Category Archives: Chevrolet Racing

Chevy Racing–NHRA–Phoenix Advance

CHEVROLET AT PHOENIX

What: Magic Dry Organic Absorbent NHRA Arizona Nationals
When: Friday, Feb. 22-Sunday, Feb. 24
Where: Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona
TV: FS1 live eliminations and finals, 6 p.m. ET February 24

Chevy Racing seeks to carry momentum in the Arizona desert
Strong start to the season gives teams, drivers confidence entering Round 2 Continue reading Chevy Racing–NHRA–Phoenix Advance

TY DILLON PACES TEAM CHEVY AT 61ST DAYTONA 500

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA 500
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY RACE NOTES & QUOTES
FEBRUARY 17, 2019

TY DILLON PACES TEAM CHEVY AT 61ST DAYTONA 500

DAYTONA, Fla. – (Feb. 17, 2019) – Ty Dillon, whose older brother Austin won The Great American Race a year ago, finished in sixth place to lead all Team Chevy drivers in the 61st running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday. Continue reading TY DILLON PACES TEAM CHEVY AT 61ST DAYTONA 500

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona 500–Dale Earnhardt Jr.

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA 500
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
FEBRUARY 17, 2019

DALE EARNHARDT JR. VISITED WITH MEMBERS OF THE MEDIA PRIOR TO THE DAYTONA 500 TO DISCUSS HIS DUTIES AS THE PACE CAR DRIVER OF THE NEW CHEVY SILVERADO PACE TRUCK. FULL TRANSCRIPT:

YOU ARE THE OFFICIAL PACE CAR DRIVER FOR TODAY’S RACE. HOW WILL THE CHEVROLET SILVERADO PERFORM? THIS IS THE FIRST TIME A TRUCK HAS EVER PACED THE DAYTONA 500 Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona 500–Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Bubba Wallace Finishes Sixth to Pace Four Team Chevy Drivers in the Top 10 in Daytona Duel 1

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DUEL #1 POST RACE NOTES AND QUOTES
FEBRUARY 14, 2019

Bubba Wallace Finishes Sixth to Pace Four Team Chevy Drivers in the Top 10 in Daytona Duel 1

DAYTONA, Fla. (February 14, 2019) – Bubba Wallace, driver of the No. 43 Aftershokz Camaro ZL1, finished in sixth place to lead all Chevrolet drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gander RV Duel 1 at Daytona International Speedway Thursday night. Chris Buescher (No. 37 Kleenex Wet Wipes Camaro ZL1, seventh), seven-time Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Ally Camaro ZL1, eighth), and rookie Ryan Preece (No. 47 Kroger.com Camaro ZL1, 10th) also finished in the top 10 for Chevrolet.

Daytona 500 pole winner William Byron (No. 24 Axalta Camaro ZL1) and Johnson started 1-2 and ran that way for the first 15 laps before pitting. Byron ran in the top 10 for the first 35 laps, but chose to play it safe and drop to the rear to finish 16th.

POST RACE NOTES AND QUOTES:
BUBBA WALLACE, NO. 43 AFTERSHOKZ CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 6th
THAT WAS A PRETTY BOLD MOVE THERE AT THE END:
“Got to do something. I hate riding around. I am not a fan of riding around the top. It’s like everybody knows if more cars go to the bottom we can race on the bottom, but it’s just where momentum takes us with the aero package we’ve got now. I was trying to just learn. Last year it was all just stay in line and ride and I’m not saying I’m over that, but I’ve got to learn at some point. I’ve got to have the guys, the veterans, behind me saying well he made that move in the duel so maybe he’s got a little bit more confidence. Just trying to build that. It’s always a learning game, it’s always a guessing game who is going to go, who is going to go where, but our AfterShokz Chevy was okay. It was a little discouraged at our speed when we were the last car in line. So, we have some work to do over the next two days, but hell, it’s Daytona, it’s next season so we are good.”

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 8th
TALK US THROUGH WHAT HAPPENED ON THE BACKSTRETCH WHEN YOU AND KYLE BUSCH HAD CONTACT:
“Yeah, I just got it wrong. Clearly. We got three wide and I just kind of misjudged that situation in being three wide and trying to tuck in behind Kyle. Unfortunately, just turned him around. Apologies to he and his team and I know that is not what they wanted with their 500 car, but I just got it wrong there.”

