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Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report

Track:                  Portland International Raceway

Race:                   Grand Prix of Portland

Date:                   September 12, 2021

No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 18th

Finish: 5th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 110/110

Laps Led: 0

Points Position: 3rd (-34 pts)

  • Josef Newgarden and the No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet team put forth a solid, fifth-place effort in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Portland to remain in the hunt for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES title with two races remaining.
  • Despite finishing near the top of the speed charts in the two Saturday practice sessions, Newgarden qualified his machine in the 18th position in the Saturday time trial session. Knowing they would need to maximize their fuel strategy to have a shot at the win, the No. 2 team, led by race strategist Tim Cindric, left it up to Newgarden to decide whether to employ a two or three-stop fuel strategy.
  • Following a multi-car incident on the first lap, Newgarden elected to go with a two-stop strategy, which looked to be the right direction before a caution on lap 52 leveled out the field as all competitors could then make it to the end of the race on one final pit stop.
  • The No. 2 Hitachi pit crew was strong all afternoon as they kept their championship-contending driver in position to win his third race of the year. Moving up 13 spots from start to finish gave Newgarden and the No. 2 team a strong finish to what looked to be a challenging weekend after a tough qualifying.
  • The second race of the three-race, West Coast swing to decide the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship will take place next Sunday, September 19 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.

Quote: “It was a good day for the Hitachi Chevrolet team. It could’ve been better, but it definitely could’ve been worse. Going into Laguna Seca 34 points out of the lead is definitely doable. We are in the fight for the championship and that’s all we can ask. The guys on pit road have been lights out lately and that was the case again today. We have to hit on all cylinders these next two weeks and I’m confident in this team to be at a championship level.”

No. 3 PPG Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Start: 15th

Finish: 9th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 110/110

Laps Led: 5

Points Position: 13th (-209 pts)

  • Scott McLaughlin earned his fifth top-10 finish of his rookie NTT INDYCAR SERIES season as he finished ninth Sunday in the Grand Prix of Portland.
  • After qualifying 15th in the No. 3 PPG Chevrolet, McLaughlin took advantage of a first- lap incident to gain ground on the tough INDYCAR field. As several cars came together and spun in the chicane at Portland International Raceway, McLaughlin avoided the trouble and moved up to sixth place on the opening lap.
  • The early incident provided teams opportunities to alter their fuel strategies for the 110-lap race. The No. 3 PPG team quickly adjusted its strategy and McLaughlin made his first pit stop of the day on lap 23.
  • With the different fuel strategies playing out during the race, McLaughlin alternately ran in the middle of the pack or inside the top five for the remainder of the race. At lap 41, McLaughlin ran in 11th place. With the lead cars in front of him coming to pit lane, McLaughlin moved up to third place.
  • After making his second stop of lap 52, just before a full-course caution slowed the field, McLaughlin emerged from pit lane running in 14th place. Following the race restart, McLaughlin passed championship contender Pato O’Ward for 13th place.
  • As the next rounds of pit stops played out, McLaughlin and the No. 3 PPG Chevy captured the race lead on lap 80 and led for five laps.
  • McLaughlin made his final stop on lap 84 and he took the race restart in eighth place. The talented New Zealand driver continued to run inside the top 10 over the final 25 laps as he crossed the finish line in ninth place.
  • With two consecutive top-10 performances, McLaughlin will look to continue his recent momentum next weekend in the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway

Quote: “It was a pretty good day for all of us on the No. 3 PPG Chevy. I led my first INDYCAR laps, which was cool. Our strategy was working well for us to potentially be in the top three, but the mid-race yellow put us behind the guys on the two-stop strategy. Our strategy was aggressive with a top-six or top-seven feel to it, but I made a couple of errors that cost us on the out laps. We’re getting better and better, and leading our first laps showed we are heading in the right direction.”

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

Start: 14th

Finish: 13th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 110/110

Laps Led:  0

Points Position:  8th (-145)

  • Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet team entered the Grand Prix of Portland race weekend as the most recent winner at the Pacific Northwest circuit, but an incident on the first lap of Sunday’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES race put them in a precarious situation before finishing 13th.
  • One of the best qualifiers in series history, Power was unable to get a clean lap in the Saturday qualifying session and had to settle for a 14th-place starting position for the 110-lap event. On the first lap of the race, as the field barreled into the unique first turn at Portland International Raceway, Power’s car suffered contact from another competitor and the No. 12 Chevy spun to help bring out a caution flag.
  • After getting restarted, race strategist Ron Ruzewski called his driver down pit road several times before the race went back under the green flag, which resulted in Power rejoining the race at the end of the field.
  • Once the race settled down, Power radioed that he was happy with the pace of his No. 12 Chevrolet but the lost track position proved too much to overcome despite making big gains through the field as he finished in the 13th position.

Quote: “We had a very good Verizon 5G Chevrolet today, but we were just a bit unlucky on a few incidents. The start was a real pity because it put us on the backfoot immediately. Then after a couple of stops for repairs we got hit again. It was so close to having a much better result, but we had bad out laps on cold tires and got eaten up a bit. I felt like our pace was at about a sixth-place level and we finished 13th. It was just one of those days where if you survived you would come out with a decent finish.”

No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start: 23rd

Finish: 21st

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 109/110

Laps Led: 0

Points Position: 9th (-148 pts)

  • Simon Pagenaud looked to be headed for a top-10 result Sunday in the Grand Prix of Portland before contact 25 laps from the finish dropped the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet to the back of the field as the former series champion wound up finishing 21st.
  • The first-lap multi-car incident worked in Pagenaud’s favor on Sunday as he improved from his 23rd-place starting position to eighth place after he steered clear of the mayhem early on.
  • Pagenaud and teammate Scott McLaughlin followed the same path as the Team Penske drivers gravitated to the same fuel strategy after gaining ground in the opening laps. Pagenaud ran one position behind McLaughlin for much of the race.
  • At lap 80, Pagenaud was running in second place behind McLaughlin. He brought the Menards Chevrolet to pit lane and with a strong stop, Pagenaud appeared to be on track for strong finish.
  • Just following the stop, however, Pagenaud made contact with the car driven by his teammate, Will Power as the No. 22 Chevy spun in turn 7 to bring out the yellow flag. After getting restarted to continue, Pagenaud was assessed a penalty for avoidable contact, Pagenaud dropped to 2nd in the running order. He drove hard over the closing lap to finish in 21st place.
  • Next weekend, Pagenaud will look to get back on track with a solid result at WeatherTech Raceway in the penultimate race of the 2021 INDYCAR season.

Quote: “We really had a great race going on today. We fixed the Menards Chevrolet for good pace in the race. It was a great start to the race for us, missing the carnage, and running at the front of the field for most of the race. Unfortunately, we had a long pit stop and got shuffled back on the last sequence, and then got into Will a bit there. We spun and stalled there, and it probably cost us a top-10 finish. It’s a bit disappointing because we did a great job recovering from qualifying. I can’t wait to get to Laguna Seca, one of my best tracks.”

