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CHEVROLET IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES AT LONG BEACH: RACE REPORT

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STREETS OF LONG BEACH
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TEAM CHEVY RACE RECAP, QUOTES & PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
APRIL 14, 2019
LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 14, 2019) – Josef Newgarden, No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, is leaving the Streets of Long Beach in the position he came in – leader of the NTT IndyCar Series. With a runner-up finished in today’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, the 2017 Series’ champion heads into the Month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a 28-point margin over second place.
The podium run today is Newgarden’s best finish in eight starts in the historic race. It is his third podium in the first four races of the season including the victory in the season-opening race on the Streets of St. Petersburg.
Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet, finished sixth followed by teammate Will Power in the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet in seventh to give Team Chevy three of the top-seven finishers.
Both Newgarden and Power were credited with leading once for two laps.
Alexander Rossi was the race winner, and Scott Dixon completed the podium.
Next on schedule is the Grand Prix of Indy on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
DRIVER QUOTES AND NEWGARDEN PODIUM PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT:
JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 2 HITACHI TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FINISHED 2ND:
ON HIS RACE:“It’s tough when you’re not able to compete at the very, very front. We were at the front, but you want to be competing for first (place). That’s disappointing, but we gave it our all today and thought we had a pretty good race for the most part. The Hitachi car was fast, it was just a touch off what other cars had. Alex did a nice job; congrats to Andretti. We had good fuel mileage (and) Chevy did a good job for us. We just were a little short. It’s a good day, it’s just tough when you’re not competing for the win.”
A BEST FINISH FOR YOU AT LONG BEACH. IT WAS SOME STRATEGY THAT BOOSTED YOU UP TO SECOND AND THEN IT LOOKED KIND OF LIKE ALEXANDER ROSSI (RACE WINNER) WAS IN A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN. WHAT WAS IT LIKE TURNING OUT THE LAPS THERE?
“Yeah, we didn’t have anything for him today. We tried our best to make some progress and the guys did a great job. We did have a good strategy, like you said; we leap-frogged Will (Power) and (Scott) Dixon. And then, I was just wondering where everyone was at. I was wondering if Rossi was good on fuel and I was giving it my all. That’s about all I had today. So yeah, a little shy. It’s always tough. It’s good to have second. This is a good day. We’re staying inside the top 3, which is positive. It gets old after a while. You want to win more races. So, it was a great day, but a little short is always disappointing. So, we’ll come back to the next one. Team Chevy did a great job and gave us what we needed. The Hitachi car felt good. Just a little short.”
YOU DID ADD ONE MORE POINT TO YOUR CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES LEAD. BUT, LAST WEEK YOU SAID IT WAS ALL ABOUT MAXIMIZING TO COME AWAY WITH A FOURTH PLACE FINISH. WAS IT SORT OF THE SAME THING TODAY?
“Yeah, every weekend it’s the case to maximize what you’ve got. And, I think today a second felt like it was the maximum from what we did on track and where everything felt. It felt like second place was where we should have finished. So, we did a good job maximizing that. But now, we need to figure out how do we have a first place car and then we can work to maximize that. Hopefully at the Indy GP we’ll have a good one and the real important one is the Indianapolis 500 right afterwards. So, I’m excited for the month of May. Let’s roll!”
SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 DXC TECHNOLOGY TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FINISHED 6TH:
THAT’S WHAT YOU NEEDED; A SOLID DAY, RIGHT?“Yeah, it was a solid day. I think that was the best we could have done today. I think we did everything we were supposed to do. Execution was there. We just lacked a little bit of pace overall. So, we’ve got to keep working on it. That’s all you can do. (Alexander) Rossi (race winner) had a great race. I think (Josef) Newgarden did a fantastic job and putting a Penske car up there is great. We’ve just got to keep working. I’m really excited about the Indy Grand Prix coming up. I’m looking forward to the month of May.”
TURN 1, LAP 1, IS ALWAYS INTERESTING AT LONG BEACH. WALK US THROUGH THAT. YOU AND RYAN HUNTER-REAY HAD A LITTLE CONTACT THERE
“Ah, yeah; it’s racing. Nothing crazy. I tried to give him a position back but by braking deep into Turn 1, you can’t make it through Turn 1 together. So, somebody had to back off. And, I had to this time. So, it was good for us. I just wanted to get this race done and get some good points.”
