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Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

 

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

 

Track:                  Sonoma Raceway

Race:                   INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma

Date:                   September 16, 2018

 

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

Start: 3rd

Finish: 8th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 85/85

Laps Led: 1

Points Position: 5th (-118 pts)

 

Notes:

  • Josef Newgarden and the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet ended their 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season finishing eighth at Sonoma Raceway and fifth in the overall championship points.
  • Newgarden had one of his strongest qualifying runs of the last couple of weeks and started third for the 85-lap event.
  • As the race went green, Newgarden maintained his position until lap 18 when he pitted for alternate tires and fuel. Unfortunately following the stop, he stalled the car trying to exit the pit box, costing the team valuable seconds on pit road.
  • Newgarden continued to try and overcome the pit road miscue and found himself running as far back as 11th at one point.
  • Through pit strategy and having a fast No. 1 Verizon Chevrolet, the 2017 INDYCAR Series Champion was able to fight his way up to seventh place by lap 41.
  • Unfortunately, the pace of the rest of the field hindered Newgarden from making up any other spots and he had to settle for an eighth-place finish.
  • Newgarden finished the season with three wins and a career-best four poles, but slipped to fifth in the final point standings.

Quote:  “It was not a great day.  It really all started with the first pit stop. We just had a mistake in trying to get out and I stalled it.  It kind of ruined the whole day from that point there on.  It was tough to recover after that.  I think we had a lot of potential today and we could have contended for the win, but it was too hard come back.  It was a great season and a lot of great moments for the whole team and myself.  We just have to work to be a little stronger next year and go for the championship and the Indy 500.”

 

 

 

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

Start: 7th

Finish: 3rd

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 85/85

Laps Led: 4

Points Position: 3rd (-96 pts)

 

Notes:

  • Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet fought their way through the final laps at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday afternoon, but came up just short, finishing third in the race and third in 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship points.
  • All weekend long, the Australian had one of the fastest cars.  But in Saturday’s qualifying, a small mistake cost Power and the No. 12 Verizon team to miss the Firestone Fast Six.  He started Sunday’s race from the seventh position.
  • Power and the No. 12 Verizon team ran a relatively flawless race at Sonoma, with strong pit stops and a three-pit strategy.
  • Despite several other drivers complaining of severe tire degradation, Power’s car was strong all afternoon long and he had battled his way to the third position by lap 38.
  • Power raced neck-and-neck with eventual series champion Scott Dixon through the later half of the race, but was unable to surpass him, finishing the race in the third position.
  • Coming into the event tied with teammate Josef Newgarden for third in points, Power held onto the points position outright.
  • Despite not winning the championship, Power ended the season with three wins, including the 2018 Indianapolis 500 and the Indy Grand Prix, which marked Team Penske’s 200th INDYCAR Series win.

Quote:  “It was a really good race for the No. 12 Verizon team.  We had a really, really fast car.  I think if we would have started farther up front, we would have had a chance to win.  It was a good year thought.  Roger got his 500th win today.  We won the Indy 500.  We won the 200thINDYCAR race for Team Penske.   We won the Brickyard 400.  Just couldn’t get the championship here.  But overall, it was a good year for Team Penske.”

 

 

 

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

Start: 8th

Finish: 4th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 85/85

Laps Led: 0

Points Position: 6th (-186 pts)

 

Notes:

  • Simon Pagenaud ended the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season on a high note, finishing fourth in the season finale event at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
  • Pagenaud was fast all weekend long, but just missed out making it to the Firestone Fast Six during qualifying on Saturday and started Sunday’s event from the eighth position.
  • Race strategist Kyle Moyer elected to bring in the No. 22 DXC Technology Chevrolet in early and opt for a three-stop strategy to keep his track position.   This allowed Pagenaud to gain several positions on the track while pit stops cycled out.
  • Pagenaud settled into the third position for much of the afternoon, but fought a lot of tire degradation, similar to what the rest of the field was experiencing.
  • Following the last round of stops, Pagenaud and the No. 22 DXC Technology team slipped to fourth as teammate Will Power jumped him on the track.
  • Pagenaud would hold strong and finish fourth, his fourth top-five finish of the season.  Pagenaud ended the season sixth in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings.

