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Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report – Mid-Ohio

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Recap
Track:  
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Race:   Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio

Date:   July 3, 2022

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No. 2 PPG Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 14th

Finish: 7th

Laps Led: 0

Point Standings: 3rd (-34 pts)

Race Rundown: Josef Newgarden and the No. 2 PPG Chevrolet team earned a hard fought, seventh-place finish in Sunday’s Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Newgarden qualified in the 14th position after encountering slow traffic during the first round of qualifying on Saturday. Armed with knowledge from practice that he had a fast Chevrolet underneath him, Newgarden quickly moved into the top 10 following the drop of the green flag. Strong pit cycles also helped propel the two-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion through the field before settling into the seventh position at the checkered flag.

Newgarden’s Thoughts: “It wasn’t a great day or bad day either. At the first pit exchanges we really worked up to seventh or sixth place and then a couple of cautions came out. The final pit exchange we were looking to make something happen on new reds a yellow came out right after. Sometimes that helps you because it closes the pits, but they waited for everybody else to pit. We lost out to the blend line and ended up losing three spots in that exchange, which put us back to seventh. Just kind of bad luck all day with the way the yellows worked out. They weren’t really favoring our strategy but it’s good day for Scott (McLaughlin) and we’ll go to the next one.”

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No. 3 Odyssey Battery Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Start: 2nd

Finish: 1st – Second career NTT INDYCAR SERIES victory and 50th Team Penske win

Laps Led: 45

Point Standings: 7th (-69 pts)

Race Rundown:  Scott McLaughlin and the No. 3 Odyssey Battery Chevy team returned to their winning ways by taking the checkered flag in Sunday’s Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. McLaughlin becomes the second multiple NTT INDYCAR SERIES winner this year, joining teammate Josef Newgarden. A strong qualifying effort saw the second-year driver start the race from the second position, and he was able to take the lead following a strong pit stop by the No. 3 crew on lap 30. From there it was a duel between McLaughlin and Alex Palou, the defending series champion. With varying tires and seconds of overtake, McLaughlin was able to keep Palou at bay to score his 50th win with Team Penske, good for third on the all-time list.

McLaughlin’s Thoughts: “It’s amazing. I really wanted to get a win with mom and dad here. It was our first time we had Odyssey Battery on the car, and you know it was it was awesome as well to have them on board, but that mom and dad is very special on America’s weekend. Last night I was dressed up as a bald eagle, so maybe I need to do that every year on July 4th weekend. It was tough, you’re thinking about fuel but thankfully Chevy gave us the great fuel mileage and drivability off the restarts that allowed me to get a little bit of a gap from Palou and the Honda. I’m really proud of the guys for the car they gave me even though it was a little hard to drive towards the end. I would love to make it a little bit easier for myself but I’m super proud.”

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No. 12 Verizon 5G Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 21st

Finish: 3rd

Laps Led: 0

Point Standings: 2nd (-20 pts)

Race Rundown: Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet team had the drive of the day in Sunday’s Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, coming from a 21st-place qualifying position and a lap one spin to finish on the podium. Power was penalized his two fastest laps in qualifying when race officials deemed he impeded one of Helio Castroneves’ laps. In trying to pick his spots to be aggressive on a tight, technical course, Power placed his right-side tires too far on the curbing in Turn 9 on the first lap. The resulting spin dropped him to the rear of the field, but from there he drove in the same determined manner that has made him one of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES’ legends. Like his teammates, Power received outstanding work from his pit crew to propel him to a third-place finish to keep him in second in the championship battle.

Power’s Thoughts: “Amazing day for the Verizon 5G Chevy. I said in a strategy meeting, which I have a few times this year, we’ve qualified bad and a top-10 would be great. The yellow when we were 12th, I thought, OK, we can be in the top-10 here. Good restarts, good exchanges, good pit stops, good strategy. Great job by the team. Over the moon, loving it man. Starting at the back is more entertaining than leading at the front! We’ve got to get on top of the qualifying. It wasn’t a pace issue at all. I can’t thank Verizon and Chevy enough. We’re having such a great year.”

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report – Road America

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Recap
Track:  
Road America

Race:   Sonsio Grand Prix of Road America presented by AMR

Date:   June 12, 2022

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No. 2 PPG Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 2nd

Finish: 1st – 23rd career INDYCAR SERIES victory

Laps Led: 26

Point Standings: 3rd (-32 pts)

Race Rundown: Josef Newgarden and the No. 2 PPG Chevrolet team earned a bit of redemption by winning the Sonsio Grand Prix of Road America on Sunday afternoon, one year after dominating the race only to see a mechanical issue derail their chance to win. Newgarden had to endure two late-race cautions but was able to hold off Alexander Rossi to earn his 23rd NTT INDYCAR SERIES victory. He also claimed the PeopleReady “Force for Good Challenge” in its first year of existence, which awarded $1 million to the first driver and team to win on an oval, street course and road course. Newgarden’s share of $500,000 will be split between the Serious Fun Children’s Network and Wags and Walks of Nashville. After pitting under the green flag on lap 15, Newgarden was able to pass Rossi on pit road to take command of the race. From there, the two-time series champion cycled in and out of the lead through various strategies around him but was in the lead when it mattered to score the win. 

