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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.”

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report – Indianapolis 500

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

Track:   Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Race:    Indianapolis 500

Date:    May 27, 2018

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

Start: 4th

Finish: 8th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 200/200

Laps Led: 3

Points Position: 3rd (-10 pts)

Notes:

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

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

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

Start: 8th

Finish: 27th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 145/200

Laps Led: 0

Notes:

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

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

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

Start: 3rd

Finish: 1st

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 200/200

Laps Led: 59

Points Position: 1st (243 pts)

Notes:

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

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

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

Start: 2nd

Finish: 6th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 200/200

Laps Led: 1

Points Position: 9th (-88 pts)

Notes:

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

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

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Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Report

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

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

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Report

Track:                  Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Race:                   Indianapolis 500

Date:                   May 19, 2018

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

Position:                              7th

Total Time:                         2:37.8608 seconds

Average Speed:                228.049 four-lap mph average

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

Position:                              1st

Total Time:                         2:37.2607 seconds

Average Speed:                228.919 four-lap mph average

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

Position:                              4th

Total Time:                         2:37.7604 seconds

Average Speed:                228.194 four-lap mph average

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

Position:                              3rd

Total Time:                         2:37.6485 seconds

Average Speed:                228.304 four-lap mph average

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

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

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

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report – INDYCAR Grand Prix

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

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

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

Notes:

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Notes:

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

 

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

 

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

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

Notes:

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

 

Quote:

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

 

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

Notes:

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

 

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

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Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report – Barber

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

 

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

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

Notes:

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

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

 

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

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

Notes:

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

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

 

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

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

Notes:

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

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

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