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Will Power Puts Chevrolet on Pole for Verizon IndyCar Series Season-Opening Race on Streets of St. Petersburg

Will Power Puts Chevrolet on Pole for Verizon IndyCar Series Season-Opening Race on Streets of St. Petersburg

Competitive Debut of Chevrolet Aero Kit Nets Eight of Top-10 Starting Positions

 

  • Five Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers transfer to Firestone Fast Six in competition debut for Chevrolet Aero Kit
  • Team Chevy drivers claimed top-four starting positions, five of the top-six and eight of top-10
  • Will Power broke the 13-year-old track record with a lap of 1:00:6509 seconds to capture his 5th St. Petersburg pole and 37th career Verizon P1 Award
  • All four Chevrolet IndyCar Series partner teams are represented in top-10 starters for Sunday’s season-opening race

 

  1. PETERSBURG (FLA) – (March 28, 2015) – Defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power started his 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season with a track-record shattering lap to capture the Verizon P1 Award for the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in the first competitive event for the Chevrolet Aero Kit.  With a blistering lap of 1:00:6509 seconds, Power scored his fifth pole on the Streets of St. Petersburg and the 37th of his career behind the wheel of his No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.

“Hats off to Will Power and Team Penske for winning the pole today with a new track record on the Streets of St. Petersburg to kick off the 2015 season and cast the first official result for the new Chevrolet Aero Kit,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager Verizon IndyCar Series.  “The race tomorrow will be the real stage for the new competitive landscape and we are very proud to have all of the Chevrolet teams represented in the top 10 to take the green flag. We expect the racing to be intense and the fans should be in for a real exciting battle.”

 

Joining Power on the front row is the newest member of the Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series team, Simon Pagenaud, driving the No. 22 Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet.

 

Row two is also a pair of Team Penske drivers with Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Hitachi Chevrolet, turning in the third fastest time, and Juan Pablo Montoya starting fourth in the No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet.

 

Five of the six Firestone Fast Six drivers were powered by the Chevrolet IndyCar 2.2 liter V6 turbo charged direct injected engine.  Sebastien Bourdais, No. 11 Team Hydroxycut-KVSH Racing Chevrolet was sixth in the final qualifying session to fill out the third row.

 

Tony Kanaan, No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet will start seventh with his teammate, Scott Dixon, No.9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, starting from the ninth position on the grid.

 

Josef Newgarden gave CFH Racing a presence in the top-10 with a lap that placed his No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet in the 10th starting position.

 

Takuma Sato (Honda) completes the Firestone Fast Six securing the fifth starting position.

 

Sunday’s 110 laps/198 mile race on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street course is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. ET.  Live television coverage on ABC will begin at 3:00p.m.ET.  IMS Radio Network will provide live coverage will be broadcast on Channel 213 on Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Channel 209.  IndyCar.com will have both live radio and real-time timing and scoring.

POST RACE PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT:

An interview with:

HELIO CASTRONEVES

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA

SIMON PAGENAUD

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS

WILL POWER

 

THE MODERATOR:  We’ll get started with today’s post qualifying press conference.  We’re pleased to be join by our third-place starter and also our fourth-place starter, Helio Castroneves starting third and Juan Montoya starting fourth.

Helio won pole here in 2007, also won the race in 2006, 2007, 2012.  Tell us your thoughts on qualifying and what we might expect tomorrow.

 

HELIO CASTRONEVES:  The Hitachi car has been pretty consistent, I have to say.  We basically worked a little bit harder than what we thought.  I have three other very good guys in the team which is good because each one tries something different.  In the end of the day, you just pushing to the limit.  So it’s a perfect testament of great teamwork.  Having 1, 2, 3, 4 shows we’re pushing to the limit, all four of us.

I think each one want to be in front, but at least for the team is a good problem to have, having all four guys fighting for the pole position.

I’m very exciting at this point because we work in a way that hopefully we going to have a result like that.  That’s our goal.  Our goal is to go out there and try to win a race.  Best day for each car.  We will find out tomorrow.

 

THE MODERATOR:  Your teammate, Juan Montoya, is starting fourth tomorrow.  Started 18th in last year’s race, finished 15th.  How are things going?

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA:  It’s good.  I’m kind of disappointed with that lap, to be honest.  It’s funny because from my previous session I was 3/10ths up coming to turn 10.  It’s the last corner.  Just had to lift on the exit.  Mad, but still ran a decent lap.

I don’t know, for the team I think it shows how hard we work over the winter.  I think it shows as well having Simon onboard and being a four-car team, I think it’s been really, really good.  Running the Verizon car has been amazing.

I don’t know, like we said yesterday, what could be better 1, 2, 3?  It was a 1, 2, 3, 4.  To be honest, I think all the year is going to be like that.  We just got to make sure we don’t beat each other.

 

THE MODERATOR:  Questions.

  1. Why are you guys so good here for a decade and more?

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA:  For him it’s been great.  For me I did one Fast Six all year.  Fast Six, qualifying on road course, I did one last year.  It was in Detroit.  We did two set of tires to make it to the second round, reds.  Somehow I nailed the lap.  I made it to the Fast Six.

It’s good.  I’m really happy.

 

HELIO CASTRONEVES:  You already matched last year.  That’s a good thing.

 

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA:  One for one so far (laughter).

 

HELIO CASTRONEVES:  Each track sometimes favors one team.  I mean, you can go around and you can see some of the places that other teams do extremely well.

I believe at this point it suits the work that we done, the preparation that we do.  Basically so far it’s been working well.

We don’t want to change what things are working.  There are tracks that we maybe are not so successful, we want to beat the other teams up.  But at this point I feel it’s a great beginning.  Like Juan said, I hope we’ll be like that the whole season long.

 

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA:  I’ll tell you something.  I think one of the funny things in testing, I think we push each other so hard, we really don’t look at anybody else, we just look at each other.  Having four good drivers, you look at the data, they’re always quicker than you somewhere.  They’re trying to get where you are in the good places.  It just keeps raising our level.

We look at ourselves, our videos, Oh, my God, he’s good there.  Look how late he brakes there.  It just helps, you know what I mean?  Even from qualifying two to three, I looked at the data with Will, he’s better here, I need to make sure I picked up two and a half seconds doing that.

 

THE MODERATOR:  We’ll quickly introduce your Team Penske teammate, Simon Pagenaud, starting second in tomorrow’s race.  A new best start for Simon.  His previous best start was 14th in 2014, where he finished fifth.

