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Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report – Texas

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

 

Track:                  Texas Motor Speedway

Race:                   DXC Technology 600

Date:                   June 9, 2018

 

No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 1st (4th-career Verizon IndyCar Series pole)

Finish: 13th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 244/248

Laps Led:   59

Points Position: 5th (-68 pts)

 

Notes:

  • Josef Newgarden, the defending Verizon IndyCar Series Champion, earned his fourth-career INDYCAR pole on Friday and started from the top spot for Saturday night’s 248-lap DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway.
  • At the drop of the green flag, Newgarden jumped out to the lead and held the top spot over teammates Simon Pagenaud and Will Power for the first 59 laps, before the first round of pit stops shuffled the field.
  • Despite a great stop from the No. 1 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet team, Newgarden lost the lead during the pit sequence, but ran second to Pagenaud once pit stops equaled out.
  • Due to the high speeds and aggressive setup, Newgarden began to fall victim to excessive tire blistering on the right front and had to pit early on lap 96. The early stop dropped him a couple of laps down in the 16th position.
  • Despite the “off sequence stop,” Newgarden was able to continue to run fast laps and shuffled his way back into the top three by lap 132.  However, another green flag stop on lap 143 resulted in Newgarden once again falling several laps down to the leaders.
  • Tire degradation would be an issue for the No. 1 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet team for most of the night.  On top of that, the team had to overcome a drive-through penalty for jumping the restart on lap 225 after finally getting back on the lead lap.
  • Despite the issues, Newgarden was able to continue to run competitive speeds, eventually crossing the line in the 13th position at race’s end.  With the finish, he remained fifth in the Verizon IndyCar Series Championship point standings.  He currently sits 68 points behind leader Scott Dixon.

 

Quote:  “You know, pretty much anything bad that could have happen happened tonight for the No. 1 Verizon team.  Everyone worked real hard and the guys gave me a great car.  Everyone did everything they could tonight. It was a great effort from my team.  Pretty much, anything that could have went wrong went wrong tonight.  That is all there is to it. We will move on to Road America.”

 

 

No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 3rd

Finish: 18th

Status: Accident

Laps Completed: 204/248

Laps Led: 0

Points Position: 3rd (-6 pts)

 

Notes:

  • After starting their day from the third position, Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet had an unfortunate on-track incident that led to an 18th-place finish.
  • Power began his evening race with a relatively strong start maintaining position leading up to his lap 64 pit stop for fuel, tires and a front wing adjustment.
  • The Australian-born driver continued to maintain a top-five position as he pitted on lap 120 for fuel and tires.
  • He continued his consistency in the top-five and pitted on lap 182 for fuel, tires and a front wing adjustment.
  • While Power led a strong race he unfortunately made contact with Zachary Claman De Melo on lap 205 leading to the No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet retiring from the race.
  • Due to the incident and being unable to complete the race, Power fell to third in the Verizon IndyCar Series points.  The team will look to regain those valuable championship points in their next race at Road America.

Quote:  “The guys in front of me were saving a lot of fuel and completely lifting to try and make it and someone went around on the outside.  Unfortunately, the timing stand was talking to me at that exact moment and I couldn’t hear my spotter call outside and there was someone outside at that point.  It’s just a bad situation, but something that happens at a track like this.  It was not the guy on the outside’s fault.  I didn’t know he was out there at that point.  We were lifting so much trying to save fuel and he got outside me.  It was just a bad deal, but we will move on to Road America.”

 

No. 22 DXC Technology Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start: 2nd

Finish: 2nd

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 248/248

Laps Led: 26

Points Position: 8th (-128 pts)

 

Notes:

  • Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 DXC Technology Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet had a strong race performance at the Verizon IndyCar Series DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway which led to a second-place finish.
  • The French-born driver began the Saturday night race from the second position.
  • After the green flag waved, Pagenaud began the race maintaining position leading up to his first pit stop on lap 64 in which he picked up tires and fuel.
  • He continued to maintain positions in the top-five for much of the 248-lap event.
  • By lap 177 when he visited the pits for the third time, he took tires, fuel and a front wing adjustment.
  • As the laps of the race winded down, Pagenaud returned to the pits on lap 209 following teammate Will Power’s on-track incident. On this stop, Pagenaud took tires and fuel.
  • The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion completed the race in the second position, allowing him to take the eighth spot in series points leading into an off-weekend prior to the race at Road America.

