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CHEVROLET IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES AT ROAD AMERICA: Team Chevy Qualifying Recap & Driver Quotes

CHEVROLET IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES
REV GROUP GRAND PRIX AT ROAD AMERICA
ELKHART LAKE, WISCONSIN
TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING RECAP
JUNE 22, 2019
ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin (June 22, 2019) – Two former NTT IndyCar Series champions put their Chevrolet-powered cars in the Firestone Fast Six for the REV Group Grand Prix presented by AMR at Road America.
Team Penske drivers Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet (2014 Champion) and Josef Newgarden, No. 2 REV Group Chevrolet (2017 Champion) qualified third and fourth respectively at the 4.014-mile, 14-turn road course at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
Both drivers have visited victory lane at Road America with Will Power taking the win in 2016 and Josef Newgarden the reigning champ of the race from 2018.
A total of nine Chevrolet teams qualified for the 10th race of the season, and the fourth road course race of 2019.
Rookie Colton Herta is the NTT P1 award winner with Alexander Rossi second, Graham Rahal fifth and Takuma Sato completing the top-six drivers competing for the pole.
The race will be broadcast on NBC at 12:00 pm ET as well as NBCSports.com, INDYCAR Radio Network affiliates, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com, the INDYCAR Mobile app, Sirius 113 and XM 209.
WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 3rd: “I think we’ve just been hanging around the top four all weekend and haven’t been P1 yet, but hopefully that’s tomorrow. Just a little bit short, with P2 being the best case scenario for our Verizon Chevy. Happy to start two rows. Hopefully it keeps us out of the mess and we just have a solid day.”
JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 2 REV GROUP TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 4th: “I thought we were a third or a fourth-place car is what it seemed like right from the get go. I don’t think we were as strong as these guys next to us. We didn’t have a great Q3 lap, I think we probably could have maybe pipped Will but that’s maximum. We seemed stronger in the morning and seemed to suffer a little bit more in the heat this afternoon. But it’s tough to get it right so we’ve got to work on the race now with where we’re at. I think we’re within striking distance of putting a good race together and that’s what we’re going to focus on. But it’s been good having REV Group on our Chevrolet with us this weekend. Obviously they’ve got a great activation going with the first responders. Active first responders can come out to the track here for the weekend for free. So it’s a very cool program and it’s great to have them on our car and we’ll try to do them proud tomorrow.”
SPENCER PIGOT, NO. 21 DIRECT SUPPLY ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 8th: “It’s definitely a solid effort for everyone at Ed Carpenter Racing! We had a really good car this afternoon. There’s still a few things we can fine-tune on and find a bit more speed. It’s so close. A few hundredths here or there could put you in the Fast 6, but that’s Indy car qualifying! Overall, we can for sure race from 8th. In warmup yesterday, we did a pretty long run and felt really strong – stronger on a long run than on one-lap pace. Hopefully that continues tomorrow as well. We know we can pass cars around this track! We’ll see if we can do that tomorrow and have a great day for our local partner Direct Supply!”
ED JONES, NO. ED CARPENTER RACING SCUDERIA CORSA CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 11th: “It was a pretty good session for us considering where we were this morning! It’s been a pretty tough weekend, but the team has made some good changes and kept moving forward each session. We’re still not quite where we want to be, obviously we want to be higher. It’s hard around here! Trying to make the car really strong in the low speed corners but also not sacrificing anything in the high speed corners is really difficult. When you get it right, it makes a big difference! Qualifying was still positive considering everything, hopefully we can make a few more changes and move forward in the race tomorrow!’
PATRICIO O’WARD, NO. 31 CARLIN CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 13th: “We made some major progress with the No. 31 Carlin Chevrolet from yesterday’s practices. I was feeling good with where we were after practice this morning, but for whatever reason we just missed the window in qualifying and unfortunately 13th was the best we could’ve done today. I feel like I got every single bit out of the car that I could. All we can do now is work on the race car and be ready to go tomorrow.”
SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 MENARDS TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 16th: “We’re lacking some overall pace. It was tight clearly with us missing transferring by three-thousandths of a second, but we just don’t quite have the grip. The good thing is this is a track where you can pass, so we’ll see where we can go from here in the Menards Chevy tomorrow.”
MATHEUS LEIST, NO. 4 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 20th: “We still need to improve a little bit for tomorrow, we qualified 20th and we still need to find some more speed with the black tires mainly, the car feels alright with the red tires. We’ll see how things will be tomorrow, it looks like it’s going to rain but we never know. I will concentrate and do my best to give the team a good finish.”
MAX CHILTON, NO. 59 GALLAHER CARLIN CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 22nd: “It was the best the No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet had been all year and we improved it a big amount from yesterday. We closed the gap to the field, but we’re just lacking something. I don’t know what it is, because that was the best lap I’ve done around Road America and I’ve been in the Firestone Fast Six in the past. It’s a bit frustrating, but I think Pato and I got the most out of the cars that we could. Annoyingly the way that qualifying works I was quicker than a number of cars that are four or five spots ahead of me, but that’s just the way the two groups were lined up. At least tomorrow there will be some easy pickings to get around when we go green.”
TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 23rd: “We went the wrong way. We tried to make the car better but we made the car worse, no excuses, it’s just a choice that we made and it didn’t work. Disappointing because I thought we had a much better car than this but we will be okay.”

