Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–Wisconsin 250

AUGUST 17, 2014
YOU SAID YOU LOVE WINNING ON OVALS. WHY ARE THEY MORE SATISFYING FOR YOU? “They just are because it’s something I have worked so hard on for the last few years. I love it man. I really enjoy racing on ovals now. I really do and I just wanted to win a short oval and today was just a perfect day. I led a lot of laps, the car was really good, but I was a bit iffy getting into the (pit) box a couple of times. It was one of those days though and I was really, really happy to be a part of this Verizon team.”

CHAMPIONSHIP-WISE YOU HAVE A 39 POINT LEAD OVER TEAMMATE HELIO CASTRONEVES, BUT ITS YOUR FIRST WIN SINCE JUNE. COULD THIS ONE HAVE BEEN MORE WELL-TIMED? “It’s perfect to start this three race chase you could say. Now we have two other tracks that I am strong on and enjoy and I am just going to keep my head down. Speaking of points, I didn’t even think of points today. I just put my head down, felt the car and made good adjustments and we came out on top.”

HOW CHALLENGING WAS YOUR DAY BECAUSE YOU HAD FUEL NUMBERS TO DRIVE TO, AND YOU HAD CHALLENGES FROM KANAAN AND TEAMMATE MONTOYA AT THE END? “Yes, definitely the last two stints were all about saving fuel but then I had to go when someone was close. It was a juggling act but the guys got it perfect with the strategy and its awesome to be in victory lane.”

BEST CAR YOU HAVE EVER HAD AT AN OVAL? “No, Texas last year was bloody awesome, Fontana last year, and Pocono this year. I have been really on top of the set ups and the engineering has been great. Just going to keep moving forward man.”

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 2 PPG TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET – FINISHED 2ND: “We started with a lot of stability early in the race and everybody involved with this PPG Chevy did a really good job. I was disappointed because we made a mistake early in the pits and I just came in a little too hot. Then at the end we gave it a good ride and finishing 1-2 is good for the championship.”
WITH TWO RACES TO GO, IS WILL POWER THE ONE TO BEAT? “He deserves it. But Helio deserves the championship as well. Both have been really close and both have had heart breaks, it’s just hard to say which one. Will is doing what it takes for now to win the championship. So good for him”

TONY KANAAN, NO. 10 HUGGIES CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET – FINISHED 3RD: “We had some great challenges for the lead with Will Power for first but when I came out on newer tires and he had used tires on and I couldn’t catch him – well that’s about all I could do in that situation. Another good result for the Huggies car. We have strong cars on the ovals now and I can’t wait to get that first win.”
SCOTT DIXON, NO. 9 TARGET CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET – FINISHED 4TH: “I hope we put on a good show for the fans today. The Target team was strong and the car was good all day. We got caught in slower traffic and we pit out of sequence to try and make some time, but in the end it didn’t work out.”
RYAN BRISCOE, NO. 8 NTT DATA CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET – FINISHED 6TH: “It’s been such an up and down weekend for NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing. We started out strong in the first practice and then really struggled in the second practice. We came back from that and qualifying went well and actually most of the race was pretty solid. The tires were just falling off so fast and running in traffic here is always a major challenge. The crew did a great job getting me in and out on the stops, but we just weren’t able to get past a few of those guys there at the end. It’s still a top-10 finish, so we’ll just take the positive from that going into Sonoma.”
ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA/ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET – FINISHED 9TH: “Track position is everything here at Milwaukee. The Fuzzy’s Chevy felt good in the first stint but we might have stayed on the older tires too long. At least compared to the leaders. And we ended up way too fall back when we came out of the pits. The crew guys did some great pit stops today and we were able to fight back to a top ten. I thought we had a top five car today. It was very difficult to pass and the track changed a lot from Saturday with wind. So turns three and fourth were difficult today. We will just take ninth and move onto Sonoma and Fontana now.”
CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 83 NOVOLOG FLEXPEN CHEVROLET – FINISHED 16TH: “That was another fighting day for the Novo Nordisk crew. The car was really good in clean air and we definitely put up a good fight. As a group maybe we weren’t as good in traffic and here at the historic Milwaukee Mile it’s so easy to get caught up behind guys that are a second or two off the pace. That’s just short track racing for you. Overall as a team I feel good moving forward from here and we have two more opportunities coming up to get that first win.”
HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 HITATCHI CHEVROLET – FINISHED 11TH: “ON HIS RACE: “The Hitachi car was consistent. The guys did a great job in the pits, it was very difficult to get close to someone. We did struggle with handling today. Once we tried a little bit hard, and we got up in the marbles. It was just one of those days. Good job to the Verizon car – Will (Power) ended up winning the race, and Juan Pablo (Montoya) second, so Team Penske was strong with that. Hey, there are still more races to go. and I will be there, ready to go. We are not giving up at all – there are two races to go with the big one at Fontana paying double points. Still a lot of racing left.”
SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, NO. 11 MISTIC KVSH RACING CHEVROLET – FINISHED 12TH: “It was a bit of a tough race for the Mistic E-Cigs – KVSH Racing team. We showed some pace sometimes and sometimes we struggled…both on and off the track. We will learn from it. We just have to go back to school and make it better. Overall it was a pretty solid race.”
SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA, NO. 17 AUTOMATIC FIRE SPRINKLERS KV AFS CHEVROLET – FINISHED 18TH: “It was a very long race. We were expecting the Automatic Fire Sprinklers – KV AFS Racing car to be the same as it has been all week, which is with a lot of understeer. Unfortunately the first stint of the race really sent us backwards. The crew were able to do a great first stop, which made the car better and give me more pace, but unfortunately it was too late by then and I just needed to stay out of trouble. We will move on and focus on the last two races and get back to where we deserve to be.”