Quote:  “They gave me some grey hair at the end. It was awesome. It was a great showing for DXC Technology, obviously, and I had a blast. It was very difficult racing, and Rossi kept me on my toes at the end and I had to try everything to break the draft. He was getting monster runs out of Turn 3 and 4 but we had good handling and we were able to hold him off. I was trying to break the draft on the exit of Turn 2 and it worked out for the last 10 laps. I’m super proud of my guys in the pits. They did a great job today. And the whole No. 22 team was on it this weekend. So, it’s nice to get a good second place. We want to win, obviously, but it was a good showing.”

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report – Indianapolis 500

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

Track:   Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Race:    Indianapolis 500

Date:    May 27, 2018

No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 4th

Finish: 8th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 200/200

Laps Led: 3

Points Position: 3rd (-10 pts)

Notes:

  • Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Josef Newgarden began Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 from the fourth starting position after a strong qualifying session last weekend.
  • As was the case with most of the Team Penske quartet of drivers, Newgarden fought an understeer condition on the unusually hot Indianapolis Motor Speedway surface.
  • Even while fighting the understeer, Newgarden made his way into the top three early in the race to show he had a car capable of challenging for his first Indy 500 win.
  • After restarting 19th following a lap 70 pit stop, the Tennessean wasted little time in moving back inside the top five, which he did at lap 96.
  • After briefly moving into the lead at lap 133, Newgarden surrendered it for a pit stop where he received four Firestone tires and fuel.
  • A rash of cautions late in the race kept Newgarden from establishing a rhythm around the 2.5-mile oval and resulted in an eighth-place finish.

Quote:  “It was more difficult this year, but I think still a great race. I think we fought back for points, which was good. We just got out of position there on pit stops and just struggled with the yellows; they didn’t fall our way. We were fighting from 20th, 15th place. I think we had a good car up front. I wasn’t so good in the back. Once I got 15th or 20th, I struggled a little bit. But we were making slow progress. We got back in the top 10 but can’t be too satisfied. It was a great day for Team Chevy and Team Penske, as well. I’m happy for Will (Power), I just wish it was our day. We had an amazing Indiana crowd, as always. This is the best race of the year, and hopefully we’ll have a better shot next time.”

No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Helio Castroneves

Start: 8th

Finish: 27th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 145/200

Laps Led: 0

Notes:

  • Not only did Helio Castroneves begin Sunday’s 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 as the only driver in the field with multiple wins in the event, he was aiming to become just the fourth man to win “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” on four occasions.
  • In just his second Verizon IndyCar Series start of 2018, Castroneves qualified his No. 3 Pennzoil Dallara/Chevrolet solidly in the eighth position.
  • Castroneves radioed to his strategist, Roger Penske that his car had a bit of understeer in Turns 3 and 4, but was happy with the overall handling. As a result he began to make his way to the front of the field.
  • Just prior to the 50-lap mark of the 200-lap event, Castroneves moved into the top five.
  • A fuel-flow issue on the second pit stop of the day at lap 50 resulted in an extended pit stop for the No. 3 team that dropped Castroneves back to night in the running order, but the three-time Indy 500 winner was able to work his way back inside the top five.
  • Castroneves has always been a driver that picks up the pace during crunch time and he looked to be in a position to do just that as he approached the last 50 laps of the race.
  • Unfortunately, while trying to pass Ryan Hunter-Reay on the outside of Turn 4 at lap 146, Castroneves spun his Chevrolet and made contact with the inside wall. The resulting damage forced him to retire from the race and his wait for immortality delayed for another year.

