CHEVROLET NTT INDYCAR SERIES HONDA INDY 200 DOUBLE HEADER MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE LEXINGTON, OHIO TEAM CHEVY ADVANCE SEPTEMBER 12-13, 2020 RACE #10 & 11 OF 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES:
Five-to-go! Chevrolet teams in the NTT INDYCAR head to one of the favorite road courses on the schedule – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The 2.258-mile, 13-turn natural road course is a rhythm race track that requires a driver to develop a flow the get the most out of their Chevrolet 2.2 liter twin turbo direct injected V6 power.
Mid-Ohio has been a good track for Team Chevy.
Team Chevy drivers have won the NTT P1 award seven of the eight races since 2012, and four races. Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet, won from the pole in 2016.
Teammate Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet has the most poles – 2019, 2027, 2012.
FAN VIEWING AND LISTENINGNBC/NBCSN telecasts: Race 1, 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday, Sept. 12 (live); Race 2, 1 p.m. ET Sunday, Sept. 13 (live).NBC Sports Gold livestreaming: Saturday’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice session and Saturday and Sunday’s qualifying sessions will stream live on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold, NBC Sports’ direct-to-consumer livestreaming produ ct.Pennzoil INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts: All NTT INDYCAR SERIES races are broadcast live on Pennzoil INDYCAR Radio Network affiliates, Sirius 211, XM 205, IndyCar.com and on the INDYCAR Mobile app powered by NTT DATA. Live coverage of NTT INDYCAR SERIES qualifying is available on XM 205, IndyCar.com and the INDYCAR Mobile app.
AT-TRACK SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES LOCAL)Saturday, Sept. 1210:45 a.m.-noon: NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice, NBC Sports Gold (live)2:00-2:30 p.m.: Qualifying for the NTT P1 Award – Race 1 (Two groups), NBC Sports Gold (live)4:30 p.m.: NBCSN on air4:53 p.m.: “Drivers, start your engines”5:00 p.m.: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio – Race 1 (75 laps/169.35 miles), NBCSN (Live)Sunday, Sept. 1310:15-10:45 a.m.: Qualifying for the NTT P1 Award – Race 2 (Two groups), NBC Sports Gold (Live)12:58 p.m.: “Drivers, start your engines”1:00 p.m.: NBC on air1:05 p.m.: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio – Race 2 (75 laps/169.35 miles), NBC (Live) BOWTIE BULLETS:Chevrolet at Mid-Ohio since 2012
- 7 poles, 4 wins
- Josef Newgarden is second in points, Pato O’Ward is third in points, Simon Pagenaud is sixth in points and Will Power sits eighth.
- Power is the second all-time INDYCAR pole winner with 59 (behind only Mario Andretti with 67).
- Since returning to INDYCAR manufacturer competition in 2012, Chevrolet has amassed 85 wins in 145 races along with six Manufacturer Championships and six driver championships
QUOTABLE QUOTES: ROB BUCKNER, CHEVROLET RACING ENGINEERING PROGRAM MANAGER FOR THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES: “After a successful conclusion for our Chevy IndyCar teams and drivers in the final oval race of the season at WWT Raceway, all of the focus turns to the final five NTT INDYCAR Series races which will all be held on a road or street courses. Next on the schedule is Mid-Ohio and we arre going to be allowed to have a limited number of fans. Their presence always creates more energy and excitement for the teams and drivers, Mid-Ohio is a flowing track that requires drivers to finesse their cars around the track. The driver that can maintain a smooth rhythm getting on and off the throttle will reap a good result. “Although it is another doubleheader weekend, with the cooperative effort of the Chevrolet engineers, along with the technical partners and team engineers, the teams have the tools they need to have a successful weekend”
FROM THE COCKPIT: JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 1 HITACHI TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET: “I’m thrilled that the series has been able to figure out how to race at Mid-Ohio. I really didn’t want to see an extended break following out win at Gateway. With that momentum, the PPG Chevy team and I are feeling really dialed in for this weekend’s races. It’s another doubleheader and the first of several road courses and we feel pretty good about that. Qualifying is so important at Mid-Ohio and we feel great about our plan for that. With the race, it’s all about staying out of trouble in the corners and watching restarts. My guys always put together a fast car and I’m sure that won’t be any different this weekend.” CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. 4 TRESIBA AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET:“I’m glad we are able to get the opportunity to race at Mid-Ohio this year, a double header means double the fun around the track which is one of my favorites. I have a lot of confidence in the No. 4 Tresiba Chevrolet after leaving the last road course at Road America and knowing that will translate into this weekend. Strategically, the 15 lap shorter race adds a wrinkle in the thought process but having won there in 2013 with a healthy dose of strategy the opportunity exists for us to excel.”