Newgarden’s Thoughts: “I was just trying to stay focused on what I had to do. Just an unbelievable job by everyone at Team Penske. Great to have PPG on board with us. We’ve had a lot of success with this car and Team Chevy. Team Chevy’s bringing it with this engine. Just so proud to be here and to win PeopleReady Challenge. I keep forgetting about this million bucks. I just kept forgetting about it. To finally get it done and to most importantly give that money to charity. Half that money is going to charity with SeriousFun Children’s Network and Wags and Walks Nashville. I hope they are happy about that. That’s a lot of money coming their way.”

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No. 3 Sonsio Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Start: 8th

Finish: 7th

Laps Led: 0

Point Standings: 9th (-94 pts)

Race Rundown:  Scott McLaughlin and the No. 3 Sonsio Chevrolet team had needed a solid run in Sunday’s Sonsio Grand Prix of Road America, and the New Zealander delivered with a seventh-place finish. After narrowly missing out on the Firestone Fast Six during Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session, McLaughlin came out aggressive when the green flag dropped. Together with sound strategy and good work on pit road, McLaughlin kept his Chevy machine on the fringes of the top five but could not crack through the barrier. The finish ends a tough three-race stretch for McLaughlin as the series takes a two-week break before visiting the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

McLaughlin’s Thoughts: “Overall, pretty good day for the Sonsio Chevy. We started eighth and finished seventh. Nearly got sixth on the line. We’ve been chasing setup all weekend, but solid points day for us in seventh. We will just keep building from there. Onto Mid-Ohio. We have a couple of weeks off, we’ll be ok.”

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No. 12 Verizon 5G Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 15th

Finish: 19th

Laps Led: 0

Point Standings: 2nd (-27 pts)

Race Rundown: Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet team battled through adversity after an incident with the No. 29 car in the early stages of the Sonsio Grand Prix of Road America on Sunday afternoon. A necessary pit stop was the result, which included a complete front wing change and Power restarted at the tail of the field. In true “Power fashion,” the 2014 INDYCAR SERIES champion fought all day to regain those positions and ultimately salvaged a 19th place finish after a difficult set of opening laps at Elkhart Lake. The next race for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES will take place at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, a circuit where Power won from the pole position in 2020.

Power’s Thoughts: “Yeah, no I haven’t seen (DeFrancesco). I mean, we had a fast car it’s just I kind of wondered if we changed tires when we were doing the wing. We didn’t want to go down a lap obviously. That made our day a lot harder. Yeah, nothing I could do about that one. That is Indy Car. Not the best day, you have them. Just move on to the next one. It was good on the team for at least, I got ran off on the last lap there so maybe we could have finished a little bit higher. We had plenty of push to pass, couldn’t do much about it. We’ll see if we can get the Verizon 5G Chevy to victory lane again this year. Anytime we get a victory in this series it’s so big, because it’s so hard.”

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report – Indianapolis 500

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Recap
Track:  
Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Race:   Indianapolis 500

Date:   May 29, 2022

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No. 2 Shell Fuel Rewards Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 14th

Finish: 13th

Laps Led: 0

Point Standings: 5th (-52 pts)

Race Rundown: Josef Newgarden and the No. 2 Shell Fuel Rewards Chevrolet team showed early promise in the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday afternoon before a pit road mishap took them out of contention just as the race moved into its second half. Starting from the 14th position, Newgarden and team had a plan to methodically move their way through the field to be in contention when it mattered. After struggling to find the aero balance through the first half of the race, the two-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion had worked his way into the top 10 before hitting pit road at lap 109. Upon receiving his pit service, the No. 2 Shell Fuel Rewards Chevy stalled while leaving pit road, resulting in heavy loss of track position. Race strategist Tim Cindric altered his strategy to capitalize on fuel mileage to get his driver back to the front after restarting from the 27th position, and Newgarden stayed patient to finish in the 13th position.

Newgarden’s Thoughts: “It was another heartbreaking day around here.  I’m not sure what happened in our pit stop that ultimately did our day in.  We had a stall, and it looks like somehow I got stuck in second gear instead of first gear.  I’m not sure if that’s on me or not and not sure why that happened.  We will have to analyze the data.  If that’s on me, I feel terrible.  We have a great team, and we did a great job all month.  I felt like we were fighting for it all day long.  I think we could have run in the top five.  I am disappointed for our partners Shell and Chevy.  We will assess it and come back stronger the next time around.”

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No. 3 Pennzoil Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Start: 26th

Finish: 29th

Laps Led:

Point Standings: 7th (-64 pts)

Race Rundown:  Scott McLaughlin and the No. 3 Pennzoil Dallara/Chevrolet had one of the fastest cars during Sunday’s 106th running of the Indianapolis 500, but a gust of wind caused his car to snap loose and slam against the wall with just 50 laps to go, resulting in a 29th place finish.   After starting 26th, the second-year driver wasted little time getting up to speed and into the top-20.  Turning some of the fastest laps of any car on the track, great pit work and a fast Pennzoil Chevrolet eventually saw the rookie knocking on the door of the top-10.  Things took a turn for the worst however, when with just 50 laps to go and coming off of a pit stop, a gust of wind caused the Yellow Submarine to get loose and slam into the wall between turns three and four, ending his day. 

