03 August 2015
Simon Pagenaud Leads Team Chevy Contingent with Podium Finish
Juan Pablo Montoya Holds Points Lead with Two Races Remaining in Verizon IndyCar Series LEXINGTON, Ohio (August 2, 2015) – Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 PPG Finishes Team Penske Chevrolet, led the TeamChevy contingent with a third-place finish in the Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. It was the second podium finish of the season for the first-year Team Penske driver.
Chevrolet Aero Kit with integrated V6 2.2 liter power claimed three of the top-five finishing positions in the 90-lap race around the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course. Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, finished fourth to pull closer in the point standings and tighten the battle with two races left in the season. Dixon is third in points, 34 markers behind the leader. Tony Kanaan, No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Chevrolet, finished fifth. Championship points leader Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 2 Hawk Performance Team Penske Chevrolet, had to settle for an 11th place finish as the team’s race strategy was altered by ill-timed caution periods.
Montoya’s lead in the standings dropped to nine points as his closest championship rival Graham Rahal (Honda) won the race. Justin Wilson (Honda) finished second to complete the top-five finishers.
Next on the schedule for Team Chevy in the Verizon IndyCar Series is the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, Pennsylvania on Sunday, August 23, 2015.
20 July 2015
Josef Newgarden and Sage Karam Earn Podium Finishes for Team Chevy at Iowa. Juan Pablo Montoya Maintains Point Lead after Early Race Crash .
NEWTON, Iowa (July 18, 2015) – Josef Newgarden earned his third podium finish of the season piloting his No. 67 Wichita State University CFH Racing Chevrolet to a runner-up finish in the Iowa Corn Indy 300 at Iowa Speedway. Fellow Team Chevy driver Sage Karam earned his first career Verizon IndyCar Series podium with a third place effort in the No. 8 Comfort Revolution/Big Machine Records Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.
Newgarden was leading late in the 300-lap/268.2-mile race in his Chevrolet Aero Kit with fully integrated V6 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged, directed injected powered machine and looked to be on his way to his third victory of the season. However, the 24-year-old was unable to hold off a hard charging Ryan Hunter-Reay (Honda) on the final restart and had to settle for second to claim his third podium of the season. Verizon IndyCar Series rookie, Karam pitted under the final caution taking on fresh Firestone rubber. He charged up through the field in the closing laps to earn a career-best finish of third in his Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet.
Veteran series oval track specialist Ed Carpenter earned a sixth-place finish in the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Award-Winning Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet. Sebastien Bourdais, No. 11Team Mistic E-Cigs – KVSH Racing Chevrolet, Will Power, No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet and Iowa pole-sitter, Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet finished ninth, 10th and 11th respectively – giving Team Chevy six of the top 11 finishers overall.
Juan Pablo Montoya entered the race at Iowa Speedway with a 54 point lead in the championship standings. On lap 11 an on-track incident ended the race early for the driver of the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. This is the first hiccup for Montoya since his championship campaign began as he hoisted the winner’s trophy on the Streets of St. Petersburg. However, as other championship contenders stumbled as the race progressed, Montoya emerges from Iowa with a 42 point advantage with only three races remaining. Montoya was not the only Team Chevy driver to experience disappointment at Iowa. Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, experienced a mechanical issue late in the race, but the team was able to find and eradicate the issue and return to the race multiple laps down and was relegated to a 18th-place finish. His teammate Tony Kanaan who led 70 laps, appeared to be one of the drivers to beat for the win in his No. 10 Fusion Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet but was forced to retire from the race early with a mechanical issue.
Next on the schedule will be Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 2, 2015. Live television coverage provided by CNBC. Fans can listen on the IndyCar Radio Network, Sirius 212, XM 209, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and on the INDYCAR 15 app.