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report – World Wide Technology Raceway

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report

Track:                  World Wide Technology Raceway

Race:                   Bommarito Automotive Group 500

Date:                   August 21, 2021

No. 2 Sonsio Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 3rd

Finish: 1st – 20th career INDYCAR SERIES win

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 260/260

Laps Led: 138

Points Position: 3rd (-22 pts)

  • The NTT INDYCAR SERIES points table was shaken dramatically Saturday night in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway, and no driver took advantage of his competitor’s misfortune more than Josef Newgarden. The two-time series champ cruised to his second win of the season in the No. 2 Sonsio Chevrolet and now finds himself just 22 markers out of the lead with three races remaining.
  • Newgarden began the day by posting the fastest lap in the only practice session before qualifying the No. 2 Chevrolet in the third position. The 260-lap race began with myriad caution flags that interrupted the racing action, one of which came on lap 16 when Newgarden and teammate, Simon Pagenaud, made slight contact in the first turn that damaged the front wing on Pagenaud’s No. 22 Chevrolet.
  • Race strategist Tim Cindric and Newgarden discussed visiting pit road to check for damage to the left-rear wheel of the No. 2 machine but elected to ride it out until the first pit stop of the day. Great pit work by the No. 2 team put Newgarden in position to take the lead on lap 78.
  • From there it looked like a battle was shaping up between Newgarden and the No. 26 of Colton Herta before Herta retired from the race with an issue. Newgarden masterfully controlled his tire wear and fuel consumption the rest of the way to visit Victory Lane for the 20th time in his career, extending his position as the current winningest American driver in the series.

Quote: Any win is big. It’s been disappointing on a couple of these last events because I felt like we’ve had winning cars. It was tough to have a not-so-good-race in your hometown of Nashville. And the GP wasn’t great. We came here with just an amazing car. Scott McLaughlin tested for us. He made a whole new package for us. I’m real thankful for my team and teammates and just happy to be falling back into this chase with Team Chevy and having Sonsio on the car tonight was good. Team Penske is good here. I’m so proud of this team! Team Chevy did awesome as you can tell! Great mileage. Great performance. This is so good.”

No. 3 DEX Imaging Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Start: 11th

Finish: 4th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 260/260

Laps Led:  0

Points Position:  13th (-190)

  • As a rookie in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Scott McLaughlin is just getting used to running on ovals. You would not know it by his record thus far in 2021 as he finished fourth in Saturday night’s Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway in the No. 3 DEX Imaging Chevrolet. He finished second in the first race of the doubleheader weekend at Texas Motor Speedway earlier in the year.
  • Qualifying was an area that McLaughlin wanted to improve upon to help accentuate the race pace he has shown this year. His 11th-place starting position on Saturday represented his best qualifying effort in the last eight races.
  • A hectic start to the race saw McLaughlin drop a couple of spots as the event tried to find a rhythm after several caution flags slowed the field. Once everything began to settle down, the three-time Australian Supercars champion began to work his way through the field like a veteran.
  • McLaughlin easily maneuvered into the top 10 with the help of a fast No. 3 Chevrolet, along with solid strategy and work by his pit crew. As attrition began to take its toll on the field, McLaughlin and team were able to capitalize and enter the top five with just under 100 laps remaining in the event.
  • The New Zealand ace drove flawlessly the rest of the way to finish in the fourth position, his second top-five finish of the year as he looks to put together a strong finish to his maiden INDYCAR SERIES campaign.
  • The next race for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES comes at Portland International Raceway on Sunday, September 12, the first race in a three-race West Coast swing to settle the championship.

Quote: “It was an awesome day for us and the DEX Imaging Chevrolet. I think we had a pretty decent car. I would say initially on the restarts, I just didn’t pick the right hole and was playing it safe in some ways. At about the 10th restart or so, I really got into it and got comfortable and got ourselves into a good position there at the end. We tested here some time ago, and I’m happy that my feedback has actually translated into some performance gains. It shows I’m learning the car and starting to trust myself – that’s the biggest part of my journey right now. Eventually, when I get more laps under my belt, we will get more results like this every week.”

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

Start: 1st – 63rd career INDYCAR SERIES pole position

Finish: 3rd

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 260/260

Laps Led:  1

Points Position:  9th (-120)

  • Will Power followed up his first win of the season last week by coming to World Wide Technology Raceway and earning his first pole of the year, along with a third-place finish on Saturday night in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500.
  • Power earned his 63rd-career pole in Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session, which put him at the front of the field for the green. Power led the opening lap but fell to second after getting passed by Colton Herta.  During the first stint of the race, Power said the Verizon 5G Chevrolet was really good as track position would be key to staying up front all night long. As the first round of stops played out, Power remained in second thanks to great work by his Verizon team.
  • Power slipped back to third just prior to lap 80. Trying to hit a specific fuel number from race strategist Ron Ruzewski, Power slipped back to fifth at the race’s halfway point as he maintained his track position while saving enough gas to make it to the end of the race on just one more stop.
  • The remainder of the race continued to be a track position game for the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet. Following a few accidents and mechanical problems by some of the other front runners, Power found himself third as the checkers flew. It was Power’s fourth podium finish of the 2021 INDYCAR SERIES season.

Quote: “Stoked to finish on the podium with our Verizon Chevrolet tonight.  We didn’t have a car that could compete with our teammate for the win, but it was good enough to stay up front and out of all the mess behind us.  We had a pretty good strategy, just lost some track position in the middle of the race.  All in all, not a bad night. It was more of a mentally draining race.  When you are pushing hard, it takes it out of you.”

No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start: 4th

Finish: 8th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 260/260

Laps Led:  1

Points Position:  7th (-115)

  • Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards team had an adversity-filled race on Saturday night at World Wide Technology Raceway, but managed to still earn a top-10 finish in the Bommarito Automotive Group 500.
  • Pagenaud matched his best qualifying effort of the season on Saturday afternoon and started the race from the fourth position. He held off a few charges from behind and slotted into fourth as the race began. Unfortunately, trouble struck the Menards Chevrolet on lap 17 when Pagenaud jumped to the inside of teammate Josef Newgarden into turn one. The two made contact, causing damage to Pagenaud’s front wing. A subsequent caution for debris from the Menards Chevrolet allowed Pagenaud to pit for repairs, but he lost a lap in the process.
  • A caution just before lap 60 gave Pagenaud an attempt to get his lap back by staying out on the track. Just as the team had hoped, a caution on the subsequent restart allowed Pagenaud to get his lap back, putting him at the back of the field. After being as far back at 22nd at one point, Pagenaud had driven the Menards Chevrolet back to 14th by lap 120. During a round of green-flag stops, Pagenaud led a lap in the process.
  • As race strategist Kyle Moyer continued to run on an alternate strategy to gain some positions, Pagenaud found himself back at the tail end of the lead lap and keeping himself out of trouble.  As the attrition continued to pile up around him, Pagenaud was able to keep the Menards Chevrolet out of trouble, resulting in an eventual eighth-place finish.  With the finish, he moved up one position in the INDYCAR SERIES point standings to seventh. 