EVEN AT THAT POINT IN THE RACE YOU’RE THINKING WE CAN’T AFFORD ANOTHER DNF
“Yeah, we haven’t had the best start to the season. So, we just have to score points. The season is still early. There’s Indianapolis 100 points, Laguna is 100 points; so we see the picture. It’s way too early to look at that. But, you have to be smart and wise sometimes.”
WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FINISHED 7TH:
BOY, YOU WERE RUNNING THIRD WHEN THAT OVER BOOST ISSUES HAPPENED. HOW MUCH DID THAT HURT YOUR DAY?
“Yeah, I guess it’s my mistake for going down there. I kind of went in the marbles. Probably went to the wrong side to defend from (Scott) Dixon; but yeah, yeah, yeah. That was it, man. It was probably a podium finish there, but threw it away, unfortunately. I was debating whether to make the corner and I thought nah, it’s better to be 7th than in the tires. I was close. I may have made it, but I didn’t want to take the risk.”
IT SEEMED LIKE WHAT STARTED THAT, THOUGH, WAS THE OVER BOOST AT THE HAIRPIN
“Yeah, unfortunately I got an over boost. The wheels spun up a little bit for whatever reason. We had a new engine in it last night, so you know you’ve got to get all those tolerances right and it wasn’t quite right. I had a couple of them during the race.”
SOME GOOD NEWS FOR YOU. EVEN THOUGH IT’S A 7TH PLACE FINISH, YOU GAINED THREE SPOTS IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS. THAT SHOULD PUT A SMILE ON YOUR FACE
“Yeah, it was good. We needed to finish ahead of all the guys that finished ahead of us, but once again, a pretty big hole the first four races of the season. A bit frustrating considering how fast we’ve been at some of these tracks. Even today, we were super good in the race. Just circumstance.”
THE MONTH OF MAY IS NEXT. LAST YEAR, YOU SWEPT THE MONTH OF MAY. IS IT EVEN REALISTIC GOING INTO THE MONTH OF MAY EXPECTING THAT KIND OF PERFORMANCE AGAIN?
“Yeah, I’m sure we’ll be quick. I’ve been quick everywhere. Chevy has a great engine there at the 500 so we’re looking to really capitalize and try and turn the season around.”
WHAT DO YOU DO IN THESE COUPLE OF WEEKS TO FOCUS ON THE MONTH OF MAY AND THE 500?
“We actually get a bit of testing there so we’ll get a good indication of how the car is and a slight change in the aero rule, so we’ll see what happens. The team always does a fantastic job for that race and I’m really looking forward to it.”
 PATRICIO O’WARD, NO. 31 GESS CARLIN CHEVROLET, FINISHED 12TH: “Obviously it wasn’t the result we wanted for the No. 31 GESS Carlin Chevrolet – we always want to at least move forward from where we qualified. We were really strong towards the end, but for some reason I was just sinking like a rock at the beginning of the race. The car just wasn’t behaving how it should’ve been with those used red tires that we started on. We need to look back and see what really went wrong at the beginning of the race and compare it to the end of the race where we doing so much better. It’s unfortunate, but our race was just decided early on when we lost so many spots right out of the gate.”
MAX CHILTON, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET, FINISHED 14TH: “To be honest, I thought it was quite an enjoyable race today here in Long Beach. It actually went pretty quick. I had the challenge of getting good fuel mileage and I think we did the best out of anyone fuel saving, which is why we were able to pit three laps later than everyone else on that final stint. It allowed me to really push and close the gap to Veach. We had a few things in the race not go our way, like Jones pulling a bold move on the last corner on a restart costing me a few spots. There just weren’t a lot of opportunities to overtake today, so it was more about hitting your numbers.”
MATHEUS LEIST, NO. 4 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 15TH:  “One more race finished here at Long Beach. I think if you look through our weekend our race result was not that bad compared to the practice sessions and our qualifying. Of course not where we want to be. Definitely shouldn’t be happy and we are not happy with P15 but that’s maybe a way to go for the next couple races and I’m just looking forward to improving the car as much as we can, mainly for the road courses and the street courses – that’s where we’re struggling the most. I’m looking forward to the month of May now, I’m more than excited. We all know we have a good car there. Bring it on.”
