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CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES HONDA INDY TORONTO STREETS OF EXHIBITION PLACE TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA TEAM CHEVY POST RACE RECAP WITH TRANSCRIPT AND QUOTE PACKAGE JULY 15, 2018   Simon Pagenaud Puts Chevrolet on Podium in Toronto   TORONTO – July 15, 2018 – Today was a good day for Simon Pagenaud.  First…

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TEAM CHEVY POST QUALIYFING RECAP WITH TRANSCRIPT AND QUOTE PACKAGE

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES HONDA INDY TORONTO STREETS OF EXHIBITION PLACE TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA TEAM CHEVY POST QUALIYFING RECAP WITH TRANSCRIPT AND QUOTE PACKAGE JULY 14, 2018 Josef Newgarden Puts Chevy on Pole for Streets of Toronto  TORONTO – July 14, 2018 – For the fourth time this season and the sixth…

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TEAM CHEVY POST QUALIFYING DRIVER QUOTES – HONDA INDY TORONTO

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES HONDA INDY TORONTO STREETS OF EXHIBITION PLACE TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA TEAM CHEVY POST QUALIFYING DRIVER QUOTES JULY 14, 2018  JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 1 HITACHI TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET – POLE WINNER IT WAS DRY, IT WAS WET; THERE WERE A LOT OF DECISIONS TO MAKE DURING QUALIFYING “I thought…

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CHEVY INDYCAR AT IOWA: Spencer Pigot Puts Chevy on Podium at Iowa

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES

IOWA CORN 300

IOWA SPEEDWAY

NEWTON, IOWA

TEAM CHEVY POST RACE RECAP AND TRANSCRIPT

JULY 8, 2018

 

Spencer Pigot Puts Chevy on Podium at Iowa

 

  • Pigot Scores Break-Out Runner-Up Finish in Iowa Corn 300

o   First top-three finish in Verizon IndyCar Series for Ed Carpenter Racing full-time driver

  • Defending Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Newgarden leads race-high 229 laps on way to fourth place finish

o   Jumps to second in the standings after 12th race of season

 

NEWTON, IOWA – July 8, 2018: Spencer Pigot will not forget his first Verizon IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway. After qualifying a disappointing 18th, Pigot, in his first full-time season with Ed Carpenter Racing, and the crew of the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet knew they had a formidable task in front of them when the green flag flew for the Iowa Corn 300.

 

After 300 grueling laps (268.2-mile) around the tough .894-mile tri-oval, Pigot emerged with his career-first IndyCar podium in his first IndyCar race on the Iowa short-track. His only previous start at Iowa was in 2015 in the Indy Lights Series.

 

Defending Series’ champion Josef Newgarden qualified his No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet in second, took the lead on lap 24 and looked to be on his way to his fourth win of the season. After leading a race-high 229 laps, tire degradation and changing track conditions opened the door for the top-five in the running order to make a challenge for the win. Newgarden had to settle for a fourth place finish, but the strong run catapulted him to second in the point standings after 12 races.

 

Pole sitter Will Power brought the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to the finish in sixth place – battling the same changing conditions as the race played-out. The winner of the 2018 Indianapolis 500 and 2014 Series’ champion is fifth in the standings.

 

Simon Pagenaud finished eighth behind the wheel of the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet, and Ed Carpenter brought the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet to the finish in 10th place to give the Chevrolet 2.2 liter twin turbocharged direct injected V6 engines two of the top-four and five of the top-10 finishing positions.

 

Other Team Chevy drivers finished as follows:

 

  1. No. 23 Charlie Kimball
  2. No. 59 Max Chilton
  3. No. 14 Tony Kanaan
  4. No. 88 Gabby Chaves
  5.       No. 4 Matheus Leist

 

James Hinchcliffe was the race winner, and Takuma Sato completed the podium finishers (both Honda).

 

Next up is the Honda Toronto Indy on the Streets of Toronto, July 15, 2018.

 

CHEVY INDYCAR AT IOWA: Team Chevy Driver’s Post Qualifying Quotes

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES

IOWA CORN 300

IOWA SPEEDWAY

NEWTON, IOWA

TEAM CHEVY POST QUALIYFING DRIVER QUOTES

JULY 7, 2018

 

DRIVER QUOTES:

 

WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, POLE WINNER:  YOU SAID THE CAR WASN’T THAT GOOD, BUT MAN, WHAT A COUPLE OF LAPS FOR YOU, CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS POLE:
“Yeah, thank you.  I love this place.  It’s a real tough little bullring oval and man, I’ve been trying to win this for so long.  So, obviously, starting the race in a good spot.  I think it will be a very difficult race, tires degrade a lot, but it will make for great racing.

“It wasn’t easy but the Verizon Chevy was great. You have to drive it. It’s quite difficult over all the bumps, but we kind of unloaded well and we tested here. It’s the start of a good weekend. I’ve had a couple of bad ones and I want to have a really good weekend this weekend. I got a little feedback from Simon (Pagenaud) prior to the run. He said there’s a bit of push and we kind of adjusted for that but we were there abouts in the window obviously so the car was good. It’s difficult for everyone with hot temperatures, bumpy track, and low grip. It’s about driving. The race will be so different (from qualifying). The tires really degrade and you just got to really work on having a consistent car and stint.”


YOU CHECKED INDIANAPOLIS OFF THE WIN BOOK SO CAN YOU DO THAT THIS WEEKEND AT IOWA?
“Yeah, absolutely, it would be a big year for me if I win the Indianapolis 500 and Iowa this year.  That would be like if I was looking at things I wanted to do that would almost top the list.”

 

NO DRIVER HAS EVER WON FROM THE POLE HERE.  YOU SAID THIS IS THE ONE RACE BESIDES THE INDY 500 THAT MEANS AS MUCH TO YOU AS ANYTHING, WHY?
“Well, I’ve been trying to win this race for so long.  The last couple of years I’ve had great cars and been pretty close.  So, yeah, it’s a tough one.  It’s bumpy, it’s hard, there are multiple lanes and the tire degrades a lot in the race.  So, you’ve got to be on your toes on the strategy as well.”