Simon, we were talking about the strength of Team Penske.  How has that been noticeable to you as a new member of the team?

 

SIMON PAGENAUD:  What Juan said actually is very true.  There’s four of us, four really good drivers, great equipment, similar equipment.  It’s easy to look at the data and improve yourself personally in this corner if you’re not the best there.  It just makes you stronger every session.

It’s a good dynamic.  We’re having a good time actually.

 

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA:  Are we (laughter)?

 

HELIO CASTRONEVES:  It’s just acting.  No worry, Simon.

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA:  It’s just the beginning.

 

SIMON PAGENAUD:  It’s good.  It’s a friendly environment, knowing that we’re all competitive.  We all want to win.  Everything’s going well for me.

Personally I’ve been very well welcomed by my teammates, by the whole team.  I feel at home.  It’s very enjoyable.

 

THE MODERATOR:  We’ll continue with questions.

 

  1. Simon, you’re starting on the front row.  So is Will Power.  When you go into turn one, it seems fairly wide.  Is there more than one line going into that turn?

SIMON PAGENAUD:  Yes.  That’s the advantage at St. Pete, you can really make the first corner side-by-side.  Usually the one that decides what is going to happen is turn two, who turns left.  Depends who is ahead at that time.  Yeah, so we’ll see.

 

  1. Do you drivers know if there are acceleration cones when you come towards the green flag?  If Will is the polesitter, sometimes when you come out of the last corner, the polesitter just goes and sometimes that leaves some people behind.  Do we have the cones set up where you can start accelerating so the field stays together?

SIMON PAGENAUD:  Yeah, there are cones that were in place actually this morning.  I believe it was for the challenge race.  We talk about it in the drivers meeting tomorrowmorning and see what Brian Barnhart wants to do.

 

THE MODERATOR:  Also joined now by Sebastien Bourdais, who qualified sixth fortomorrow’s race.  This is Sebastien’s home race.  He’s a resident of St. Petersburg and previously held the track record in qualifying in 2003.  Finished 13th last year.

Sebastien, with a strong showing in qualifying today, is it more special because this is, in a way, your home race?

 

BOURDAIS: Just really proud of the KVSH boys.  It’s one of those goes where it can go either way.  For the first time since ’03 I got out of the group and got in the Fast Six.  Okay, we got off to a good start.  Pretty proud of that.

The car was pretty good.  We started the weekend really in a hole.  It might not have shown in the lap times, but we were not happy with the car.  It was pretty rough.

So to come out and make the Fast Six, it’s a good achievement.  It’s definitely better than where we started last year.  We’ll see how we can race.

But there was definitely something in that last lap.  I got a bit greedy.  I was up a 10th and a half, I went for it, went to the escape road and probably ruined Simon’s lap.

It is what it is.  But very happy with the progress we made and looking forward totomorrow.

 

THE MODERATOR:  Other questions, please.

  1. Sebastien, hometown.  How big would a win be?

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS:  Yeah, I mean, obviously it would be pretty sweet.  I don’t know.  I might have to wait a year.  Won Daytona last year.  Sebring last year.  Maybe have to wait a year.  I hope not.

Like Takuma said, it’s a bit of a Penske lockout.  Kind of feeling the best of the rest here, which in a way makes you feel good and bad.  We’re just going to have to step it up and mix it up with these guys.

I don’t know if we got what it takes to win, but we sure felt like we had something to play in qualifying.  There will be other weekends and we’ll keep on trying.

Tomorrow is a different day.  It’s one of these things where when it gets that close, the race can go either way.  It only takes one yellow to flip the whole thing around.

We’ll stay on our toes, run a clean race and go from there.

 

  1. Were any of you surprised that we didn’t get sub one minute there?  Was it just the heat of the day?  Seems like the reds should have been worth a little more than they were.

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA:  I don’t think the track was gripping up with the rain last night.  I think the rubber would have come up.

 

HELIO CASTRONEVES:  I agree.  I believe maybe the ambient is a little bit cooler, but the track temp was a little bit higher because of the sun.  That’s probably one of the reasons.

 

  1. Helio, talk about the physicality of this package and the reds, no power steering right now.

HELIO CASTRONEVES:  The good news about here, we don’t have like very fast corners.  Even turn two and the fast chicane, they are fast, but they’re not long duration.  They’re very quick with this package and the reds.

I do feel in the race is going to be harder.  For sure is going to be difficult because as you start to go through those areas, for sure is going to become harder.  The track is going to grip up, as well.

At this point it’s not that bad.  But tomorrow, it will be tough.

 

  1. Sebastien, remind us the difference between the course now and in 2003 when you set the first track record.

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS:  Yeah, I mean, it was much more narrow.  There were no curves.  It was only walls.  Kind of what the street courses used to be.  We pushed the walls a little bit, put curves, opened the visibility of it.  In a way it’s good for safety.  In a way it’s kind of taking the street course challenge away.

But it was very different days, man.  The cars were obviously quite a bit more powerful.  The track had just been repaved.  It was very smooth, but very slick.  When I came back in ’11, I was like, Wow, that place changed a lot.  It was just different days.

You’re really only looking what you were on that given day.  That’s how you base it off.

  1. Helio and Juan, you mentioned probably the best thing that drivers do is adjust.  You had a great start.  Things are going well.  You both have a lot of accomplishments in the past.  Talk a little bit about adjusting to success.

HELIO CASTRONEVES:  I guess it depends.  If you work hard, for sure the rest of it comes natural.

But in my view, as we seen, we have three other drivers in my team.  Seeing those guys with the different ways, you just update.  Plus we love the sport.

Many times, Juan Pablo and I were talking about it, Man, this is getting more fun than ever.  That’s the way we keep ourselves going.

I feel great.  I feel that I have a chance to beat all of these guys.  That’s why we keep going.

It’s natural.  We’ve been raised in this way.  Our mind is already preparing that way.  It’s just becoming natural, I guess.

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA:  Yeah, same thing for me.  We’re at a point where it’s a lot of fun to do it.  There’s no pressure to do it.  You still push yourself as hard as you can.

We still got the hunger to beat everybody, you know what I mean?  We want to be the best.  We still do.  We still can get the job done, so it’s good.

We’re really good at Indy, so it helps (laughter).

 

THE MODERATOR:  Gentlemen, thank you.  Good luck tomorrow.