McLaughlin’s Thoughts: “Yeah, just a bruised ego and the Pennzoil Chevy is a bit dented and stuff.  We were having a rip of a run there and had made our way into the top 10 and just caught a big puff of wind and spun out and boom. I am a little sore, but I got checked out and I am good.  But you know, its hard to come out straight away after a shunt like that and that is why this place is so scary, and why we love it.  I will be back stronger and better next year.”

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No. 12 Verizon 5G Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 11th

Finish: 15th

Laps Led: 0

Point Standings: 4th (-24 pts)

Race Rundown: Will Power started 11th and finished 13th in the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. The driver of the Verizon 5G Chevrolet overcame a loose handling race car and lack of track position early in the race to finish inside the top-15. Power reported early the balance of his Verizon Chevy was not to his liking. The No. 12 crew would make significant front wing adjustments to help dial-in the handling. Following a stall on his second pit stop under caution, Power would charge from a race-low 30th to 13th at the race’s conclusion.

Power’s Thoughts: ““When the car doesn’t work on an oval, it’s the worst day you can have.  We slowly got it together, I would say the last two stints when the Verizon 5G Chevy was a lot better and drivable.  But by that time, we had lost so much track position, it was just trying to salvage what we could. Stalling on pit lane early in the race didn’t help, but we only lost five laps with that.  You know, it never helps, and it’s my bad on that one.   Yeah, that is just one of those days that you white knuckle it for a long time because it’s pretty intense when a car is loose on an oval.  It’s very tough.  Terrific job by the team and all the guys to just hang in there.  We were 15th with some of the contenders who were back there, so not as big of a loss as it could have been.”

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report – Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Recap
Track:  
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

Race:   GMR Grand Prix

Date:   May 14, 2022

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No. 2 PPG Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 3rd

Finish: 25th

Laps Led: 0

Point Standings: 4th (-30 pts)

Race Rundown: Josef Newgarden started third and finished 25th in Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. The driver of the PPG Chevrolet had an eventful day early as he had contact with teammate Will Power on the first lap of competition. Unfortunately, the two-time Series champion’s race wouldn’t get any better as he would be spun again – this time by the No. 27 Honda – on lap 17. The PPG crew would make repairs in garage area and Newgarden would solider home gaining two spots at the race’s end. He now sits third in the standings, 15 points behind leader Power.

Newgarden’s Thoughts: “Tough day on the No. 2. Got cleared out on the first lap and felt like we were fighting an issue pretty much the whole race. It was a very up and down day. The race went from rain to slick to back to rains. It was a long day and ended up getting in a scuffle with a couple more cars and got turned around which just made the day even longer. Really proud of our team and PPG for our they do for us.”

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No. 3 Snap-on Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Start: 11th

Finish: 20th

Laps Led: 5

Point Standings: 3rd (-18 pts)

Race Rundown:  Scott McLaughlin started 11th and finished 18th in the GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course on Saturday afternoon. The driver of the Snap-on Chevrolet would make an early stop for dry Firestone tires after the race was deemed a wet start. He would ride in the eighth position for the majority of the first half of the race. After avoiding chaos in turn 1 on a restart, McLaughlin would move up to second place by halfway. A lap 59 pit cycle would see strong service for the Snap-on crew getting McLaughlin off pit road first. Unfortunately, the strategy of staying on the Firestone alternate “red” tires would not work out as McLaughlin spun under yellow. The St. Petersburg winner came to pit road for wet tires bringing the car home 18th. McLaughlin now sits second in the series standings, 16 markers behind teammate Will Power.

McLaughlin’s Thoughts: “We were just on slick tires at the wrong time. Pretty gutted for everyone on the Snap-on car, we came from 11th, showed some pace and led some laps. I felt like we were in position, but its Indianapolis, it’s the month of May and have to expect everything. We’ll keep working as a team and we’ll press on.”

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No. 12 Verizon 5G Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 1st

Finish: 3rd

Laps Led: 0

Point Standings: 1st (+14 pts)

Race Rundown: After starting from the pole position for Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course, Will Power hoped for an uneventful 85-lap event to score his first NTT INDYCAR SERIES win of the year. What unfolded was anything but uneventful as intermittent rain showers played havoc with race strategies. In the end, Power and the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevy team persevered for a third-place finish, the fifth-consecutive, top-four finish to start the season for Power as he now takes over the series points lead heading into the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500. The race began under wet conditions, with Power shuffling throughout the top five during the first lap of racing before settling into the fourth position. After quickly switching to the Firestone alternate “red” tires, an understeer condition forced Power back a few positions to the back of the top 10. Race strategist Ron Ruzewski called his driver down pit road for wet tires on lap 61, after which Power was able to battle through the mist for another podium finish on the Indianapolis road course.

Power’s Thoughts: “Cars were dropping like flies! It was such a hard choice on whether to get the slicks, which could have been the best strategy out there – or go for the wets. It’s so crazy, this place. When you look around, it can be completely raining on the frontstretch and you go around to the back and it’s completely dry. It was really anyone’s guess at what was going to happen. We got to the point where it was too wet, we were going to get caught out and we needed to take wets. I’ve had races here where we’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for it to rain, and it just doesn’t rain. The cell just stops there. There must be some kind of vortex in the Speedway here that just doesn’t allow weather!”