 

COULD YOU HAVE ENVISIONED GOING THIS QUICK AT A PLACE LIKE THIS WHEN YOU FIRST STARTED RACING ON OVALS?
“Well, the way this track has gone it’s gained character.  It’s bumpy, it’s hard, it’s low grip, so when you think about that and you are almost wide-open all the way around it’s a great feeling, honestly.  It really is, it’s really fun to drive.”

 

DO YOU LIKE THE BUMPS?
“I do.  I think it makes it more about driving.  It makes it harder, you’ve got to understand how to run on them, so yeah, I like it.”

 

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 1 HITACHI TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 2ND : WHAT DO YOU WATCH WHEN YOU WATCH OTHER PEOPLE QUALIFY?
“Yeah, everything, you are watching the line, you are listening to feedback just trying to pick up pieces of information.  I think we had a pretty good run.  I wish we had a little bit more but Will (Power) did a really good lap, two really good laps, so if he gets it he is definitely going to deserve it.  Just missed it slightly. I thought we had a really good shot at it and probably just weren’t exactly where we needed to be, but man it is still a fast car.  The Hitachi car has been quick and if we can start on the front row, it is going to be a good start for Team Penske.”

 

HOW CLOSE WERE YOU TO MAXIMIZING YOUR QUALIFYING OPPORTUNITY? 
“Well, we had a good run.  Our car has been quick.  The Hitachi car right off the truck has been fast. It certainly helps to test. We were able to do that about a week and a half ago, so really happy we all came here together to get an idea of this race car.  Will (Power) did two great laps.  You’ve just got to be perfect and I think we weren’t perfect, but we were pretty good and that is how you get on the front row, but to get the pole you’ve got to put it all together.  I think we probably missed it slightly, but still a great effort from our guys.  We’ve got tons of speed in these Team Penske cars, try and get Team Chevy a victory tomorrow.  Now it’s all about making the race car as good as we can for Sunday.”

 

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO WORK ON IN FINAL PRACTICE?
“Well, it’s all about the long run.  The qualifying deal it goes so fast around a track that is 17 seconds.  You are over and done with before a minute is even up.  Now you’ve got to try and make the car last 20, 25 minutes over a stint.  Try and make the car happy, we are going to have a lot of tire degradation with less downforce, which I think it going to make it exciting.  I think we are going to open up a bunch of lanes, there are going to be guys in lane 1, lane 2, lane 3, so we are going to try and make it happen and make a car that we can go everywhere. That is the key to this place.”

 

YOU LIKE THE FEELING AROUND THIS PLACE:
“I love it.  I think this car it invites you to drive it on the free side.  The car has got to be dancing around a little bit.  I think you have to do that to make it fast.  So, if you are not comfortable with it you’ve got to figure out how to get comfortable with it.  I think the car, what it does best is it talks to you and tells you when it’s starting to move around and that gives you a lot more opportunity to either react to it or potentially save a big moment that could turn into a wreck. I think it’s been a joy to drive around a place like Iowa.”

 

SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 MENARDS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 4TH: “I like it, I love it. I think it is much better package than in the past. It is not easy in traffic; you really have to drive the car. Then you have to work with your engineers and your teammates to get the best package you can get.  I’ll tell you what, that is what short oval should be about.  I don’t mind peddling the car. It makes it more fun all the way around.”

 

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED  9TH : “It is difficult compared to last year! We are down over one thousand pounds of downforce from where we qualified in 2017. It’s a big difference. We were all running max downforce earlier, but track temp and air temp are both up and a lot of cars are struggling. If you would have said I would have had this lap time going in, I would have thought we’d be starting near the back! Conditions are so different than where they were this morning in practice.”

 

TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 13th: “It wasn’t very good, we struggled this morning. The track was really slippery, it was hotter right now, this morning it was a little cooler so it was a handful. We went the quickest of what we did all weekend so I guess we did something right. It was kind of nerve-wracking, I’m not comfortable in the car, I haven’t been this uncomfortable in a long time. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

 

GABBY CHAVES, NO. 88 HARDING GROUP HARDING RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 16TH:

“We just finished qualifying for the Iowa Corn 300. Unfortunately, I think we were on the unlucky side with all the trucks and Indy Lights cars because we were one of the first cars to qualify. The track is going to progressively get cleaned up by the Firestone Tires, so it’ll get better for the guys going out later. The car was really good in practice, we made some changes, so I think the car is going to be great for the race tomorrow.”

 

CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 23 TRESIBA CARLIN CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 17th:  “I’m really proud of these Carlin guys. We didn’t test here last week like a lot of teams did, but we showed up this morning with a car that was really consistent. We ran a lot of laps on a set of tires in the morning practice session, but we didn’t get a clean qualifying run with traffic because of that late yellow. I’m just proud of this team for showing up with a solid car with no experience here in an Indy car. I had my hands full a couple of times during that qualifying run where the car tried to rotate on me a little bit. Things didn’t quite shake out how we wanted it to in qualifying, but we’ll work on the race car tonight and see where we are tomorrow morning during warmup.”

 

SPENCER PIGOT, NO. 21 FUZZY’S VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 18TH : “It was definitely tricky. This morning, we had a pretty good run and I was really happy with the Fuzzy’s Vodka car. This afternoon, we just didn’t really have the grip. I was struggling with front grip and also with rear grip on both ends of the track. Hopefully, we can find some more pace tonight.”

 

MAX CHILTON, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 21st “That was an odd qualifying session. I feel like we’ve made improvements, but it didn’t really show in our run. As a new team we’ve never tested here, so we’ve only done 40 or 50 laps this morning and that’s it. I felt like we made really good steps forward with the car from this morning’s session. Honestly if I wouldn’t have looked at my dash after that run, I would’ve said that was a good chunk quicker than my time this morning, but the time just wasn’t there. I’m thinking that the increase in temperatures made the track grip drop, but it really isn’t overly hot so I was expecting to go quicker than this morning. It’ll be interesting to see what the quickest guys do in qualifying and if they end up going quicker than they did this morning.”