We’ll continue with our post qualifying press conference.  We are now joined by our Verizon P1 pole winner, Will Power, driving for Team Penske.  He is our defending race winner and champion.  This is Will’s 37th career pole.  He is sixth on the all-time career pole list.  This is his fifth pole on the streets of St. Petersburg.  Will set a new track record of 1.6509 seconds in qualifying.

Will, you say you’re very focused on the present, but how does it help your confidence knowing you can win a championship then start a new season off right where you left off?

WILL POWER:  It’s been a really good off-season.  I think just the way the team is, the teammates, it provides a lot of motivation.  Obviously winning the championship makes it a very pleasant off-season.  You’re not sitting around wondering why you didn’t win again.

Yeah, I’m enjoying it.  I was really satisfied to get pole here today.  All the practice sessions are working towards that, literally one lap that gets you pole.  It’s a session where everyone gives it everything they’ve absolutely got.

When you get pole, it’s very satisfying.  It’s really difficult these days to do that.  You don’t see anyone getting more than three or four poles during a season now.  It’s the same for wins.  Anytime you’re at that end of an IndyCar field, it’s awesome.

 

THE MODERATOR:  Questions for Will.

  1. How much does the anticipation of a new season ramp up when you know you’re starting at a place where both you and the team have been so ‘lights out’ for a long time?

WILL POWER:  Yeah, you know, racing’s always a different story to qualifying.  Obviously we’ve had a lot of success here.  Everything’s got to fall your way on race day.  You know how it can go.  Just focus on the things you can control.  A bit of guesswork with this new body kit.  Don’t know how the tires will degrade, that type of thing.  Just have to manage the best we can.

We’re in a great position obviously as a team.  We’ve been P1 in every session so far, 1, 2, 3, 4 almost.

 

  1. When you’re already the big dog out there, they come with these aero kits, was there a fear that the edge you have you might lose?  There was a lot of uncertainty by some teams as to what actually might happen.  Was that a fear entering this season?

WILL POWER:  No.  It’s usually easier in a big team when something new happens because you can work it out faster than the smaller teams.

What was surprising is how tight it was in qualifying today between Chevy and Honda.  When you think about it, different engine, different body kit, but very similar lap times.

I was kind of worried that the competitiveness of this series wouldn’t be such this year.  But it is.  It’s right there as it was.  So, yeah, to me it’s the toughest open-wheel series in the world to compete in, and probably the best racing that fans can watch.  We just got to get it out there because I think people would love it.

 

  1. Will, how much harder are the cars to drive now?  Do you think fatigue and conditioning will become a factor tomorrow?

WILL POWER:  No, I think there’s actually lower grip than I thought.  It hasn’t been that physical because the air temperature is cool.  It’s the heat that gets you the most.

I think it will be fine.  We’ve tested at tracks with a lot of grip, really heavy steering.  All the tests we’ve done have been at tracks like that.  You come here, it becomes easier.  It’s like doing pull-ups with a 50-pound vest and taking it off.

Not really, but similar (laughter).

 

  1. The new car looks a little battle ready, to be polite.  A lot of parts and pieces hanging off.  Would you expect the racing to be like that?  Are people going to be careful to keep all that stuff on them?

WILL POWER:  I don’t know.  I think we’re good.  We just have two little rabbit ears to knock off.  Once they’re gone, great (laughter).

The Honda definitely has a lot more stuff to knock off, so they probably have to be a bit more careful.

I don’t think it’s going to change the racing.  You can still bang side to side without knocking too much crap off that’s going to make a difference anyway.

 

  1. How is the visibility following the cars?  Seems like there’s more stuff on the sides.

WILL POWER:  That is something.  Looking in the mirror is definitely more difficult.  I think they should not have allowed anything above the height of the tire.  I don’t know why they allowed all this stuff.  It wasn’t really necessary.

Yeah, it is more difficult to see, absolutely.

 

  1. Obviously there’s so much competitiveness on your team alone with four outstanding drivers, but is there a challenge that as the season goes on for, say, people like Roger and Tim Cindric to channel that intensity so it doesn’t possibly get out of control amongst the four of you?

WILL POWER:  The thing is, all four drivers have a lot of experience, have worked with a lot of different teams.  Not Helio, but everyone else.  But, you know, he’s old, so he knows how to get along with people (laughter).

But honestly, it seems as though Penske employs people with lots of experience.  That’s the case there.  So we know how to work together.  I don’t think it’s a problem.

I know when you’re younger, you’re working in a team with someone, it can be very intense, mind games, all that, but that definitely doesn’t go on at Penske.  Just very experienced guys, great work ethic.

 

  1. Will, I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to talk within the team about strategy fortomorrow’s race.  Sometimes on road courses, someone will go flat out, other drivers might be told to conserve fuel, don’t do as many pit stops.  Do you think we’ll see different strategies tomorrow?  New aero kits, fuel…

WILL POWER:  The fuel mileage might be a little different.  I think it will be the same old story.  Depends where you qualify.  You get the guys who are kind of out of the top 10 will try to catch an early yellow, pit early, go off strategy.  That’s the problem with the way the pits works.  It closes.  If you get caught out, it’s almost like having a drive-through penalty.  You have to keep that in mind.  Especially if you’re at the front, you can get absolutely hosed.  Might be better to take off into the distance.

 

THE MODERATOR:  Will, congratulations.  Good luck tomorrow.

WILL POWER:  Thank you.

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FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG STREETS OF ST. PETERSBURG (FLORIDA) POST QUALIFYING QUOTES – BATCH ONE

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CHEVROLET INDYCAR V6 FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG STREETS OF ST. PETERSBURG (FLORIDA) POST QUALIFYING QUOTES – BATCH ONE

MARCH 28,2015

WILL POWER, NO. 1 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET – POLE WINNER

THAT WAS TIGHT, WASN’T IT? “It was. I thought we had an extra lap. We were trying to be the last car, so we left a little late and got the checkered flag. But full credit to the team and Verizon. I’m stoked to get pole, I really am.”

TALK ABOUT THE QUALIFYING EFFORT FOR TEAM PENSKE, A 1-2-3-4. “That just shows the work we did over the winter. It’s four good drivers who will battle it outtomorrow.”

WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO STAY OUT FRONT TOMORROW?
“All the normal things. It has to be your day and it has to fall your way. We’ll talk about the race after this and see what we’ve got.”

SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 PENSKE TRUCK RENTAL TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED SECOND
YOUR CAR SEEMS AWFULLY FAST.
“It’s very fast. I’m super happy to be honest. It’s incredible to start this way with Team Penske. We have a lot of pace. The car is fantastic. Thanks to everyone for searching and developing so much. The 22 crew is brand new and is doing a great job. It’s fantastic to be a part of the Penske family. I’m really proud. Today was a lot of fun, and I really enjoyed qualifying.”

TONY KANAAN, NO. 10 NTT DATA CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED SEVENTH
WHAT HAPPENED NEAR THE END OF THE SECOND QUALIFYING ROUND?
“It was a blocking situation between a couple of guys. It’s tough. Everyone is out there, and you see how close this qualifying is. Nobody blocks each other on purpose. Sometimes you try to create a gap, sometimes you try to cool off your tires. It’s a great effort from us. We missed it by half-a-tenth, so it should be an exciting race for the fans tomorrow.
“Scott (Dixon) got blocked by Simon (Pagenaud), so basically it was a chain reaction. It is what it is. Sometimes it happens to you, and sometimes you do it to other people.”

DO YOU FEEL PRETTY GOOD ABOUT THINGS? “I think we are decent. We improved a lot from this morning, but I still think we have a little bit of work to do. We don’t have warmup until noon tomorrow so we have a lot of time to think about what we’re going to do. Hopefully we’ll charge to the front tomorrow and give these fans a pretty good run in the race.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CFH RACING CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 10TH
ARE YOU PLEASED WITH THAT?
“I’m relatively happy. You’re in the front end of the grid. There are 24 cars, so starting in the top-10 is strong around this place. This is generally a very difficult place on tires, so the further up you start, it’s always better. We’re going to have to look after them better tomorrow. I think we’re kind of burning off our rears a little too quick. So in the morning warmup we’ll have to maximize that and make our tires live. It’s such a long race, and you have to be able to make them live. If you don’t people keep sneaking up behind you out of the hairpin and you get dive-bombed going into Turn One. I think that’s what we’re working on to maximize fortomorrow. As far as today, we struggled in the practice earlier and I think we made a huge leap forward. Now we’re in the top-10 and we have to work our way a little bit more, try to get into the top-five and challenge the guys up front.”

SAGE KARAM, NO. 8 GE LED CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET – QUALIFIED 18TH
ARE YOU SATISFIED?:
“It’s pretty frustrating. That was the expectation for me – to go to the next round. It’s a good car. It’s the first time I’ve driven on red (tires). So it’s a learning experience for me. Every lap, I felt like I was getting better and better, and I was starting to brake later and later. I was starting to loose the tire a little bit. I think that’s one of the things the rookies are going to face here this weekend is that we’ve never driven red tires. We have to learn them. We’re going to go to the next race and have a better understanding for it and be able to qualify better. The GE LED car for Chip Ganassi Racing is a pretty good car now. I think we have a good race car and can race our way to the front.”

LUCA FILIPPI, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA CFH RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 19TH: The lap times were very close and I felt good in the car, especially the last few laps. I thought we were doing quite well, but actually the times were so tight I missed the first cut and did not make it to Round 2. We ran the first few laps on used tires and I didn’t have a good read on the condition. Tomorrow is a long race, we’ll think about the strategy and try to get the best out of it. I think we will be strong for the longer run

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Transcript: WILL POWER, HELIO CASTRONEVES, JUAN PABLO MONTOYA AND SIMON PAGENAUD

TEAM PENSKE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES CHEVROLET DRIVERS WILL POWER, HELIO CASTRONEVES, JUAN PABLO MONTOYA AND SIMON PAGENAUD met with members of the media at the Streets of St. Petersburg and discussed:

WILL POWER, NO. 1 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: ABOUT WANTING TO REPEAT AS CHAMPION: “I can’t help but want to win. Your own personal pressure comes with that. Nothing has changed; I feel the same as I did when I wasn’t a champion. I have to go out there and win races; it’s what I want to do.”

BUZZ AROUND THE SEASON OPENER: “It’s the most competitive open-wheel series in the world. It’s not going to get any more competitive than this, and with the new aero kits people are taking notice.”

ON TEAM PROGRESS: “Yeah, good testing and obviously Team Penske has definitely made ground over the winter over the other teams. I think it’s going to be a pretty interesting four-way battle amongst the team and Scott Dixon is right in there as well. I expect those five to be the championship contenders.”

LAST YEAR CAR AT ST PETE VERSUS THIS YEAR CAR: “I think it’s just understanding last year’s mechanical balance of the car with the new aero stuff and just going through basic changes to see what they do. It was pretty straightforward for us. I think we rolled off pretty good with all four cars.”

WHICH IS CONTRIBUTING MORE TO CHEVROLET’S DOMINANCE, THE ENGINE OR THE AERO KIT?: “I think it’s both. I think they’re better with the engine and the aero right now. It’s hard to say which is more. I think they did a very good job with the aero kit, Chevy did.”

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 3 VERISON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: ON ENTERING SECOND SEASON WITH TEAM PENSKE: “Roger (Penske) hired me to get the job done and I do my best to get the job done. I love working for Team Penske and I work hard at it. There’s a lot of anticipation on my side of what’s going to happenwith the car. I’m happy because we’re on pace. If you look at last year at the lap times you’d find me quicker if you look for me from the bottom up.”

YESTERDAY PRACTICE: “I didn’t even run a third set of tires and I was second (on the time sheet). Helio (Castroneves) and Will (Power) both ran three sets of tires. I think most of them did.”

ON COMPARING HOW HIS CAR PERFORMED HERE LAST YEAR AND TODAY: “Last year was a tough year for us at the beginning. We knew that. Normally I’m really good at remembering everything about every track and last year I think this was such a blur for me. I was so overwhelmed with everything that I didn’t really pay too much attention to details. But I felt really good straight away (this year) that all of the work we did over the winter with the car made me really, really happy. I’m really comfortable with the car.”

DO ALL FOUR TEAM PENSKE DRIVERS TRY DIFFERENT THINGS DURING TESTING AND PRACTICE? “Each engineer knows what their driver wants and it seems each one is doing his own thing. We have the data there, we have all the information. If somebody makes a change that works, we all know about it. We all drive so different. It’s not so much the driving, it’s the feeling that we want out of the car is so different. You look at us driving, it looks pretty similar but what we want the feel to be is very different. To get that feel, we achieve it in very different ways.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 HITACHI TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: DO YOU THINK THE TEAM IS MORE RELAXED THIS YEAR?