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report – Barber Motorsports Park

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Recap
Track:  
Barber Motorsports Park

Race:   Grand Prix of Alabama

Date:   April 10, 2022

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No. 2 PPG Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 7th

Finish: 14th

Laps Led: 2

Point Standings: 3rd (-9 pts)

Race Rundown: Entering the weekend as the INDYCAR SERIES points leader on the strength of two-consecutive victories, Josef Newgarden and the No. 2 PPG team earned a 14th-place finish in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Alabama, dropping the American ace to second in the series standings. After starting the race from the seventh position on the Firestone primary tires, Newgarden settled into the 10th position as drivers on the red, alternative tires made their way past. By employing the strategy of making three pit stops on the day, Newgarden would cycle to lead during at times during the 90-lap event, but after his final stop on lap 63 he was able to climb only to the 14th position at the end of the day.

Newgarden’s Thoughts: “We could just never gather much traction today with the No. 2 PPG Chevy on the three-stop strategy. Obviously, not testing here like the other teams did a few weeks ago put us a bit behind, but I felt that we made great gains throughout the weekend. To tell you how well our team is working right now, we completely switched over to the 2 car’s setup yesterday – and it was a much better feel for me, but the two-stop strategy was the way to go in the end. At the end of the day, two wins and a very solid start to the year heading into the month of May. We’re in a good spot, for sure.”

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No. 3 Sonsio Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Start: 4th

Finish: 6th

Laps Led: 0

Point Standings: 2nd (-3 pts)

Race Rundown: On the second trip to Barber Motorsports Park in his young NTT INDYCAR SERIES career, Scott McLaughlin and the No. 3 Sonsio Chevy team looked to be in position to grab another podium finish until a final stint on the Firestone primary tires saw him drop to sixth at the checkered flag on Sunday afternoon.  McLaughlin led the Team Penske effort in qualifying with a fourth place starting position before quickly moving into third in the first corner after the green. The winner of the opening round in St. Petersburg showed great pace throughout the event before a slight bobble off course allowed Scott Dixon to pass him for the third position. Finishing on the primary tires while others around him were on the red, alternate Firestones was no easy task, but McLaughlin was able to persevere for a solid, sixth-place finish and remains second in the point standings.

McLaughlin’s Thoughts: “One of our goals at the beginning of the season was to not finish worse than seventh. We did that.  We didn’t lose anything, but we didn’t gain any either. At the end of the day, we had a very solid race with the Sonsio Chevy. I could have saved a little more fuel in the middle of the race.  I made a couple of mistakes in that roller coaster part. That’s almost like Donkey Kong, it’s wild! We are up there running with the big boys now. I learn every week. Today it was tougher to take the position and keep it when the tires went off.  But it was a good race for us. “

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No. 12 Verizon 5G Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 19th

Finish: 4th

Laps Led: 0

Point Standings: 4th (-10 pts)

Race Rundown: Will Power had the drive of the day in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park, maneuvering his No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet from a 19th-place starting position to finish fourth. With the result, Power remains the only NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver to finish inside the top four in each race to start the 2022 season. Like his teammate Scott McLaughlin, Power and his team elected to go with a two-stop strategy for the 90-lap event. At the end of his first stint, Power had made his way up to the seventh position. He continued his march forward over the course of his second stint, eventually making his way past Scott Dixon for fourth place on lap 76 and cruising to another top-five finish.

Power’s Thoughts: “As the race was winding down, I did my very best to take advantage and make those moves early on and get by Dixon and all those guys as quickly as possible.  We made some dive bombs to get there. I’m so happy to have this Verizon Chevy up there. I honestly didn’t expect it. 

“We just have to keep doing the same thing this year, finishing near to top.  We have to qualify better, it will make it a lot easier on us during the race.  But this team is working hard.  We had better tires near the end and great strategy. I’m just trying to enjoy this as I go along.  I’ve been here 17 years.  Ready for Indy.”

ENERSYS® AND TEAM PENSKE RENEW PARTNERSHIP FOR 2022 INDYCAR SERIES SEASON

Odyssey® Battery Brand to be Featured on the No. 3 Chevrolet Driven by Series Leader Scott McLaughlin

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (April 26, 2022) – Team Penske will renew its partnership with EnerSys® (NYSE: ENS), the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, for the 2022 season. EnerSys will continue to serve as a key sponsor for the team’s winning NTT INDYCAR SERIES program.

The EnerSys high-performance battery brand, Odyssey® battery, will be featured as a primary partner for several races this season on the No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet driven by 2021 INDYCAR SERIES Rookie of the Year, Scott McLaughlin. The No. 3 ODYSSEY® Chevrolet will make its 2022 debut during the series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, July 3.

“I am proud to represent the EnerSys and ODYSSEY® battery brands in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES,” said McLaughlin, the current series points leader who opened the 2022 season with his first INDYCAR victory, winning on the streets of St. Petersburg in February. “EnerSys and its ODYSSEY® battery products give us an edge over our competition. From their high-performance capabilities to their efficiency and longevity, ODYSSEY® batteries give us the peace of mind required to perform at a championship level.”