 

MATHEUS LEIST, NO. 4 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 22nd“Unfortunately we crashed in practice this morning. I’m happy that my guys managed to put the car back together again. They did a great job as they only had three hours but we’re still struggling with the car setup. We have to figure out something faster for tomorrow. We’ll keep working hard and try to race to the front. We’ll have some time to figure out something in the final practice but right now it’s not fun to drive a car like this.”

CHEVY INDYCAR AT IOWA: Team Chevy Advance – Chevrolet Aims for Second Short-Track Victory of Season

Chevrolet Aims for Second Short-Track Victory of Season

  • Josef Newgarden won at 1-mile ISM Raceway in April
    ᴏ Reigning series champion won at Iowa Speedway in ‘16
  • Team Chevy has claimed five wins at Iowa track since 2012
    ᴏ Chevrolet drivers have also started from pole in every race
  • New universal aero kit will add new dynamic on .894-mile tri-oval
    ᴏ Increased straightaway speed forecast for 300-lap race
  • Fans can interact with the drivers at Chevy Racing display

 

DETROIT (July 3, 2018) – Verizon IndyCar Series veteran Tony Kanaan characterizes Iowa Speedway as “a place that keeps you on your toes at all times.”

Racing side by side over 300 laps, with every green-flag circuit of the .894-mile tri-oval in the 18-second range, drivers rarely get a breather. A wrinkle July 8 for the 11th Verizon IndyCar Series race at the track in Newton, Iowa, will be the universal aerodynamic body kit introduced for the 2018 season.

A handful of Team Chevy drivers tested last week at the track in preparation for the 268.2-mile Iowa Corn 300, including Gabby Chaves, who competed in 2015 and ’16 with the distinctively different short-oval aero kits produced by Chevrolet and its competitor in the Verizon IndyCar Series.

“Definitely the speeds on the straightaways are much higher, the speeds in the corners are much slower,” said Chaves, driver of the No. 88 Harding Racing Chevrolet. “Before, this used to be a track that you’d run wide open the whole time – full throttle. I wouldn’t be surprised if late in a run with big tire wear that you’d be starting to use the brakes. It’s definitely much, much different.”

Chevrolet drivers have won five of the six races and every pole at Iowa Speedway since its 2012 return to the Verizon IndyCar Series. Last year, Will Power earned his second pole start at the track in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet and Helio Castroneves led a Team Chevy sweep of the top two finishing positions.

Also in 2017, Matheus Leist won the Indy Lights race after starting 10th. Leist, driving the No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet for AJ Foyt Racing, is among five drivers who will compete for the first time at the track in the Verizon IndyCar Series race.

This season, drivers backed by the 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged direct-injected V6 Chevrolet engine have won five races, including Josef Newgarden racing to the checkered flag in the first short-track event of the season at the 1-mile ISM Raceway in suburban Phoenix in April.

The reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion dominated the most recent race – the Kohler Grand Prix at Road America – leading 53 of the 55 laps after starting on the pole on the 4-mile permanent road course. He was also dominant in the 2016 race at Iowa Speedway, leading 282 of the 300 laps on the way to victory.

“Our win at Road America was great and we feel like we have gained a lot of momentum. We’ve done well at Iowa before and we’re excited to head back,” said Newgarden, driver of the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet. “I know the whole No. 1 Hitachi Chevrolet team and myself enjoy short-track racing so we’re looking forward to racing in front of a really fun crowd.”

Fans can view an impressive array of Chevrolet production vehicles, including the Corvette Grand Sport, Silverado 2500HD, Silverado 1500, Bolt EV 2LZ, Camaro 2SS Convertible, plus simulators and other immersive displays at the Chevrolet IndyCar Racing Tour property.

Fans also will have the opportunity to interact with Team Chevy drivers: Saturday12:45 p.m. Team Penske (Josef Newgarden, Will Power, Simon Pagenaud). Sunday10:30 a.m. Ed Carpenter Racing (Ed Carpenter, Spencer Pigot); 11 a.m. Carlin (Charlie Kimball, Max Chilton).

On the .894-mile tri-oval, Team Chevy will be well represented by:

A.J. FOYT ENTERPRISES:

Matheus Leist, No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet
Tony Kanaan, No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet

CARLIN:
Charlie Kimball, No. 23 Tresiba Chevrolet
Max Chilton, No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet

ED CARPENTER RACING:

Ed Carpenter, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet
Spencer Pigot, No. 21 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet 

HARDING RACING:
Gabby Chaves, No. 88 Harding Group Chevrolet

TEAM PENSKE:

Josef Newgarden, No. 1 Hitachi Chevrolet
Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet
Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 Menards Chevrolet

Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Year-By-Year Results

Year Races Wins Poles Notes
2012 15 11 10 Engine Manufacturer Championship; Driver & Owner Titles (Ryan Hunter-Reay/Michael Andretti)
2013 19 10 11 Engine Manufacturer Championship;
Indy 500 win (Tony Kanaan)
2014 18 12 13 Engine Manufacturer Championship; Driver & Owner Titles (Will Power/Roger Penske)
2015 16 10 16 Engine Manufacturer Championship; Driver & Owner Titles (Scott Dixon/Chip Ganassi);
Indy 500 Win (Juan Pablo Montoya) – first manufacturer to capture all titles since Chevrolet returned to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2012
2016 16 14 13 Engine Manufacturer Championship; Driver & Owner Titles (Simon Pagenaud/Roger Penske)
2017 17 10 11 Engine Manufacturer Championship; Driver & Owner Titles (Josef Newgarden/Roger Penske)
2018 10 5 5 Wins – Josef Newgarden (Phoenix, Barber, Road America), Will Power (Indianapolis RC, Indianapolis 500). Poles – Newgarden (Barber, Texas, Road America), Power (Indianapolis RC), Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis 500)
Totals 111 72 79  

 

2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Standings (Chevrolet in bold)

Driver Standings Team Standings Manufacturer Standings
1. Scott Dixon – 393
2. Ryan Hunter-Reay – 348
4. Alexander Rossi – 348
4. Josef Newgarden – 343
5. Will Power – 328
1. No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing – 393
2. No. 28 Andretti Autosport – 348
3. No. 27 Andretti Autosport – 348
4. No. 1 Team Penske – 343

5. No. 12 Team Penske – 328

1. Honda – 832
2. Chevrolet – 707

 

Iowa Corn 300 (all times ET)

  • Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 1:11:15 a.m., Saturday, July 7
  • Verizon IndyCar Qualifications: 3:30 p.m., Saturday, July 7
  • Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 2: 6:45 p.m., Saturday, July 7
  • Iowa Corn 300: 2:30 p.m., Sunday, July 8
  • TV/Radio/Other: NBCSN will telecast the 300-lap (268.2-mile) race on the .894-mile tri-oval live 2 p.m. July 8. It will also telecast qualifications live at 3:30 p.m. July 7. Practice sessions will be streamed on RaceControl.IndyCar.com in conjunction with the INDYCAR Radio Network broadcast. Qualifications and the race also will be broadcast on INDYCAR Radio Network affiliates, RaceControl.IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com, the INDYCAR Mobile app, Sirius 214, and XM209.