 

Quote:  “Yeah it was a good day. Definitely competitive.  We definitely unlocked a lot of secrets. I think we cracked the code this weekend on the car and what I needed so we were much more competitive than we’ve been on the road course and it felt good. It felt fun. We had great battles on track. We played the tire strategy and fuel strategy really well. The team, Kyle Moyer and Ben Bretzman, did a fantastic job with that and my pit crew were phenomenal again, as they’ve been all year long. We couldn’t have done much better because we were saving fuel midway through to the end of the race. I’m satisfied with it. It was a good race.”

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Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

Track:                  Gateway Motorsports Park Race:                   Gateway 500 Date:                   August 25, 2018 No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden Start: 3rd Finish: 7th Status: Running Laps Completed: 248/248 Laps Led: 0 Points Position: 4th (-78 pts)   Notes: It was a tough day for Josef Newgarden and the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet as they walked away with a hard-fought seventh-place finish…

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Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

Track:                  Pocono Raceway Race:                   Pocono 500 Date:                   August 19, 2018 No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden Start: 2nd Finish: 5th Status: Running Laps Completed: 200/200 Laps Led: 0 Points Position: 3rd (-66 pts)   Notes: Josef Newgarden and the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet team produced a strong effort at Pocono Raceway Sunday that ultimately earned them a fifth-place finish….

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Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report – Mid-Ohio

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

 

Track:                  Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Race:                   Honda Indy 200

Date:                   July 29, 2018

 

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

Start: 4th

Finish: 4th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 90/90

Laps Led: 0

Points Position: 3rd (-60 pts)

 

Notes:

  • Josef Newgarden and the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet ran a strong race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course which ultimately resulted in a fourth place finish.
  • Newgarden and the No. 1 Hitachi Chevy quickly went to work on the field passing into third place before even completing one lap.
  • During the caution-less race, he pitted on lap 23 for worn primary tires and fuel allowing him to slowly gain track position.
  • By lap 40 the Tennessee-born driver advanced to the second position – a race high.
  • He pitted again on lap 43 for worn primary tires and fuel during a 6.12 second stop.
  • As the laps wore on Newgarden again found himself in the third position on lap 60 attempting to make his way toward the front to challenge for the lead.
  • He returned to the pits on lap 64 for brand new primary tires for their final stop of the race.
  • After pitting, Newgarden took over fourth position where he ultimately ran for the remainder of the race.
  • Following the race at Mid-Ohio, Newgarden has fallen to third-place in 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series point standings and is now 60 points behind leader Scott Dixon and 14 points behind second-place Alexander Rossi.

 

Quote:  We just seemed to catch traffic and I don’t think our strategy worked quite as well as we wanted it do, but you make a plan and go with it…it didn’t quite all work today for us. But it was a very good effort from everybody today. I think the No. 1 Hitachi Chevrolet was good today.  We gave a good shot at it today…we will go back and analyze it and go on from here. It really seemed like a good race and lots of action. I hope the fans enjoyed that. I just know from inside my car, but it sure seemed like a lot of passing and we always want to put on a good show!”

 

 

 

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

Start: 3rd

Finish: 2nd

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 90/90

Laps Led: 9

Points Position: 4th (-87 pts)

 

Notes:

  • It was a great points day for Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet in Sunday’s race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after finishing third at the Lexington, Ohio road course.
  • After starting second, the 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner maintained that position until he pitted on lap 24 for worn primary tires and fuel.
  • By lap 40, Power took over the lead – this would ultimately be the first of nine laps he would lead.
  • Roger Penske called Will Power to pit on lap 50 for worn primary tires and fuel in a strategy call which would attempt to maintain the lead.
  • As the laps wore on, Power found himself running second on lap 66 challenging to get back to the lead.
  • For his final pit stop on lap 68, Power picked up fresh alternate tires.
  • On lap 73, Power found himself in the third position and would remain there until the checkered flag waved.
  • Although the team didn’t capture Power’s allusive first win at Mid-Ohio, it was a strong performance that led to Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet team moving up to the fourth position in 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series point standings.

 

Quote: “Everyone else is so good in this series that you just have to have everything perfect.   We just weren’t quite good enough on blacks (primary tires).  We really struggled to get up to speed on those, but were pretty good on reds (alternate tires).   But still a good day for the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet.  Obviously another full green race and I can’t believe it.  It just a series full of really good drivers now and no one makes mistakes and it just came down to strategy.”