EnerSys® first joined Team Penske in 2014 as an associate partner across the team’s NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) and NTT INDYCAR SERIES programs. As EnerSyshas continued to build on its partnership with the team, the striking red and white colors of the ODYSSEY® battery brand were featured on the No. 22 Ford Mustang driven by Austin Cindric in the 2020 NXS race at Auto Club Speedway. This season’s Mid-Ohio weekend will mark the first race as a primary partner in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES for EnerSys and ODYSSEY® battery as the Reading, Pennsylvania-based company will adorn the No. 3 Chevrolet at one of America’s historic road courses and a venue where Team Penske has earned 11 INDYCAR victories in its history.

“Given the consistently winning performance of Team Penske, ODYSSEY® batteries by EnerSys are perfectly suited to be a sponsor,” said Mark Matthews, Senior Vice President, Specialty Global at EnerSys. “Our partnership with Team Penske has helped to increase the visibility of the ODYSSEY® battery brand as a premium power solution that offers virtually maintenance-free performance and longevity. The renewal of our partnership not only provides Team Penske with dependable, premium batteries, but it continues to demonstrate the quality of the ODYSSEY® battery brand as a contributor to the team’s growing success.”

The 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES features 14 of 17 races broadcast on network television through NBC. The series returns to action this Sunday, May 1, at Barber Motorsport Park at 1 pm EDT. The July 3 race at Mid-Ohio will also be televised live on NBC at 12 pm EDT. McLaughlin is currently second in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship standings after opening the season with a win in St. Petersburg and a strong second-place finish in March on the Texas Motor Speedway oval.

About Team Penske
Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Cars owned and prepared by Team Penske have produced 600 major race wins, over 660 pole positions and 41 championships across open-wheel, stock car and sports car racing competition. Over the course of its 56-year history, the team has also earned 18 Indianapolis 500 victories, three Daytona 500 Championships, a Formula 1 win, overall victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring, along with a win in Australia’s legendary Bathurst 1000 race. In 2022, Team Penske will compete in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, NASCAR Cup Series and the World Endurance Championship. For more information about Team Penske, please visit www.teampenske.com.

About EnerSys®
EnerSys, the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, manufactures and distributes energy systems solutions and motive power batteries, specialty batteries, battery chargers, power equipment, battery accessories and outdoor equipment enclosure solutions to customers worldwide. Energy Systems, which combine enclosures, power conversion, power distribution and energy storage, are used in the telecommunication, broadband and utility industries, uninterruptible power supplies and numerous applications. Motive power batteries and chargers are utilized in electric forklift trucks and other industrial electric powered vehicles requiring stored energy solutions. Specialty batteries are used in aerospace and defense applications, large over-the-road trucks, premium automotive, medical and security systems applications. EnerSys also provides aftermarket and customer support services to its customers in over 100 countries through its sales and manufacturing locations around the world. With the NorthStar acquisition, EnerSys has solidified its position as the market leader for premium Thin Plate Pure Lead batteries, which are sold across all three lines of business. More information regarding EnerSys can be found at www.enersys.com.

Sustainability
Sustainability at EnerSys is about more than just the benefits and impacts of our products. Our commitment to sustainability encompasses many important environmental, social and governance issues. Sustainability is a fundamental part of how we manage our own operations. Minimizing our environmental footprint is a priority. Sustainability is our commitment to our employees, our customers and the communities we serve. Our products facilitate positive environmental, social and economic impacts around the world. To learn more visit: https://www.enersys.com/en/about-us/sustainability.

Caution Concerning Forward Looking Statements
EnerSys is making this statement in order to satisfy the “Safe Harbor” provision contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any of the statements contained in this press release that are not statements of historical fact may include forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. A forward-looking statement predicts, projects, or uses future events as expectations or possibilities. Forward-looking statements may be based on expectations concerning future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties relating to operations and the economic environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by forward-looking statements, please see our risk factors as disclosed in the “Risk Factors” section of our annual report on Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year.  The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, even if subsequently made available by EnerSys on its website or otherwise. EnerSys does not undertake any obligation to update or revise these statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release.

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report – Long Beach

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Recap
Track:  
Streets of Long Beach

Race:   Grand Prix of Long Beach

Date:   April 10, 2022

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No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 2nd

Finish: 1st – 22nd career INDYCAR SERIES victory

Laps Led: 32

Point Standings: 1st (+8pts)

Race Rundown: Josef Newgarden scored his second consecutive NTT INDYCAR Series victory Sunday at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, his first in the prestigious event. It marked the first time since 2012 that Team Penske has won the season’s first three INDYCAR SERIES races. Newgarden and the No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet started second and kept pace with early leader Colton Herta, eventually jumping him in the running order on the first round of pit stops. The battle would remain spirited over the 85-lap race, as Newgarden held off late charges from Alex Palou and Romain Grosjean to score the win. With the result Newgarden takes over the points lead by over teammate Scott McLaughlin.

Newgarden’s Thoughts: “This is definitely up there on the list (of greatest career wins). This was a fight today. This is not an easy race to win. I don’t know what it looked like from the outside, but I was working my butt off with Grosjean there at the end on the used reds. I was hoping he would fade a little bit, holding him off on that restart was super difficult. This Hitachi car was on it. I knew coming in to the race we had a great strategy and with Team Chevy we were going to be alright. With pit stops helping me get around Alex (Palou), I’m so proud of Team Penske. I have been to win a race here for 11 years so I’m so happy to finally get it done.”

