s pretty insane, the top guys.
Conor is — I agree with Conor that no one is ever going to lose their drive by their performances on here. That’s 100 percent true. But I don’t agree with the fact that I think it can help you get in a ride because it can only help you running well and running up front, and I’ve already gotten calls from sponsors that have been past sponsors of mine, new sponsors that are wanting to get on board with this and are already talking to the team about what’s after this and how do we get on the real car and stuff because they’ve seen how exciting this is. So it can only happen. But like Conor said, it’s not going to hurt you. It’s just for a fun thing. But it’s been really cool to see how the racing world has embraced it, and like I said, it’s really cool to see how it’s growing. That’s why I’m so into it because I’m not a full time race car driver right now, I’m part time in the real thing, so it keeps me busy, and it’s something fun to — it’s something fun, but I also take it serious just because now it is starting to become — you can kind of make a living off of it now. I’m trying to get to that level, and it’s been a challenge, but it’s been fun.
THE MODERATOR: All right, that’s going to conclude our video conference today. Thanks to Sage, Conor and Dale for joining us, and good luck in tomorrow’s Chevrolet 275. Please make sure that join us on NBCSN at 2:30 p.m. eastern. Thanks, everybody, and have a great rest of your Friday.
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TEAM CHEVY IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES: Team Chevy Laguna Seca Post Race Recap

SEPTEMBER 22, 2019
Josef Newgarden Crowned Champion-2nd for Team Penske Chevrolet Driver and 12th Driver Title for Chevrolet
MONTEREY, CALIF. – Will Power put Chevy on the podium with a second-place finish in today’s NTT IndyCar Series season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Starting seventh in the 24-car field, the 2014 Series’ champion and 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner methodically worked his way to his strong finish in the 90-lap Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. He was credited with leading six laps.
With two wins, three poles and six podium runs, Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, finished fifth in the final standings.
One of four contenders for the 2019 title coming into today’s race, Simon Pagenaud battled to a fourth-place finish and led one lap that secured second in the final standings. Piloting the No. 22 DXC Team Penske Chevrolet, the 2019 Indianapolis 500 winner secured the runner-up spot on the strength of three wins, three poles and four podiums.
Josef Newgarden knew exactly what he had to do coming into today’s race and he and his No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet team executed perfectly.
Newgarden finished eighth, but it was exactly what the Tennessee native needed to secure his second NTT IndyCar Series championship. With a series high four wins plus two poles and seven podiums, Newgarden took home the crown with a 25 point margin over his teammate Pagenaud.
Colton Herta and Scott Dixon (both Honda) completed the podium. Felix Rosenqvist (Honda) won the Rookie of the Year award.
Newgarden’s title was Chevrolet’s sixth driver championship since returning to IndyCar competition in 2012. Chevrolet competed previously in Indy car competition as an engine manufacturer in 1986-93 and 2002-05 with V-8 engines that powered six driver champions. Today’s crowning of Newgarden brings the historical total to 12.
Newgarden will begin his title defense at the NTT IndfyCar Series opening race on the Streets of St. Petersburg on Sunday, March 15, 2020.

TEAM CHEVY IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES: Team Chevy Championship Contenders Qualify Through Firestone Fast Six for Season Finale

CHEVROLET RACING IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY WEATHERTECH RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA, MONTEREY, CALIF TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING RECAP SEPTEMBER 21, 2019 Championship Contenders Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud Advance to Firestone Fast Six Start Season Finale Fourth and Sixth Respectively MONTEREY, CALIF. – Now, we race. The two Team Chevy championship contenders, Josef…

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