Quote: “The car was actually handling good, I couldn’t get that too close to other guys. I guess when I went to pass (Ryan) Hunter-Reay on the outside, maybe got a little debris on the tire – I don’t know, that was obviously the first time. My worry was actually Turn 1, not so much in Turn 4, so I felt a little bit movement but I was feeling that most of the time. But this time, unfortunately the rear just over-rotated. The Pennzoil Chevrolet was really good today and I’m so happy for Will Power. I know what he is feeling and there is nothing like it.”

No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 3rd

Finish: 1st

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 200/200

Laps Led: 59

Points Position: 1st (243 pts)

Notes:

  • Will Power was already a Verizon IndyCar Series (VICS) Champion. Now he can call himself an Indianapolis 500 champion after taking the checkered flag in the 102nd running of the race on Sunday afternoon.
  • Power began the race on the front row after qualifying his No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet in the third position.
  • The Australian driver was a player at the front of the field throughout the first half of the race, but he began to flex his muscle after the halfway point.
  • Power took his first lead of the day during a pit cycle on lap 108 and had to with some fuel strategy drama before securing the win.
  • With under 10 laps to go, Power found himself in the third position but with more fuel than the two leaders. When those cars hit pit road after realizing they could not make it to the end, Power had clear sailing for his first Indy 500 victory.
  • The victory extends Team Penske’s record of Indianapolis 500 victories to 17. This was the 21st VICS wins at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when combined with four wins in the INDYCAR Grand Prix.
  • With the win, Power is now the winningest VICS driver in Team Penske history with 31 series victories. He passes teammate Helio Castroneves for the top spot.

Quote:  “Overwhelming. Amazing. It’s funny, you forget where you are, you’re so immersed in the race. You don’t even realize. On the white flag lap I started screaming because I just knew I was going to win it. Unbelievable. Never been so excited. This was a race you wanted to lead. At last they had a formula, if you had a good car, the leader could benefit and pull away. I liked it. It definitely made it harder to drive. Put the driver back into it more, where before you could hang back, third, no one wanted to lead.”

No. 22 Menards Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start: 2nd

Finish: 6th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 200/200

Laps Led: 1

Points Position: 9th (-88 pts)

Notes:

  • Simon Pagenaud narrowly missed out on the Indianapolis 500 pole position, but started Sunday’s race from the second starting spot.
  • Similar to his teammate Castroneves, Pagenaud also had to deal with an understeer condition in Turns 3 and 4. To help combat this, strategist Kyle Moyer called for front wing adjustments on the first two pit stops of the day.
  • Despite the pestering condition, Pagenaud was able to keep his No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet inside the top-six cars throughout the race.
  • A late-race caution allowed Pagenaud a shot to move into the lead, but the understeer condition kept him from doing so.
  • The sixth-place finish for the Frenchman marked his career-best finish in the Indianapolis 500 as he continues to improve on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.

Quote:  “It was all about track position today. We had a fantastic No. 22 Menards Chevrolet. I just want to give a tip of the cap to Chevrolet and all of Team Penske. I am just so happy for Will. We have been rivals. We are friends and teammates. I can’t imagine how he feels right now but that is my next goal, the one he has just accomplished. I’m sure that is a big weight off his shoulders. Honestly, I am super happy for him. There is no better man than Will to win this race. He has been through a lot and today is all about him.”

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Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Report

Track:                  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Race:                   Indianapolis 500 Date:                   May 20, 2018 No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden Position:                              4th Total Time:                         2:37.6151 seconds Average Speed:                228.405 four-lap mph average No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Helio Castroneves Position:                              8th Total Time:                         2:37.9924 seconds Average Speed:                227.859 four-lap mph average No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet –…

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Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Report – Indianapolis 500 Day 1

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Report

Track:                  Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Race:                   Indianapolis 500

Date:                   May 19, 2018

No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Position:                              7th

Total Time:                         2:37.8608 seconds

Average Speed:                228.049 four-lap mph average

No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Helio Castroneves

Position:                              1st

Total Time:                         2:37.2607 seconds

Average Speed:                228.919 four-lap mph average

No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Position:                              4th