“I think so. We are all getting along really well. Juan Pablo (Montoya)… no question has always had the talent. He’s familiar now with the car and the tracks. Simon (Pagenaud) has obviously brought his furniture into a new home. He brought his engineer (Ben Bretzman). At this point, we have a phenomenal group of four guys. I know it’s showing out there (on the track today) and I hope it shows all season long.”

WHO IS THE TOUGHEST COMPETITOR ON THE TEAM?
“Each one has a quality. That’s why there isn’t one person here who is better than another. I believe for that reason, it makes us all better. In one corner, one guy is better and in another, there is someone else who is better. So this brings the best out of each other. It’s not about just one time; it’s about every practice and every lap. So it’s fortunate having Simon – since our team has had the same cars already since 2012 – to bring another option on setup. Sometimes it’s confusing a little bit but it’s more data.”

WHEN YOU TRY IT, DO YOU LIKE IT?
“It depends on the track. At some tracks it won’t work or we didn’t go all the way on the setup. At all these tracks you need to try all these different things.”

DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU’RE DUE FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP THIS YEAR?
“I don’t feel obligated. I want it. That’s a different way to put it. Every time you finish second or place in a spot where you know you can improve, you have to go out and think about what you can do to make it happen. Right now we have to be competitive and push ourselves. I want to improve myself. Every time I go out there, I look at where I’m good in areas and where I’m not. Hopefully that mindset will make it happen.”

SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 PENSKE TRUCKCENTER TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: WAS THE OFFSEASON TOO LONG? WHAT WOULD BE THE PERFECT OFFSEASON? “My perfect offseason would be Roger (Penske) to run a rally team in Europe so I could do some rally. Sports cars…I love to be able to do different series and drive with this team in different series. I love rally, Global Rally Cross and sports cars. I had a little bit with the Corvette Racing team and the C7.R. That was fun; I wouldn’t mind more.”

PENSKE HAS A V8 SUPERCAR TEAM NOW. WOULD THAT INTEREST YOU?“That’s a discipline where I don’t have enough knowledge to be very competitive. You need a lot of testing, and its very competitive. I’d love to do some, but if you want to be competitive there, you have to be there full-time.”

DID YOU EVER DO V-8? “Yes I did. I did two years ago and got a podium. I got a surfboard too. I didn’t get it home though. I gave it away to the team.”

ONE MORE PRACTICE BEFORE QUALIFYING. HOW ARE YOU GETTING ALONG?“I feel good. The engine has been really well developed by Chevy. We’ve done a tremendous job during the winter of setting up and making it how I want it to feel in my car. There is a lot of new things. It’s a new crew. It’s a new team, the 22 team. A lot of people expect really high results out of this first race. But we have to be reasonable in the way we think about things. It may take longer than the 1 car because we haven’t been together before. We should be patient. We are there on pace and are fast enough. If everything stays smooth, we should be up there. No big worries. We need to have fun and enjoy what we’re doing.”

WAS THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS WITH CHEVROLET AREO KIT THE SAME AS WHEN YOU HELPED DEVELOP SPORTS CAR PROTOTYPES FROM OTHER MANUFACTURERS? “I did a lot of development with Peugeot and also with Acura. It was similar. The only thing is that we have a lot less testing in IndyCar due to the regulations. We only tested a few times and didn’t get to test many updates. The updates were brought up by Chevy with their research. They’ve done a tremendous job at bringing us a product that was on-track and easy to exploit. In that sense it was a bit of a difference experience.”

IS THERE ENOUGH TESTING, OR DO YOU THINK THERE SHOULD BE MORE? “It works. The cars are fast. Everyone is doing good lap times. Would I like more testing? Always. If you asked me, I would always ask for more testing but that’s not in my power. I don’t decide these things. I can only control what I can control.”

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Chevrolet Ready for Verizon IndyCar Series Season-Opening Event on the Streets of St. Petersburg

Racing debut of Chevrolet Aero Kit in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

* A new era dawns in Verizon IndyCar Series with racing debut of Chevrolet Aero Kit.
* New Aero Kit gives a distinct look to the Chevrolet 2.2-liter, V6-powered cars and differentiates Team Chevy competitors from other manufacturers
* Streets of St. Petersburg (Florida) is race one of 16-race 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season
* Stage set for Chevrolet to begin campaign for fourth consecutive Manufacturer Championship
* Will Power, Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, starts the season with the No. 1 on his car signifying he is the defending series champion

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 25, 2015) – The wait is over. Twelve Chevrolet IndyCar V6 powered teams and drivers will make the competitive debut of the all-new Chevrolet Aero Kit in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Florida) as the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season begins.

Since Chevrolet’s return to the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2012, a Chevrolet 2.2-liter, V6-powered driver has won the season opening race on the Streets of St. Petersburg. Helio Castroneves was the first to put Chevrolet in Victory Lane at St. Petersburg by taking the 2012 win. James Hinchcliffe took Chevy to the Winner’s Circle in 2013, and defending Series’ champion Will Power started his title-winning season off with the win for Chevrolet in 2014 on the 1.8-mile 14-turn temporary street course through downtown St. Petersburg.

“Race one of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar season is nearly upon us,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager for Verizon IndyCar Series. “It is always an anticipated moment arriving in St. Pete with the plans, strategies and hopes of a season ahead, but this year is special with the racing debut of the Chevrolet Aero Kit. We are primed and ready for Team Chevy to wield the Chevrolet Aero Kit Road Course Configuration in IndyCar competition on the Streets of St. Petersburg.”

One of the primary criteria for Chevrolet’s return to IndyCar competition in 2012 was the ability to design and engineer an aero kit that creates differentiation from the competition. The 2015 Chevrolet Aero Kit distinguishes itself from the previous DW12 racecar with new front and rear wing elements, new “coked”side pods with wheel wedges and a new rear wheels guards. The Chevy road course aero configuration delivers greater aerodynamic performance than the previous design.

“Along with our technical partners, we recognize that assuming control of a larger part of the performance envelope of the car comes with greater responsibility to our Chevy teams and drivers,” Berube continued. “That is why we have worked even closer as a technical team to make sure we have integrated the aerodynamic solution well with our engine and the collective knowledge of our strong team lineup. Our mission remains constant: put all Team Chevy drivers in a position to win at every race. We accomplish this by providing and supporting a powerful, reliable and efficient engine, now with a high bandwidth, fully developed aero kit.”