PATO O’WARD, NO. 5 ARROW MCLAREN SP CHEVROLET:“We are returning to road course action this weekend at Mid-Ohio. I think it’s going to be a good change for the championship race, after having five oval races in a row. It will be a good challenge for Arrow McLaren SP and I’m looking forward to building on the success that I had there in 2018 with Indy Lights, getting both poles and both wins. Our objective is going to be the same as it has been the past couple of weeks: qualifying up front and try to score a couple podium finishes. OLIVER ASKEW, NO. 7 ARROW MCLAREN SP CHEVROLET:“We are returning to road course action this weekend at Mid-Ohio. I think it’s going to be a good change for the championship race, after having five oval races in a row. It will be a good challenge for Arrow McLaren SP and I’m looking forward to building on the success that I had there in 2018 with Indy Lights, getting both poles and both wins. Our objective is going to be the same as it has been the past couple of weeks: qualifying up front and try to score a couple podium finishes. WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET:“I’m really looking forward to racing at Mid-Ohio and it’s nice to have a few road course races in a row. We haven’t had one since the Road America weekend – a lot of ovals in a row. But it’s a fun track, a place with so many technical corners. It can be difficult but also really fun to race there. We’ve started on the pole there a few times but it’s one of the tracks I haven’t won at yet. It’s been a goal of mine to get a win there and I’m excited to have two chances to try and make it happen. We have a really fast Verizon Chevrolet ready to go.” DALTON KELLETT, NO 14 K-LINE USA AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET: “I am very excited for the double-header at Mid-Ohio and thankful for the efforts of INDYCAR, Savoree-Green, and the State for surmounting the challenges of rescheduling the race. It’s one of my favourite tracks, I love the technical and fast-paced nature of the layout. This weekend will be physically and mentally challenging, for both crew and drivers. It shouldn’t be quite as hot as the Indy GP, but you can’t discount the physical nature of this place. There’s not much time to relax. “It will be good to jump back in the No. 14 and continue to work on our road course package. Given the condensed schedule, we’re doing more development, during race weekends, than we might on a typical year. That means it will be important for me to give the engineers accurate feedback in practice, so we can get it right for the race. Every session is an opportunity to learn. Be sure to catch updates on the No. 14 K-Line Insulators USA Chevrolet on social and the NBC broadcasts Saturday and Sunday!” CONOR DALY, NO. 20 U.S. AIR FORCE ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET: “ “I’ve always enjoyed going to Mid-Ohio, such a great track in the Midwest. I’ve had some reasonable success there, qualified decent and led some laps. It feels like forever since we’ve been to a road course so it will be nice to get back to that! Hopefully we’ll qualify up front, finish up front and get a lot of points.” RINUS VEEKAY, NO. 21 SONAX ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET:“I’m very excited we’re finally going to Mid-Ohio! We’ve been waiting a while to find out if it was going happen. I had a very important test with Ed Carpenter Racing there last October. Good memories already with the team! Also good memories in the Road to Indy where I never finished off the podium and have two wins. I love the track and the atmosphere around it. The season is getting close to the end now. We’ve had a few good races and it’s important to keep this momentum going!” SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 DXC TECHNOLOGY TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET:“I’m so excited to have DXC Technology back on my Chevrolet for Mid-Ohio. For the rest of the season we’ll be racing on road courses or a street course so we have had to shift our thinking from the last few races that were all on ovals. Whatever we learn between the two races at Mid-Ohio can be really valuable for the rest of the season. In that case and my crew has been working really hard with that in mind. We are ready for the fight and aiming for race wins.” MAX CHILTON, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET: “ “I know how hard everyone at INDYCAR and the track have been working to make sure we get back to Mid-Ohio this weekend and I’m thrilled they were able to not only get us back, but get us a doubleheader with fans! I’m a big fan of Mid-Ohio and we’ve qualified well there in the past, so I’m really looking forward to carrying the momentum the team has from Gateway into this weekend and hopefully getting two more top-10 finishes.”