Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course Race: INDYCAR Grand Prix Date: May 11, 2019 No. 2 Fitzgerald USA Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden Start: 13th Finish: 15th Status: Running Laps Completed: 85/85 Laps Led: 20 Points Position: 1st (+6 pts) Notes: Josef Newgarden kept his points lead despite struggling through wet, rainy conditions on Saturday afternoon at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course…
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Track: Streets of Long Beach
Race: Grand Prix of Long Beach
Date: April 14, 2019
No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden
Laps Completed: 85/85
Laps Led: 2
Points Position: 1st (+28 pts)
- Josef Newgarden and the No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet team continued their upward momentum in the 2019 IndyCar series season after continuing their steak of top-five finishes with a second-place finish at Long Beach – landing him on the podium for the third time this season.
- In this two pit stop race, Newgarden was first called to the pits by race strategist Tim Cindric on lap 29 where he picked up fuel and four worn primary tires – after starting the event on alternate tires. This strategy allowed him to move from his starting position of fourth to the second spot where he would remain for the rest of the event.
- On lap 58, the No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet returned to the pits for a final time to receive worn primaries once again and fuel.
- Newgarden retains the IndyCar Series championship points lead after the first four events ahead of the next closest challenger, Alexander Rossi, by 28 points.
Quote: “Yeah, we didn’t have anything for him [Alexander Rossi] today. We tried our best to make some progress and the guys did a great job. We did have a good strategy, like you said; we leap-frogged Will (Power) and (Scott) Dixon. And then, I was just wondering where everyone was at. I was wondering if Rossi was good on fuel and I was giving it my all. That’s about all I had today. So yeah, a little shy. It’s always tough. It’s good to have second. This is a good day. We’re staying inside the top 3, which is positive. It gets old after a while. You want to win more races. So, it was a great day, but a little short is always disappointing. So, we’ll come back to the next one. Team Chevy did a great job and gave us what we needed. The Hitachi car felt good. Just a little short.”
No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power
Laps Completed: 85/85
Laps Led: 2
Points Position: 7th (-73 pts)
- Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet team began Sunday’s race at Long Beach, in the third position – his third top-three start of the 2019 NTT Data IndyCar Series season.
- The Australian driver assumed the lead on lap 27 when eventual race winner, Alexander Rossi, and Scott Dixon made their first pit stops of the day.
- Power pitted one lap later and used his strong road-racing skills to keep Dixon behind him as he exited pit road to secure the third position.
- Unfortunately, the No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet team’s day went south after Power suffered an over-boost issue on the exit of the hairpin turn at lap 34. He was forced to bail out of his ensuing entry into Turn 1, resulting in him dropping to the eighth position in the running order.
- The race continued under the green flag for the remainder of the event and Power was only able to drive up to the seventh position before the checkered flag.
- The next race on the 2019 IndyCar Series calendar is the INDYCAR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) road course. Power is a three-time winner of the May 11 event that opens up the month of May at IMS.
Quote: “Yeah, I guess it’s my mistake for going down there. I kind of went in the marbles. Probably went to the wrong side to defend from (Scott) Dixon; but yeah, yeah, yeah. That was it, man. It was probably a podium finish there, but threw it away, unfortunately. I was debating whether to make the corner and I thought nah, it’s better to be 7th than in the tires. I was close. I may have made it, but I didn’t want to take the risk. We needed to finish ahead of all the guys that finished ahead of us, but once again, a pretty big hole the first four races of the season. A bit frustrating considering how fast we’ve been at some of these tracks. Even today, we were super good in the race. Just circumstance. I’m sure we’ll be quick in May. I’ve been quick everywhere. Chevy has a great engine there at the 500 so we’re looking to really capitalize and try and turn the season around.”
No. 22 DXC Technology Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud
Laps Completed: 85/85
Laps Led: 0
Points Position: 11th (-79 pts)
- Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 DXC Technology Dallara/Chevrolet began the IndyCar Series race at Long Beach in the fifth position – his highest starting position yet this season. By driving aggressive and all of the right strategy calls, Pagenaud finished in the top-10 for the third time this season.
- With the team’s strategy to make this just a two pit stop race, race strategist for the No. 22 DXC Technology Chevrolet, Kyle Moyer, called Pagenaud to the pits on lap 28 for primary tires and fuel in hopes of remaining consistent with their position on the track.
- Pagenaud pitted for the second and final time on lap 56 for worn alternate tires allowing him to remain in the sixth position until the conclusion of the race.
- Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 DXC Technology Chevrolet were able to move up one position in 2019 IndyCar Series championship points into the 11th spot. The team is excited to head to the series’ next event, the INDYCAR Grand Prix, where they are former winners.