CHEVY INDYCAR AT ROAD AMERICA: Josef Newgarden Puts Chevy in Victory Lane in Wisconsin

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
KOHLER GRAND PRIX
ROAD AMERICA
ELKHART LAKE, WISCONSIN
TEAM CHEVY POST RACE RECAP, QUOTES AND TRANSCRIPT
JUNE 24, 2018

Newgarden Puts Chevy in Victory Lane in Wisconsin 

ELKHART LAKE, WISC –Josef Newgarden put on a driving clinic for the competition today at Road America today as he captured his third victory of the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series (VICS) season and 10th of his career. The defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion started his No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet on the pole, and went on to lead 53 of the 55-lap race around the 4.014-mile Wisconsin natural terrain road course.

Touting both the power and fuel mileage of his 2.2 liter Chevrolet twin turbocharged direct injected V6 engine, the second-year Team Penske driver was relieved to take the top spot on the podium after coming so close in 2017.

“It’s been an amazing weekend,” said Newgarden.  “Great fan turnout, incredible atmosphere. I took my time on the cool-down lap because of how packed the place was. I wanted to kind of enjoy it because it was just an amazing atmosphere.  It was a difficult one. We had our work cut out for us today. We had to be perfect. We had to be perfect on our fuel mileage, on our pit stints as far as the pit stops themselves, they had to be perfect.

“The team did a great job. Team Penske had a great strategy. I think our Team Chevy engine made a big difference today. I had good power, good reliability, certainly had the fuel mileage that we needed. You had to have all those factors today I think to beat the competition.”

Newgarden now sits fourth in the standings with seven races remaining in the season.

Simon Pagenaud brought the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet to the checkered flag in seventh place after a disappointing qualifying effort that landed the 2016 VICS champion in the 14th starting position.

Ed Carpenter Racing’s Spencer Pigot capitalized on a strong qualifying effort to bring the No. 21 Direct Supply Chevrolet home with an eighth place finish and give Chevrolet three of the top-eight finishers. Teammate Jordan King finished 12th in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet to give the Carpenter duo their best finishes of the season.

Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, suffered a mechanical issue on lap one of the race and was relegated to the 23rd finishing position.

Other Chevrolet finishers are as follows:

No. 14 Tony Kanaan                                   14th

No. 4 Matheus Leist                                    15th

No. 59 Max Chilton                                      17th

No. 23 Charlie Kimball                                18th

No. 88 Gabby Chaves                                 19th

No. 32 Alfonso Celis, Jr.                             20th

Ryan Hunter-Reay and Scott Dixon (both Honda) completed the podium.

Next on the schedule for Team Chevy in the Verizon IndyCar Series will be July 7-8 at Iowa Speedway.

DRIVER QUOTES:

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 1 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, RACE WINNER:

HOW BAD DID YOU WANT THIS ONE JOSEF?

“Really bad.  I have wanted to win here since last year.   I felt like we had a car that could win then, and it just didn’t happen.  This Chevrolet has been a rocket all weekend, but it was not easy.  Ryan (Hunter-Reay) was quick and I knew (Scott) Dixon was right behind him, so we were working for it the entire race.   These Team Penske guys were the best.  They gave me incredible pit stops and I think we nailed the strategy.   Tim (Cindric) was coaching me through the whole thing so I kind of knew what I had to do, but it was a lot of work I will be honest with you. Ryan was really pushing me.   So just hats off to the whole Team Penske team, I wish we could have all those other guys up here with us, but it’s good to get a win.  Doesn’t matter which car gets one, it’s just good to get a win for Team Penske.”

YOU TOLD ME YOU HAVE HAD THE SPEED, YOU JUST HAVEN’T HAD THE RACE EXECUTION.  CAN YOU IMAGINE A BETTER EXECUTED RACE FOR YOU OR THE TEAM THAN THIS?

“It was pretty flawless.  It was difficult at the beginning and I was struggling a bit to do what I needed to do and gap Ryan correctly.   But I tell you what, Team Chevy did a great job this weekend and gave me the horsepower and had great fuel economy.  So I am really proud of those guys.  Good reliability and everything you would expect from a Team Chevy engine.  I think that made the difference at the end of the day.”

HOW MUCH OF YOUR DAY WAS SPENT LOOKING IN THE MIRROR AT THAT 28 CAR TRYING TO KEEP THAT GAP EXACTLY WHERE IT NEEDED TO BE?  AND YOU WERE RIGHT, TIM WAS ON YOU A FEW TIMES SAYING YOU HAD TO DO A BETTER JOB ON FUEL (MANAGEMENT)

 “I was working my butt off and looking at him every lap.  Then I started thinking that I was looking at him too much and I started looking forward because I knew if he was getting too close they would let me know.  I focused forward and it was a lot better toward the end.”

DO YOU FEEL LIKE THIS TEAM IS BACK IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP HUNT NOW WITH ONLY 50 POINTS OUT OF THE LEAD?

 “It’s really far till we get to the end of the season, so for me, I am not too worried about it.  We just need to focus on it one weekend at a time.   That is what Roger (Penske) told me.  He said, ‘take it one race at a time, we have got a long way to go’.  We are going to be just fine.   We are focused on just being fast each and every race day, and we will be there at the end.”