ARE THESE CARS, AS YOU ARE SIDE DRAFTING, PULLING THESE CARS IN TOGETHER MORE THAN NORMAL? OR WAS THIS JUST A MISTAKE?
“This was just a mistake for sure. But the cars with the wider spoiler that we have had on the second half of the year, the side draft is a bit more noticeable and decibel with cars around. But definitely nothing to do with this here.”

HOW ABOUT YOUR CAR FOR THE 500? WHAT DID YOU NOTICE ABOUT THIS RACE THAT YOU CAN TAKE INTO SUNDAY?
“It was in Q (Qualifying) trim since it was impounded. So, it was a little looser than I wanted in some situations, but it does have a ton of speed in it. So, if we get some comfort back in it, we are going to have ourselves a great Ally Chevrolet.”

WHEN YOU SAY YOU GOT IT WRONG WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU MEAN?
“So, we are three-wide coming through the Turn, I’m looking out the windshield, my rear view mirror and my third mirror trying to judge if the line is going to follow me, if the line is going to follow Kyle (Busch) and where the third car is. And in that whole environment I was wanting to get back in behind Kyle and I think my eyes were in the wrong spot, so I didn’t have a good sense of perception of where I was with Kyle trying to manage my mirrors and I just got it wrong. I thought I knew where I was with the right-front and I just had it wrong.”

IS YOUR SPOTTER TELLING YOU ANYTHING AT THAT POINT?
“Oh yeah that is another thing that is coming in that you are trying to process at the time.”

IS THIS JUST BUSINESS?
“No, it’s just business. I firmly believe The Clash was a racing incident. This one was a mistake on my behalf and everybody makes mistakes.”

RYAN PREECE, NO. 47 KROGER.COM CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 10th
“I felt like I was patient the entire race. I just at the end… I could have been conservative. I wanted to win, but at the same time I just wanted to make a move. I was expecting… I kept trying to get that run and time it and going into (Turn) 1 I was kind of expecting and hoping that two or three more would have done it too and when I went no one went so I was the odd man out and that is what it is.”

RYAN TRUEX, NO. 71 ACCELL CONSTRUCTION INC. CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 14th
WHAT DID MARTIN (TRUEX, JR.) SAY TO YOU AFTER THE RACE?
“He just asked me what happened. He said when we came off pit road, he saw me and the No. 96 were with each other the entire race, me and Parker (Klingerman). Just yeah, we got on our own and when you are three cars riding around like that you can’t create a pass. The No. 96 was able to create a huge run by backing up to the No. 18 and that was that. There was not much I could do about it.”

HOW ARE YOU EMOTIONALLY?
“I knew… I missed one before so I know how it feels. I have more opportunities this year to go out and prove I can win races. This sucks, but I will move on from it.”

WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 AXALTA CAMARO ZL1 – Finished 16th
YOU MADE IT THROUGH THE DUEL. YOU ARE STILL GOING TO BE ABLE TO LEAD THE FIELD TO GREEN ON SUNDAY. WHAT WERE YOU ABLE TO LEARN TONIGHT?
“Yeah, we raced for a while there. I thought we learned a little something towards the beginning of the race with leading and how our car was going to be. And then we were able to make some moves that were pretty good. After that restart we got in a huge hornet’s nest and we were on the bottom of three-wide, so we just bailed on that. Overall, it was good. Pretty happy with it. It was mission accomplished for us so far.”

Kurt Busch Finishes Fifth to Pace Team Chevy in Daytona Duel 2

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY DUEL #2 POST RACE NOTES AND QUOTES
FEBRUARY 14, 2019

Kurt Busch Finishes Fifth to Pace Team Chevy in Daytona Duel 2
Brendan Gaughan Races into Daytona 500

DAYTONA, Fla. (February 14, 2018) – Kurt Busch, driver of the No. 1 Monster Energy Camaro ZL1, finished in fifth place to lead five Team Chevy drivers in the top 10 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Gander RV Duel 2 at Daytona International Speedway Thursday night. Continue reading Kurt Busch Finishes Fifth to Pace Team Chevy in Daytona Duel 2

Chevy Racing–Bowtie Bullets–Daytona

TEAM CHEVY ADVANCE
61st DAYTONA 500
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA
FEBRUARY 14, 2019

