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TEAM CHEVY IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES: Team Chevy Laguna Seca Post Race Recap

CHEVROLET RACING IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES
FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY
WEATHERTECH RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA, MONTEREY, CALIF
TEAM CHEVY RACE RECAP AND PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
SEPTEMBER 22, 2019
WILL POWER PUTS CHEVY ON PODIUM AT SEASON FINALE
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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TEAM CHEVY IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES: Chevrolet Set to Close Season Strong

CHEVROLET RACING IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF MONTEREY WEATHERTECH RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA, MONTEREY, CALIF TEAM CHEVY ADVANCE SEPTEMBER 17, 2019 Chevrolet aims to wrap up season titles Team Penske teammates are championship contenders Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud aim for second titles Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey concludes exciting season 14th consecutive year…

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TEAM CHEVY IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES: Will Power Puts Chevrolet in Victory Lane at Portland

CHEVROLET RACING IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES
GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND
PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
TEAM CHEVY RACE RECAP
SEPTEMBER 1, 2019

Will Power won his second race of the year Sunday to lead Team Chevy at the NTT IndyCar Series’ Grand Prix of Portland. It was the second win in three races for the 2014 IndyCar Champion.

Power, in Team Penske’s No 12 Verizon Chevrolet, led 52 of 105 laps on the way to his 37th career open-wheel victory. He started the race second and led the final 12 laps – five of those under caution.

“It was a pretty tough race,” Power said. “(Runner-up Felix) Rosenqvist caused some pressure. At the end we could slowly pull away and I felt like, ‘Oh yeah, this is going to be good’; and then we got that yellow flag and I’m like oh come on! But I was determined to get a good restart and just so stoked to get into Victory Lane. It helps the teams and the other guys take some points away. Awesome. I’m exhausted. I’m mentally exhausted.”

The other big winner Sunday was Team Penske teammate Josef Newgarden, who enters the final race of the season – a double-points event – holding a 41-point lead in the IndyCar Championship standings. Newgarden, in the No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet, rallied from 13th at the start to finish fifth. He avoided damage during an opening-lap melee that took out five cars.

Next up is the season finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with four drivers – including teammate Simon Pagenaud – still in title contention.

“It would be nice if it wasn’t double points, but it is and we knew that from the start of the season,” Newgarden said. “We will have to make the most of it. I don’t think it will be easy. We have to finish in the top six or seven even if our competitor wins. That is what we are going to do, be on it all weekend.”

Chevrolet drivers captured five of the top eight positions in Sunday’s race. Spencer Pigot in the No. 21 Autogeek Chevrolet placed sixth followed by Pagenaud in the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet, who began 18th.

Matheus Leist was eighth in the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet with Charlie Kimball rounding out the top-10 in the No. 23 Autogeek Chevrolet.

The NTT IndyCar Series concludes its season Sunday, Sept. 22 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The race will air live at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.

TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE DRIVER QUOTES 
SEPTEMBER 1, 2019
WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET – RACE WINNER
YOU’VE GOT YOUR 37TH CAREER WIN. AND YOU’VE NOW WON TWO OF THE LAST THREE RACES. 
“Absolutely. It was a pretty tough race. (Felix) Rosenqvist caused some pressure. At the end we could slowly pull away and I felt like oh yeah, this is going to be good; and then we got that yellow flag and I’m like oh, come on, man! But, I was determined to get a good restart and just so stoked to get into Victory Lane. It helps the teams and the other guys take some points away. Awesome. I’m exhausted. I’m mentally exhausted.”
SCOTT DIXON HAD THE PROBLEM. WOULD YOU HAVE HAD SOMETHING FOR HIM IF HE HAD NOT HAVE BROKEN?
“Yeah, he was pretty quick on reds. It would have been interesting on blacks. That guy was really good on blacks as the stint went on. He was going to get a tenth or two on me in that stint but I don’t know. Who knows? But, I’ve had enough rough luck in races. I’ll take them any way I can get them.
“It was a tough day because it was so green. There was the yellow at the start, but then it was getting your fuel number and pushing as hard as you can to get as much out of it as you can. It was kind of mentally draining with a very long couple of stints.
“Blacks were definitely better for us; we weren’t as good as reds.
“We’ve had plenty of what-if years. We will just race right now how we will race next year. It is so good to go into next year with a couple of wins.”
JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 2 HITACHI CHEVROLET – FINISHED FIFTH: “Where we finished is about what we could hope for from a 13th-place start. We got kind of in the mess at the start. That is the risky part when you qualify 13th. You can end up in the mess like we did at the beginning. Fortunately we didn’t hit anything. We kept going and that was the most important part of the day. Then we just worked on making the most of the rest of the day. Climbing into the top-five was what we had from where started, as I said. It was a good day for the guys. The Hitachi car was quick at the end. We weren’t too quick at the start, but toward the end it got better and it helped us get positions we needed. Chevy did a great job as always. We can’t be disappointed with fifth. Overall it’s a solid day to head to the finale.”
ON LAGUNA FINALE.
“It would be nice if it wasn’t double points, but it is and we knew that from the start of the season. We will have to make the most of it. I don’t think it will be easy. We have to finish in the top six or seven even if our competitor wins. That is what we are going to do, be on it all weekend.”
WHAT WERE YOU THINKING WHEN YOU SAW CARS GOING ALL OVER THE PLACE IN TURN ONE?
“I was in the wrong place, I can tell you that. It happened in front of me; I saw someone barreling on the inside. It looked like (Graham) Rahal. He was going straight into the cars in front of me, and I had nowhere to go. I just tried to stop and go around. It’s one of those deals when you start that far back. Fortunately we didn’t hit anything. We got going again and were able to resume to make the most of our day. The Hitachi car was awesome, and Chevrolet did a great job for us. I wish we could have started a lot farther up but starting 13th, we can’t be too disappointed with how it turned out.”
ON THE LAST LAP YOU LOOKED LIKE YOU HAD A SHOT AT COLTON HERTA…
“If he messed up, I was going to try and get him. But he didn’t mess up so we’ll take fifth today. It would have been nice to be higher up, but I’m happy for Will. I wanted Will to win this race; if we couldn’t win it then he was the guy to do it and take points off from everyone else. If we had done the job in qualifying I think we would have had a better chance at the win. But fifth is about what we could have hoped for and we made it happen.”
SPENCER PIGOT, NO. 21 AUTOGEEK CHEVROLET – FINISHED SIXTH: “It turned out to be not too bad of a race! After getting hit in the first corner, I did not think we would have much of a chance after that. We definitely had damage to the car, but it handled alright. We were able to have some good pit stops, good strategy and ultimately good pace. We got through the field and worked out way up to 6th, which is not bad considering where we were after the first lap. It makes you think ‘What could have been?’ but hopefully we can have another strong race at Laguna Seca.”
SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 MENARDS CHEVROLET – FINISHED SEVENTH
YOU’RE STILL IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP.
“(Scott) Dixon has done it from 45 points back, so we’re in it. It’s awesome to go to Laguna with a chance at the championship. I’m determined. We had a really good race today despite all the problems at the start. It was eventful but a great day for Chevy and Team Penske.”
THINGS COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT WORSE BASED ON YOUR START.