Quote: “Yeah, it was a solid day. I think that was the best we could have done today. I think we did everything we were supposed to do in our DXC Technology Chevy. Execution was there. We just lacked a little bit of pace overall. So, we’ve got to keep working on it. That’s all you can do. (Alexander) Rossi (race winner) had a great race. I think (Josef) Newgarden did a fantastic job and putting a Penske car up there is great. We’ve just got to keep working. I’m really excited about the Indy Grand Prix coming up. I’m looking forward to the month of May.”
Track: Barber Motorsports Park Race: Grand Prix of Alabama Date: April 7, 2019 No. 2 Fitzgerald USA Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden Start: 16th Finish: 4th Status: Running Laps Completed: 90/90 Laps Led: 0 Points Position: 1st (+32 pts) Notes: Josef Newgarden and the No. 2 Fitzgerald USA Dallara/Chevrolet began the Sunday afternoon race at Barber Motorsports Park in the 16th position and…
Track: Circuit of the Americas Race: INDYCAR Classic Date: March 24, 2019 No. 2 PPG Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden Start: 7th Finish: 2nd Status: Running Laps Completed: 60/60 Laps Led: 0 Points Position: 1st (+18) Notes: Josef Newgarden continued the strong start to his 2019 season, grabbing a second-place finish in the inaugural INDYCAR Classic at the Circuit of the Americas and…
Track: Streets of St. Petersburg Race: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Date: March 10, 2019 No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden Start: 2nd Finish: 1st (11th-career IndyCar Series victory) Status: Running Laps Completed: 110/110 Laps Led: 60 Points Position: 1st (+13 pts) Notes: Josef Newgarden started off his 2019 season in the best way possible, leading a race-high 60 of 110…
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Pagenaud Returns for Endurance Events Alongside Montoya, Cameron, Taylor and Castroneves
MOORESVILLE, NC (December 7, 2018) – Acura Team Penske announced today that IndyCar Series championship contender and 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi will join the team for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance events at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Rossi, a five-time race winner in the IndyCar Series, will share the No. 7 Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype International (Dpi) with fulltime Acura Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor.
Team Penske IndyCar Series driver Simon Pagenaud will return to compete in the endurance events with the team in 2019, racing the No. 6 Acura ARX-05 DPi with full-time racers Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron.
“I have watched and raced against Team Penske in INDYCAR and I have a lot of respect for the organization and what they do and how they do it,” said Rossi. “I really appreciate Andretti Autosport for allowing me the opportunity to represent Acura in some of the biggest sports car races in the world. I can’t wait to work with Helio and Ricky, to learn from them and hopefully contribute to some wins and a championship for Acura Team Penske.”
Though Rossi rose to racing superstardom when he won the 2016 Indianapolis 500 as an INDYCAR rookie, he has long been considered one of the most talented young American drivers. After winning numerous karting championships and the Formula BMW World title as a teenager, Rossi moved to Europe to follow his dream of competing in Formula 1. He found success in both GP3 and GP2 competition before he made five Formula 1 starts for Manor Racing, recording a best finish of 12th. The native of California returned to the states in 2016 to compete for Andretti Autosport in the IndyCar Series. Over the last three seasons, Rossi has produced five INDYCAR victories, including three wins in 2018 as he battled for the championship before finishing second in the series standings.
“Alexander will be a great addition to the Acura Team Penske lineup in 2019 and all of us at Acura are very excited about our prospects for the coming season,” said Art St. Cyr, President of Honda Performance Development. “When you add Alexander to the experienced team of Helio, Ricky, Juan and Dane – and with Simon returning for the endurance events – we are extremely proud of the talented and accomplished Acura Team Penske driver lineup. We look forward to our second opportunity to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona in the ARX-05. Alexander has been a great representative of Honda in the IndyCar Series, from his Indy 500 victory in 2016 to competing for the title this past season. We are pleased to have this opportunity to build our relationship with him through our sports car program.”
Acura Team Penske returned to sports car competition in 2018 with its two-car Acura DPi program in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. The team produced one victory – with Castroneves and Taylor at the Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course in May – and produced three poles and nine top-five finishes.
The 2019 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship begins with the Roar Before the 24 January 4-6, followed by the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 26.
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Ruzewski Named Managing Director; Moyer and Bouslog to Serve as General Managers MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 25, 2018) – Team Penske today announced several organizational changes within the leadership structure of its INDYCAR and IMSA racing programs, effective immediately. Veteran motorsports race engineer Ron Ruzewski, who most recently has served as Technical Director, has been promoted…