BOWTIE BULLETS
DEFENDING CHAMPS: One year ago, Austin Dillon took the Camaro ZL1 to Victory Lane for the first time by winning the season-opening Daytona 500. The feat not only brought the No. 3 back to Winner’s Circle at Daytona after 20 years, but also gave Chevrolet its first win with a new brand; marking the seventh different moniker to earn a victory in ‘The Great American Race’. In 2019, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 returns to defend its Daytona 500 victory and begin its sophomore season as Chevrolet’s nameplate in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS). Continue reading Chevy Racing–Bowtie Bullets–Daytona

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona Media Day–Jimmie Johnson

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY MEDIA DAY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
FEBRUARY 13, 2019

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1, met with members of the media at Daytona 500 Media Day and discussed running the Boston Marathon, his Clash victory and many other topics. Full Transcript:

If you were going to pick somebody that could maybe take that title away from you, which guy would you pick amongst the younger set that might be able to do it? Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona Media Day–Jimmie Johnson

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona Speedweeks–Media Day–Jamie McMurray

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY MEDIA DAY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
FEBRUARY 13, 2019

JAMIE MCMURRAY, NO. 40 MCDONALD’S/CESSNA/BASS PRO SHOPS CAMARO ZL1, met with members of the media at Daytona 500 Media Day and discussed the upcoming weekend of racing and other topics. Selected Quotes: Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona Speedweeks–Media Day–Jamie McMurray

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Speedweeks–Media Day–Chase Elliott

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY MEDIA DAY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
FEBRUARY 13, 2019

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1, met with members of the media at Daytona 500 Media Day and discussed his outlook for the Daytona 500, trying to keep his momentum up after his victories last season, and many other topics. Full Transcript:

Coming back to Daytona, has it been different this time? Don’t have to answer the question about winning. Different feeling coming back as a winner? Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Speedweeks–Media Day–Chase Elliott

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona Speedweeks–Media Day–Alex Bowman

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY MEDIA DAY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
FEBRUARY 13, 2019

ALEX BOWMAN, NO. 88 NATIONWIDE CAMARO ZL1 met with media and discussed the new rules package, what he works on to improve driver skills, what it takes to get ready for a new season, and more. Selected Quotes:

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO HAVE WILLIAM BYRON AS YOUR TEAMMATE?
“Well, he’s a nerd (laughs). He called me a nerd the other week. He does have the college education, but I probably have more street smarts and he definitely has more book smarts. But no, it’s been cool working with him and getting to know him as well as Jimmie (Johnson) and Chase (Elliott). It’s a pretty cool dynamic we have between the four of us. I think we all bring our individual strengths to the table and can all help each other with our weaknesses.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona Speedweeks–Media Day–Alex Bowman

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona Speedweeks–Media Day–William Byron

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY MEDIA DAY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
FEBRUARY 13, 2019

WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 AXALTA CAMARO ZL1, met with members of the media at Daytona 500 Media Day to discuss being the pole sitter for the Daytona 500, iRacing and many other topics. Full Transcript:

How does ‘polesitter’ feel, knowing that no matter what happens tomorrow night, as long as you don’t wreck, you’re on the pole?
WILLIAM BYRON: No, it’s good. It’s awesome to be on the pole. I’m looking forward to what it brings for us, what we can succeed with. I mean, just to be able to qualify on the pole like that is a goal of ours. It’s awesome. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona Speedweeks–Media Day–William Byron

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona Speedweeks–Media Day–Kurt Busch

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY MEDIA DAY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
FEBRUARY 13, 2019

KURT BUSCH, NO. 1 MONSTER ENERGY CAMARO ZL1, met with members of the media and discussed his return to Chevrolet, winning the Daytona 500, his brother’s upcoming milestone and many other topics. Full Transcript:

What is the memory that you have of something that happened in the Daytona 500? Is there something that always comes back to you?
KURT BUSCH: I have one from the losses, then I have one from the win.
The loss that sticks with me was 2005. I wanted to make a move on Jeff Gordon on the back straightaway on the last lap. As I went to look out to make the pass, because I had a good run from the guys behind me, it was a line of Chevys. I was in a Ford that year. It was Dale Jr. behind me and I think it was Jeff Burton and a line of guys were ready to go with Dale Jr. I was going to get hung out to dry. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona Speedweeks–Media Day–Kurt Busch

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona Speedweeks–Media Day–Chris Buescher

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY MEDIA DAY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
FEBRUARY 13, 2019