The 2015 Chevrolet Aero Kit road course configuration’s changes over the 2014 DW12 aero package are easily identified by major components, including:
* Front wing that features new pedestal-mounted “front uppers” toward the outer edges
* New sculpted “wheel wedges” in front of the rear tires
* An engine cover and side pods that have more compact shapes, achieved through a revised turbocharger and exhaust system layout
* New larger rear bumper pods
* A multi-element upper rear wing, along with louvered end plates.

Team Chevy drivers will continue to be powered by the reliable and successful Chevrolet 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged, direct injected V6 engine fueled by E85.

In 2014, engine regulations were changed to require each engine to complete a minimum of 2,500 miles before change-out without penalty, or prior to 2,500 miles if after qualifying they would reach 2,850 miles during the race. In addition, both engine manufacturers were required to use identical, yet revised for 2014, twin turbos from Borg-Warner. Chevrolet worked tirelessly within the allowed parameters in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook to work in numerous areas including fuel injection, cylinder heads, plenum / inlet system, exhaust headers and calibration to improve upon an already immensely successful engine.

For 2015, those 2014 upgrades carry over and Chevrolet engineers along with key partner engineers worked to update the 2.2L Twin Turbo Chevrolet IndyCar Series engine as allowed in the 2015 rulebook. The focal points included new electronic wastegates for the turbochargers and integration with the Chevrolet Aero Kit for improved power, reliability and fuel efficiency, which are key characteristics of several current powerful and fuel-efficient Chevrolet production cars.

In addition to a third consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer Championship in 2014, Chevrolet drivers claimed 12 victories in the 18-race season bringing the number of wins to 33 in 52 events since the start of 2012. In 2014, Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers scored 13 Verizon P1 pole awards.

Will Power drove his Team Penske Chevrolet to the Verizon IndyCar Championship in 2014, while teammates Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya finished second and fourth in points, respectively. Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan, from Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, finished third and seventh in points, respectively, to give Chevrolet five of the top seven places.

Power, the defending winner of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, is ready to defend his title: “I’m really excited to get the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series started and represent the sport as the champion throughout the year. Even though I was able to break through last year and win my first title, I am preparing to go into this season just as hungry as I was before I became a champion. The drive to win multiple championships is just as strong as the drive to win one. To do that, it’s important to get off to a good start at St. Pete. Winning there last year in the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet was critical to the championship push. Now that I’m in the No. 1 Verizon Chevy for 2015, we need to put the new number in Victory Lane as well.

“As we are starting to understand the new Chevrolet aero kits,” Power continued, “it’s clear that they (Chevrolet and technical partner engineers) have done a proper job in the design and development of them. The kits produce massive downforce, low drag and the cars are absolutely glued to the track. Obviously as we go along in the year we are going to learn more and more about what we need to push for wins.”

The Chevrolet IndyCar V6 driver and team lineup has a few new faces for 2015. At St. Petersburg, Team Chevy will be well represented by:

CFH RACING:
Luca Filippi, No. 20 Fuzzy’s Award Winning Vodka Chevrolet
Josef Newgarden, No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet

CHIP GANASSI RACING TEAMS:
Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Chevrolet
Tony Kanaan, No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet
Charlie Kimball, No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chevrolet
Sage Karam, No. 8 GE LED Chevrolet

KVSH RACING/ KV RACING TECHNOLOGY:
Sebastien Bourdais, No. 11 Team Hydroxycut-KVSH Racing Chevrolet
Stefano Coletti, No. 4 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet

TEAM PENSKE
Will Power, No. 1 Verizon Chevrolet
Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Hitachi Chevrolet
Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet
Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet

Fans Can Get Up Close at Team Chevy IndyCar Display
For the second year, the Team Chevy IndyCar display will be on site on the Streets of St. Petersburg. Located in the Fan Midway that runs adjacent to the front straightaway, the display hours of operation will be, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, March 27th; 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, March 28th; and 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, March 29th. A number of vehicles from the Chevrolet production lineup will be on display including the Corvette Z51, Corvette Z06 coupe, Impala, Malibu, Silverado 1500, Chevy SS, Equinox and all-new Colorado – 2015 MotorTrend Truck of the Year. There will be interactive activities for children and adults alike.

The highlight of the weekend will be the driver visits to the pit box interview area located at the satellite Chevy Racing display located in the Bright House Fan Zone Fans can engage in question-and-answer sessions with Chevrolet’s top IndyCar stars.

On Saturday, fans can interact and ask questions of Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball and Sage Karam from 10-10:15 a.m. In addition, KV Racing drivers Sebastien Bourdais and Stefano Coletti will be at the pit box from 10:55-11:10 a.m. to visit with Team Chevy IndyCar fans.

ESPN on ABC will have a live telecast of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 29. The green flag will fly at approximately 3:30 PM. ET. The IMS Radio Network brings the action live to fans. Both the IMS Radio Network broadcast, and live timing and scoring can be found on www.indycar.com. Radio broadcast can also be heard on XM Radio 209/Sirius Radio 209.

Chevrolet IndyCar Teams Complete Two-Day Preseason Test at Barber Motorsports Park

* First Verizon IndyCar Series official on-track sessions for new Chevrolet Aero Kit nets valuable information
* Chevrolet teams get two-day opportunity to gather data as the March 29 season-opening race on Streets of St. Petersburg approaches

BIRMINGHAM (MARCH 17, 2015) – The Chevrolet IndyCar teams put the all-new Chevrolet Aero Kit through its inaugural paces during the first official Verizon IndyCar Series on-track test of the 2015 season.

The four Chevrolet-powered IndyCar organizations expected to field 12 cars in the season-opening race set for March 29 on the Streets of St. Petersburg utilized every minute of the two-day Promoter Test at Barber Motorsports Park to begin to build their notebooks on the Chevrolet Aero Kit for the start of the 16-race season.

“The Promoter Test at Barber Motorsports Park is always an exciting moment in the IndyCar season when our Chevy engineers get to see the fruits of their off season labor in the hands of our Team Chevy racing partners,” said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager for Verizon IndyCar Series. “This year the culmination of multiple years of effort into the Chevrolet Aero Kit was rolled out during this two-day test and so far the results were in line with our expectations. Together with our teams, we learned more about the strengths and weaknesses of our road course configuration and engine installation. Looking forward to Race 1 at St. Pete where it really counts.”