Quote: “I’m very proud of how this Menards Chevy team battled back from the contact Josef and I had earlier in the race. I want to go back and look at the video to see exactly what I could have done differently in that situation. Obviously, you don’t like having contact with anyone, especially your teammate. It had a big effect on our day, but our car was so good that we were able to rebound a bit. The West Coast trip features three tracks that I love and I’m excited to get there.”

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report – Indianapolis

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report

Track:                  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

Race:                   Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix

Date:                   August 14, 2021

No. 2 XPEL Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 20th

Finish: 8th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 85/85

Laps Led: 2

Points Position: 4th (-55 pts)

  • Starting Saturday’s Big Machine Spiked Coolers from the 20th position was not what Josef Newgarden envisioned when he arrived at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for this weekend’s tripleheader with the NTT INDYCAR SERIES and NASCAR. However, he was the biggest mover in the 85-lap event as he carved his No. 2 XPEL Chevrolet through the field for an eighth-place finish.
  • A frustrated Newgarden finished Friday’s qualifying session with the 14th-fastest lap of the session, but he also knew that a six-position grid penalty was forthcoming for an engine change after last weekend’s race in Nashville.
  • Led by Newgarden and race strategist Tim Cindric, the No. 2 Chevrolet team developed their usual solid strategy to make up ground and attack the race. That strategy, along with a fast car, allowed Newgarden to methodically work his way up the scoring pylon throughout the race.
  • As he began to move his way into the top 10, Newgarden briefly grabbed the lead of the race at lap 65 before relinquishing the top spot as he made his way to pit road. Newgarden’s rise through the competitive field plateaued just after entering the top 10 as he crossed the finish line in the eighth position.

Quote: Finishing eighth today was not what we were dreaming of, but a pretty good result after having to start 20th. There was some chaos to avoid in the beginning after thinking I was going to get sideswiped by several cars on the start. I felt like I had to save the car for later in the race and that put us back a little bit. After that we just started marching forward and finally got into the top 10 and finished eighth. Again, a pretty good day for us. It was a fun race with XPEL and Team Chevy, and we moved forward in points a bit so that is great.”

No. 3 CarShop Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Start: 21st

Finish: 23rd

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 85/85

Laps Led:  0

Points Position:  13th (-202)

  • Scott McLaughlin and the No 3 CarShop Chevrolet team finished 23rd in Sunday’s Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) Road Course following an exciting 85-lap race.
  • For just the second time in his young NTT INDYCAR SERIES career, McLaughlin entered the weekend with first-hand knowledge of the racing surface. The New Zealand ace qualified fifth and finished eighth in May’s GMR Grand Prix on the IMS road course, giving him plenty of confidence heading into the weekend.
  • After starting from the 21st position, McLaughlin was penalized one position for shortcutting the course after he launched his No. 3 Chevrolet over the track curbing early on. It took McLaughlin several laps to find his rhythm again, but he began to click off some fast lap times as the race progressed.
  • With just a handful of laps remaining and McLaughlin pushing for a top-15 finish, the three-time Australian Supercars champion was penalized again for avoidable contact on the No. 21 car driven by Rinus VeeKay. Asa result, McLaughlin crossed the finish line in the 23rd position.
  • McLaughlin and the No. 3 Chevrolet team is ranked 13th in the driver standings following Saturday’s result. They will return to action next Saturday in the Bommarito 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway.

Quote: “The Carshop Chevrolet was reasonably quick today, we just lacked a little bit of track position today. That is on us though. We have to qualify better to find ourselves a bit more in the mix. We made a mistake towards the end of the race when we were in slightly better position than where we finished. We are headed back to an oval next week and I am looking forward to taking another crack at that to see what we have. A disappointing day, but also a good learning day.”

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

Start: 2nd

Finish: 1st

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 85/85

Laps Led:  56

Points Position:  9th (-137)

  • After a dominating performance and leading 56 of the 85-lap race, Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon 5G team crossed the yard of bricks in first place to secure the Australian’s first victory of the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.
  • Power began his day from the front row of the Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix after qualifying second on Saturday and barely missing the pole position.
  • After a quick early pit stop, Power took over the race lead on lap 21 and another fast stop by the No. 12 Verizon 5G team helped Power get back to the front as he seized the lead again on lap 42.
  • With 18-laps remaining, the Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix saw its first full-field caution of the afternoon followed by another yellow flag with eight laps remaining. Both restarts saw the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet pull away from the field in a commanding fashion.
  • Holding off the other 27 competitors, Power secured his sixth win at the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway and his fifth win on the IMS Road Course. This triumph marks Power’s 40th career INDYCAR win, along with his 14th year in a row posting at least one series victory. 

Quote: “I can’t begin to tell you what it means to win these days. When you are in your 40s and still kicking butt, it’s awesome. You can’t doubt yourself; you just have to keep digging. I wasn’t feeling safe until there was literally one to go. The misfortunes we’ve had at times have been a struggle it’s a tough series. There are many, many components that have to be right. Everyone has to do their job perfectly and that’s what we did today. Winning is important for Verizon and for Roger Penske, especially here. Very, very happy.”

No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start: 12th

Finish: 16th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 85/85

Laps Led:  7

Points Position:  8th (-120)

  • Simon Pagenaud and No. 22 Menards Chevrolet team started from the 12th position in the Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course. Despite a solid effort from the team, late-race cautions saw the No. 22 fall to 16th when the checkered flag flew over the Brickyard.
  • Pagenaud began his day strong as he advanced the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet two positions into the top 10 on the opening lap of the 85-lap event.
  • The strategy for the Frenchman after he worked his way inside the top 10 was to produce solid long runs to gain track position throughout the afternoon. By lap 18, Pagenaud took over the second position and then he captured the race lead on lap 39.
  • With strategy set for the race, unfortunately the caution flag fell over the speedway with Pagenaud running eighth and 18 laps remaining as the No. 22 Chevy ran on the primary black Firestone tires. On the race restart, the Menards machine was shuffled behind the cars on the red Firestone tires that provided more grip through the turns for the short run.
  • Pagenaud will return to the cockpit of the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet next weekend as the NTT INYDCAR SERIES returns to oval racing next week at World Wide Technology Raceway. 

Quote: “It was a good day today that turned bad on the last stint. Unfortunately, our tire strategy of being on black, primary tires on the last stint was a problem on the restarts late in the race. Obviously, you want to be on the red, alternate tires for restarts and the last stint was when we saw the safety car. It’s kind of the same bad luck we’ve been having lately but hopefully it will turn around in St. Louis. It’s an oval that I really love, but really disappointed today. I thought we had a something for the top seven and 16th is not where we wanted to end up. The Menards Chevy team gave it all they had today and I’m proud of that.”