 

CHEVROLET IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES AT ROAD AMERICA: Team Chevy Advance

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CHEVROLET RACING IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES MID SEASON REVIEW ROBERT BUCKNER, CHEVROLET RACING PROGRAM MANAGER

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DXC TECHNOLOGY 600 TEAM CHEVY POST RACE RECAP WITH DRIVER QUOTES AND TRANSCRIPT

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DXC Technology 600 TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING RECAP WITH DRIVER QUOTES

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Simon Pagenaud and Chevy Win First Annual Cowtown Pit Stop Challenge

Indy 500 Winner Kicks Off NTT IndyCar Series Texas Weekend with Victory FT. WORTH (June 6, 2019) – Simon Pagenaud just keeps adding new trophies to his collection. The winner of the 2019 Indianapolis 500 kicked off the DXC Technology 600 weekend with a win in the inaugural Cowtown Pit Stop Challenge by Speedy Cash. “Winning this is…

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Team Chevy at Detroit

‌ ‌ CHEVROLET RACING IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX PRESENTED BY LEAR STREETS OF BELLE ISLE TEAM CHEVY DUAL NO. 2 POST RACE RECAP WITH DRIVER QUOTES AND POST RACE PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT JUNE 2, 2019 Will Power Paces Team Chevy at Detroit DETROIT (June 2, 2019) – Will Power, driver of…

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TEAM CHEVY DRIVER POST RACE QUOTES – Dual No. 1

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX STREETS OF BELLE ISLE TEAM CHEVY DRIVER POST RACE QUOTES – Dual No. 1 June 1, 2019  DETROIT (JUNE 1,2019) – Team Chevy Driver Post Race Quotes: Josef Newgarden, No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet: Started 2, Race Winner: “How about that call by…

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CHEVROLET IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES AT DETROIT: Team Chevy Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Day One Recap with Driver Quotes