Total Time:                         2:37.7604 seconds

Average Speed:                228.194 four-lap mph average

No. 22 Menards Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Position:                              3rd

Total Time:                         2:37.6485 seconds

Average Speed:                228.304 four-lap mph average

Fastest Average Speed:                228.919 mph (No. 3 -Castroneves)

Notes: The Saturday time trials for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 determined the 33-driver field, along with the Fast Nine competitors that would have a chance to run for the Verizon P1 Pole Award on Sunday afternoon. Team Penske showed considerable speed among all four drivers as each qualified their way into the Fast Nine. Three-time race winner Helio Castroneves led the way with the fastest four-lap average speed of the day at 228.919 miles per hour and will attempt to win become the only driver with five pole position in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Simon Pagenaud, with an average speed of 228.304 miles per hour, and Will Power at 228.194 miles per hour also ended the day with top-five average speeds. Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Josef Newgarden will also be eligible to run for the pole position on Sunday afternoon after an average speed of 228.049 miles per hour that was the seventh-fastest lap of the day.

Coverage: Sunday’s qualifying session will set positions 10-33 for the Indianapolis 500 and will feature the Fast Nine that will be allowed to run for the Verizon P1 Pole Award. Coverage of the second day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying can be seen live from 4:00-6:00 pm ET on ABC.        

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report – INDYCAR Grand Prix

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

Track:   Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Race:    INDYCAR Grand Prix
Date:    May 12, 2018

No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden
Start: 6th
Finish: 11th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 85/85
Laps Led: 1
Points Position: 1st (178 pts)

Notes:

  • Josef Newgarden and the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet battled adversity much of the INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course leading to an 11th-place finish.
  • Newgarden began the race with a strong start allowing him to spend the majority of the first half of the race in the top-5 while leading one lap.
  • However, after trying to avoid a collision with Sebastien Bourdais on lap 55, the Tennessean locked up the brakes in a turn leading to a spin.
  • When the field restarted on lap 61, Newgarden found himself in the 19th-position.
  • He battled his way through the field and ultimately claimed an 11th-place finish.

 

Quote:  “We had a podium car for sure. It’s tough to throw it away. I think I got too greedy.  I had two or three runs on Bourdais. I just got frustrated and too greedy. I thought he was going to give me a little more room.  He gave me some, but it wasn’t enough.  It is my fault, I think I ruined a podium finish for the No. 1 Verizon Chevy team. But, we recovered what we could.  The Chevy power helped.

“The 200th win for Roger and Team Penske is a very big deal.  I am happy for Will and his team.  Now we go on to preparation for the 500.”

 

No. 3 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Helio Castroneves

Start: 10th
Finish: 6th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 85/85
Laps Led: 0

Notes:

  • Helio Castroneves returned to the Verizon IndyCar Series (VICS) for the first time in 2018 in Saturday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
  • After starting the race from the 10th position, Castroneves made a gradual move through the field as the race progressed.
  • The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner called for no adjustments during any of the three pit stops on the day as the handling on the Verizon Chevy was where he needed it.
  • A hallmark on the day were the solid pit stops performed by the No. 3 crew, one made up of former INDYCAR members and current IMSA members from Team Penske.
  • Castroneves’ sixth-place finish gives him nine-consecutive top-10 VICS finishes dating back to the 2017 season.

 

Quote: “It’s just like I never left, you know? It was great strategy from the team. We started with the blacks and took a gamble. It wasn’t worth it to try to fight because I kind of knew it would have come back. And it did. The team did a phenomenal job staying cool. All my guys did phenomenal pit stops. This is a group that we’re going to have for the 500. So, imagine when you have the guys just showing up and doing the job is incredible. I feel sorry about Simon (Pagenaud). Sato hit me on the back. I lost control on that part of hitting the No. 22 of Simon, but he made a phenomenal comeback.  Again, it’s great to be back in Indianapolis and I’m ready to get going.”