CHRIS BUESCHER, NO. 37 KLEENEX WET WIPES CAMARO ZL1, met with members of the media at Daytona 500 Media Day and discussed his new teammate Ryan Preece, the outlook for 2019 and many other topics. Selected Quotes:

“We are in the Thursday race and we are in the first one and we are going to have to watch the go-or-go-homers, because they are going to have a really hard race to get into that one. So, we will be a little bit cautious since we know that is not the race that really pays anything. But we will be set to go in the (Daytona) 500.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona Speedweeks–Media Day–Chris Buescher

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona Speedweeks–Media Day–Bubba Wallace

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY MEDIA DAY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
FEBRUARY 13, 2019

BUBBA WALLACE, NO. 43 AFTERSHOKZ CAMARO ZL1, met with members of the media at Daytona 500 media day and discussed last year’s Daytona 500 finish, his expectations for this year, finding sponsorship and many other topics. Selected Quotes: Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona Speedweeks–Media Day–Bubba Wallace

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona Speedweeks–Ty Dillon

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY MEDIA DAY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
FEBRUARY 13, 2019

TY DILLON, NO. 13 GEICO CAMARO ZL1 met with media and discussed the new rules package, Germain Racing’s shop move, goals for the season, and more. Selected Quotes:

ON THE NEW RULES PACKAGE:
“I think this package suits me extremely well. I’m an aggressive driver. And the just couple of tests we’ve done with this package, early-on in the runs, even though our car might not have had the best long-run speed, I’m able to do things that I couldn’t do last year with that package. I think there were two times where I was able to start behind guys like Brad (Keselowski) and Kyle (Busch) and my brother (Austin Dillon) and I went four-wide with Clint (Bowyer) and Kyle and Brad and passed all three of them, twice, at the test. That’s something different that I wasn’t able to show last year. I think this package allows me to show some of my aggressiveness and I’m exited for these re-starts for our team. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona Speedweeks–Ty Dillon

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona Speedweeks–Media Day–Ryan Preece

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY MEDIA DAY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
FEBRUARY 13, 2019

RYAN PREECE, NO. 47 KROGER.COM CAMARO ZL1 met with media and discussed his first Daytona 500, this year’s rookie class, feedback he provides to the team and other topics. Selected quotes:

IT’S YOUR FIRST DAYTONA 500. WHAT ARE THE EMOTIONS OF KNOWING YOU’LL BE PART OF THIS?
“It’s slowly coming to me, for sure. I’ve been running around so much between running over to New Smyrna to get that car through tech, coming back here for practice and qualifying Saturday and Sunday and then going back to New Smyrna. I’ve been staying busy and haven’t had a lot of time to think about it. But it’s very exciting because this is what you work for to get here. Going from a quarter-mile in Riverhead in Long Island to a 2.5-mile oval at Daytona is totally different and very exciting.” Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona Speedweeks–Media Day–Ryan Preece

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona Speedweeks–Media Day–Austin Dillon

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY MEDIA DAY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
FEBRUARY 13, 2019

AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 DOW CAMARO ZL1, met with members of the media at Daytona 500 Media Day to discuss returning as the defending winner of the 500, the opportunity to repeat as winner and many other topics. Full Transcript:

What has this been like coming back to this place knowing that you’re the reigning champion? Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Daytona Speedweeks–Media Day–Austin Dillon

Chevy Racing–Daytona Speedweeks–Media Day–Kyle Larson

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY MEDIA DAY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
FEBRUARY 13, 2019

Kyle Larson, No. 42 Credit One Bank Camaro ZL1, met with members of the media at Daytona 500 Media Day to discuss the upcoming weekend of racing and other topics. Selected quotes: Continue reading Chevy Racing–Daytona Speedweeks–Media Day–Kyle Larson

Chevy Racing–NASCAR– DAYTONA Media Day–Daniel Hemric

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
DAYTONA SPEEDWEEKS
DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY
TEAM CHEVY MEDIA DAY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
FEBRUARY 13, 2019

DANIEL HEMRIC, NO. 8 BASS PRO SHOPS/CATERPILLAR CAMARO ZL1, met with members of the media at Daytona 500 media day to discuss this year’s rookie class, his qualifying performance, the 50th year of Richard Childress Racing and other topics. Selected Quotes: Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR– DAYTONA Media Day–Daniel Hemric

Chevy Racing–INDYCAR–COTA Test

CHEVROLET RACING IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES
OPEN TEST
CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS
AUSTIN, TEXAS
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2019

Team Penske Chevrolet drivers Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Will Power and Josef Newgarden met with members of the media at Circuit of the Americas:

THE MODERATOR: Joined by three members of Team Penske who have been all out on track this morning. Helio, we will start with you. Your thoughts on the day?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: It was great. I have to be honest, a bit of a quick reaction first time out there, especially in the place I have no idea. The first time I’m driving. Kind of like it was very rush.