13 July 2015
Sebastien Bourdais Wins at Milwaukee
Team Chevy Drivers Capture Four of Top-Five and Eight of Top-10 Finishing Positions on the Milwaukee Mile WEST ALLIS, WISC (July 12, 2015) – Sebastien Bourdais now has 34 Verizon IndyCar Series wins to his credit but the victories on an oval track have been minimal when compared to his impressive road and street course resume. In fact, the four-time champion’s last oval track win came in 2006 on the Milwaukee Mile With a dominating performance in today’s Wisconsin 250 at Milwaukee IndyFest. leading three times for 118 of the 250-lap race, Bourdais again pulled into Victory Lane at Milwaukee and added one more win to increase his total to 34, and the number of oval track wins to five. It is the second victory of the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season for the driver of the No. 11 Team Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing Chevrolet, his first coming in Race Two of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix in late May. This win ties Bourdais with Al Unser Jr. for seventh place on the all-time list. Bourdais win is the ninth win for the Chevrolet Aero Kit with fully integrated V6 2.2-liter, twin-turbocharged, direct injected engine fueled by E85 in the 12 Verizon IndyCar Series races run thus far in the 2015 season.
Team Chevy drivers claimed four of the top-five and eight of the top-10 finishing positions. After having to start last in the 24-car field for an infraction of qualifying procedures, Helio Castroneves and the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet team rallied to finish second behind Bourdais. The strong run now has Castroneves tied for third in the standings. Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, finished fourth to increase his points lead with a fourth place finish in today’s race on the famed one-mile oval. Pole winner Josef Newgarden, No. 67 Hartman Oil CFH Racing Chevrolet, completed the top-five finishers. Graham Rahal (Honda) finished third to fill the podium. Tony Kanaan brought the No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, to the finish in sixth place followed by his teammate Scott Dixon in the No. 9 Cottonelle Chevrolet in seventh place. Dixon is second in the standings with four races remaining in the season. Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 Penske Truck Rental Team Penske Chevrolet, was the ninth place finisher, and Ed Carpenter brought the No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka CFH Racing Chevrolet, to the checkered flag in 10th place.
An accident on lap 130 relegated defending series’ champion Will Power, No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, to the 22nd finishing position, and dropped him to fifth in the standings.
Next on the schedule will be another oval track race at Iowa Speedway on July 18, 2015. Live television coverage provided by NBCSN. Fans can listen on the IndyCar Radio Network, Sirius 212, XM 209, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and on the INDYCAR 15 app.
29 June 2015
Tony Kanaan Leads Three Team Chevy Drivers to Top-Five Finishes at Fontana, Juan Pablo Montoya Extends Points Lead with Fourth Place Finish FONTANA, CALIF. (June 27, 2015) –
Tony Kanaan started the No. 10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet in sixth and finished second in a hotly contested MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway. Kanaan ran near the front of the field for virtually the entire 250-lap race and was credited with leading 11 times for 23 laps. The race had an Indy car record 80 lead changes among 14 drivers around the 2.0-mile track. He was in contention to win in what was set to be a three-lap shoot-out to the checkered flag following a red-flag for an accident but one lap after what was the final restart, a crash as the field came to the white flag ended the race under yellow. Kanaan, the 2004 Verizon IndyCar Series champion and winner of the 2013 Indianapolis 500, came to the caution in second place behind race winner Graham Rahal and claimed the runner-up finishing position as the field took the checkered flag. Kanaan moved from ninth to eighth in the standings.
Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 2 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet, scored his seventh top-five finish in the 11 races. The fourth- place run extended his lead in the point standings over teammate and defending champion Will Power, No. 1 Verizon Chevrolet, with five races remaining in the 2015 season. Power was relegated to a disappointing 19th-place finish after contact ended his day on the 241st lap. Sage Karam, No. 8 Comfort Revolution/Big Machine Records Chevrolet, led his first Verizon IndyCar Series laps and captured his career-best finish, taking the checkered flag in fifth place to give the Chevrolet Aero Kit with fully integrated 2.2 liter V6 engine drivers three of the top-five finishers.
Team Chevy drivers captured six of the top-nine finishing positions in today’s race. Three-time champion Scott Dixon, No. 9 Degree Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, finished sixth to maintain third in the standings heading to the Milwaukee Mile in two weeks. Charlie Kimball, No. 83 LevmirFlexPen Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, finished eighth, and pole winner Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 Penske Truck Rental Team Penske Chevrolet, finished ninth. Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Auto Club of Southern California Team Penske Chevrolet, remains fifth in the standings to give Chevrolet four of the top-five points getters to this point in the season after contact ended his day and he was scored as the 23rd place finisher.
Next on the schedule will be the famed Milwaukee Mile on July 12, 2015. Live television coverage provided by NBCSN. Fans can listen on the IndyCar Radio Network, Sirius 212, XM 209, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com and on the INDYCAR 15 app