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR Series Qualifying Report

Track:                  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course

Race:                   Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix

Date:                   August 13, 2021

No. 2 XPEL Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Practice 1

Position:                            5th

Time / Speed:                   1:11.0850 seconds / 123.520 mph

Qualifying

Position:                            14th – will start 20th due to six-position grid penalty

Time / Speed:                   1:11.3623 seconds (Round 1) / 123.040 mph

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No. 3 CarShop Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Practice 1           

Position:                            20th

Time / Speed:                   1:11.7720 seconds / 122.337 mph

Qualifying

Position:                            21st

Time/ Speed:                    1:11.6676 seconds (Round 1) / 122.516 mph

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

Practice 1           

Position:                            6th

Time / Speed:                   1:11.1113 seconds / 123.474 mph

Qualifying

Position:                            2nd

Time / Speed:                   1:10.7214 seconds (Round 2) / 124.155 mph

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No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Practice 1           

Position:                            12th

Time / Speed:                   1:11.3710 seconds / 123.025 mph

Qualifying

Position:                            12th

Time / Speed:                   1:11.1346 seconds (Round 2) / 123.434 mph

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Best Practice 1 Time:     1:10.8839 seconds (No. 10 – Alex Palou)

Best Qualifying Time:     1:10.7147 seconds (No. 5 – Pato O’Ward)

Recap:

  • This weekend marks the only time on the NTT INDYCAR SERIES schedule when the teams that make up the premier American open-wheel racing series make a return visit to a circuit on which they already competed in 2021. For the first time in history, the INDYCAR SERIES will share the weekend with the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) and NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) Road Course.
  • Team Penske has dominated the events contested on the picturesque, 2.439-mile circuit carved throughout the infield of the hallowed IMS grounds. The team has captured seven wins in the nine races run at the track since 2014.
  • INDYCAR SERIES competitors took to the track first with a mid-afternoon practice session as Josef Newgarden – one of the two winners of the 2020 doubleheader version of this race – led the way for Team Penske with the fifth-fastest lap in the No. 2 XPEL Chevrolet.
  • When it came time for the evening qualifying session, the other winner of the 2020 IMS Road Course doubleheader – Will Power – nearly captured another NTT P1 Pole Award as he just missed out on the top spot by .067 seconds to qualify second.
  • The 30-minute morning warmup for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES will begin Saturday at 8:45 am before giving way to NXS qualifying and NCS practice that will take fans up to the start of the Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix.

Coverage: The Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix will air on NBCSN and the INDYCAR Radio Network beginning at 12:30 pm ET on Saturday, August 14.

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report

Track:                  Streets of Nashville

Race:                   Big Machine Music City Grand Prix

Date:                   August 8, 2021

No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 12th

Finish: 10th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 80/80

Laps Led: 0

Points Position: 4th (-73 pts)

  • Josef Newgarden has been waiting all year for the inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix in his hometown of Nashville, Tenn. The two-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion worked tirelessly to promote the event to ensure that it becomes a mainstay on the calendar.
  • After qualifying in the 12th position following an incident in the second round of Saturday’s qualifying session, Newgarden endured an eventful race in the No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet. On the first lap of the 80-lap event, Newgarden and Graham Rahal made contact that resulted in slight, right-front damage to his Chevrolet.
  • When the race resumed, Newgarden was caught in heavy traffic that knocked him down the running order a few more positions before settling into 20th place. Race strategist Tim Cindric called his driver down pit road under a lap 17 caution period to put the No. 2 team on a different strategy than some of the race leaders.
  • This strategy allowed Newgarden to remain on the track under a lap 42 caution period as he moved up to the second position when most of the leaders elected to visit pit road. Newgarden had to make one final stop under a caution period on lap 52. The stop resulted in Newgarden falling back a bit in the running order though he rallied to make it back to the 10th position before taking the checkered flag in his hometown race.

Quote: “It was a really tough weekend, you know, it’s been a tough week. It was a great event and I’m really proud of the city of Nashville and INDYCAR. I think just putting this together they did a great job. But specifically on the No. 2 Hitachi Chevy, just sort of a nightmare day. Up and down, you know just tried to fight and I think, ultimately I can’t be too sad. I don’t think we can be dissatisfied with 10th. As up and down as the day was and as much chaos happened, 10th is not the worst thing coming out of here, but very disappointed. I’m proud of my team. I think they did a great job. With Team Chevy and the support from Hitachi – all our partners are always top-notch and the people on the 2 car are a pretty special bunch. I’ll be happy to go into the next race and keep fighting and come back here next year and hopefully redeem ourselves.”

No. 3 DEX Imaging Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Start: 23rd

Finish: 22nd

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 67/80

Laps Led:  0

Points Position:  13th (-200)

  • In Sunday’s inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix, Scott McLaughlin and the No. 3 DEX Imaging Dallara/Chevrolet team showed good speed and resiliency. Unfortunately, a pair of on-track incidents disrupted the team’s momentum and resulted in a 22nd-place finish.
  • After running among the leaders in practice throughout the weekend, McLaughlin went off course in qualifying on Saturday and, as a result, started from the 23rd position in Sunday’s race.
  • A pair of incidents in the opening laps forced caution flags and McLaughlin avoided the mayhem as he moved up to 17th place in the DEX Imaging Chevy early on.
  • On lap 17, the No. 3 car was hit from behind by the No. 18 car driven by Ed Jones in an incident that would eventually draw a penalty on Jones for “avoidable contact.” McLaughlin made it back to pit lane after the contact and the DEX Imaging Chevy was able to continue.  
  • An incident involving multiple cars blocked the track and forced a halt to the race with a red flag on lap 19 with McLaughlin running in 22nd place. Once the cars restarted and the pits opened up, the No. 3 DEX Imaging team elected to remain on the track to gain some positions. McLaughlin restarted the race in 19th place.Within a few laps, McLaughlin had worked his way back to 17th place and moved into the 15th position by lap 33 with the race once again under caution.
  • On lap 40, the No. 3 Chevy was hit from behind again as the No. 12 car driven by Will Power got together with his teammate. Another car also made contact with the No. 3 after it was in the tire wall and the race appeared to be over for McLaughlin and the DEX Imaging Chevrolet.
  • The No. 3 team was able to make quick repairs to the damaged car, however, and after being checked and cleared by the INDYCAR medical team, McLaughlin returned to action, running 12 laps down to the leaders.
  • Positioned back in the field, McLaughlin and the team continued on as the rookie NTT INDYCAR SERIES driver gained valuable seat time and experience. He eventually finished 22nd in the running order.
  • Still ranked 13th in the driver standings following Sunday’s result, McLaughlin and the No. 3 Chevrolet team will return to action next Saturday on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course at the Big Machine Spiked Coolers Grand Prix.