 

 

 

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

Start: 8th

Finish: 17th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 90/90

Laps Led: 0

Points Position: 7th (-150 pts)

 

Notes:

  • Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet may have started their day at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course towards the back half of the field in 17th-place but they ended their day on a high note finishing eighth.
  • Pagenaud was hungry to move through the field at the start of the race and quickly progressed moving into the 11th spot after just 11 laps.
  • His first pit stop of the day came on lap 16 for fresh alternate tires in hopes of continuing the team’s momentum to pick up additional spots.
  • By lap 23, the French-born driver had moved all the way into the eighth spot – where he would ultimately finish the race.
  • Pagenaud achieved a race high fifth position on lap 40. Immediately after, he pitted on lap 41 for worn primary tires and fuel.
  • The No. 22 Menards Chevrolet returned to the pits on lap 64 for new alternate tires.
  • By lap 80, Pagenaud moved into the eighth position and remained there until the checkered flag waved.
  • Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet maintained the seventh spot in 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series point standings after the race at Mid-Ohio.

 

Quote:  “Without a warm-up this morning, it was going to be a bit of a guessing game as far as race set-up. Luckily, the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet team guessed right. I could really be myself and attack during this race. We’ve just got to keep working in that direction. I think we were able to make huge gains in our street circuit package in Toronto, the whole team is super-fast on ovals, and the last bit is getting where we need to be on these road courses. Today was very satisfying to prove that our showing during qualifying is not the true performance of the No. 22 Menards team.”

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

Track:                  Streets of Toronto Race:                   Honda Indy Toronto Date:                   July 15, 2018 No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden Start: 1st Finish: 9th Status: Running Laps Completed: 85/85 Laps Led: 25 Points Position: 2nd (-62 pts)  Notes: Starting the day from the lead position, Josef Newgarden and the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet looked to have a strong finish at the…

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Toronto – Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Report

Track:                  Streets of Toronto Race:                   Honda Indy Toronto Date:                   July 14, 2018 No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden Position:                            1st  (6th-career Verizon IndyCar Series pole) Time / Speed:                   59.4956 sec /  108.068 mph  No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power Position:                            4th Time / Speed:                   59.8818 sec /  107.372 mph No. 22 DXC Technology Team Penske…

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Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report – Iowa

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

 

Track:                  Iowa Speedway

Race:                   Iowa Corn 300

Date:                   July 8, 2018

 

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

Start: 2nd

Finish: 4th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 300/300

Laps Led: 229

Points Position: 2nd (-33 pts)

 

Notes:

  • After having strong practice and qualifying sessions, Josef Newgarden and the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet looked to have a near perfect weekend in the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway but ultimately settled for a fourth place finish.
  • Starting the race in the second position, Josef Newgarden quickly made his way to the lead on lap 25 – taking the top spot from teammate Will Power.
  • The No. 1 Hitachi Chevrolet made its way to the pits on lap 80 to simply take fuel and tires and easily maintained position for the next several laps.
  • After the No. 26 car made contact with the wall on lap 138, Newgarden visited the pits on lap 142 for a front wing adjustment, tires and fuel.
  • The No. 1 Chevy returned to the pits for a front wing adjustment, fuel and tires again on lap 223 while still maintaining the lead.
  • By lap 259, James Hinchcliffe passed Josef Newgarden into the second position where he remained until the caution flag waved for debris on lap 294.
  • Under caution, the No. 1 Chevrolet pitted for fuel and tires and would restart fourth. However, the white-yellow flag waved to conclude the race. Newgarden completed the race in the fourth position.
  • Following the race at Iowa, Newgarden has moved up in point standings and now is second in 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series point standings heading into Toronto where he is the defending race winner.

 

Quote:  “This is IndyCar racing. You have to expect the unexpected. It’s never sorted out and locked up right at the beginning. We had a great No. 1 Hitachi Chevrolet and for the first half of the race, we had the car to beat. And it just fell away from us. Sometimes you can’t predict exactly what you’re going to need at the end of these things. Today, we didn’t have exactly what it was that we needed but we’ll come back and try it again. I think Hinch did a great job. Congrats to him and SPM. They deserved the win. They did a great job at the end there and happy for those guys. I’m just disappointed. We had such a good car and could have capitalized on it in the end but we just seemed to get worse as the race went on. All the guys did a great job. The Hitachi car was fast and Team Chevy did a great job. We’ll just chalk it up to we need to be a little better for next time.”