Will Power, the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion, driving the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, posted the quickest lap of the two-day Verizon IndyCar Series test. Power, who has won twice at Barber Motorsports Park and was the Verizon P1 Award winner for the 2014 Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, had a best lap of 1 minute, 7.3118 seconds (123.010 mph) in the March 17 morning session.

Scott Dixon, who has finished second or third in the five races at Barber Motorsports Park in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, recorded the quickest lap of 1:07.4805 on March 16, and bettered it in the waning minutes of March 17 (1:07.3996) to place second overall. KV Racing Technology Chevrolet driver Stefano Coletti was quickest of the four rookies participating (1:07.5224), and third overall, in the No. 4 Chevrolet.

Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet was fourth quickest overall at the end of day two. Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 Penske Trucking Team Penske Chevrolet was fifth in the final order. Sebastien Bourdais, No. 11 Mistic KVSH Racing Chevrolet was sixth with Charlie Kimball, No. 83 Novo Log Flex Pen Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in eighth and Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, was ninth in the final order.

The first race of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series is set for March 29 on the Streets of St. Petersburg. Qualifying is set for Saturday, March 28 at 4:15 p.m. EDT. ABC will have a live telecast of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, March 29 with pre-race at 3 p.m. EDT. The green flag will fly at 3:37 p.m. EDT. The IMS Radio Network brings the action live to fans. Both the radio broadcast and live timing and scoring can be found on www.indycar.com. Radio broadcast can also be heard on XM Radio 211/Sirius Radio 211.

DRIVER QUOTES:

TONY KANAAN (No. 10 NTT DATA Chevrolet): “I’m happy with our testing here at Barber and all the data we were able to get from multiple cars testing multiple things. We tried some things throughout today that worked and we tried some things that didn’t work, but the things that didn’t work are just as important as the ones that do. I can’t complain at all about the Chevy aero kits and how they’re performing on-track, and I’m looking forward to get back to NOLA next week and then onto the season opener in St. Pete.”

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 Target Chevrolet): “We spent the morning really chasing the changing track conditions today. The track was a lot hotter today compared to yesterday and we had to adjust to that with the Target car. There are so many variables with the new aero kits as well. We worked a lot on aero and tried to do as many things as we could with the tire allotment we were given here. Overall I think it was a good test for the Target team and I’m looking forward to coming back for the race here next month.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet): “We had a really good day today with the No. 83 NovoLog FlexPen Chevrolet. We’re just learning so much about the new Chevy aero kits every time we get back out on the track. The downforce and drag paired with the Chevy engine package, and then what we do with the mechanical setup has been really important and we’re able to see what things work and what don’t. We put everything we got from yesterday with our data from this morning and were able to get a pretty fast lap time this afternoon and finish up there in the top 10. We’re pretty excited with where we ended the day today heading into testing next week at NOLA and then into St. Pete.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 67 Hartman Oil Chevrolet): “I think we got through a big list. That was the most important thing coming into this test. The aero kit was still an unknown to us as we haven’t had a lot of time with it. We needed to try a bunch of things to figure out what we liked and we got through everything pretty cleanly. We had a little incident right before lunch, but we recovered well and still managed to learn a lot. I think we’re in a pretty good position where we are at, we know what we need to do which is a comforting thought going into the season opener.”

LUCA FILIPPI (No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Chevrolet): “Today we have tried many different setups. At the end we found something that I liked very much, so I was very confident with the car and was able to push and to have some consistent laps. The position on the timing sheet isn’t great because we found the setup I liked just a little too late. We came here to learn the car, it was the first time for me with the new aero kit. I had to learn the circuit, which I have to say is a very tricky circuit. It took a while to understand everything, but now we can say we are ready for the road courses.”

CHEVROLET INDYCAR V6 DRIVER QUOTES – VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES PRESEASON TESTING

CHEVROLET INDYCAR V6 DRIVER QUOTES – VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES PRESEASON TESTING
BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK (ALABAMA)
MARCH 16, 2015

BIRMINGHAM – Team Chevy driver quotes following the first day of preseason testing of the new Chevrolet Aero Kit at Barber Motorsports Park.

AN INTERVIEW WITH SCOTT DIXON, NO. 9 TARGET CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET, FASTEST IN COMBINED SESSIONS WITH LAP OF 1:07:4805/122.702 m.p.h.: “It’s great to be back in the Target car. We tested NOLA Saturday, we’re here this weekend at Barber and then go back to NOLA next week for the final pre-season test heading into St. Petersburg. We had a decent start to the day today finishing second overall in the first session. The cars have more downforce now and are a lot more demanding to drive. Some of the corners here in the old cars were almost flat, and now they’re flat out when you go through them. If this is any indication of the speeds, I think you will see a lot of track records broken this season. I think the new cars with the aero kits look cooler now and hope the fans will like the changes for this year’s season.”

YOU TURNED A VERY QUICK LAP ON YOUR FINAL STRETCH. WERE YOU GETTING MORE COMFORTABLE WITH OR DID YOU FIGURE OUT SOMETHING?
“The car has been pretty decent all day. For some reason, it seemed like our car was really good on used tires. After lunch, we were on 26-lap tires and jumped to P3. The car was very consistent which was good. But then you get into a situation where you put new tires and you’re barely going quicker. Luckily that didn’t happen today. We’re still struggling with balance issues, weight distribution and things like that – just trying to figure out some different things with the aero kit and with the loads changing significantly with cornering speed. All in all, it was a good day for us on the 9 car side. We still have plenty of test tomorrow and turn some laps to find some extra things for when we come back for the race.”

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE CHEVROLET AERO KIT?
“The biggest thing are obviously the looks for most people. Both cars look very different, which is exciting for fans and for the series. I don’t really care what it looks like as long as it goes fast. It’s been a significant change in drivability or the way you attack the car and the extra downforce you do have even though as per the rules there was a lot of grip taken away from the car with the hole in the floor and the underwing stuff that had been taken off. If those had stayed on, the car would be even quicker again by seconds per lap. It’s been a great exercise for us on the Chevy side. Fingers crossed that everything runs smoothly. So far it’s been pretty seamless. They’ve done a lot of homework so that’s made it very good and very easy to hit the track.”