Quote: “A promising day unfortunately has turned into a bit of a negative. Our car was strong – our DEX Imaging Chevy looked good and was coming through the field fast. I was having a lot of fun passing a few cars and passing some people on pit strategy as well, but unfortunately got taken out twice. It’s disappointing but it is part of it. I’m probably more disappointed for DEX Imaging. This is their first time back on the car since St. Pete and we were having a really good run there. So, you know I learned a lot this weekend. It’s promising signs for me and my IndyCar career and I’ll continue to focus on just trying to be better and trying to put myself in better situations so we don’t get caught up in the mess. I learned a lot, I love Nashville and I can’t wait to come back here next year.”

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

Start: 11th

Finish: 14th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 80/80

Laps Led:  0

Points Position: 11th (-184)

  • As one of the premier street course racers of his generation, Will Power entered the inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix with high hopes of challenging for the win. The tough circuit, however, was challenging from the start as he finished 14th in the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet.
  • Power qualified the No. 12 Chevrolet in the 11th position, just in front of teammate Josef Newgarden. Despite an up-and-down start to the race, Power was able to drive his way into the top 10 in the first 20 laps of the 80-lap race.
  • The Nashville street circuit features several tight corners, and it was in one of these that Power’s car made contact with the No. 22 Chevrolet of his teammate, Simon Pagenaud. The result was a multi-car accident that eventually forced a red flag from NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Control.
  • While trying to work his way back through the field with a Chevrolet he called “really good,” Power made accidental contact with the No. 3 of Scott McLaughlin that resulted in a drive-through penalty as the race restarted under the green flag.
  • From that point, Power drove to make up as much of the lost track position as possible, but the inconsistent nature of the race that featured nine caution periods made that difficult. He was able to make up four positions over the final 15 laps to finish in the 14th position.

Quote: “Pretty crazy day. I feel bad for Scott definitely. I thought he saw me and I was on new tires and he had like 15 laps on his and it was totally on me. Just a bad move. Rough day to say the least. A 14th-place finish is not a very good day for the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevy, but I learned a lot.”

No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start: 7th

Finish: 21st

Status: Accident

Laps Completed: 68/80

Laps Led:  0

Points Position: 7th (-119)

  • A promising day turned sour for Simon Pagenaud after a series of on-track incidents forced the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet to retire early with a 21st-place finish in the inaugural Music City Grand Prix.
  • Starting from the seventh position, Pagenaud held steady in the opening laps on the new street course, maintaining eighth until contact with teammate Will Power brought out the red flag on lap 20. After an official review placed Pagenaud in the 20th position for the restart, Pagenaud brought the Menards Chevy down pit road for black Firestone tires and fuel before setting his eyes back to the front.
  • The Frenchman began making progress, moving from 21st to 19th within a few laps of the ensuing restart before another caution fell on the streets of Nashville just past the halfway point of the race. After a lengthy clean up and multiple pit stops from other competitors, Pagenaud was able to advance to the sixth position, but he still needed to make one more pit stop.
  • The caution flag flew once again soon after and Pagenaud took the opportunity to make his final routine stop of the day for red Firestones and fuel.
  • The No. 22 Chevy was able to make it up to 14th as Pagenaud continued to chase down the leaders. Unfortunately, on lap 67, Romain Grosjean’s car made contact with the No. 22 Menards Chevy entering a turn. The damage caused by the incident would prevent Pagenaud from finishing the race as he produced a 21st-place finish.
  • Next up the NTT INDYCAR Series heads back to Indianapolis for the highly anticipated tripleheader weekend with the NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series. Pagenaud and the rest of the INDYCAR drivers will take to the track on Saturday, August 14, at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Quote: “Well, we didn’t have the day we expected with the Menards Chevy. We had a fantastic racecar, really fast. I wish we could have been at the front all day, but we got collected in two big incidents and ended up not finishing the race, which was a shame. I really enjoyed the racetrack this weekend and I love the town. I’m going to come back and visit. I want to see some good restaurants and music. The design of the track was fun and I look forward to coming back next year.”

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR Series Qualifying Report

Track:                  Streets of Nashville

Race:                   Big Machine Music City Grand Prix

Date:                   August 7, 2021

No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Practice 2           

Position:                            18th

Time / Speed:                   1:17.0482 seconds / 98.120 mph

Qualifying

Position:                            12th

Time / Speed:                   1:15.5062 seconds (Round 2) / 100.124 mph

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No. 3 DEX Imaging Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Practice 2           

Position:                            10th

Time / Speed:                   1:16.4877 4 seconds / 98.839 mph

Qualifying

Position:                            23rd

Time/ Speed:                    1:18.1899 seconds (Round 1) / 96.688 mph

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

Practice 2           

Position:                            14th

Time / Speed:                   1:16.7023 seconds / 98.563 mph

Qualifying

Position:                            11th

Time / Speed:                   1:15.5016 seconds (Round 2) / 100.130 mph

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No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Practice 2           

Position:                            11th

Time / Speed:                   1:16.5904 seconds / 98.707 mph

Qualifying

Position:                            8th

Time / Speed:                   1:15.1354 seconds (Round 2) / 100.618 mph

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Best Practice 2 Time:     1:15.3529 seconds (No. 26 – Colton Herta)

Best Qualifying Time:     1:13.6835 seconds (No. 26 – Herta)

Recap:

  • Tennessee humidity greeted the teams of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES on Saturday morning at the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix for a full day of practice and qualifying in advance of Sunday’s inaugural event on the streets of Nashville.
  • Drivers were given a second practice session at noon to continue to familiarize themselves with the new Nashville circuit with Scott McLaughlin leading the way for Team Penske with the 10th-fastest lap of 1:16.4877 seconds in the No. 3 DEX Imaging Chevrolet.
  • Unfortunately, the usually adept qualifiers at Team Penske struggled on the new surface during the late afternoon time trials. McLaughlin made slight contact with the wall in first round of qualifying, resulting in a 23rd-place starting position for Sunday.
  • Josef Newgarden, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud all were able to transfer to the second round of qualifying, but no further. Newgarden, in particular, continued his unusual start to the weekend by bringing out a red-flag period to finish last in the second round after making contact with a tire barrier.
  • Pagenaud will lead the Team Penske quartet to the green flag tomorrow with his eighth-place starting position. The Frenchman is a five-time series winner on temporary street courses.

Coverage: The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix will air on NBCSN and the INDYCAR Radio Network beginning at 5:30 pm ET on Sunday, August 8.

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report – Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race 2

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report

Track:                  Streets of Belle Isle

Race:                   Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix

Date:                   June 13, 2021

No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 1st – 12th-career NTT INDYCAR SERIES P1 Award

Finish: 2nd

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 70/70

Laps Led: 67

Points Position: 4th (-51 pts)

  • Josef Newgarden and the No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet team came close to sweeping the second day of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix weekend on the Streets of Belle Isle before a late-race pass by Pato O’Ward dropped him to second when the race took the checkered.
  • During the morning qualifying session, Newgarden scored his 12th-career pole position as he jumped to the top of the scoring pylon with just seconds left on the clock in the Firestone Fast 12 qualifying session.
  • When the green flag waived to start the second race of the doubleheader weekend, Newgarden wasted little time in jumping out to a commanding lead of 17 seconds on the Firestone primary tire. However, a critical moment happened late in the first stint when Newgarden was forced to pit lane several laps ahead of schedule for another round of Firestone primary tires due to a possible caution on the track.
  • The early call resulted in Newgarden having to run the final 25 laps of the race on a set of the Firestone alternate “red” tires that each driver must use for one stint of a road or street course race. The softer compound was not as durable and as the tire started to go away, Newgarden fell back into the clutches of O’Ward, who made the pass with just three laps remaining.