 

 

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

Start: 1st

Finish: 6th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 300/300

Laps Led: 23

Points Position: 5th (-53 pts)

 

Notes:

  • Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet started in the front row but came home in the sixth position when the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 concluded at Iowa Speedway.
  • On lap 25, Will Power fell to the second position after leading 25 laps to make way for teammate Josef Newgarden.
  • On lap 80, Power pitted off of strategy for tires and fuel due to radio issues. When he returned to the track, he fell to the seventh position.
  • When the caution flag waved for the No. 26 making contact with the wall, Power found himself in the eighth position.
  • Power pitted on lap 146 for fuel and tires.
  • The Australian-born driver continued to consistently hold a spot in the top-10 after pitting once again for fuel and tires on lap 223.
  • As the caution flag flew for debris on track on lap 294, Power remained the first car a lap down but had moved up to the sixth spot. He remained there until the white-yellow flag waved ending the 300-lap event.
  • Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet team now are now fifth in 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series standings as they head to Toronto this weekend.

 

Quote: “I think we lost a lot of ground in the first stint because there was something going on with the radio. The team called me in for three laps and I just didn’t hear it. Unfortunately, we lost a lot of positions. We lost a lot and went backwards at that point. The rest of it, we were just forward and back all day. The car was just reasonable. I think a top five would be the best we could do so sixth was ok.

 

 

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

Start: 4th

Finish: 8th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 300/300

Laps Led: 0

Points Position: 9th (-132 pts)

 

Notes:

  • Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet finished eighth in the Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway.
  • The No. 22 Menards Chevrolet team began their day in the fourth position as the green flag waved.
  • After pitting on lap 80 for just fuel and tires, Simon Pagenaud moved up to the third spot where he remained until lap 113.
  • When the caution flag waved on lap 138 for the No. 26 car’s on-track incident, Pagenaud found himself in the fifth spot.
  • On lap 280, the Frenchman fell to the eight position and was a lap down. He remained in that position until the white-yellow flag waved, ending the 300-lap race.
  • Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet team are now ninth in overall Verizon IndyCar Series point standings.

 

Quote:  “I’ll tell you, when you are going that fast around this short oval it’s really hard to understand who is on the lead lap and who is not on the lead lap, who you are fighting for position – so there is a lot of communication with the spotter and with the strategist.  I think we had good speed.  I got stuck in traffic a lot of time and that was enough to get checked out from (Josef) Newgarden who I think was really fast today and obviously (James) Hinchcliffe, congrats to him.  But, yeah, I think we had quite a bit of tire degradation which was tough in traffic, but essentially it was an awesome race.  From the cockpit I had so much fun.  It was about setting up people trying to understand where they were running, where your car was best with the tire degradation running high, running low, conserving your tires it really was a lot of thinking, a lot of driving and to me that is a lot of fun.  That is pure racing.”

 

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report – Road America

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

Track:                  Road America

Race:                   Kohler Grand Prix

Date:                   June 24, 2018

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

Start: 1st

Finish: 1st

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 55/55

Laps Led: 53

Points Position: 4th (-50 pts)

Notes:

  • It was a near-perfect weekend for Josef Newgarden and the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet team after dominating two practice sessions, qualifying and the Verizon IndyCar Series Kohler Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
  • The race was a rare caution-less event which allowed pole sitter Newgarden and his team to have a stronghold on the first position leading all but two laps.
  • By the second lap, Newgarden radioed to strategist Tim Cindric that the car was feeling really good and they only gained momentum from there.
  • The No. 1 Verizon Chevrolet first headed to pit road on lap 14 for primary sticker tires which help propelled the team quickly back to the lead after pitting and did not lose any positions.
  • As the car continued to run strong, Newgarden brought his Chevrolet to the pits on lap 29 for worn alternate tires – to help increase the gap between him and his competition – along with a front wing adjustment.
  • He continued to dominate as he came in for his final pit stop for fresh alternate tires to once again try and increase the gap. This time the gap was between him and Ryan Hunter-Reay who was quickly closing the space between him and Newgarden.
  • As the last laps wound down, the Tennessean maintained the gap and led the field to the checkered flag to claim his third win of the season.
  • Josef Newgarden is now fourth in 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship standings and looking to continue to gain more points at the series’ next race at Iowa. 