IS THE SEAT TIME THIS WEEKEND GOING TO HELP YOU FOR SATURDAY (AT SEBRING)?
“It’s quite a busy week. Obviously with the New Orleans test and these two days, then straight to Sebring for the 12-hour, and then another two days at New Orleans and then straight to St. Pete. I’m loving it. I haven’t been in this situation since probably my early days in CART where I tested maybe 50 days a year. So it’s a lot of fun and I’m very privileged to have those options and run. So yeah a lot of seat time. I just hope I can help the IMSA team out this coming weekend.”

WITH THIS BEING YOUR SECOND YEAR WITH TONY (KANAAN), WHAT ARE LOOKING FOR FROM A TEAM DYNAMIC, AND WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FOR THE TEAM?
“There has been some pretty good shakeup in the team. Obviously on the engineering side a lot of people have moved around. I’m now working with Chris Simmons and Tony now has (xx) Malloy. Those dynamics change as well. It’s kind of interesting because you approach weekends and days at the track a little bit different. You hope that it works out and plays well. With Tony and I, you get a better bond. You understand that if the 10 car is doing that, then the 9 car probably needs to do this and vice versa. He’s always been great to work with – a super guy and a hell of a racer. We’re hoping for big things from the team this year.”

WHAT’S THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF THIS TRACK, AND HAS IT CHANGED AT ALL FROM THE DW12 TO THE NEW AERO KITS?
“It’s just going quicker and the balance has changed a little bit. I used to struggle with a lot of understeer here, and I kind of started that today. But with the tunability, it seems like we were able to get the car very loose this afternoon. I think the slow corners here are for me the most challenging and are areas where you can gain the most time – Turn 5 and Turn 9, and even Turn 2 and Turn 3. Those are always focuses for me. I can generally over-slow a car through most of those corners. But if you slow down even a mile-an-hour or two because of the slowness of it, it kills you a lot. Those are the tricky parts for me.”

AN INTERVIEW WITH JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 67 HARTMAN OIL CARPENTER FISHER HARTMAN RACING CHEVROLET, SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 PENSKE TRUCKING TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET AND WILL POWER, NO. 1 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET:

NEWGARDEN: “Today was fun. I’m not as tired today as we didn’t do as many laps as we did a couple of days ago in New Orleans. We were a little limited on tires as we are only getting three sets per day, which I think helped on the neck and on the arms. I thought it was going to be a little more physical, and it is, but it’s not atrocious. IndyCars have always been physical, I think they’re only going to be brought up to the next level with these aero kits. I think we’re going to be able to manage in the race.

Q: WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS TRACK THAT MAKES IT A GOOD PLACE TO PREPARE FOR THE START OF THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES SEASON?
JOSEF NEWGARDEN: “The good thing is we’re going to race here so it’s always good to run at places where you’re going to compete during the season. Barber is a very fast track and one of the tracks that fans will see the most out of the new aero kits. We got a preview of that at NOLA Motorsports Park over the weekend but I think here it’s one that is fully loaded with downforce. It’s going to be very physical around this place. It’s such a demanding track that compares to others such as Sonoma Raceway and Mid-Ohio. It’s good prep for the road courses with the new aero package.”

Q: WHAT HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED ON TRACK WITH THE NEW AERO KIT?
SIMON PAGENAUD: “It’s quite impressive to drive actually. First thing this morning the track was cool and the car already felt really good. Barber is a beautiful track for an aero kit of this level because it is flowing and has high-speed corners, and you’re carrying a lot of downforce so the car is really hooked up to the track. It’s a lot more physical than it already was, so that will be a challenge. But it’s fun and now we’re learning a lot of things for the race. It’s interesting to try different items on the race car to know what to use for the race.”

Q: WILL, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME YOU’VE BEEN WITH THE FULL FIELD IN A TEST SITUATION. HOW DOES THAT MAKE IT DIFFERENT?
WILL POWER: “I’m focusing on the job at hand here and trying to understand the new car and do what I did last year (win the series title). It’s good to finally get going after a long offseason.”

Q: DO YOU NOTICE THE ADDITIONAL DOWNFORCE OF THE NEW AERO PACKAGE?
JOSEF NEWGARDEN: “It’s definitely more physical; the back of my neck is sore. The very first tire run there was a lot of grip on the track, but as the day is getting warmer there’s less grip. The braking capacity of the car is much higher. Referencing the (track) markers, I’d say you cut off about 30 percent of the brake zone, so it’s pretty significant on brakes.”

SIMON PAGENAUD: “We knew the car with the aero kit was going to be more physical, and this track is probably the most demanding. It’s always a challenge here, and it will show who has worked the hardest for sure.”

TONY KANAAN, NO. 10 NTT DATA CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET: “It was a decent day out here today. It’s always good to have four cars to pull from especially when we can all try different things. We were just trying to cover all of our bases today at the test, and Dixon was able to find a pretty good setup there at the end. It was a very productive day and I’m just pleased with the car and the way it performed. It feels good to be in my new colors with NTT DATA and I’m looking forward to getting more out of the car tomorrow.”

SAGE KARAM, NO. 8 GE LED CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET: “Obviously that’s not the way we wanted our Barber test experience to go with the accident. Early on in the test in Turn 14, I just made a mistake. It’s a flat-out corner and the car bottomed out and I shouldn’t have been carrying that much speed that early on. I tried to catch the car but it ended up hooking around and I went off and made contact with the wall. I’m just a little sore, but I know this team and I know myself. I’ll learn from that and make sure it doesn’t happen again. I’m just sorry for all the people that put in all the preparation to get this car ready and expected us to test and learn for the full two days.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 83 NOVOLOG FLEXPEN CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET: “It was a really good first day here at Barber. I love the new Chevy aero kit – it just looks great and it performs really well on the race track. We’ve been able to make a lot of adjustments through the heat of the day following what it will hopefully be like on race weekend with temperatures and air temp. Overall no hiccups or big issues, we’re just figuring out the cars.”

LUCA FILIPPI, NO. 20 FUZZY’S VODKA CARPENTER FISHER HARTMAN RACING CHEVROLET: “It was a productive day, it was my first day in the car with the new aero kits. This morning I had a lot to learn from the car itself and the circuit. It took a while to understand the circuit because it’s actually quite tricky. We got better and better and this afternoon we finally able to work on the setup. I think we are going in the right direction. We found constistency and driveability. It’s good for us to be here and get ready for the season and for this race in particular.”

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