ED JONES, NO. 20 ED CARPENTER RACING SCUDERIA CORSA CHEVROLET, FINISHED 16TH: “It was one of those situations today where we needed to try something a bit different to make things work. We needed a bit of luck on our side as well. Unfortunately, things didn’t play out that way. On the upside, we made progress with the car every session this weekend and ended in a better spot than where we started. That’s a positive. Going into the two races at Indianapolis, ECR has solid cars there so we should have two solid races headed our way!”
SPENCER PIGOT, NO. 21 ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 18TH: “It was a very unfortunate start to the race. We got caught up in the mess that was going on in front of me and stalled the car after some contact. We went a lap down and from there, just had to try and claw our way back as much as we could. It’s frustrating because it seemed like we were actually going pretty quick and had a good racecar. If we had been able to stay on the lead lap at the beginning, it would have been a lot better, but that’s not the way it went. We’ll come back stronger next time.”
 TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 19TH: “I’m ok (physically) but I feel bad, because we don’t have it. We have to figure something out. Very disappointing, very disappointing. (How tough was it for you with your injuries?) It was alright. My injuries were the least of my problems for sure.” NOTE: Underwing and strake were broken in early race contact

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CHEVROLET RACING NTT INDYCAR SERIES – STREETS OF ST. PETERSBURG: WILL POWER PUTS CHEVY ON POLE FOR SEASON OPENER;

CHEVROLET RACING IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES
STREETS OF ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING RECAP
MARCH 9, 2019
Will Power Puts Chevrolet on Pole at Streets of St. Petersburg
Josef Newgarden Make All-Chevy Front Row
St. Petersburg, Fla (March 9, 2019) – Will Power just loves the Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. For the eighth time at the very technical street course, and the 55th time in his career, the Team Penske driver of the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet, will lead the field of the NTT IndyCar Series (NICS) to the green flag.
With a lap of one minute, 0.4594 seconds/107.170 mph, the 2014 Series’ champion captured his first NTT P1 Award of the season. The top-qualifying effort was number six for a Chevy-powered driver since 2012 when the Bowtie Brand returned to NICS competition.
Today’s qualifying result was the 84th pole for Chevrolet and 264th for Team Penske in Series’ history.
Teammate Josef Newgarden will start along side Power on the front row in the No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet.
Chevrolet drivers occupied two of the Firestone Fast Six field that battled for six minutes in the third and final qualifying session to claim the pole.
Felix Rosenquist; Scott Dixon; Ryan Hunter-Reay and Alexander Rossi (all Honda) complete the first Firestone Fast Six group of the season.
 NBCSN will telecast the 110-lap/198-mile race on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn road course live at 12:30 p.m. ET March 10.
DRIVER QUOTES:
WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, POLE WINNER: YOUR REACTION WHEN ROGER PENSKE SAID YOU ARE FASTEST WAS LITERALLY, WHAT? WERE YOU SURPRISED BECAUSE THE LAP WASN’T MAYBE AS GOOD AS YOU THOUGHT OR YOU KNEW YOUR TEAMMATES AND OTHERS HAD THAT ADVANTAGE WITH THOSE FRESHER TIRES?
“I was really surprised when he said, P-1, and I was like what? We had the used tires and it was just being there all session. But, it was a really neat lap. Obviously, the tires had a lap on them; but yeah, I was surprised. I thought someone still had another run to do or something, but yeah.  Awesome job, awesome job. The car slowly climbed up all weekend. We were P-10 in the first few practices and moved to P-5. To get the pole for the first race of the season is awesome. It’s a really, really great start.”
WE TALKED ABOUT THE OFF-SEASON AND ALL THE EFFORT FOR TEAM PENSKE TO GET BETTER AT THE STREET COURSES. WHAT DOES THIS SAY, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU GUYS STRUGGLED SO BAD ON FRIDAY?
“Chevrolet has done a fantastic job with the engine. We worked really hard on the off-season. And we’ve kind of gone back and had a really good look at our street course performance because it was not good enough last year. We’ve definitely come back with a nicer car to drive and much more in the window. It’s great work from the whole team; all three guys, we’ve all worked hard together to get this result.”
WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE ABOUT STARTING UP FRONT HERE. TURN 1 IS TIGHT, THAT’S WHERE EVERYBODY SEEMS TO WRECK. AND THEN YOU GET DOWN INTO TURNS 4 AND 5, AND IT’S TIGHT THERE AS WELL
“Yeah, you’ve got to remember it’s a long race. It’s like 110 laps. So, you’ve got to be smart. I wasn’t smart last year and spun in the first corner and just put us on the back foot from the beginning. So, I want to have a great start. Obviously being on pole really helps. And getting through that first lap and do what we can to try and win another race.”
JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 2 HITACHI TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET QUALIFIED 2ND: “It was kind of a medium start. We weren’t bad. We were in the Top 10, but we weren’t crazy-stellar. And we definitely found our footing this morning. I think we made the cars really good. Everyone really executed today, for sure. I’m only disappointed in myself. I didn’t put together the best lap there when it really counted, you know? We did a great job getting in the Fast Six as a team. And a 1-2, you can’t be dissatisfied. It’s very positive for the whole group.
“Team Chevy did a great job. They worked really hard over the night for us to make sure we had what we needed. So, thank you Chevy, for giving us everything we need. But yeah, it’s hard to not be disappointed when you’re quick and we had a little bit better tires. So, when you have the preferred tire to run on, you want to capitalize and I messed up the first lap and over-cooked it on the second. So, it was close, but it just wasn’t good enough.”
CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 23 TRESIBA CARLIN CHEVROLET, QUAILFIED 8TH: The Firestone alternates really have one good lap in them around here and on my best lap I was coming into turn 10 up on my previous good lap time and came across the No. 88 in about second gear at the apex. I was able to slide by him but had to threw that lap out completely. My next lap, which was my best, just wasn’t quite good enough to move into the top six. Honestly, I’m really proud of the Carlin team and the progress we’ve made in 12 months. You know to come back in the No. 23 car this weekend with Novo Nordisk and to qualify in the top 10 is pretty great. I’m just looking forward to the green flag tomorrow to see what we can do with our solid qualifying effort.”
 BEN HANLEY, BEN, NO. 81 10 STAR DRAGONSPEED CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 12TH:
SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 MENARDS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 13TH: “I didn’t get to play. It was quite unfortunate. I wasn’t even able to go full speed. We had a two red flags in the wrong spot for us. It’s really unfortunate because I felt that the No. 22 Menards Chevy was awesome. We made a huge improvement today and the car was awesome this morning. I’m just a little disappointed I didn’t get to showcase what the team has been working on. Obviously my teammates are starting one and two and had not what gone down, I would have been right there with them. That’s the only frustrating part but you can’t dwell on that. That’s outside factors you can’t control. We’re going to regroup and go hard tomorrow.”
ED JONES, NO. 20 ED CARPENTER RACING SCUDERIA CORSA CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 15TH:“Qualifying was super frustrating. We weren’t the only ones caught out by the red flags, but what hurts the most is that the team did a fantastic job over last night to improve the car. We were 6th this morning and the car felt great. Unfortunately, no one did a the last two years, you can start at the back and still win the race!”
SPENCER PIGOT, NO. 21 ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIED 16TH: “We just kind of missed the balance there on the red tires today. Unfortunately, the car wasn’t behaving like it did yesterday in second practice. We’ll go back to see where we can improve and get the car back to how it was. Hopefully, we’ll have a good race tomorrow for Autogeek and have a strong start of the season for Ed Carpenter Racing.”
TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 21ST : “I can’t call this qualifying, we got two red flags so nobody ever put a fast lap in our group. The fastest lap was an out lap at a 1:03 and we were running .59s. It’s a shame but it was out of our control. We didn’t cause the red flags, but we just didn’t get the lap.”
MATHEUS LEIST, NO. 4 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 22ND: “It’s not the result we wanted in qualifying, we will be starting from the back tomorrow so we have a lot of work to do. Even so I’m looking forward to the race because it is a place that I like and I usually drive pretty good. So we’ll try to move to the front and have a good result tomorrow.”
MAX CHILTON, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN, QUALIFIED 24TH : It was a disappointing day for the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet. We had an issue with the clutch in the first session that cost us quite a bit of track time, which you never want to happen in the last practice before qualifying. We aren’t starting where we want tomorrow, but now we have an opportunity to come from back with an alternate strategy and get the result we know we can get.”

 

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