ON RACE:  “What a day. I don’t know what to say, I’m worn out. I was doing everything I could to keep (back) Ryan (Hunter-Reay), I knew (Scott) Dixon was close, too, so it was a day of executing. Team Penske did a great job. Tim (Cindric, race strategist) gave me the strategy I needed. The guys were perfect in their pit stops. I don’t know what to tell you. It was a hard-fought day, it was not as easy as it looked. I was looking at my mirrors half the day with Ryan closing in on me. I think that Team Chevy engine made the difference. I had the engine mileage that I needed, the power, good reliability – everything that you’d expect from Team Chevy. At the end of the day, to me, that’s what made the difference.”

SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 MENARDS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FINISHED 7TH:  “It was a good weekend. Qualifying was a real shame. We definitely had a good car. We made a big improvements throughout the weekend, but we over-balanced and barely missed Q2 where we could have adjusted and probably contended for the pole.  It would have changed the whole race because the Menards Chevy was really good in the race.  We managed to have a really good fuel saving during the race, so strategy was really good. Tires – when to have to the reds; when to have the blacks.  Made a lot of passes on track.  We had a blast today. Coming from starting 14th to finish seventh on a track like this with no yellows is pretty outstanding. Very proud of my team.  It was a really exciting race.  I would like to have been up front more, but it was pretty good where we finished.”

SPENCER PIGOT, NO. 21 DIRECT SUPPLY ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 8TH“No, definitely not.  The start was pretty eventful for us.   Obviously Will (Power) had an issue and I got boxed in and the field was just kind of streaming past me on the inside.  We fell back a bit on the first lap, but we were able to pass a lot of guys and move up.  But the Direct Supply Chevy was really good for us, and the guys did really good on pit lane.  It was a little frustrating to get passed by Simon (Pagenaud) there on the last lap, but we did the last stint there on used reds and we were just hanging on there and he just got me.  Overall it was a great race and I had a lot of fun.  There were a lot of really good battles, and a clean race, but a lot of hard driving.

“We had a frustrating start, getting boxed it and not having anywhere to go when Will (Power) had his issue. We fell back quite a lot, but made up those positions and more throughout the first stint. The car was working really well for me! After that, we just tried to hit our fuel number and have clean stops, which we did. The Direct Supply crew did a great job for me! I would have like to have stayed seventh, but Simon (Pagenaud) had a good pass on me there at the end. Overall, it was a pretty solid weekend.”

JORDAN KING, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 12TH : “I had a good start, I made up quite a good chunk of places on Lap 1. I went off line and then was just at the wrong place at the wrong time so annoyingly I lost everything that I made up. The changes we made overnight did improve the car, it just took a little while for me to get used to. It took me most of the first stint to get used to it, but after that our pace was actually pretty good. Other than the stall, if I didn’t mess that up, I think we would have been up in that group that Spencer (Pigot) was in. Not too bad in the end but a couple of small things cost us quite a lot of time on the track.”

TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 14TH:  “We missed on the setup. No excuses. We need to get better.”

MATHEUS LEIST, NO. 4 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 15TH“Today was a really tough race. We’ve just been struggling a lot finding the right car setup. We can’t quite figure out the best setup for tracks like these. All we can do is prepare the best we can for Iowa.”

MAX CHILTON, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET, FINISHED 17TH: “We made such an improvement in today’s race from where we started this weekend. I very much enjoyed that race – it’s such a pleasure to drive this Road America circuit. Obviously, it was a really clean race with no yellows and ended up being a fuel mileage race. We picked the right strategy and we had great stops, but we just didn’t start off in the right place to fully maximize everything we did right. I feel like I extracted everything out of the car that I could and it’s a shame that we can’t do qualifying again and see where we’d end up after seeing how we did in our race today. I’m looking forward now to Iowa – I’ve had some success there so hopefully it’ll translate into a good result for the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet in a few weeks.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 23 TRESIBA CARLIN CHEVROLET, FINISHED 18TH: “It’s been a character-building weekend for everyone here at Carlin. I’m proud of the guys for trying something different on strategy for the race today. We knew that it was a possibility that the race would go full green here, which meant that our strategy for the No. 23 Tresiba Chevrolet might not work as well, but we felt like that was a risk worth taking. We’ll go back and look at all of the data, keep learning, and keep taking steps forward. I’m looking forward to going to Iowa in a few weeks. We had good race pace on the last short oval we raced on in Phoenix, so we’re optimistic about our starting point there.”

GABBY CHAVES, NO. 88 HARDING GROUP HARDING RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 19TH“It felt like we made some good changes overnight and we were able to pass some cars, be aggressive and have fun out there in the first few stints. Unfortunately, we had an issue with one of the air guns, I’m not quite sure what happened, but we ended up running over one of our air hoses. That cost us a drive thru, which obviously on a long pit lane basically ended our day. Anyways, it’s been a very positive change to challenge a bit more and race some cars! We were unlucky at the end, but we made a lot of progression which was the goal. Really looking forward to Iowa now.”

ALFONSO CELIS, JR., NO. 32 JUNCOS RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 20TH:

“I finally have my first race under my belt. It was a lot of learning and a lot to take in. It was important to finish no matter what, so that’s good. I made some mistakes during the race. I had contact in Turn-1 at the start of the race, so we had to replace the front wing during the first pit stop. I am happy to finish the race and look forward to moving on from here.”

WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, RETIRED FROM RACE AFTER LAP ONE DUE TO MECHANICAL FAILURE, FINISHED 23RD: DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED?  “Literally from as soon as I started warming it up, there was something amiss. I have no clue. They replaced the exhaust and it still didn’t take so the Chevy guys will take deep look at it.”

ON HIS UP AND DOWN SEASON: “It is unbelievable the amount of DNFs I have had this season. I have never had this many in my career in such a short period of time. Yep, that’s racing. goes one way and then the other. As quickly as it down, it can swing the other way quickly in a good way.  When I think about it, we came into the month of May I think fifth in points and left as the leader, so it can change, Man.”