 

No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 1st
Finish: 1st
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 85/85
Laps Led: 56
Points Position: 7th (-43 pts)

Notes:

  • Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet began the INDYCAR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s road course from the pole position to begin the Saturday afternoon race.
  • On lap 24, teammate Josef Newgarden and the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet took over the lead taking it from Power for the first time during the race.
  • By lap 41, the Australian-born driver regained his footing and took back the top spot.
  • Power continued to lead the field on-and-off for the remainder of the event. After a caution allowed for a pit cycle, Power once again found himself in the lead at the restart on lap 61. The remainder of the event ran under green flag conditions allowing Power to maintain position and win the race.
  • This marks Power’s 33rd career win and his record-third win of the INDYCAR Grand Prix (2015, 2017 and 2018).
  • Power’s win at the Indianapolis road course marks the 200th INDYCAR win in the history of Team Penske.

 

Quote:

“Yeah, it was an amazing race actually. Obviously, Wickens (Robert) came out on reds and I was on blacks and man, I’ve never driven so hard to watch a gap grow. But, obviously when I went to the reds, then I had to try to pass him back. And then, he had to save a lot of fuel at the end and go fast; because I knew how good (Scott) Dixon is at saving fuel and going fast. But the Chevy had great fuel mileage, and I’ve never driven so hard for an entire race. Like I was 100 percent the whole time. I’m exhausted.”

 

No. 22 Menards Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud
Start: 7th
Finish: 8th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 85/85
Laps Led: 0
Points Position: 12th (-90 pts)

Notes:

  • Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet team began the 85-lap INDYCAR Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway from the seventh starting position.
  • Unfortunately, bad luck that has plagued the start of his season struck Pagenaud on the opening lap of the race when he was involved in a multi-car incident as the crowd of cars entered Turn 1.
  • After pitting to change to black, primary Firestone tires, Pagenaud restarted the race from the 22nd position.
  • A second pit stop at lap 16 to switch back to the red, alternate Firestone tires began Pagenaud’s move through the field. He radioed to strategist Kyle Moyer that the Menards Chevy was driving beautifully, especially in clean traffic.
  • On his drive toward the front Pagenaud routinely turned laps faster than that of the race leader.
  • The brilliant drive would run out of laps before Pagenaud could make a run at the top five, but he was able to bounce back for a solid eighth-place finish.

 

Quote:  “What a day. I can’t believe my luck so far this season.  Maybe that is good for Indy 500. I keep saying it.  It’s coming up now. Hopefully I get all the luck in the world for the 500.  It was an awesome car today, fantastic. I think we could have challenged for the win.  It is what it is.  We recovered from the first lap incident.  They opened the pit and we pitted, then they threw the green flag that next lap so we couldn’t get back to the pack.  The car was very good and the Chevy power was awesome. We managed to finish the race with good fuel consumption and was able to pass Graham Rahal just before start finish because of fuel consumption. Awesome heading to 500. Congratulations to Will – he made it three here now!  So I have to catch him next year. Also it is the 200th win for Team Penske in IndyCar. It is phenomenal.  What a team. It is an honor to be part of it!”

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Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report – Barber

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report
Track:                  Barber Motorsports Park
Race:                   Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Date:                   April 23, 2018

 

No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 1st (3rd-career INDYCAR pole)
Finish: 1st (9th-career INDYCAR win)
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 82/82
Laps Led: 73
Points Standings (ahead of second): 1st (+13)

Notes:

  • Josef Newgarden and the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet began the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Barber Motorsports Park on the pole, his third-career INDYCAR pole.
  • The race ran over the course of two days due to rain postponing the Sunday afternoon race event to be completed Monday afternoon.
  • Even though there were numerous red and yellow flags and a mixture of weather, Newgarden proved to be consistent and strong, at one point leading by over 25 seconds.
  • Newgarden led an impressive 73 out of 82 laps. Only one other driver paced the field over the course of two days.
  • With just 14 minutes remaining in the race, Tim Cindric called the No. 1 Hitachi Chevrolet to the pits for fuel and rain tires after the light rain again began to fall.
  • This marked Josef Newgarden’s third-career win at Barber Motorsports Park. It was his second win of the season.
  • The Tennessee-born driver takes the Verizon IndyCar Series points lead back from Alexander Rossi. He leads by 13 points.
  • His win at the Alabama road course marks Team Penske’s 199 INDYCAR win heading into the Month of May at Indianapolis.