“It’s the championship so you have to be there. So even when days are tough… rebounding from 18th to finish seventh was a really good performance. We made all right decisions in the race. The car felt really good, which is good for next year when we come back. But the biggest thing is that we are in it. We’re going to Laguna at a chance at the championship, which is really exciting. Anything can happen there with double points. Anything is possible.”
AFTER THE SPIN IN TURN ONE, DO YOU FEEL LIKE IT WAS DAMAGE CONTROL THE WHOLE WAY?
“Not at all. Race Control reorganized the field the way it should have been because I didn’t use the escape road. So they made it really fair for a lot of people who didn’t have anything to do with the incident. When that happened and we had good restarts into the top-10, we knew we could do something today.”
“I was confident with the change we made and I knew we were going to have a good car in the race. You don’t know what others had though; Dixon was my biggest concern. Being behind Josef (Newgarden) was the biggest thing because I could control that and see at what rate he was able to pass people. Overall it’s a good championship day. You don’t want to finish seventh; you want to win races. But sometimes it’s about managing your effort and getting the best out of the situation.”
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST CHANGE YOU MADE OVERNIGHT TO GET THE CAR MORE COMPETITIVE TODAY?
“We overstepped in qualifying. We made choices that were a bit too aggressive and went in the wrong direction for this track. We readjusted and I felt really good in the race. We had pace and could outrun pretty much anyone I wanted. We should have started up front; it would have been a lot easier. But overall I’m very happy with today.”
MATHEUS LEIST, NO. 4 ABC SUPPLY CHEVROLET – FINISHED EIGHTH: “Tough but pretty good race for us here at Portland. Since the beginning we decided to do a different strategy (from the 14 car) and we went for a two-stop strategy and I think it worked pretty well for us. We had to save fuel for most of the race and we were consistently running in the top-10. On the last yellow, as we were the last car on the lead lap, we decided to come in and put new alternate tires on and went out 10th and finished eighth. So I think decent job, another top-10 for me and a good job for the team too. The guys did a pretty good strategy, and a pretty good job in the pits so I’m proud of everybody. Let’s go for the last one.”
CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 23 CARLIN CHEVROLET – FINISHED 10TH: “First and foremost, I can’t say enough about this Carlin team. They worked so hard all weekend to give us the opportunity to go and race for a top-10 finish with the No. 23 Carlin Chevrolet. I just had to take care of business in the cockpit and hit the fuel numbers they were giving me over the radio. Obviously we were able to miss a lot of the chaos and carnage that happened at the start of the race, which was nice and we just had really great pit stops and a great car. Week in and week out this team just puts in such a big effort and I can’t thank them enough. I’m really looking forward to carrying this momentum into the season finale at Laguna Seca and hopefully ending the season on a high note.”
MAX CHILTON, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET – FINISHED 11TH: “Not a bad day for the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet and the Gallagher crew. Thankfully we stayed out of the mess at the beginning of the race and we were able to make up quite a bit of positions by avoiding any damage. After that we really just needed to stick to our strategy and keep as consistent as we could. The car was strong and the guys did a great job in pit lane getting me in and out quickly. Obviously I would’ve liked to have come away with a top-10 finish today and we were definitely knocking on the door of it, but I’d say we can be proud of the progress we made throughout the race weekend.”
TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY CHEVROLET – FINISHED 12TH: “Good start, awesome start actually. It’s a shame on the strategy; we missed the boat on that and I have no control over that so after that I just hung in there. Good job for the team though, two cars in the top-12. That was always the goal so it looks like we’re getting stronger towards the end of the season which is good. I’m happy for Matt, he drove a great race. They got the strategy right and it put him in the top-eight. Let’s move to Laguna and see what we can do.”
ED JONES, NO. 20 AUTOGEEK CHEVROLET – FINISHED 14TH: “We did a good job avoiding the on-track incidents today to help us gain many positions over where we started. We made good progress throughout the weekend, though we didn’t get the car quite to an optimal place for the race. I’m hoping to have a better outing at the season finale!”