But towards the end of the day, it was a little bit better. Still getting the timing right. Great to be back in the NTT IndyCar Series. Great to feel the horsepower, the quickness of the car, as well. It’s just like you feel the wind on the visor because normally you have the windshield, a year running with the sports car. Quite a lot of fun.

Hopefully, I can help my guys, my teammates here, testing some things that they might not think it’s necessary. Somebody always got to take the short stick, and I think I will be the one.

It’s been so far so good.

THE MODERATOR: Is that how you see your role here at this test, is providing an extra car of data for the team? Also, you’ll be competing on a permanent road course in May at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Does any of this help you out there?

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Absolutely. Right now it’s getting everyone, especially myself, but also the team. The team is incredible. We have some guys from the sports car program straight into Indy car racing. They’re ready to go. We just want to make sure that everyone is in sync.

Plus, if I can obviously add, as I said, Simon referred to me as a mule, if I can try something that nobody wants to do it, why not? Every time you have more data live, it’s always beneficial to the team.

Hopefully, that helps me get used to, and when it comes back to the Indy Grand Prix, we’re ready to go.

THE MODERATOR: We are also joined by our reigning Indianapolis 500 champion, Will Power.

Will, a new track for the NTT IndyCar Series, one you’ve been excited to get some laps on. How did that go for you?

WILL POWER: The track is phenomenal. I love it, love it, love it. Very technical. Obviously a lot of complexes. There is a place where the fans can see the whole track like there’s a cool tower. Not that you can fit 100,000 people up there, but it’s actually a good track. Great facilities. All the drivers are stoked to be here. Thoroughly enjoying it.

THE MODERATOR: Simon, we’ll move on to you, driver of the No. 22 Chevrolet for Team Penske. Starting off the season in true form, trying to become an NTT IndyCar Series champion once again. How are you feeling about the start of this season and your prospects heading into 2019?

SIMON PAGENAUD: It’s been really good. We’ve done a fantastic job, the whole team gathering right after Sonoma to try to attack the winner. We understand the program we needed to face to improve the cars and improve ourselves. It’s phenomenal.

Team Penske, they’re the best of the best. They still always try to turn every stone they can to be better. It’s impressive. It’s such an honor to be part of this organization. We’ve looked at everything.

I have to say I can feel a big improvement already. It’s about putting everything together now. It’s a bit like a recipe when you cook: it’s about finding the right ingredients. We’re putting all the pieces together.

At the moment we’re really just exploring. It’s still early stage. But the feeling is good. It’s good to be back at a track, especially a track like this one. I love Indy car racing, I love racing these cars. I have to say it’s awesome to start a new season.

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. What have you learned about this track, what you experienced today, that you found most challenging and most fun?
WILL POWER: Yeah, I mean, it’s got corners from other tracks. I know Silverstone, that first sector. I think it’s starting in Turn 3 is an amazing complex of corners, very technical. I mean, it’s a really fun track.

I’d actually tested here before. It’s become a little bit more bumpy, which adds some character to the track. Yeah, I don’t know if there’s anything else really to add.

SIMON PAGENAUD: It’s an interesting track because it’s got a lot of low-speed corners, elevation changes, then all of a sudden you throw yourself into those fast S’s. It requires different things from the car to handle right.

You have to find the compromise to be the fastest around the whole racetrack. With driving, with techniques, you can adjust to turn around the bends.

It’s tough. There’s 20 corners, so it’s a long track. There’s a lot of little details to work on.

WILL POWER: A good idea is a good idea forever.

SIMON PAGENAUD: That’s a quote. Go write it down (laughter).

Q. Are you happy to have Helio here?
WILL POWER: He’s just a pest, a pain.

SIMON PAGENAUD: He’s totally unnecessary (laughter).

WILL POWER: That’s what dad used to call us kids when we were young, You’re a pest, get out of here.