Quote:  “That was more eventful than I would have liked. But everybody did a great job. How about Team Chevy today – they gave us a great engine, good fuel mileage and good reliability, and that’s what we needed to win this race. It’s great having Hitachi – we got Verizon a victory, now we got Hitachi a victory, so thank you guys. Everyone at Team Penske did a great job, but like I said, that was more eventful than I wanted it. It would seem like smooth sailing for the most part, we didn’t have any yellows, which we were hoping no yellows today, but then the rain crept in. I couldn’t believe how long everyone stayed out. It was really risky what they were doing, but I understand why there were doing it. I’m glad we made the call to come in so soon.”

 

No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 2nd
Finish: 21st
Status: Retired
Laps Completed: 53/82
Laps Led: 0
Points Standings (behind first): 10th (-77)

Notes:

  • Will Power started his No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet in the second position for this weekend’s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Barber Motorsports Park.
  • Power had a strong start to the road course event, running second to teammate Josef Newgarden early on.
  • Unfortunately, Power fell victim to wet weather conditions and spun into the wall on lap 12 under torrential rains Sunday.
  • By lap 26, INDYCAR had decided to display the red flag for weather conditions. By this time, the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet had already made its way to the garage for repairs.
  • Due to INDYCAR rules, the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet could not work on the car following the red flag on Sunday. This halted efforts to prepare the car to return to race-ready conditions until the green flag waved once again on Monday.
  • While the team did return to competition, it did not complete the event as the team decided to retire from the race early due to weather conditions once it began to rain heavily again on Monday.

Quote:  “It’s just a real shame for everyone on the Verizon Chevy team. The car was good and we were doing our best out there but it was really hard to see anything in front of me. The conditions were just so bad. As soon as I got to the front straight the car just came around and I tried to keep it off the wall but it was hydroplaning and there was nothing I could do. I feel bad for the team and for the fans in this weather. Just too bad. Hopefully our luck can turn around when we get to Indianapolis.”

 

No. 22 Menards Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start: 9th
Finish: 9th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 82/82
Laps Led: 0
Points Standings (behind first): 15th (-92)

Notes:

  • Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet began the road course race at Barber Motorsports Park in the ninth position.
  • After rain ended the day early on Sunday at lap 26, Pagenaud found himself in the 14th position following an early pit stop.
  • Beginning the resumed race on Monday on primary tires, Pagenaud was able to make up a lot of ground quickly and advance to the 10th spot as just over an hour remained in the race.
  • With less than 40 minutes remaining, the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet was serviced on pit road to obtain alternate tires, fuel and a front wing adjustment. This pit stop helped Pagenaud move to a race high of seventh with 17 minutes remaining in the event.
  • As weather conditions changed once again to heavy rain, the French driver returned to pit road for fuel and rain tires.
  • He eventually finished ninth in the event. He is now 15th in Verizon IndyCar Series point standings, 92 points behind leader and teammate Josef Newgarden.

Quote:  “We had a pretty good race going and I think we potentially could have been a top five. I was very frustrated with Gabby (Chavez). He was two laps down. And I just got stuck behind him, which gave an opportunity to (Scott) Dixon as I was trying everything I could to make it happen. But, it’s a real shame because when it’s not your day, it’s just not your day. You’ll have better days later, but you won’t have everybody on your side when you have a good day. And at the moment he doesn’t have you on his side, let me tell you. But, it’s a real shame. I think the Menards 22 was really from where we started. The strategy to go on rain (tires) when we went on rain was a good choice and yeah, I thought it was a really good pace. We just started from too far back.”