TEAM CHEVY IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES: Portland Qualifying Recap with Driver Quotes

CHEVROLET RACING IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES
GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND
PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING RECAP WITH DRIVER QUOTES
AUGUST 31, 2019
WILL POWER PUTS CHEVROLET, TEAM PENSKE ON PORTLAND FRONT ROW
PORTLAND – Will Power led Team Chevy in qualifying Saturday for the Grand Prix of Portland with a front-row starting spot in Team Penske’s No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet. Power’s best lap in the Firestone Fast Six was 57.8303 (112.261 mph) and put him less than 0.02 seconds off pole-winner Colton Herta’s best lap.
Power, who won in the series two races ago at Pocono, was quickest in Saturday’s second qualifying session ahead of the Fast Six.
It wasn’t as stellar of a day for NTT IndyCar Series Championship contenders as points leader Josef Newgarden in the Team Penske No. 2 Hitachi qualified 13th for Sunday’s race. Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud, second in points, will start 18th in the No. 22 Menard’s Chevrolet.
Sunday’s live NBC broadcast of Grand Prix of Portland is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.
WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED SECOND: “The lock-up screwed me; I flat-spotted the tire and any left-hander you paid for it. Still I was happy to be P2 with a big lock-up; it was my fault for not warming the brakes a bit more. It’s tough when you go out and have to pump it up straightaway. You don’t get any temp in the brakes here because there are no big braking zones. You can definitely win from P2. We really need a win. We’ll go for it tomorrow.”
THAT WAS AN EXTREMELY CLOSE SESSION. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON YOUR QUALIFYING LAP? “It’s disappointing. We had a pretty good buffer on everyone. It should have been better.”
THE CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS ARE A LITTLE DEEP IN THE FIELD. “Yeah, that definitely spices things up. You never know. You saw how nuts this race was last year. Who knows what can happen. We’ll just be going for a race win.”
IT SEEMS LIKE A LOT OF GUYS HAVE STRUGGLED ON THE RED TIRES THIS WEEKEND. HOW’S THE BALANCE TO YOU? “Our car was good on both (red and black tires). Good balance… I can’t fault them. They were good. I just have to put it together better and needed to warm the brakes a bit more. Other than that, the car is good.”
YOU ARE DISAPPOINTED TO BE ON POLE. BUT GENERALLY SECOND IS A GOOD STARTING POSITION, YES? “It’s better than third, let’s put it that way. Pole was there to be had. I was more disappointed in myself.”
FROM WHAT YOU’VE LEARNED FROM THIS TRACK AND HOW WARM IT’S BEEN, DOES IT GET SLIPPERY? HOW DO YOU FORECAST HOW THE TRACK WILL BE? “It’s good. It actually takes rubber pretty well. The conditions tomorrow will be similar to today. There will be some tire degradation. It didn’t seem like that much last year so it will be interesting just because who knows if there are enough yellows and it goes into a two-stopper and fuel-saving. We’ll see how it plays out.”
WILL IT BE STRATEGIC? “Last year there was passing, for sure. I think Firestone made the tires too close this year. Last year there was a bigger difference between blacks and reds. Now to me they are a little too close. Maybe they are degrading in a different way. That always creates passing if there is a big difference between the two.”
THERE ARE SOME GUYS BEHIND YOU THAT MAY BE FIGHTING FOR THEIR RACING CAREERS NEXT YEAR. DOES THEIR POTENTIAL AGGRESSION CONCERN YOU AT THE START? “No, those guys are going for a good finish. For them it’s not about winning. For them it’s about finishing in the top-three or top-six. It ruins their reputation going out on the first lap. If you hang out all day and get a top-six, then you say the guys are pretty solid.”
YOU’VE BEEN PRETTY CONSISTENT ON YOUR LAPS. THAT SHOULD LEND ITSELF DURING THE RACE, BUT PIR IS DECEPTIVELY NARROW. DO YOU THINK THERE WILL BE PASSING OPPORTUNITIES TOMORROW?“Yes, I do. It will happen when the tires degrade a bit. We’ll see. It depends on strategy and all that. It can be hard. There are a lot of good drivers and teams here. It can be difficult but not impossible. We’ll see how it all plays out.”
THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF INTERESTING STARTS GOING INTO TURN ONE HERE. CAN YOU GET THE LEAD GOING IN THERE? “I don’t know. It’s a long race obviously. But who knows if it will be a clean start. It would be good for me to get him but you can’t predict what will happen. You take it as it comes.”
WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR TEAMMATES? “I don’t know. I was very surprised to see that, particularly Josef. He’s been strong this weekend and Simon has struggled a bit. It was a surprise.”