JOSEF NEWGARDEN: It’s nice, like when your grandparents come to visit (laughter).

HELIO CASTRONEVES: Just like a fly.

WILL POWER: Actually it’s great having him here.

HELIO CASTRONEVES: The feeling is mutual, by the way.

WILL POWER: Great to have Helio. Helio and I get along well, always joking around. At dinner, he had some great stories last night, great stories. I’d like to share them with you, but we haven’t got time (laughter).

Yeah, love it. I hope he comes back full-time. Throwing that out there.

SIMON PAGENAUD: You just did.

Yeah, it’s awesome to have him. I have him on the sports car side, too. I don’t get to miss him much. I love having him around because the biggest thing is his joy. It’s great to have someone with such joy of life. He’s still a kid when he gets in his racecar. It’s great to see and inspiring. I love having him on the team.

THE MODERATOR: We’ll let the original crew go, and Josef, you can stay.

THE MODERATOR: Josef finished third fastest in this morning’s session in the No. 2 Penske Chevrolet. We were talking with your teammates on their outlook on 2019.

JOSEF NEWGARDEN: I thought it was fun to get a look. Obviously, it’s new for us. It was interesting to see. It’s a very nice facility. You can tell the track is quite high quality. There’s definitely some surface shifting. They were telling me about the soil. You can tell it’s old farmland for sure because it’s got quite a bit of waviness on the backstretch. There’s some high bumps in a couple places. Other than that, it’s a really cool racetrack, fun to drive.

I like that it’s long and flowing. It’s not short. You have to put a whole lap together here. Yeah, we’ll see how we get on in the afternoon. We weren’t super strong in the morning. Got a little bit better on the second set of tires. I still think we’re a little out of the window, which is okay.

It’s a brand-new circuit. Didn’t know 100% where to be to start. I think we have a better idea now. We’ll see what we do in the afternoon.

THE MODERATOR: What about weather conditions? Here in Austin, Texas, you would think maybe we’d be a little warmer than we are today. Maybe in March, it is quite warmer. Will that information gathered from today still be applicable to a different sort of weather climate?

JOSEF NEWGARDEN: Yeah, I think so. The temperature goes up 20, 30 degrees, it will change things. The general characteristics of the track you’re learning today. The wind looks likes it’s kicking up. I think that’s going to be a very big deal here. The wind could probably play more of an effect than the temperature. We’re learning about that today.

When the temperature does or doesn’t change, we’ll learn about that, too, later on. I think the bulk of the information we’re going to pick up will be very useful for the race weekend.

THE MODERATOR: What are some key goals for you heading into the season? A year ago today coming into the season as the reigning series champion. What would you like to put together to repeat that?

JOSEF NEWGARDEN: It’s the same goals. We firstly want to win the Indianapolis 500. That’s obviously goal number one for our group. The championship follows that.

I think for the championship side, we just need to be more consistent than we were last year. That’s where we were lacking, in my opinion. We had great performances. We had some really solid weekends. From a consistency standpoint, we didn’t put a whole year together very well. That’s the big thing from that.

Obviously going back to the 500, we just got to execute on race day, give ourselves an opportunity. Hopefully, it works out.

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Josef.

Q. You’re at 149 today. How much time do you think is still left out on the track for you?
JOSEF NEWGARDEN: Hard to say. I think we’ll get in the 47s probably by the time we’re done. The test, these two days, I’d be surprised if we don’t get into the 47s.

How much quicker we go than that, I’m not sure. We can go down to 45s with reds on, race weekend, full rubber. High 45s maybe. That’s my guess, my best guess of what we’re going to do. Maybe low 46s. I think that’s probably what is in us at the moment.

Q. (Question about degradation.)
JOSEF NEWGARDEN: The surface itself, if you look at the actual material, it’s very polished. From that standpoint, there’s not a lot of abrasion. But that doesn’t necessarily equate to keeping the tires underneath you the whole time.

Yeah, I don’t know yet how bad the tire deg is going to be. The first set of tires, they definitely were degrading. They wear out. Tire life is not going to be easy here. I guess you really notice a new set of tires is what I’m getting to.

They’re going to last just fine. Firestone, we always have good durability. That’s one of the traits of the tire, it’s durable and reliable. I don’t think we’ll have problems with that.

Figuring out the nuances of how much they’re going to degrade, we don’t 100% know yet. I don’t at least, yeah.

THE MODERATOR: Thank you.