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Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report – Phoenix

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

 

Track:   ISM Raceway   

Race:    Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix

Date:    April 7, 2018    

 

No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 7th

Finish: 1st

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 250/250

Laps Led: 30

 

Notes:

  • Josef Newgarden and the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet began the Verizon IndyCar Series Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix in the seventh position.
  • After Pietro Fittipaldi brought out the caution flag on lap 41, Newgarden pitted a few laps later on lap 43. Great pit work on the stop allowed him to restart second.
  • For much of the race, the Tennessean maintained a top-10 position while battling his way toward the front.
  • On lap 208, Newgarden was able to take over the lead until pitting on lap 233 for fuel and tires.
  • Once the green flag waved, Newgarden fought Robert Wickens for the final laps of the race and ultimately was the victor.
  • His win marks Team Penske’s 198 IndyCar win.
  • Prior to Josef Newgarden’s win at ISM Raceway, Ryan Blaney won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Texas Motor Speedway making it the second win for Team Penske on the same day.
  • The win at ISM Raceway also marks Team Penske’s 105 oval win.
  • This win also marked Bridgestone’s 500th win since the tire supplier reentered the sport in 1995.

 

Quote:  “I think the thing is, Tim (Cindric) really knew what was going on. We kind of got undercut on the second pit stop sequence. A lot of guys got in front of us because we went long. I think our team, they knew what happened there, so we just flipped the script and basically jumped everyone on the last stop and that got us ahead. Then we had the fuel mileage from Chevy, which was awesome, able to finish it off. Good strategy calls tonight, and great in the pits. The pit stops are really what won this race as well, the execution there.”

 

No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 3rd

Finish: 22nd

Status: Accident

Laps Completed: 153/250

Laps Led: 80

 

Notes:

  • Will Power started his No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet in the third position in Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Casino Phoenix Grand Prix for the Verizon IndyCar Series (VICS) at ISM Raceway.
  • Early in the event, Power lost the third position before settling into fourth.
  • Team strategist Roger Penske called off a front-wing adjustment during the first pit stop of the day to pick up valuable track position, resulting in Power restarting from the lead on lap 50.
  • In what was shaping up to be a good battle between Power and teammate Josef Newgarden for the win never got the chance to materialize as Power made contact with the outside wall on lap 153.
  • The 2014 VICS champion was forced into the second groove that was covered with tire marbles and he was unable to control his No. 12 Chevrolet at that point. The incident forced Power to retire from the race.

 

Quote:  “I was having a good race, actually. I felt like we had a pretty good Verizon Chevy. (Alexander) Rossi ran up on the inside of me pretty late and I got on the brakes once I saw him go to the inside because I knew the marbles were pretty bad. I was going pretty slow and still got up into the wall because it was like being on ice. Disappointed for the guys but we will just have to move on, have a couple of good races and get back in the hunt. I am determined for Long Beach, Barber, the Indy road course and the Indy 500. Happy to see Josef (Newgarden) in Victory Lane tonight though.”

 

No. 22 Menards Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start: 2nd

Finish: 10th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 250/250

Laps Led: 3

 

Notes:

  • Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet began the 250-lap oval event on the front row in the second position.
  • On Pagenaud’s first pit stop on lap 43, he overshot the pit stop box and had to move back into place to pit for four tires, fuel and one turn down on the rear wing. Unfortunately, this place the French-born driver further in the pack which made it difficult to recover for the remainder of the race.
  • Due to an understeer issue once he was caught in the pack, Pagenaud ultimately settled for a 10th-place finish.

 

Quote:  “We practiced on pit road all weekend long and, I don’t know, for some reason it was super slippery tonight. I was honestly taking it easy on pit road because I knew that I had good track position and a good car. There was no need to push the limits. There was nothing I could have done differently in that situation. In fact, I’ve been replaying over in my head and I would have done the same thing every time. It is what it is and we got shuffled back and had to make the best of it, but the car had too much understeer. I couldn’t get rid of it. It was better at the end of the race, but it was too late at that point. Congrats to Josef (Newgarden) and Team Penske on getting a win early in the season. A little disappointed and frustrated though because we had a good Menards Chevrolet this weekend.”

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