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No. 3 Snap-on Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Start: 9th

Finish: 14th

Laps Led: 0

Point Standings: 2nd (-8 pts)

Race Rundown: After a strong start to the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES, with a win and a runner-up finish in the first two races, Scott McLaughlin and the No. 3 Snap-on Chevrolet team encountered their first bout of misfortune in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Long Beach. After a frustrating qualifying session on Saturday afternoon that resulted in a ninth-place qualifying effort, McLaughlin dodged a bullet before the race began. During the morning warmup session, an electrical issue reared its head, resulting in the No. 3 team changing the power plant in the Chevrolet in just two hours. After settling into the top 10 during the race, McLaughlin spun his Snap-on Chevrolet in Turn 11 on lap 34 to drop the Kiwi driver back to 21st in the running order. Strong lap times pushed McLaughlin up through the field, to finish 14th in the final running order. 

McLaughlin’s Thoughts: “We had good pace with the Snap-on Chevy, but I made a mistake on the second exchange. It was bad judgement. I clipped the inside wall which spun me out. Once you lose track position like that, you’re pretty done. We managed to claw our way back to 14th and passed the most cars. We just didn’t have track position. I felt like it was a pretty good weekend overall pace-wise. We were right there but didn’t put it together. I’ll keep my head up and keep working and we’ll be OK. Team Penkse still won, which is the main thing. We’re in a good spot. Until that mistake, we made a good start, were in a good spot and in front of Grosjean who ultimately finished second. It’s disappointing, but we’ll keep building. We’re still second in the championship, which isn’t a bad thing.”

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No. 12 Verizon 5G Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 7th

Finish: 4th

Laps Led: 2

Point Standings: 4th (-16 pts)

Race Rundown: Amid Team Penske’s strong start to the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season is Will Power’s streak of top-five finishes, one that he ran to three in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Long Beach. It marks the first time since Power’s 2014 INDYCAR SERIES title campaign that the Australian native has notched three-consecutive top-five finishes to start the year. Power quickly made his way into the top five, eventually closing in on the top three in the running order while holding down the fourth position. In the end, Power didn’t have enough to challenge teammate and eventual race winner, Josef Newgarden, crossing the finish line in the fourth position, marking his seventh top-five finish on the streets of Long Beach.

Power’s Thoughts: “It’s a very good day for me with a top-five after starting P7. We said in our strategy meeting that if we could finish in the top-five it’s a great day. Obviously, a win would have been awesome but we keep making those points… top-fives week in a week out. That’s what wins championships. We’ll keep doing that and hopefully find ourselves in victory lane with the Verizon 5G Chevy very soon.”

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report – St. Petersburg

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Recap
Track:  
Streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.

Race:   Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Date:   February 27, 2022

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No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 9th

Finish: 16th

Laps Led: 0

Point Standings: 16th (-40)

Race Rundown: Josef Newgarden started ninth and finished 16th in a frustrating INDYCAR SERIES season-opener on the Streets of St. Pete on Sunday afternoon.  Electing to go with a three-stop strategy, different than most of the field’s two-stop plans, Newgarden seemed to be fighting from behind all afternoon long, trying to make up time on a busy racetrack where much of the field was evenly matched.  Newgarden’s No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet had pace, but was constantly stuck in traffic, which cost him time to the leaders and the eventual race winner.  Eventually, the two-time series champion had to settle for a disappointing 16th place finish.

Newgarden’s Thoughts: “It was a tough weekend on the No. 2 car. It just didn’t pan out our way. We tried a different strategy than most, and it didn’t seem like the racing gods were shining on us this weekend. There are a lot of positives. We have a lot of new people on the 2 car and I felt like everyone worked super-well together. We’ve learned some things to start this year off, so our goal is to continue to build on this first weekend of the year and get better throughout. I can’t wait for the next one at Texas.”

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No. 3 DEX Imaging Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Start: 1st – First career INDYCAR SERIES pole position

Finish: 1st – First career INDYCAR SERIES win

Laps Led: 49

Point Standings:  1st (+13)

Race Rundown: One of the most-accomplished racecar drivers over the last five years, Scott McLaughlin was used to visiting Victory Lane with regularity while competing in the Australian Supercars Series. On Sunday afternoon in St. Petersburg, McLaughlin and the No. 3 DEX Imaging Chevrolet team capped off a dominant weekend in the INDYCAR SERIES season opener with the first series victory for the Kiwi. The No. 3 Chevy was quick in both practice sessions before setting a track record in qualifying. With race strategist Kyle Moyer keeping his driver in the game on their two-stop pit strategy, the team made no mistakes and held off defending series champion Alex Palou to bring home the 599th all-time victory for Team Penske.

McLaughlin’s Thoughts: “This is unbelievable. Thank you to Roger Penske and everyone who put their faith in me… DEX Energy for jumping on board and trusting me, and Roger Penske and Tim Cindric giving me the opportunity to come here. I miss my mom and dad dearly and my family. It was crazy. I really struggled those last couple laps to keep my head to save fuel and all that stuff. We did it. Chevy gave us the fuel mileage. The drivability this weekend has been a big change. To win DEX Imaging’s home race is unreal. I love you Australia and New Zealand. I miss you guys and thinking of all you guys in the Queensland with all the floods at the moment. I just can’t believe this!”