Quote: “It’s hard not to be disappointed. I think we had the car to beat. It’s just cautions when we didn’t need them and the wrong tires when we didn’t need them. It was a fun strategy. I think we were doing well. It’s just the caution that killed us. My rears were shot. And we didn’t really need that. So, it is what it is. We tried. We went for what we went for. I don’t want to second guess too much. It just didn’t fall our way there at the end, so that’s pretty sad. Obviously, Team Chevy won still. So, I’m very happy for all our partners. Team Chevy does a lot for us, so to get a one-two is a big thing here in Detroit. I’m super happy about that.”

No. 3 PPG Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Start: 21st

Finish: 20th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 69/70

Laps Led:  0

Points Position:  12th (-135 pts)

  • Scott McLaughlin and the No. 3 PPG Chevrolet team hoped that the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix weekend used of their season allotment of misfortune as the New Zealand ace finished 20th on Sunday afternoon to end a frustrating weekend for the rookie.
  • Sunday afternoon, McLaughlin started the second, 70-lap race of the weekend from the 21st position and used most of his first stint to save his Firestone alternate tires to help the two-pit stop strategy he and the team decided upon. As other competitors on a three-pit stop strategy began to make their first stops of the day, McLaughlin worked his way into the top 10.
  • After making his final pit stop of the day on lap 46, McLaughlin was set to pick up a solid finish on which to build for a strong second half of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Unfortunately, he felt a tire going down at lap 53 and was forced to make another trip to pit lane where a cut in the sidewall was discovered. The extra pit stop dropped McLaughlin down a lap as he crossed the finish line in the 20th position.
  • The next race for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES will come at the picturesque Road America circuit on Sunday, June 20th.

Quote: “It was another difficult day out there on Belle Isle. After starting 21st we got up to mid-pack, around 12th or 13th, on strategy and unfortunately had a cut tire midway through the last stint after some contact. It wasn’t my best race, but it wasn’t my worst. This is one of the toughest weekends of my career, but something I can build on. A character-building weekend, for sure. We have some good road courses coming up that I know the PPG Chevy will be strong on, so I have my focus on those.”

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

Start: 20th

Finish: 6th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 70/70

Laps Led:  0

Points Position: 11th (-130)

  • Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon 5G rallied from a less-than-ideal starting position to finish sixth in the second race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle on Sunday afternoon.
  • The strategy for the No. 12 team was to run long at the beginning of the race to gain track position later. This strategy worked as Power claimed the second position by lap 23. Lap 27 would see the No. 12 Verizon 5G car come to pit road for four tires and fuel, cycling out to the eighth position.
  • By lap 51, the Australian made his way to third position and was giving it all he had until being forced to stop for tires and fuel on lap 52. Power then cycled through to the seventh position.
  • The yellow flag would fly on lap 55, but the call for Power was to stay out and retain his position on the track. With seven-laps remaining and the field back to green-flag racing, Power managed to pick off an additional position and brought the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet to a sixth-place finish when the checkered flag flew.

Quote: “It was a very good day considering where we started. The guys had a really good strategy and really good pit stops. I was happy to get some yellows at the end because we had new reds and I was comfortable that they would last. I was right there behind O’Ward and he went on to win it, so it shows what you can do if you are good at restarts.”

No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start: 10th

Finish: 8th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 70/70

Laps Led:  0

Points Position:  6th (-56)

  • Simon Pagenaud and No. 22 Menards Chevrolet team started and finished in the top 10 after competing hard all afternoon at Belle Isle for race two of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. 
  • Pagenaud began the 70-lap event from the 10th position and worked his way up to eighth early on. The call from atop the box was for Pagenaud to pit for four tires and fuel, cycling through to the 15th position on lap 21.
  • The two-stop strategy for the No. 22 Menards team saw Pagenaud make his way back to pit lane for his final stop on lap 48. After the field cycled through pit stops, the Menards Chevrolet was scored in the ninth position.
  • A caution at lap 55 left the team with an option to pit if needed, but the decision was made to retain their track position and stay out for the last 15 laps of the 70-lap event.
  • The caution flag would arise again with 11-laps remaining in the race and Pagenaud would restart the race from the ninth position. Aggressive and smart driving by the Frenchman enabled the No. 22 to advance his position to cross the finish line in eighth.

Quote: “It was a decent Championship Day today for Race Two of Detroit. It was treacherous out there, but we had a competitive Menards Chevrolet and that makes me excited for the rest of the season. We found a lot of stuff this weekend that makes me feel comfortable and we can squeeze some good speed out of the car. We saw a lot of strategy today, but overall, it was great race.”

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report

Track:                  Streets of Belle Isle

Race:                   Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix

Date:                   June 12, 2021

No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 5th

Finish: 10th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 70/70

Laps Led: 0

Points Position: 6th (-59 pts)

  • Josef Newgarden and the No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet team overcame a costly pit road mistake that nearly derailed their race in the first of two NTT INDYCAR SERIES contests that make up the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix before ultimately scoring a 10th-place finish.
  • One of the most-recent winners on the streets of Belle Isle in 2019, after the 2020 slate of races was canceled, Newgarden showed consistent speed in practice before qualifying in the fifth position earlier in the day.
  • After pitting for the first time on the day on the fourth lap, Newgarden slowed on track after feeling a loose wheel. He immediately made the decision to come to pit road, but before he could make it safely the loose wheel came off the No. 2 Chevrolet.
  • The incident dropped Newgarden one lap down to the leaders, but he methodically worked his way through the field, utilizing a fast Chevrolet and great pit strategy by Tim Cindric. The two-time series champion looked to be in position for a top-five finish after a restart with three laps remaining, but Newgarden was boxed in amongst heavy traffic and crossed the finish line in the 10th position.

Quote: “I’m really proud of the way we fought our way back for a top-10 finish. I felt like the No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet was a winning car, and I believe we had the fastest lap. We just had one mistake early on in the race and got caught a lap down. Luckily, we caught a yellow around Lap 20 that helped us get our lap back, and from there we just recovered as best we could. All in all I’m pretty pleased. Obviously, we want to come back tomorrow and be better. We have the car to do it and the team to do it.”

