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CHEVY MENCS AT TALLADEGA 1: Chase Elliott Roundtable Transcript

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY
GEICO 500
TEAM CHEVY ROUNDTABLE TRANSCRIPT
APRIL 17, 2019

CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 MOUNTAIN DEW CAMARO ZL1 met with media and discussed the upcoming GEICO 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Full Transcript:

HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR A SUPERSPEEDWAY RACE VERSUS A SHORT TRACK RACE?
“I personally don’t. Our preparation week-to-week is basically the same. Obviously you’re going to a different track and the cars are set-up differently, but I recognize what’s ahead and deal with it, I guess, as they come. I don’t change my week whether I’m going to Talladega or going to Bristol.” Continue reading CHEVY MENCS AT TALLADEGA 1: Chase Elliott Roundtable Transcript

CHEVROLET IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES AT LONG BEACH: RACE REPORT, QUOTES AND PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT

CHEVROLET IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES
STREETS OF LONG BEACH
ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
TEAM CHEVY RACE RECAP, QUOTES & PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
APRIL 14, 2019

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 14, 2019) – Josef Newgarden, No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, is leaving the Streets of Long Beach in the position he came in – leader of the NTT IndyCar Series. With a runner-up finished in today’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, the 2017 Series’ champion heads into the Month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a 28-point margin over second place.

The podium run today is Newgarden’s best finish in eight starts in the historic race. It is his third podium in the first four races of the season including the victory in the season-opening race on the Streets of St. Petersburg. Continue reading CHEVROLET IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES AT LONG BEACH: RACE REPORT, QUOTES AND PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT

CHEVROLET IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES AT LONG BEACH: POST RACE DRIVER QUOTES

CHEVROLET IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES
STREETS OF LONG BEACH
ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
TEAM CHEVY POST RACE DRIVER QUOTES
APRIL 14, 2019

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 2 HITACHI TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FINISHED 2ND:
ON HIS RACE:“It’s tough when you’re not able to compete at the very, very front. We were at the front, but you want to be competing for first (place). That’s disappointing, but we gave it our all today and thought we had a pretty good race for the most part. The Hitachi car was fast, it was just a touch off what other cars had. Alex did a nice job; congrats to Andretti. We had good fuel mileage (and) Chevy did a good job for us. We just were a little short. It’s a good day, it’s just tough when you’re not competing for the win.” Continue reading CHEVROLET IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES AT LONG BEACH: POST RACE DRIVER QUOTES

John Force Racing teams with Chevrolet for Houston sweep

CHEVROLET RACING IN NATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATION
MOPAR EXPRESS LANE NHRA SPRINGNATIONALS
HOUSTON RACEWAY PARK POWERED BY PENNZOIL
POST-RACE RECAP AND WINNER TRANSCRIPTS
SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 2019

John Force Racing teams with Chevrolet for Houston sweep

No. 1 qualifier Brittany Force earns ninth Top Fuel victory
Funny Car points leader wins for the third time in five races
No. 1 qualifier John Force reaches third Funny Car semifinal
BAYTOWN, Texas (April 14, 2019) – Robert Hight, who five minutes earlier won for the 48th time in his National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Funny Car career, greeted Brittany Force with a big hug as the Top Fuel winner climbed from her Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet dragster. Continue reading John Force Racing teams with Chevrolet for Houston sweep

CHEVY MENCS AT Richmond 1: Race Notes & Quotes

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
RICHMOND RACEWAY
TOYOTA OWNERS 400
TEAM CHEVY RACE NOTES & QUOTES
APRIL 13, 2019

TOP TEAM CHEVY UNOFFICIAL FINISHING RESULTS:
POS. DRIVER
3rd AUSTIN DILLON, NO. 3 AAA CAMARO ZL1
11th KURT BUSCH, NO. 1 CLOBAL POKER CAMARO ZL1
12th JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1
13th WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 LIBERTY UNIVERSITY CAMARO ZL1
15th CHASE ELLIOTT, NO. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS CAMARO ZL1 Continue reading CHEVY MENCS AT Richmond 1: Race Notes & Quotes

CORVETTE RACING AT LONG BEACH: Second and Third in Another Thriller

CORVETTE RACING AT LONG BEACH: Second and Third in Another Thriller
Garcia, Magnussen, Gavin, Milner all climb GT Le Mans podium

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 13, 2019) – Corvette Racing claimed two podium finishes Saturday at the Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix of Long Beach, the first time since 2014 that the program scored a pair of top-three results on the streets of southern California.

Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen placed second in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with their No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. They were followed closely by Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin in the No. 4 Corvette in third place. Continue reading CORVETTE RACING AT LONG BEACH: Second and Third in Another Thriller

CHEVROLET IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES AT LONG BEACH: POST QUALIFYING RECAP AND PRESS CONFERENCE

CHEVROLET IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES
STREETS OF LONG BEACH
ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
TEAM CHEVY POST QUALIFYING RECAP AND PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
APRIL 13, 2019

CHEVROLET IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES
STREETS OF LONG BEACH
LONG BEACH, CA
ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
TEAM CHEVY QUALIFYING RECAP
APRIL 12, 2019

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 13, 2019) – Three former NTT IndyCar Series champions put their Chevrolet-powered cars in the Firestone Fast Six for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Team Penske drivers Will Power, No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet (2014 Champion), Josef Newgarden, No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet (2017 Champion) and Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 DXC Technology Chevrolet (2016 Champion) qualified third, fourth and fifth respectively for the 85-lap race around the 1.968-mile/11-turn temporary street course in Long Beach, California.

A total of nine Chevrolet qualified for the fourth race of the season, and the second street race of the 2019. The historic event is the final race before the Series heads to Indianapolis to start the month of May with the Grand Prix of Indy on May 11.

Alexander Rossi is the NTT P1 award winner with Scott Dixon and Graham Rahal (all Honda) completing the top-six drivers competing for the pole.

The race will be broadcast on NBCSports.com, INDYCAR Radio Network affiliates, IndyCar.com, indycarradio.com, the INDYCAR Mobile app, Sirius 113 and XM 209. Practice sessions will be streamed on INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold.

WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 3RD: WILL POWER: “Yeah, it was great for all three of us to get in, considering how tight it’s been in practice. Yeah, that was my aim was just to get in the top six because I felt like I was struggling all week. But yeah, the teams worked well. I think the car feels super good balance-wise, like I’m very happy with it. It was a mega lap Alex did. I couldn’t see myself doing that. But very good to be in P3.”

JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 2 HITACHI TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 4TH: “T The Fast Six is great for the race. I think we’ll have a much better vantage point to the start of this thing compared to Barber. It’s hard to make something happen at 16th, but up in the top six it makes a world of difference, so excited about that. Wish we had a little more today honestly. I thought our car was great. My engineer Gavin did a good job, the te
am did a good job. Wasn’t much missing from what I could feel. The car felt really good. We were just a little shy in performance, and we’ll chip away at it, figure out where that’s at, but I thought it was a solid run, and like you said, a great starting position, so we’ve got to be happy with that.”

SIMON PAGENAUD, NO. 22 DXC TECHNOLOGY TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 5TH: “We worked pretty hard. It’s pretty cool to see how hard Team Penske has been working all winter trying to figure out that street course setup, and as we’ve shown today with all three cars being in the Fast Six, we’ve made a great improvement. I had a lot of fun driving the car all weekend. What a great track. It’s awesome to drive around here.”

PATRICIO O’WARD, NO. 31 GESS CARLIN CHEVROLET, QUALFIED 9TH: “We definitely had the pace today in the No. 31 GESS Carlin Chevrolet, but unfortunately we just got caught out by that red and couldn’t finish our quick lap. We were right on pace to make it into the Firestone Fast Six, so this one stings a little bit. It’s been a blast driving around this place – it’s such a fun track to drive. I think we have a lot to look forward to for tomorrow’s race with how much progress we’ve made over the weekend. It’s a hard lap to put together, but it’s nice to know that we do have the pace to compete at the top.”

MAX CHILTON, NO. 59 GALLAGHER CARLIN CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 16TH: “The No. 59 Gallagher Carlin Chevrolet was the best it’d been all weekend today for qualifying. We’ve been struggling with balance and we were nowhere this morning, so we definitely made progress. I know we’re starting 16th, which is right in the middle of everything, but from where we started this morning, we made a positive change. It’s just so close out there. If I had the balance that I had this morning, I probably would’ve gotten more out of it for qualifying. In general, I’d say we’re making the right steps forward, but it’s just incredibly close out there.”