CHEVY INDYCAR AT ROAD AMERICA: Josef Newgarden Puts Chevy on Pole at Road America

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES

KOHLER GRAND PRIX

ROAD AMERICA

ELKHART LAKE, WISCONSIN

TEAM CHEVY POST QUALIYFING RECAP AND DRIVER QUOTES

JUNE 23, 2018 

ELKHART LAKE, WISC – For the fifth time in his career and the third time this season, defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion, Josef Newgarden, claimed the Verizon P1 award to start on the pole for tomorrow’s Kohler Grand Prix on the 4.014-mile Road America natural terrain road course. Piloting the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Newgarden topped the Firestone Fast Six with a lap of one minute, 43.2026 seconds/140.020 mph.

Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, qualified second to make it an all Chevrolet and all Team Penske front row for the 55-lap race.

It is the third consecutive year that a Chevrolet driver has won the Verizon P1 award at the historic Wisconsin venue.

Other Chevrolet 2.2-liter V6 twin turbocharged direct injected drivers qualified as follows:

No. 21 Spencer Pigot                                10th

No. 20 Jordan King                                    13th

No. 22 Simon Pagenaud                          14th

No. 14 Tony Kanaan                                 18th

No. 23 Charlie Kimball                              19th

No. 4 Matheus Leist                                   20th

No. 32 Alfonso Celis, Jr.                           21st

No. 59 Max Chilton                                     22nd

No. 88 Gabby Chaves                               23rd

Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, Robert Wickens and Sebastien Bourdais (all Honda) made up the remainder of the Firestone Fast Six.

NBCSN will telecast the 55-lap (220.77-mile) race on the 4.014-mile, 14-turn permanent road course live at 12:30 p.m. June 24.  The race also will be broadcast on INDYCAR Radio Network affiliates, RaceControl.IndyCar.comindycarradio.com, the INDYCAR Mobile app, Sirius 214, and XM209. 

DRIVER QUOTES:

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 1 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, POLE WINNER: “It’s nice when you have the car to do it. We had the speed on Friday so to finish it off today is nice. It’s only goal one. Two races; one for pole, one for the race. We need to close it out. Verizon has been very good to us, and Team Chevy as well. Engine package has been phenomenal to get the most out of it. You see how well we work together with Team Penske and Team Chevy.

“We just have to be smart and get through the first couple laps. Save the tires, save some fuel and be smart if a caution comes out in the middle of the race. We’ll see what we have for tomorrow.”

WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 2ND:  “That was close! We were off the whole time. I gave it everything the last lap. A surprise front row! I keep getting front rows every weekend. Not the pole but yeah. I’m pretty happy. But only five hundredths off, come on! I think I did a really neat lap. Josef did a great lap. That was all I had.”

SPENCER PIGOT, NO. 21 DIRECT SUPPLY ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 10TH:  “Qualifying was definitely a solid improvement! It’s nice to have the Direct Supply car in the Top 10 to start the race tomorrow. We’ve been making pretty big changes every session and we hadn’t really found anything that worked until qualifying. We were struggling with the front of the car in some places and the rear of the car in other places, we just had to try and tack it down a little bit! Obviously it helped being on new tires and the reds, but the car has come alive – certainly a step in the right direction! To only be a tenth or so off the Fast 6, compared to where we were in practice, is a really good improvement. I’m happy with that, but we want to be higher up and we’ll try for that tomorrow!”

JORDAN KING, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 13TH“We’ve been making progress throughout the weekend, little steps at a time, and qualifying was our best session yet. The car is now performing within that half-second window of the front of the field. There’s always that last hundredth of time left to get so I’m a bit annoyed that we didn’t get it, but it was still a pretty good lap! I got as much as I could out of the car. There was just a little bit of oversteer out of Turn 12 and that’s probably the half a tenth that we needed to transfer. I would have like to have got through to the next round but it was still a decent effort considering how much progress we’ve made.”

SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 MENARDS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 14TH:

TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 18TH“I got traffic on my fast lap but it would have just put us in the top 13, not enough to advance. The car is understeering all weekend. We tried something overnight that didn’t work so it put us behind a session and we’re back to the car we had yesterday. It was the same car so we were going to do the same lap time as yesterday when we tried the reds but getting traffic didn’t help but it wasn’t going to change a lot – maybe a few positions, which always helps but we’ve got a little bit of work to do.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 23 TRESIBA CARLIN CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 19TH“That’s not the result that we’re all here for obviously and I think everyone here at Carlin is disappointed with that qualifying result, but at the same time I know Max and I both have a lot of confidence in this team and our engineering staff. We’ll look at all of the data tonight and learn from each other and try to come up with a plan for tomorrow’srace. The nice thing is that we’re still learning and we’re still constantly making progress, so it’s not like we’re out of options. We still have a lot left to try and a lot left to learn, so we’ll just keep moving forward.”

MATHEUS LEIST, NO. 4 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 20TH“Tough qualifying today. We’ve been struggling a little bit finding the best setup for the car. We need to concentrate for tomorrow so that we have a great car for the race. It’s a long race and you never know what can happen. We will keep working, improving, and doing our best and will try to have a top 10 tomorrow.”

ALFONSO CELIS, JR., NO. 32 JUNCOS RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 21st: “Today we had no issues which was important. Yesterday was for sure a set back as we needed to run the whole day so that we could experiment with the red Firestone tires and the softer compound. So not being able to run on the red tires yesterday really did not help our qualifying effort today. It is what it is at this point, so we will come back tomorrow and be ready to run a good race.”

MAX CHILTON, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 22ND:  “Even though the results might not have shown it, I think we made a lot of progress here today at Road America. We definitely closed the gap from the beginning of the weekend and I really felt like I got everything out of the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet that I could. With us starting where we are tomorrow, we’ll have the freedom to try a completely different strategy and hopefully we can come away from a track I love with a decent result.”

GABBY CHAVES, NO. 88 HARDING GROUP HARDING RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 23RD:  “Yet another tough Qualifying session for us as we search to find the speed we need to get. We’re going to take a look overnight and hopefully we can figure something out for the race. Hopefully we set ourselves up for a fun race and get to pass a lot of cars.”