No. 3 PPG Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Start: 23rd

Finish: 19th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 67/70

Laps Led:  0

Points Position:  11th (-109 pts)

  • Scott McLaughlin and the No. 3 PPG Chevrolet team had an uncharacteristic day on Saturday afternoon in the first race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader weekend for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, finishing 19th.
  • The three-time Australian Supercars Series champion qualified in the 23rd position on Saturday morning after missing most of the practice session on Friday following an incident early in the session. The strategy for the No. 3 Chevrolet team was for a three-pit stop race, which brought McLaughlin onto pit road on the third lap. A slightly slow pit stop dropped him back to the end of the lead lap.
  • Good fortune fell the way of the PPG team on Lap 25 when a caution flag was displayed during a pit cycle, followed by a one hour and 20-minute red flag for track repair. When the race resumed, McLaughlin cycled to the 10th position when those around him had to pit for routine service.
  • More bad luck visited the PPG team when McLaughlin made slight contact with the outside wall on Lap 51, damaging the left-rear toe link on the No. 2 Chevrolet, forcing another trip to pit road for repairs. McLaughlin would lose three laps to the leaders during this visit to pit road before returning to the track to finish in the 19th position.

Quote: “My first race at Detroit started off a bit on the back foot from the incident in practice yesterday. As a result, we qualified back in the pack, but we were having a strong race with the PPG Chevrolet. We looked like we would end up somewhere around 10th after the final stop, but I just made a mistake, hit the wall, and broke the toe link. That was pretty much the end of our day, but I learned a lot for tomorrow. This was one of the hottest races I’ve had in a while; very taxing physically and mentally.”

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

Start: 7th

Finish: 20th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 67/70

Laps Led:  37

Points Position:  12th (-122)

  • Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet started the first of two races of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle from the seventh position and was a top contender all afternoon. An unfortunate ECU problem under a late-race red flag ultimately ended his chances of winning.
  • Starting seventh, Power quickly advanced his Verizon 5G Chevrolet the second position by lap seven and would take the lead on lap eight. Power continued leading until lap 12 where he settled into the second position and concentrated on saving his tires for a two-pit stop strategy.
  • After pitting at lap 21 for four tires and fuel, Power cycled through to the 10th position. The caution flag waived on lap 25 for a single car wreck that damaged the barrier of the track. This turned into a red flag that froze the field for over an hour.
  • When the red flag was lifted, the No. 12 Verizon 5G car cycled through to the front of the pack on lap 32. Power briefly lost the lead when he pitted at lap 48 but regained it on lap 54.
  • An untimely caution with six-laps remaining forced another red flag situation for the driver of the Verizon 5G Chevrolet.  After leading over half of the scheduled 70 laps, Power was unable to get the engine started on the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet when the red flag was lifted, resulting in a disappointing 20th-place finish at Belle Isle. 

Quote: “It was very disappointing in how the race ended for us. Everyone on the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevy team worked incredibly hard to put ourselves in position to get a win that we desperately needed. There are definitely things that can be looked at when there is a red flag that late in the race. It’s something that we have to put behind us, though, because we have another race tomorrow and we have shown we have a car that can win.”

No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start: 9th

Finish: 12th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 70/70

Laps Led:  0

Points Position:  5th (-44)

  • Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet team got caught in a jumble of cars battling for position late in the race and was unfortunately shuffled out of a top-10 finish in the first race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.
  • The Frenchman began in his day in the ninth position and advanced his Menards Chevrolet up four positions to fifth by lap seven.
  • Pagenaud and the No. 22 team were working off the two-pit stop strategy as they made their first stop at lap 22 for four tires and fuel. After cycling through to the 13th position, the caution flag would fly on lap 25 for a vicious wreck that brought out over an hour-long red flag period.
  • Restarting fourth after the red flag was lifted, the No. 22 machine lost two positions by lap 36 but gained one back by lap 47. Simon and the No. 22 team elected to pit for the final time at lap 48 for four tires and fuel.
  • While running sixth with six laps remaining, the caution flag – followed by a red flag – would drape over the 2.35-mile Belle Isle street course yet again. 
  • With three laps remaining, Pagenaud was shuffled back due to some aggressive and hard racing by his competitors. The No. 22 Menards Chevrolet would cross the finish line in the 12th position.

Quote: “Despite the hot and humid conditions today I’m proud of everyone on the No. 22 Menards Chevy team. We were right there in the end to get a really good finish, but there was some very aggressive racing over the final laps that put us back a few positions. I was trying to be aggressive too but we just got pinned in and couldn’t make the necessary moves. We executed well today and that gives us confidence for tomorrow.”

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report – Indianapolis 500

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report

Track:                  Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Race:                   Indianapolis 500

Date:                   May 30, 2021

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

Start: 21st

Finish: 12th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 200/200

Laps Led: 0

Points Position: 6th (-64 pts)

  • Josef Newgarden and the No. 2 Shell Fuel Rewards Chevrolet team moved through the field from their 21st starting position in Sunday’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 to earn a 12th-place finish in the race won by former Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves.
  • The race started off with a blistering pace being it slowed by a caution period that provided Newgarden and the No. 2 team with an opportunity to gain valuable track position. Race strategist Tim Cindric was moments away from calling his driver down pit road when the yellow flag was displayed, which allowed Newgarden to pit under the caution period and gain nine positions.
  • The biggest concern for the Shell Fuel Rewards team throughout the afternoon was trying to find the proper balance between aerodynamic and mechanical grip on the Shell Fuel Rewards Chevy. Cindric called for numerous adjustments to the front and rear wings to address the handling issues on the car.
  • The team’s strategy changed late in the race as Cindric called Newgarden in early in the closing pit cycles. At one point, the off-sequence strategy saw Newgarden rise to the fifth position before he slotted in 12th position at the checkered flag.

Quote: “The No. 2 Shell Fuel Rewards Chevrolet was okay today. We just never found a way to balance the handling. It was a constant tinker between aerodynamic and mechanical changes to try and find the right amount of grip. Team Chevy brought good power but fighting either understeer or oversteer makes it hard to properly use it. Congrats to Helio on making history. He was a great teammate and I know he’s been trying for this for a long time.”

No. 3 Pennzoil Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Start: 17th

Finish: 20th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 200/200

Laps Led:  0

Points Position:  9th (-105 pts)

  • Scott McLaughlin didn’t secure the finish he wanted behind the wheel of the No. 3 Pennzoil Chevrolet in his maiden Indy 500 drive, but the New Zealand-native posted a 20th-place finish as he earned Rookie of the Year honors for the 2021 Indianapolis 500.
  • After qualifying 17th, McLaughlin jumped to the outside of the field at the drop of the green as he looked to gain several positions. Early on, McLaughlin reported that the No. 3 Chevy needed more front grip and turn. After making a front wing adjustment, McLaughlin said the Pennzoil Chevrolet was “really racy.”
  • A caution as the first pit window opened changed the early complexion of the race as multiple cars pitted under a closed pit and had to serve penalties. McLaughlin was able to make it to pit road once it was open to competitors and he picked up several positions, eventually restarting in ninth place.
  • During the second round of pit stops, McLaughlin lost a little time on pit road as he fell to 12th in the running order. After some encouragement from the team, McLaughlin was ready to make up the ground lost on his next stop.  Unfortunately, the Pennzoil Chevrolet was too fast entering the pits and McLaughlin was forced to serve a drive through penalty. A quick caution flag allowed McLaughlin to remain on the lead lap, but he still fell to 30th in the running order.
  • Following the penalty, the No. 3 team focused on fuel strategy to make up positions on the track. The caution flag that McLaughlin needed to gain ground never materialized as he brought the Pennzoil Chevrolet home in the 20th position.  McLaughlin captured the top rookie honors in the race with Sunday’s result.