SPENCER PIGOT, NO. 21 AUTOGEEK CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 10TH: “We definitely made some improvements today and had our best session of the weekend during qualifying. All of the practice sessions were tough, but it’s encouraging we moved in the right direction when it counted. We still have a few things we want to improve on and get better at, but overall we are pleased with where we will be starting.”
JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 2 HITACHI CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 13TH:“I said it was going to be tough. You just can’t afford to make a mistake, and I made a couple there. I got wide of the curb coming off Turn Seven and dropped a tenth on one lap and then dropped another tenth at the final corner on the next. It was going to be close, and you can’t afford a tenth. That’s Portland. That’s how it was last year and I figured it would be the same this year. Our car is good. It’s been fast all weekend. For race running, you can’t be too concerned. The Hitachi car will be good. Chevy has done a great job. We’ll just go racing now.”
SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 MENARDS CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 18TH: “We just don’t have the speed. We lacked a little bit of speed during qualifying. It’s about putting the lap together, and I think it was difficult to do so. You don’t want to be in this position but that’s the way it is. You have to find your way, and we should be strong in the race. We have a really good car on long runs. It’s just unfortunate we couldn’t be quicker.”
JOSEF COULDN’T ADVANCE AND WILL DID. HOW DIFFERENT ARE THE THREE PENSKE CARS? “At the end of the day, it’s about what’s good for you and how you can extract the most out of the car. We are pretty close. Obviously I didn’t do as good a job as Will, but you have to find that sweet spot for yourself.”
ARE THERE OPTIONS FROM STARTING A LITTLE FURTHER BACK THAT CAN TURN AROUND YOUR PROSPECTS? “You always have to believe. You have to fight. I have a fantastic crew in the pits and an amazing strategist. Anything can happen. We saw it last year. We just have to fight.”
TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 19TH: “It’s kind of bittersweet because if you look at the lap times we’re only a tenth and a half from the top 12. That’s the closest we’ve been all year. We improved the car a lot but it’s that little bit. I’m happy because the boys did everything right, we timed qualifying right to have the right tire choice. We went quicker than we went in the morning so it was a step in the right direction. I’m excited. I think we’re coming from a great momentum, everybody’s uplifted (from Gateway) and I’m excited for tomorrow.”
MAX CHILTON, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 20TH: “We obviously aren’t happy with our qualifying result today for the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet. It’s difficult because I felt like my fast lap was one of the best laps I’d done in a long time. The car felt really strong and I was honestly surprised when they told me where we’d ended up. We just need to have a look tonight at all of the data and try to find what’s missing and what we need to do work our way to the front tomorrow.”
MATHEUS LEIST, NO. 4 ABC SUPPLY CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 21ST: “Practice 3 was actually decent and gave us some direction and some things to think about. In qualifying I think my black tire pace was pretty good but we didn’t have a good run on the reds and that was it. We’re going to work on the reds (setup) for tomorrow and see if we can have a good race.”
CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 23 CARLIN CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 22ND: “I’m disappointed with our qualifying result for sure. I don’t think Max or I like being 20th or 22nd, but I’d say we’ve gotten more competitive over the course of the weekend. I really appreciate all of the work the 23 Carlin crew has put in especially getting me back up to speed with turning right and making the No. 23 Carlin Chevrolet better and better every session. We definitely have more to show for tomorrow. We were able to come from 25th to seventh last year, so I’m confident we can go from 22nd to the top 10 again this year. It’s just going to come down to smart strategy calls and good speed when we need it.”
ED JONES, NO. 20 AUTOGEEK CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 23RD: “It is a disappointing qualifying result, for sure. We had expected to be much higher up and it’s surprising how it ended up. We will definitely have our work out for us tomorrow, but hopefully we can have a good strategy and get back towards the other end of the field.”