CHEVY INDYCAR AT ROAD AMERICA: Newgarden Tops Speed Charts Practice Day One

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
KOHLER GRAND PRIX
ROAD AMERICA
ELKHART LAKE, WISCONSIN
TEAM CHEVY POST PRACTICE DRIVER QUOTES
JUNE 22, 2018

ELKHART LAKE, WISC – Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion, Josef Newgarden, set the pace on the first day of practice for the Kohler Grand Prix on the 4.014-mile Road America natural terrain road course.

Behind the wheel of his No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Newgarden bested both of today’s practice session, his fastest lap, one minute, 42.6279-seconds/ 140.804 mph coming in the second session.

Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, posted the fourth quickest time of the day with teammate Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 Menards Chevrolet closing out the top-five fastest.

One more practice session for Team Chevy in the Verizon IndyCar Series will be a 45-minute session Saturday morning to set the stage for Firestone Fast Six qualifying Saturday afternoon.

· Verizon IndyCar Series Practice 3: 12 p.m., Saturday, June 23
· Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifications: 4 p.m., Saturday, June 23
· Kohler Grand Prix: 12:30 p.m., Sunday, June 24

· TV/Radio/Other: NBCSN will telecast the 55-lap (220.77-mile) race on the 4.014-mile, 14-turn permanent road course live at 12:30 p.m. June 24. It will also telecast taped qualifications at 6:30 p.m. June 23. Practice sessions will be streamed on RaceControl.IndyCar.com in conjunction with the INDYCAR Radio Network broadcast. Qualifications and the race also will be broadcast on INDYCAR Radio Network affiliates, RaceControl.IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com, the INDYCAR Mobile app, Sirius 214, and XM209.

DRIVER QUOTES:

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 1 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET:  “I think we are relatively pleased.  The car has been easy to work with which is great.  It is nice when you don’t have to change too much.  We’ve been trying things to make sure we understand sort of both ends of the car and where it can go if we adjust either end of it.  Seems quick right out of the box. We haven’t had to do too much with it.  The Chevy package is working really well, which I felt like it would be strong at this kind of track.  We’ve been working hard with that group to make sure our power down and everything else is great.  So far, so good with the Verizon car.  We have a solid start; we just have to maintain it throughout the weekend.’

MATHEUS LEIST, NO. 4 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET: “Today was okay, with each session I feel like the car is getting better. We still have some work to do and have areas where we can improve the car. We keep making some changes to the car to try to learn new things and figure out what will be fastest and better, but also, what will help us save our tires and continue to have speed. I love to drive here at Road America], it’s such a nice track. I think we can have a great combination and will try to be running in the top 10.  We have a lot to figure out with strategy and how many stops we will be making during the race. But tomorrow, we’re going to do the best we can to qualify up front.”

TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET: “It was an okay day. We spent today trying different things. We finished the first session in the top 10. I think that’s where we thought we were going to be this morning. We were a little bit better during the first session, but we’re still finding out different things to help us improve speed. Overall, I was pretty pleased with today.” 

JORDAN KING, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET: “It is quite difficult to learn the circuit, relative to others that I have driven on. For example, St. Pete, it just felt a little bit easier to pick up the smaller parts. I feel quite comfortable in the car now, but it took a bit longer to get there in this morning’s session. It’s a longer circuit and requires a lot of confidence with the high speed and blind corners; when it’s only 45 minutes, you end up eating into your track time. I felt quite good in this afternoon’s session and we have a better idea of what direction we want to go in. A little but annoying we haven’t quite jumped on it straight away, still a bit of progress to be made. Looking forward to having a good night’s sleep, I always find that when you are able to chill out, think about it, and sleep well it makes the second day much nicer. We all know where we need to go with the car and should be quicker tomorrow.”

SPENCER PIGOT, NO. 21 DIRECT SUPPLY ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET: “It was a pretty difficult day for us. We are kind of struggling to zero in on the balance and the set up that we want. We know what we need the car to do, we just have to try and find a way of getting it there. We are going to try and find some things over night, then get the Direct Supply car handling a bit better and get more speed out of it tomorrow!”

SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 MENARDS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: “We’ve made big improvement this weekend.  It is obviously another very important weekend with Menards on the car. This is John’s (Menard) country here. I am eager to do very well, and the whole No. 22 team is using the momentum we gained at Texas. It feel like a really good weekend so far.  I think we have more in the car; I didn’t extract all the best out of during practice. But, it felt really good. Chevy is giving us a lot of power around here which is always useful on those long straightaways.  Now we are just going to have to put it all together in qualifying tomorrow.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 23 TRESIBA CARLIN CHEVROLET: “Obviously that wasn’t the day we wanted for the No. 23 Tresiba Chevrolet. We’re struggling for balance and grip—a little bit of both. But we’ve got some good ideas, good data to look through and some concepts to think about. We’ll make solid, reasonable, intelligent changes for tomorrow. Hopefully we can pick a good direction out of that and be ready for qualifying.”

ALFONSO CELIS, JR., NO. 32 JUNCOS RACING CHEVROLET: “Today was going pretty well until the last practice. The day started off well for us. I was happy with the balance and I am still happy with the balance. We worked on some changes and I was happy with the direction we were going in. The second practice was going pretty good up until my incident. It is really unfortunate we have now loss this track time, but we will work hard and bounce back for tomorrow.”

MAX CHILTON, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET: “It was a challenging day at the office here at Road America for the No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet. This is one of my favorite tracks – I know I can pedal a car around here pretty well. We were fighting for top six last year, so I’m trying to just drive the same obviously with less downforce. We’ve got an underlying balance issue whether it’s new tires or old tires it’s really just wherever we are we’ve got the same issue that we just can’t seem to iron it. It’s slightly frustrating for a new team with the lack of testing we’ve been able to do, so we’ve got limited time to try and sort it. We’ll work it out tonight and if we can make some significant progress toward the end of FP3, I’m sure we can have a fairly decent qualifying.”  

GABBY CHAVES, NO. 88 HARDING GROUP HARDING RACING CHEVROLET:  “Road America is a great track and a lot of fun. Today was a bit challenging as we are just working through our plan, but we found a big chunk of time between Practice 1 and Practice 2 today. That is very encouraging as we get ready for Practice 3 tomorrow. There are some things we are going to try out and that will hopefully take us to the next step to doing a great job in qualifying and then the race.”