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No. 12 Verizon 5G Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 2nd

Finish: 3rd

Laps Led: 1

Point Standings: 3rd (-18)

Race Rundown: After narrowly missing out the 64th pole position of his career on Saturday afternoon, Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet team parlayed a second-place starting position into a third-place finish in Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Power and his team chose to employ a two-stop pit strategy like their teammates on the No. 3 Chevy team. Like their teammates, they executed flawlessly despite an understeer condition on the first stint of the race. After catching lapped traffic over the final laps, Power was able to hold on to finish on the podium at St. Petersburg for the sixth time in his career.

Power’s Thoughts: “Yeah it (the early yellow) really hurt us badly. We were banking on being able to go long in that first stint and then pretty sure we would’ve got to the lead just because the reds drop so much. Then tried to short pit that middle stint but unfortunately we got the yellow. And I just was really trying to make the reds last. I was really happy with third. I think the Verizon Chevy crew did a phenomenal job with strategy to get us out of that situation and just a good solid day.”

XPEL TO BUILD ON TEAM PENSKE SUCCESS WITH SCOTT MCLAUGHLIN AND NO. 3 CHEVROLET IN 2022

Reigning INDYCAR SERIES Rookie of the Year to Race XPEL Chevrolet This Season

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (February 24, 2022) – Team Penske and XPEL (NASDAQ: XPEL), a leading provider of protective films and coatings, announced today that 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Rookie of the Year Scott McLaughlin will compete in the No. 3 XPEL Chevrolet at three races during the upcoming INDYCAR SERIES season. McLaughlin will first race the XPEL Chevy in the series race at Texas Motor Speedway where the company will also serve as the event title sponsor – the XPEL 375 on March 20. The No. 3 XPEL INDYCAR and McLaughlin will also race on the streets of Toronto on July 17 and in the championship finale at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on September 11.

“I feel really blessed to be able to represent a great partner in XPEL so early in my career here in America,” said McLaughlin. “XPEL is no stranger to Victory Lane – and we were so close to winning at Texas last year – so the confidence of the No. 3 team will be high when we return there in March. Winning for XPEL on their home turf in the race that they sponsor would be one of the biggest wins of my career.”

McLaughlin scored his career-best INDYCAR SERIES finish last season at Texas when he produced a memorable second-place result in his first career start on an oval track. The runner-up finish was one of several solid performances for McLaughlin, as he became the first Team Penske driver to win the series Rookie of the Year award since its inception in 1979.

Team Penske welcomed XPEL to its partner lineup in 2020 as the San Antonio-based company served as a primary sponsor on the No. 2 Chevrolet with driver Josef Newgarden over the last two INDYCAR SERIES seasons. Last July, Newgarden drove the No. 2 XPEL Chevrolet to Victory Lane in dominating fashion at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

“We are excited to see Scott represent XPEL in the yellow and black #3 Chevrolet this season,” said Robert Bezner, Vice President, Brand at XPEL.  “So much of our business success is attributed to passionate brand representation by our global installer network. That is the same spirit we see in Scott and we are counting down the days until we join him in Victory Lane!”

The 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season begins on Sunday, February 27 with the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. With 14 out of 17 races on the 2022 series schedule broadcast on network television, the season opener will be seen live on NBC.

About XPEL
XPEL is a leading provider of protective films and coatings, including automotive paint protection film, surface protection film, automotive and commercial/residential window films, and ceramic coatings. With a global footprint, a network of trained installers and proprietary DAP software, XPEL is dedicated to exceeding customer expectations by providing high-quality products, leading customer service, expert technical support and world-class training. XPEL, Inc. is publicly traded on Nasdaq under the symbol “XPEL.”

About Team Penske
Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Cars owned and prepared by Team Penske have produced more than 590 major race wins, over 650 pole positions and 41 championships across open-wheel, stock car and sports car racing competition. Over the course of its 56-year history, the team has also earned 18 Indianapolis 500 victories, three Daytona 500 Championships, a Formula 1 win, overall victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring, along with a win in Australia’s legendary Bathurst 1000 race. In 2022, Team Penske will compete in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, NASCAR Cup Series and the World Endurance Championship. For more information about Team Penske, please visit www.teampenske.com.

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report – Long Beach

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report

Track:                  Streets of Long Beach

Race:                   Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

Date:                   September 26, 2021

No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 1st

Finish: 2nd

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 85/85

Laps Led: 18

Championship Finish: 2nd (-38 pts)

  • Josef Newgarden, driver of the No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet, entered the Grand Prix of Long Beach weekend with a shot to win his third NTT INDYCAR SERIES, title but needing to score a maximum number of points to have a realistic shot. The race pole and a second-place finish in the race propelled them into second place in the championship standings, but just one spot short of their goal.
  • Winning the pole position on Saturday afternoon not only gave Newgarden the best view to lead the field to the green on Sunday afternoon, but it also provided the team with a valuable bonus point in their championship pursuit.
  • After leading the first 18 laps of the race, race strategist Tim Cindric called his driver down pit road for a change to black, primary Firestone tires after starting the race on the red alternates. On the next lap, a caution flag halted the action and significantly altered the lineup between those that had already made their pit stops and those that had not.
  • Race winner Colton Herta was the biggest beneficiary of the yellow flag, and Newgarden spent the second half of the race trying to chase down his nearest competitor. The second-place finish was enough to leapfrog Pato O’Ward to finish second in the final 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings.