Quote:  “What a day. I don’t know what to say, I’m worn out. I was doing everything I could to keep (back) Ryan (Hunter-Reay), I knew (Scott) Dixon was close, too, so it was a day of executing. Team Penske did a great job. Tim (Cindric, race strategist) gave me the strategy I needed. The guys were perfect in their pit stops. I don’t know what to tell you. It was a hard-fought day, it was not as easy as it looked. I was looking at my mirrors half the day with Ryan closing in on me. I think that Team Chevy engine made the difference. I had the engine mileage that I needed, the power, good reliability – everything that you’d expect from Team Chevy. At the end of the day, to me, that’s what made the difference.”

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

Start: 2nd

Finish: 23rd

Status: Out

Laps Completed: 55/55

Laps Led: 0

Points Position: 5th (-65 pts)

Notes:

  • Unfortunately, engine issues plagued Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet team from the beginning of this afternoon’s Verizon IndyCar Series Kohler Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. leading ultimately to retiring the car after just two laps.
  • Prior to the first lap of the race, Roger Penske, strategist for the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet radioed that there was a possible engine issue.
  • On lap 1 the team diagnosed the issue as a boost issue and Roger Penske asked Power to power cycle his Chevrolet in hopes of solving the issue.
  • After the second lap of the race, Penske called Power to the pit so the team could evaluate the vehicle. After determining that it was possibly a blown header on the right side, the team took the car to the paddock to repair.
  • After briefly returning to the racing surface on lap 14, the car misfired and Power had to bring his car back to the paddock for further evaluation.
  • After determining the engine issue was too complex to fix during the race, the team was forced to retire from the event.
  • The 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner now is fifth in Verizon IndyCar Series Championship points and looks to Iowa to regain valuable points to make another run at a second series title.

Quote: “Literally from as soon as I started warming it up, there was something amiss. I have no clue. They replaced the exhaust and it still didn’t take so the Chevy guys will take deep look at it. It is unbelievable the amount of DNFs I have had this season. I have never had this many in my career in such a short period of time. Yep, that’s racing. Goes one way and then the other. As quickly as it goes down, it can swing the other way quickly in a good way.  When I think about it, we came into the month of May, I think fifth in points and left as the leader, so it can change, man.”

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

Start: 14th

Finish: 7th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 55/55

Laps Led: 0

Points Position: 8th (-138 pts)

Notes:

  • After starting the Verizon IndyCar Series Kohler Grand Prix at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. towards the middle of the pack in the 14th position, Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet battled to bring home a strong seventh-place finish.
  • Pagenaud made quick moves at the beginning of the race moving up two positions in the first two laps of the Sunday afternoon event.
  • After a few more laps, the French driver found himself in the 10th position when his strategist Kyle Moyer called him to the pits on lap 14 for new alternate tires and a wing adjustment after Pagenaud asked for changes due to understeer.
  • The French-born driver moved in the ninth position prior to his lap 27 stop for worn alternate tires to help him find more speed to move up further through the field.
  • Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet found their way into the seventh position prior to their final pit stop on lap 41 where the crew provided him worn alternate tires.
  • He fell to the ninth position after his final stop but battled his way through the field to eventually finish seventh – providing him his sixth top-10 finish this season.
  • Simon Pagenaud is now eight in Verizon IndyCar Series Championship point standings, 138 points behind the leader.

Quote:  “It was a good weekend. Qualifying was a real shame. We definitely had a good car. We made a big improvements throughout the weekend, but we over-balanced and barely missed Q2 where we could have adjusted and probably contended for the pole.  It would have changed the whole race because the Menards Chevy was really good in the race.  We managed to have a really good fuel saving during the race, so strategy was really good. Tires – when to have to the reds; when to have the blacks.  Made a lot of passes on track.  We had a blast today. Coming from starting 14th to finish seventh on a track like this with no yellows is pretty outstanding. Very proud of my team.  It was a really exciting race.  I would like to have been up front more, but it was pretty good where we finished.”

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report – Texas

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

 

Track:                  Texas Motor Speedway

Race:                   DXC Technology 600

Date:                   June 9, 2018

 

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

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

Finish: 13th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 244/248

Laps Led:   59

Points Position: 5th (-68 pts)

 

Notes:

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

 

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

 

 

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

Start: 3rd

Finish: 18th

Status: Accident

Laps Completed: 204/248

Laps Led: 0

Points Position: 3rd (-6 pts)

 

Notes:

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

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

 

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

Start: 2nd

Finish: 2nd

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 248/248

Laps Led: 26

Points Position: 8th (-128 pts)

 

Notes:

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

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

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