TEAM CHEVY IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES: Friday Portland Recap and Quotes

CHEVROLET RACING IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES
GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND
PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
TEAM CHEVY FRIDAY NOTES AND QUOTES
AUGUST 30, 2019
PORTLAND – Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden paced Team Chevy on Friday during the opening day of practice for the Grand Prix of Portland – the 16th round of the 17-race season for the NTT IndyCar Series.
Newgarden, in the No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, set a lap of 57.8504 (122.219 mph) in the day’s opening practice around the 1.964-mile, 12-turn Portland International Raceway. The 2017 IndyCar Series Champion was 0.4713 seconds off the day’s fastest time set by Colton Herta.
Team Penske teammate Will Power was the next-quickest Team Chevy driver in the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet at 57.9502 (122.008 mph), set in the second session. He was the second-fastest driver in the afternoon.
Final practice at Portland is set for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday with qualifying at 6 p.m. ET.
Sunday’s live NBC broadcast of Grand Prix of Portland is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.
JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 2 HITACHI CHEVROLET: “It was a good day and I think we learned a lot. I think our race car feels really good in the warm up which I was really happy about. We’ve got to survive the race most importantly here so I’m happy that feels good. I’ve got a feeling it’ll be tough tomorrow to put everything together for a qualifying run. That’s going to be the key for us – try and hit the lap and not have any reds. But I feel confident and I think this Hitachi Chevy has been fast. The guys have done a great job, as normal, so we’ve just got to be perfect tomorrow.
“I think this track, more than at any other, has such a fine line between lap times. On the right line you can go about two-tenths quicker; you make a mistake and you lose four- or five-tenths. You have to be so perfect. This track shows that it’s tight more than anywhere else we go. It’s going to be a very tough qualifying and will put an emphasis on managing traffic. If you miss it by a touch you’re in trouble.”
(Tire management) “The nerve-wracking thing is you don’t want to go on (the alternate tires) early. These red tires are so sensitive that they need to be on the first or second lap. If you miss that then you lose four- or five-tenths after that and you can’t put it back together. You want to go early to safeguard but if you go too soon, you’re going to be kicking yourself because the track wasn’t there. But honestly this is game we play everywhere. You worry about these red-tire situations.”
(Inside or outside starting position)“Probably inside. You can protect yourself a little bit better. You can actually go over the curbs and be OK. We need to be on it here and at Laguna. We’re in a favorable position but that can change so quickly. I think what people forget is that it wasn’t that long ago that we introduced double points at the finale. This was a different ballgame the last 15 years before that when you started looking at how tight it was in the championship. You have to still finish in the top-10 if someone else wins.”
WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON CHEVROLET: “It was a good day for our Verizon Chevy team. I think we’ve got a pretty good balance, but we’ve just still got to work on a few things that aren’t exactly right yet. It’s certainly going to be a tough, tight qualifying with it being such a short track and it’s hard to really find time. We’ll work on it tonight to come back tomorrow and hopefully be better.”
MATHEUS LEIST, NO. 4 ABC SUPPLY CHEVROLET: “It was a difficult day here at Portland which is a track I like very much. I feel like today was a productive day but still difficult. We got a lot of laps done—I think we were one of the cars that did the most laps today. It is always good when you get to do a lot of laps and understand what you have and where you need to change. I feel like we made some changes that weren’t very good for Practice 2 so we will get it right for qualifying tomorrow. In the warm-up we were just working on the race pace.”
TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY CHEVROLET: “We made progress in the last session so I think it looks promising. Made a couple changes for the warmup which was the last session and it was better, so hopefully we’ll keep those and make it better for tomorrow. The first two sessions were a little bit of struggle but I think we found our way in the end.”
ED JONES, NO. 20 AUTOGEEK CHEVROLET: “We had issued in Practice 1 which compromised our morning. We tried to make up ground in Practice 2, but unfortunately it did not go as well as we’d hoped. I was fast here last year so I have confidence we will be able to get higher on the charts. We will have to work hard overnight and come back with fresh ideas for tomorrow.”
SPENCER PIGOT, NO. 21 AUTOGEEK CHEVROLET: “We struggled a bit in the second session, but in the final warm-up we seemed to make solid progress and get headed in a good direction. We’re kind of behind the eight-ball after essentially missing the first session with an issue. We’ll see where we can improve and make sure we are better for qualifying.”
SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 MENARDS CHEVROLET: “It was a good day. We made good progress throughout the day. I think our Menards Chevy has been improving and we’re ready to win the fight. We still have some work to do tonight and get all of the details that we can work on. I think we’ll be competitive tomorrow. It’s an exciting day. It’s definitely very tight with strong competition but I love it so I’m excited to see what we can do.”
CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 23 CARLIN CHEVROLET: “It feels good to be back in the car on a road course – it’s definitely been awhile since St. Pete. It took me a little while this morning to get reacclimated to a road course after being on all of the short ovals and high-speed superspeedways this season, but once I got a few laps in it didn’t take long to get back into the swing of things. The team has been great helping me get back up to speed and they’ve worked a lot on the No. 23 Carlin Chevrolet to find some things today in practice. I don’t think we optimized lap time with the track conditions and tires. We unfortunately got caught out a little bit on the alternates when the red flag came out, but overall I think we were able to come away with some solid data heading into qualifying tomorrow. I have a lot of confidence in the 23 team for Carlin and I know the Chevy guys will bring the heat tomorrow.”
MAX CHILTON, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET: “It’s good to be back in the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet after a long break. We started off this morning with an imbalance that we’ve been really trying to chase all day to improve. This track is always a bit of a bizarre one considering it’s a road course that doesn’t evolve much. Basically no one really goes any quicker from one session to the next, which is the same as last year. That’s good for testing, but makes it more difficult for a race weekend especially when we’re making big sweeping changes on the car from stiff to soft and we can’t seem to cure the issue that we’re struggling with. The guys did some really good pit stops during the pit stop practice, but we’ll need to work on a new game plan for tomorrow because we were not where we needed to be today.”

GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND – TEAM CHEVY ADVANCE

CHEVROLET RACING IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY TEAM CHEVY ADVANCE AUGUST 28, 2019 Chevrolet drivers aim to add to points total Team Penske teammates are 1-2 in championship standings Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud are top contenders Chevrolet has amassed eight wins in the 15 races Nine pole starts complement…

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CHEVROLET IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES AT GATEWAY: POST-RACE DRIVER QUOTES

BOMMARITO AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 500
WORLD WIDE TECHNOLOGY RACEWAY, MADISON, ILL
TEAM CHEVY POST-RACE QUOTES
AUGUST 24, 2019
ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 SONAX ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET (finished 2nd):
CONSIDERING WHERE YOU GUYS STARTED THIS WEEKEND, HOW SATISFYING IS IT TO BE HERE ON THE PODIUM?
“Yesterday was brutal. It was one of the hardest days I’ve had in a car. It was just confusing. Both teams, the No. 20 and the No. 21 (Simon Pigot), neither of us were very good yesterday. We just kept our heads down. We really didn’t have to change much to get in the window. And we were pretty good on the long runs tonight and that’s really what’s good for us. We just needed a little more time to get to Takuma Sato (race winner).”
ONE MORE LAP AND WHAT COULD YOU HAVE DONE?
“Even if the Finish Line was a little further down the straightaway, I think we would have been good. It’s a good way for me to finish my driving season and get this Sonax Chevrolet back up front. I just want to thank everyone involved with that.”
TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET (finished 3rd): “It was a great job for us. We are having a tough year and I’ve heard it all by now. And, I think we prove it. Obviously we played a strategy and the strategy didn’t play out, but once we were in the front, I tried to hang in there. I was trying to go for that win. We had a couple of good restarts. I’m really happy. I’m happy for the team. And I’m happy to shut up some of the people that are criticizing us. It is what it is. I think when I go through tough times, I perform better. So, it that’s what’s going to happen, bring it on. Keep it coming.”
SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 MENARDS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET (finished 5th): “Wow, what a night. That is a race that I am going to be excited to re-watch. Honestly, I really don’t know much about what happened because as a driver you are kind of like a horse. You just have to keep going. We had a really good car and after five laps the car was really, really strong. It had a lot of pace and we could really keep it up through the stint. Really, really struggled on restarts. Just no grip. Some of it is me and some of it, I don’t know what it is. Certainly some work we need to do. Wow, it was an eventful race. Lots of passing and lots of elbows out, out there and with the strategies, it seemed like it was fun. The fans had a great show tonight.
I saw Josef spun on the last corner and I couldn’t believe it. Obviously I don’t want this for my teammate, the last thing I would want for the team. But personally, we had a good race and that is all that matters. Those are the days that are championship days, and are the days that you have to be strong.”
CONOR DALY, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET (finished 6th): “I’m super happy with our result tonight. The No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet was so strong and consistent the entire night. We just kept finetuning it and making it even better every time we came into pit lane. Anytime we got in clean air we made progress and we were able to run people down. I really thought we were going to be on the podium tonight and that’s really hard to take. The strategy game of INDYCAR is just crazy and we just got a little bit unlucky, but to be unlucky and finish sixth is pretty awesome. I’m thankful to close out this oval run with Carlin on such a high note and thankful to Gallagher for giving me a chance to show what I could do for their program with Carlin.”
JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 2 PPG TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET (finished 7th):
YOU FINISHED UP FRONT AS FAR AS THE CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS ARE CONCERNED BUT UNFORTUNATELY FOR YOU, YOU LOST A FEW SPOTS AND YOU WERE NOT HAPPY WITH SANTINO FERRUCCI. YOU TWO HAVE ALREADY TALKED. WHAT HAPPENED AND WHAT WAS SAID?
“Look, it’s important to know that he’s a rookie. What he did was, in my opinion, dangerous. He came over to talk to me and said he was loose and that’s why he was down there. But I’ve been in the exact same position tonight. I know what it’s like to get up in the marbles. He got there a couple of times. He came directly back down to the racing line to try and block me, which there was no reason to. I gave him the position twice because I was suffering with vibrations all night and my car was getting difficult to drive at the end of that stint. So, I let him go two times during the night. But, he’s got to learn that this is big time auto racing. If you do a move like that on an oval, particularly on a high-speed oval, you will cause a very serious wreck. And, he’s just got to know that. I really drilled it to him that you cannot come directly to the racing line. That was his instinct, was to come right back to the racing line. He’s a racer. You’re going to have instincts like that, but you cannot do that in oval racing. It’s absolutely not okay. It’s a lesson. I hope he learns that and I hope he gets that in his head.
“But, for us tonight, our guys did a great job. Our PPG car was fast. We were better in clean air, which was unfortunate because we got stuck in in dirty air more often than not. I think if we were a little bit better in traffic we could have made something happen. But, they did a great job. Great stops. Good calls from everybody. I’m really proud of the team. Now we’ve just got to try and have a couple of better rounds here to finish the season off.”
CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 23 RIPKURRENT CARLIN CHEVROLET (finished 15): “Firstly a huge congratulations to the entire Carlin team and the 59 team especially – Conor drove an awesome race. Every time I saw him during the race he was going by guys on starts and restarts. I can’t give the 23 crew enough credit for the work they did on the No. 23 ripKurrent Carlin Chevrolet last night to get it ready to race tonight. We fought really hard all night and we were able to finally get our lead lap back. We had a little bit of a miscommunication in pit lane that put us a lap down mid-pack, but overall a really fighting night for the ripKurrent car for Carlin.”
MATHEUS LEIST, NO. 4 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET (finished 17th): “Tough race for us, we got all the yellows at the wrong time. Nothing worked out today for us but the good thing is that Tony did an awesome job. He’s probably one of the best oval drivers ever and I’m very proud of him today finishing third. That’s a huge accomplishment for the team after such a difficult year. That was the good side of our race and we’ll celebrate it and then focus on next week at Portland.”
SPENCER PIGOT, NO. 21 AUTOGEEK ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET (finished 21st): “Obviously, a tough end to the day. I had a really good run on Charlie. He blocked pretty aggressively going into (Turn) 3 and I thought I was far enough alongside to at least warrant a little bit of room, a little bit of respect. But, I guess not, He just kind of turned in and I think he was even a lap down, as well. It was late, but he saw me coming. So, I guess it was kind of a racing deal, but definitely thought I deserved a bit more space.”
WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET (finished 22nd): “Yeah, the car was great. The car was really good. I came out on cold tires and just got a little bit out of the groove. And man, it’s like ice. There are so many marbles because they brought the new tire that really sheds the rubber. And, that was going to happen in the race, no matter what. But, I guess it’s my bad for getting up there. You just can’t put an inch on that stuff. Man, you just go straight. It’s just ridiculous. It sucks for the guys. We had such a good car. They had to hang out all day. We had a good chance.”

CHEVROLET IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES AT GATEWAY: Team Chevy Qualifying Recap & Quotes