Quote: “Colton did a great job, so congrats to him and his entire crew. He was on the right tire on the right point of the race. If there were no yellows, I think we would have been OK today, to cruise out front. But that’s the way it rolls sometimes. Strong effort by our team. I think my Hitachi Chevy crew was the fastest in pit lane all year, so there’s a lot to be prideful for. We fought hard. We came up a little bit short this year, which is unfortunate, but we fought all year long.”

No. 3 PPG Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Start: 13th

Finish: 11th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 85/85

Laps Led: 0

Championship Finish: 14th (-244 pts)

  • Scott McLaughlin wrapped up the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Rookie of the Year award with an 11th-place finish in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Long Beach season finale.
  • The three-time Australian Supercars champion rolled his No. 3 PPG Chevrolet off from the 13th position, narrowly missing the second round of qualifying on Saturday afternoon. The start of the race proved eventful for McLaughlin, as he avoided a spinning Pato O’Ward and gained several positions on the second lap of action.
  • After moving into the top five during the first round of pit stops, McLaughlin lost track position when a caution flag was displayed before he was able to make it to pit road. With the handling not quite to his liking, the PPG crew gave their driver adjustments to the air pressure and front wing when they stopped a few laps later.
  • With the adjustments, McLaughlin was able to make great pace. He powered his way from the 19th position at the mid-point of the race to finish 11th at the checkered flag. In a first for Team Penske, McLaughlin became the first driver to win Rookie of the Year for the team since the inception of the award in 1979.

Quote: ““I’m really proud of everyone on the PPG Chevy. I think the car has been awesome, and I finally got it to my liking the last six or seven races. So, I’m really proud of everyone at Team Penske and I’m really excited for next year. This year was a foundation year; all about building and I feel like I’ve done that. Hopefully I can be a little bit further up next year.”

No. 12 Verizon 5G Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 12th

Finish: 10th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 85/85

Laps Led:  0

Points Position:  9th (-192)

  • Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet team battled for track position throughout the streets of Long Beach, ultimately finishing 10th.
  • Starting from the 12th position, Power was immediately shuffled back after narrowly avoiding a lap one incident that brought the first caution of the day. Making up a few spots when the green came back out, Power stayed on track as the first group of pit stops commenced until he brought the Verizon 5G Chevy in from the fifth position for red Firestone tires, fuel and wing adjustment/air pressure adjustment.
  • Once pit stops cycled through, Power found himself in 18th, but by the halfway mark he had charged through the field to the 12th position. Going off a two-stop strategy, Power made his final stop of the day on lap 53 for fresh red Firestone tires and another wing adjustment.
  • The matte black Verizon 5G Chevy cycled back to 12th and Power was able to gain a few more positions before the race end to finish 10th – his seventh top-10 finish of the season.
  • Power and the No. 12 team collected a handful of accomplishments including one win, one pole award and four podiums to finish ninth in the point standings.

Quote: “Yeah, I wish we could’ve had a better end to the season. I had a lot of potential in the last three races, just had really bad luck in some instances. We’ve got a great Verizon 5G Chevrolet and a great team. We have a lot of potential so we’ll have a very close look at everything this year and come back swinging next year. I don’t think we showed what we really had this year as a team, as a whole. I think we all had a lot more potential so looking for a big year next year.”

No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start: 4th

Finish: 5th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 85/85

Laps Led: 0

Points Position: 8th (-166 pts)

  • Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet had their sights set on a podium finish after starting fourth in the Long Beach Grand Prix, but closed out the 2021 NTT INDYCAR Series season with the team’s third top-five finish of the year.
  • Starting the 85-lap race on black Firestone tires, Pagenaud fell a few spots in the opening laps before making his first pit stop on lap 20 as the yellow flag fell for the switch to red Firestone tires and a top off on fuel. The No. 22 Menards Chevy cycled out to sixth after the rest of the field had come through and Pagenaud maintained that position until his final stop of the day.
  • As cars made their way down pit road for their second scheduled stops, Pagenaud opted to stop for another set of red Firestone tires on lap 53. Feeling the car was handling well, the team made no adjustments and the yellow day glow Chevy was back out on track.
  • Once again the No. 22 team found themselves up to sixth once pit stops were complete as Pagenaud tried to remain within striking distance of the leaders. Unfortunately the No. 22 Menards Chevy was only able to collect one more spot to finish the day in fifth.
  • In a season filled with adversity, Pagenaud finishes the season eighth in points after earning two podium finishes and three top-five finishes on the year.

Quote: “P5 today in Long Beach. I enjoyed the weekend so much. We had so much pace, the car was beautiful. Obviously, the yellow day glow was bright out there. It was awesome and I enjoyed the race. We started on the black Firestone tires, trying to do something different than the others and hopefully gain position in the next exchange going to red tires versus the black. It could have worked but we had a bad pit stop unfortunately so we settled where we were, yellow came out and we were in good shape, finished fifth. I think that was about where we could have been so pretty happy with today. Thank you to Chevy, thank you to Menards, and thank you Team Penske. It was an amazing weekend.”

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