CHEVROLET RACING IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES
CHEVROLET DETROIT GRAND PRIX
STREETS OF BELLE ISLE
TEAM CHEVY DAY ONE RECAP WITH DRIVER QUOTES
MAY 31, 2019
 DETROIT (May 31,2019) – Josef Newgarden, driver of the No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet, posted the second-quickest time during final practice on Friday to pace Team Chevy drivers heading into this weekend’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader weekend. Newgarden, the 2017 NTT IndyCar Series champion, got around the 2.3-mile street course on Belle Isle in 1:15.6641 (111.810 mph).
Simon Pagenaud, driver of the No. 22 DXC Technology Chevrolet and winner of the Indianapolis 500 last week, arrived in Detroit with the series points lead. He was ninth-quickest (1:16.2923/110.889 mph) in the final practice.
“Detroit is a lot more physical, but you have to be sharp with your mind because you are running so close to the wall,” said Pagenaud. “You have to be on top of your game. But a different on-top of your game than Indy. At Indy it is all flowing speed. The track can slow down everything. Here it is just the opposite. You really have to be up on the wheel. I think we did a really good job today. “
Pagenaud has one win and four podiums in 13 career starts at Belle Isle. He also swept the poles in 2016.
Newgarden, who is just one point behind his Team Penske teammate in the standings, has three top-five finishes in his last five starts in Detroit.
Nine drivers powered by Chevrolet’s 2.2-liter direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine are entered in the dual races run against the backdrop of Chevrolet’s world headquarters.
Qualifying for Dual in Detroit 1 is at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday. The race starts at 3:50 p.m. Qualifying and the Dual 2 race are on Sunday.
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER QUOTES:
Josef Newgarden, No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet: “I think we had a decent start today, not 100 percent sure where we stack up. I think we’re a little bit further back than where we were on that final red tire run. Some of the Andretti boys look really good. Some of the Ganassi guys look really good. We’ll see.
“I think we’re in that top-five mix. In the pecking order we’re probably more
Matheus Leist, No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet: “We started the morning with a car I didn’t like and we didn’t do good lap times in the morning, so we decided to go towards Tony’s car for the afternoon which helped a little bit but it’s still not where we want to be. The ABC Supply Chevy has room for improvement for tomorrow. We’ll regroup tonight and see what we can do for a good qualifying tomorrow.”
Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet: “It was a pretty good day actually. I feel like the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet is in the window that we need. We’ve really struggled here the last couple of years, so I think we’ve come back with a better car for sure. It’s going to be an interesting race, with the way the tires degrade. I think there will be a number of different strategies. There is a chance of rain tomorrow, which always mixes things up, so we will just have to see.”
Tony Kanaan, No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet:  “It was a productive day. We’re trying a couple different set ups to understand what we need for tomorrow.”
Ed Jones, No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet: : “It wasn’t the best start to the day, but we made some positive changes to the car for the afternoon session. We made a lot of progress with those and even during the session made some more gains. If we can do the same for tomorrow morning, heading into qualifying, I think we’ll be in a really good place.”
Spencer Pigot, No. 21 Autogeek Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet: “Overall, I think we had a pretty good day. The Autogeek Chevy seems to be in a pretty good spot. We made some changes throughout the day and made some good improvements, which is always encouraging. Hopefully we can find a little bit more overnight and give it our best for qualifying.”
Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet: ““Detroit is a lot more physical, but you have to be sharp with your mind because you are running so close to the wall. You have to be on top of your game. But a different on-top of your game than Indy. At Indy it is all flowing speed. The track can slow down everything. Here it is just the opposite. You really have to be up on the wheel. I think we did a really good job today. I’m very happy with the DXC Technology Chevy. I think we have really good pace. It’s going to be hard this weekend for several reasons. We have a car that can be in the top five easily. We just have to extract the best out of the car and ourselves.
“Here, starting in front is better. There is always a lot of action mid-pack. Starting in the three rows allows you to strategize. That would be nice for sure. Top-five is what we are shooting for. Its very tight, I think we are in good shape. There is going to be a lot of tire degradation in the race. It is going to be interesting. I think we can expect some surprises.”
Patricio O’Ward, No.31 Carlin Chevrolet:  “Unfortunately we didn’t learn much when we put the reds on in this afternoon’s practice because of a problem with the No. 31 Carlin Chevrolet. We have quite a bit of data from the black tires that we can use, but we’re just a little bit behind and going in a little bit blindsided to qualifying with the reds. We’re going to work with what we have and look at exactly how we can use it to give it our best shot tomorrow in qualifying. I’m confident in the team and know they’ll work hard tonight to make sure we’re in the best possible spot for qualifying and the race tomorrow.”
Max Chilton, No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet: “It was a typical Detroit day – lots to pack in with a limited amount of on-track time. Every session around here is critical, because you don’t get as much time out there and there are usually quite a bit of yellows. We’re now going into qualifying tomorrow, but we unfortunately didn’t get a time with the reds because of the red flag. We chose to do it in the warm-up, but lots of others seemed to have the same idea so we had a bit of traffic. Our pace seems to be okay. It’s not where we want it to be at the moment, but I think we haven’t really gotten a fair representation because we didn’t do a red run with clean air. We’ll see where we end up in qualifying, but I’m pretty confident with our race pace.”
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