Quote: “One mistake, it just eats you. You can’t make mistakes here; it needs to be a perfect day. That’s why experience is so important in this sport. It’s a place that really bits you, especially when you don’t see it coming. I didn’t quite pump my brake pedal up and had a stone-cold set of rotors coming into pit lane. I’m thankful that no one was hurt, as I came in there pretty hot. I’m happy to get rookie of the year, that was the main goal, but I would have liked to have finished higher up with the Pennzoil Chevy. I feel as though I could have been a factor, so it’s a bit of a bittersweet. But for my first Indy 500, to see Helio get his fourth, is tremendous. It was amazing to hear the crowd as I was getting out of the car! After 2020 it was a great 2021.”

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

Start: 32nd

Finish: 30th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 197/200

Laps Led: 0

Points Position:  12th (-120 pts)

  • Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevy team proved to be one of the fastest cars on track in the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500, but troubles on pit lane resulted in a 30th-place finish on Sunday
  • Power’s day began had an unceremonious beginning as the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevy lost power during the pace laps Once the issue was fixed he was able to rejoin the field in his qualifying position, and he quickly made up ground charging to 25th in the first two laps.
  • Battling for position in the top 25, Power made a scheduled pit stop on lap 34 with the No. 12 suffering from a loose-handling condition. The team went to work on pit road with four fresh Firestone tires, fuel and a wing adjustment on the Verizon 5G Chevy. The caution flag fell as Stefan Wilson spun directly in front of the No. 12 pit stall right after Power completed his stop, which put the Verizon 5G Chevy down a lap. Fortunately, Power was able to take the wave around, which put him back on the lead lap.
  • With just over 50 laps remaining, green flag stops began once again and Power advanced to second place before he visited pit road for a scheduled stop. Unfortunately, Power spun on pit lane as he encountered braking issues. On a final pit stop with 16 laps remaining, Power had to serve a pit road penalty, which put the No. 12 team down by three laps at the conclusion of the race.
  • In the end, the Verizon 5G Chevy was unable to capitalize on the track positioned gained in the race and came home with a 30th-place finish. Power will look for a strong rebound during the Dual in Detroit doubleheader weekend on Belle Isle, June 12-13.

Quote: “I feel like we could have finished in the top five, we were just getting ourselves in that position on the last stop and then the brakes went to the floor unfortunately. I obviously spun trying to stop it and then the next time it just went straight to the floor. So, I mean, we had a good car, just unfortunately we’ll have to have a good look and see what was wrong with those brakes and see what happens. I have to say that all of the guys on the Verizon 5G Chevy team put in so much work this month, and it’s something I appreciate immensely. We’ll get back on track.”

No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start: 26th

Finish: 3rd

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 200/200

Laps Led:  3

Points Position:  4th (-47 pts)

  • Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet team made up ground throughout the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 and made a strong charge for the win before finishing third on Sunday afternoon.
  • Pagenaud began his day from the 26th position and battled handling issues over the first 100 laps of the 500-mile event.
  • An untimely caution flag on lap 35 kept the No. 22 Chevy on track when Pagenaud was scheduled to make his first stop of the race. Looking to avoid running out of fuel, Pagenaud was forced to come in for service when pit lane was closed, and he had to restart the race from the rear of the field.
  • After a series of great pit stops by the Menards Chevy team, Pagenaud entered the top 10 on lap 127 when he gained three positions on a race restart. He eventually made his way up to the top spot but was again forced to pit road for fuel on lap 176.
  • With four laps remaining, Pagenaud made his way up to the fourth position and was charging hard for a podium finish. On the final lap, the Menards Chevy accelerated and claimed the third position when Pagenaud crossed the yard of bricks. Improving to fourth in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship standings, Pagenaud next will see action in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit, June 12-13.

Quote: ““The Menards Chevy team did an amazing job in the pits. The car was phenomenal all day. Man, we started up front. We were right there at the end. I just want to congratulate him (Helio Castroneves, race winner). What he’s doing is awesome. And he is old. That gives me another 10 years. I think we had the race car to get it done today. Certainly Chevy, amazing job with the engine power, and handling was phenomenal. I was pedal to the metal.”

Shell and Penske announce strategic collaboration to help drive decarbonization and sustainability across sectors

Long-term global partners will aim to help their customers achieve sustainability ambitions

Shell Oil Company, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, Penske Corporation (Penske) and Team Penske, building on more than a decade of working together, today announced a new strategic collaboration. Combining the expertise and relationships of the two companies, the collaboration will aim to offer customers a seamless and integrated solution to help address emissions across multiple touchpoints in their supply chains, from warehouse facilities, vehicle and fleet technologies to sustainable transportation routes, with the initial focus on the USA. With a shared passion for motorsports, Shell, and Team Penske, also aim to help to reduce the carbon footprint of the NTT IndyCar SERIES. 

“Shell and Penske have a long history of working together across truck leasing, logistics, automotive retail and motorsports. I am proud of the work we have done together and excited to deepen our relationship,” said Huibert Vigeveno, Downstream Director of Shell. “Customers have many choices to make when navigating the challenges and opportunities of decarbonization. Our strategic collaboration will allow us to offer customers more options and integrated solutions for a smoother transition.”

“Over 10 years ago, Shell and Penske Corporation and Team Penske began a business to business, technical and motorsports collaboration. During that time, commercial enterprise has grown significantly between our organizations,” said Roger Penske, Chairman and CEO of Penske Corporation. “Now, by combining Shell’s energy solutions with Penske Logistics and technology expertise, the companies aim to help customers achieve their sustainability goals faster and at a lower cost.”

The strategic collaboration is built on a strong foundation where Shell and Penske have already achieved important results through working together in their own operations. Shell has helped to deliver energy savings at pilot Penske Automotive Group dealer sites and is providing fast chargers to help pilot fully electric heavy-duty trucks. Penske Logistics is delivering substantial optimization benefits in Shell’s lubricants supply chain through fourth-party logistics services.

Since acquiring Indianapolis Motor Speedway in January of 2020, Penske have made several upgrades to the facility that not only enhance the fan experience, but also help reduce the overall carbon footprint of the series.  Pennzoil-Quaker State Company, a subsidiary of Shell Oil Company, and Penske aim to work together to help achieve the ambition, starting with reducing the carbon footprint of the race facility and working with the Council for Responsible Sport to certify events. 

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