CHEVY INDYCAR AT ROAD AMERICA: Team Chevy Advance – Chevrolet Seeks Third Victory in a Row on Road Courses

Chevrolet Seeks Third Victory in a Row on Road Courses

  • Team Chevy drivers have won at Phoenix, Barber and Indianapolis – Road Course and Oval
    Josef Newgarden and teammate Will Power visited Victory Circle
  • Power captured his career-first Indianapolis 500 win
  • Scenic Road America hosts 55-lap race for third consecutive year
  • Power won from pole in ‘16; Chevy Racing had four of top five in ‘17
  • 2.2-liter, direct-injected V6 Chevy engine has been reliable workhorse
  • Fuel mileage, power have been mainstays on ovals, streets and roads
  • Alfonso Celis Jr. to make debut in No. 32 Juncos Racing Chevrolet

DETROIT (June 20, 2018) – Josef Newgarden is confident that his exuberance for racing at Road America reflects the views of every Team Chevy Verizon IndyCar Series (VICS) driver.

“I’m not shy on saying that Road America is probably my favorite track,” the reigning series champion said about the 4.014-mile, 14-turn natural-terrain road course. “It’s a fun road course with a lot of great fans, so what’s not to love?

“It’s such a driver’s track.”

The scenic, yet technically challenging, racetrack will host the 55-lap Kohler Grand Prix on June 24 in the 10th of 17 Verizon IndyCar Series races this season.

Indy car racing returned to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, in 2016 after an eight-year absence, with Will Power winning from the pole in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. In 2017, Team Chevy again claimed the pole award and placed four cars in the top five. Power is among seven drivers to win at Road America, which hosted its first Indy car race in 1982, from the pole.

This season, drivers backed by the 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged direct-injected V6 Chevrolet engine have won both races on permanent road courses. Newgarden started from the pole in the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet and led 73 of the 82 laps enroute to victory at Barber Motorsports Park in April, while Power took the checkered flag after starting from the pole on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway circuit in May.

“These cars with the new aero kit have been super exciting on road courses and this weekend with be no different,” added Newgarden, who was runner-up last June at Road America. “The entire No. 1 Verizon Chevy team and I are pumped to get on track there.”

Alfonso Celis Jr., 21, of Mexico, will make his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in the No. 32 Juncos Racing Chevrolet that has fielded Kyle Kaiser and Rene Binder in four races each this season. Celis, a former Force India Formula One test driver, drove a Juncos Racing Indy Lights entry in two races at Barber Motorsports Park in April.

“This is something that I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid and something that we have worked for many years to achieve,” he said. “We had a great test (at Road America) last week. I was able to learn a lot about the car and the strong Chevy engine.”

Fans can view an impressive array of Chevrolet production vehicles, including the new Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, the 2018 Traverse High Country, Corvette Grand Sport, Silverado 1500, 2018 Equinox and immersive displays at the Chevrolet IndyCar display.

Fans also will have the opportunity to interact with Team Chevy drivers: Friday – 12:45 p.m. Harding Racing (Gabby Chaves, driver coach Al Unser Jr.); 1 p.m. AJ Foyt Racing (Matheus Leist, Tony Kanaan); 2:15 p.m. Carlin (Charlie Kimball, Max Chilton). Saturday – 1 p.m. Team Penske (Josef Newgarden, Will Power, Simon Pagenaud); 1:15 p.m. Ed Carpenter Racing (Jordan King, Spencer Pigot). Sunday – 9 a.m.Juncos Racing (Alfonso Celis Jr.).

A 2018 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport will pace the field to the green flag.

On the 4.014-mile, 14-turn permanent road course, Team Chevy will be well represented by:

A.J. FOYT ENTERPRISES:

Matheus Leist, No. 4 ABC Supply Chevrolet

Tony Kanaan, No. 14 ABC Supply Chevrolet

CARLIN:
Charlie Kimball, No. 23 Tresiba Chevrolet
Max Chilton, No. 59 Gallagher Chevrolet

ED CARPENTER RACING:

Jordan King, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet
Spencer Pigot, No. 21 Direct Supply Chevrolet

HARDING RACING:
Gabby Chaves, No. 88 Harding Group Chevrolet

JUNCOS RACING:
Alfonso Celis Jr., No. 32 Juncos Racing Chevrolet

TEAM PENSKE:

Josef Newgarden, No. 1 Verizon Chevrolet
Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet
Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 Menards Chevrolet

Chevrolet IndyCar V6 Year-By-Year Results

Year Races Wins Poles Notes
2012 15 11 10 Engine Manufacturer Championship; Driver & Owner Titles (Ryan Hunter-Reay/Michael Andretti)
2013 19 10 11 Engine Manufacturer Championship;
Indy 500 win (Tony Kanaan)
2014 18 12 13 Engine Manufacturer Championship; Driver & Owner Titles (Will Power/Roger Penske)
2015 16 10 16 Engine Manufacturer Championship; Driver & Owner Titles (Scott Dixon/Chip Ganassi);
Indy 500 Win (Juan Pablo Montoya) – first manufacturer to capture all titles since Chevrolet returned to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2012
2016 16 14 13 Engine Manufacturer Championship; Driver & Owner Titles (Simon Pagenaud/Roger Penske)
2017 17 10 11 Engine Manufacturer Championship; Driver & Owner Titles (Josef Newgarden/Roger Penske)
2018 9 4 4 Wins – Josef Newgarden (Phoenix, Barber), Will Power (Indianapolis RC, Indianapolis 500). Poles – Newgarden (Barber, Texas), Power (Indianapolis RC), Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis 500)
Totals 110 71 78

 

2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Standings (Chevrolet in bold)

Driver Standings Team Standings Manufacturer Standings
1. Scott Dixon – 357
2. Alexander Rossi – 334
3. Will Power – 321
4. Ryan Hunter-Reay – 308
5. Josef Newgarden – 289
1. No. 9 Chip Ganassi Racing – 357
2. No. 27 Andretti Autosport – 334
3. No. 12 Team Penske – 321
4. No. 28 Andretti Autosport –  308

5. No. 1 Team Penske – 289 1. Honda – 757
2. Chevrolet – 625

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