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES
BOMMARITO AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 500
WORLD WIDE TECHNOLOGY RACEWAY IN MADISON, ILLINOIS
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER QUALIFICATION RECAP & QUOTES
AUGUST 23, 2019
Team Chevy Driver and Points Leader Newgarden Earns Pole Position at World Wide Technology Raceway
Three Chevy drivers vying for championship to start in top five
MADISON, Illinois. (August 23, 2019) – NTT IndyCar Series championship points leader Josef Newgarden, driving the No. 2 PPG Team Penske Chevrolet, will start from the pole August 24 in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway.
The pole is the eighth of Newgarden’s career and is Chevrolet’s ninth in 15 races so far this season. Chevrolet will also be seeking its ninth victory and fourth in the last five races on Saturday night at the 1.25-mile short oval track. The Bowtie Brigade has prevailed in all four oval races, including two victories by Newgarden, who will be aiming for his sixth win of the season.
Newgarden’s Team Penske teammates, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud, who are also in contention for the NTT Series Championship, join him with top five starts. Power, last week’s winner, posted the third fastest time while Pagenaud was fourth.
NBCSN will telecast the 200-lap race live at 8 p.m. ET August 24.
JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 2 PPG TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET (qualified – Pole Winner): “It rolled off perfect. We needed to make it a little bit better, but right off the truck it was fast. It was like let’s not do too much to this thing before qualifying. So we didn’t touch it, we just tried to go out and to the same thing we did in practice. It was enough . I knew we had a fast car, it’s just about putting it together most of the time. And we did that. We need to get rolling again. It is going to be all about traffic. So we will take the PPG car and work with Chevy on fuel mileage.
“The pole helps with the championship. Every practice. Every qualifying session. Every race. You just keep marching on until this thing finishes off. Every weekend you come in invigorated that you can put together a winning car and come in and win the race. I think that is why we show up. We are going to try and do that tomorrow night.
“It is good. It is going to be tough in this championship. Even though we have at 36 point gap, I don’t think that a big gap. This race can change dramatically. Then you have Portland in between and with double points (at Laguna Seca), you just don’t know what is going to happen in this thing.You have to stay on our toes. You have to be alert and hopefully it’s enough and we can average better than everyone else the last three races.”
WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET (qualified 3rd): “On the second lap had a big moment in turns one and two. Just cost me a little. The car is good, just had that moment,I think it would have been close.I don’t know how close it was…but think it was close. It was on the right rear and then it just let go and I had to catch it and get off the throttle and get back on it again.”
SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 MENARDS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET (qualified 4th): “”The first lap was very difficult. The car was very active in turn three then turn four. It came alive on the second lap so it was time to be very aggressive on the second lap. I am very happy with the performance. The 22 team did a tremendous job. Team Penske and Chevy as usual gave me a very fast car.”
SPENCER PIGOT, NO. 21 AUTOGEEK ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET (qualified 13th): “It was tricky there in Turns 1 & 2. There was oil dry down right there at the bottom of the corner where you want to be. It was a difficult run, it just felt like the whole car lacked grip all of the way through. We definitely made some improvements from practice to have a solid run. We’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”
ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 SONAX ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET (qualified 17th): “We really have gotten better as the day has gone on, but where we unloaded was too far outside the window. We used up a lot of time in that first practice correcting that. During my qualifying run, I bottomed a little too hard on the second lap and got loose in Turns 3 & 4. We’ll have to work our way through the field tomorrow night.”
CONOR DALY, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET (qualified 18th): “It’s just such a shame – it’s an ice skating rink out there. These Carlin guys did an awesome job with the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet and we had a really good session this morning, but with the oil dry down we just didn’t have a chance. We didn’t even really get to show our true pace this morning because we saved a set of tires, so I feel like we could’ve been even stronger if we weren’t the first one out again in this qualifying session. There was just no grip at all in turn one, which is where you need it the most. It is a shame because the car was good and we were really aiming to start in the top 10, which was completely realistic with the car we had in this morning. We’ll just work on our race car tonight and work our way up from the back like we did last weekend.”
CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 23 RIPKURRENT CARLIN CHEVROLET (qualified 19th): “The track was just a lot different for our qualifying run than where it was this morning in practice after that oil dry went down. The car balance caught me out in turn one and I had a big moment on the warm-up lap just trying to carry some momentum. It’s tough because you only have two laps to get the most of the car and when you’re first out and the track conditions aren’t where they should be, it’s just extremely difficult. The No. 23 ripKurrent Carlin Chevrolet is definitely stronger than where we qualified, but we just didn’t have a chance with track conditions the way they were. Thankfully we have another hour of practice under the lights tonight and 248 laps of racing tomorrow night.”
TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET (qualified 20th): “It wasn’t a good run for us, the car had a lot of oversteer which was the opposite of what we had in practice and that slowed the car quite a lot. We’ll have to work on the race setup this next session and see what we can come up with for the race.”
MATHEUS LEIST, NO. 4 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET (qualified 21st): “I thought we had a better pace but we just struggled with oversteer in both turns and I don’t think it was because the track was a little bit dirty, I think overall we were more to the oversteer side. We’ll work on the car to make some changes for the last practice and try to get a good baseline car for the race tomorrow.”

Chevrolet aims for season sweep of oval races

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES BOMMARITO AUTOMOTIVE GROUP 500 WORLD WIDE TECHNOLOGY RACEWAY, MADISON, ILL TEAM CHEVY ADVANCE AUGUST 22, 2019 Chevrolet aims for season sweep of oval races Chevrolet looks to increase winning streak to five Three Team Penske drivers have victories on ovals Team Chevy drivers are first and third in…

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