ED JONES, NO. 20 ED CARPENTER RACING SCUDERIA CORSA CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 17TH: “We tried to change up the strategy a bit to try and avoid getting affected by a red flag, as that has happened in a few previous qualifying sessions. We didn’t get to show our potential on black tires, our third lap was going to be our quickest but we came in early for reds. Because we stopped early, our first lap on reds was affected by cars coming out of the pit lane in front of us. On the second lap, the red flag came out. By doing what seemed like the right thing, in hindsight, created another issue for us. I don’t know how much father up we would have been but, but one of the worst thing is when you don’t get to see what your potential is. It seems we have improved every session this weekend, so I feel like we will have a strong car for the race and should be able to move forward quite a bit.”

MATHEUS LEIST, NO. 4 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 20TH: “Unfortunately things didn’t go our way, we’re struggling a little bit with the car. The conditions changed so much from practice and qualifying, you never know what’s going to be good and what’s going to be bad. I was just not comfortable driving the car today, pretty much the whole weekend. Hopefully things are going to start to get better. We still have a warm-up tomorrow so we’ll see if we can make some improvements to have a good race car.”

TONY KANAAN, NO. 14 ABC SUPPLY AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 21ST: “Somehow we lost our way last night and it was my fault trying to make up for something that we don’t have. It’s frustrating, I shouldn’t have made the mistake, I should have known better but that’s my competitive side. I’m always going to try to do better and it’s frustrating. Somewhere, somehow last night we lost our way, so we’ve got to regroup tonight and hopefully we’ll have a better racecar for tomorrow.”

SPENCER PIGOT, NO. 21 ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 23RD: “We’ve been chasing a lot of things this weekend, unfortunately it’s not just one thing we are looking for. We’ve been trying a lot of different things but haven’t been able to hit the nail on the head yet. We’re going to have a long day tomorrow, but hopefully we’ll make some solid improvements to the car overnight, maybe get creative with strategy, and see what we can do.”

FIRESTONE FAST SIX PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT:
THE MODERATOR: We’ll begin our NTT IndyCar Series post-qualifying press conference for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Joined now by Josef Newgarden driving the No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet for Team Penske in this weekend’s race, starting fourth in tomorrow’s race on Sunday afternoon. A podium finish here in 2017. Josef, you had a bit of a disappointing qualifying effort in Barber. I know you were hoping to start higher up. Obviously a great Firestone Fast Six appearance here. How happy are you to turn things around this weekend?
JOSEF NEWGARDEN: Yeah, it’s a much better starting position for sure. The Fast Six is great for the race. I think we’ll have a much better vantage point to the start of this thing compared to Barber. It’s hard to make something happen at 16th, but up in the top six it makes a world of difference, so excited about that. Wish we had a little more today honestly. I thought our car was great. My engineer Gavin did a good job, the team did a good job. Wasn’t much missing from what I could feel. The car felt really good. We were just a little shy in performance, and we’ll chip away at it, figure out where that’s at, but I thought it was a solid run, and like you said, a great starting position, so we’ve got to be happy with that.
Q. Josef, considering that Barber wasn’t necessarily the best qualifying effort, now all three Penskes made it to the Fast Six, how much does it say for you but more importantly for the team to get that rally back?
JOSEF NEWGARDEN: Well, I think our street course cars have been good. We were solid at St. Pete so I think that’s what you’re seeing here. We did a lot of work on that in the off-season, so I think that’s what it speaks to mostly. But yeah, Barber, I think we need a little time on our road course side. I think we’ll figure it out. I have no doubt, we’ve got the best in the business that work on our cars, so we’ll get there, we just need a little bit of time to figure out where we need to be better.
So it is good to rally here, like you said. But we kind of expected that. I knew we’d have good cars here. I was really excited to get going. Now we’ll try and get through this weekend, try to get through the race, score some points and focus on where we can be stronger on the road courses in the future.
Q. I’m just wondering, the way that you guys get so close to the wall here and have to maximize every little bit of track to get a good lap time, is there any way to put into perspective like how difficult is that? You guys make it look fairly easy like you’re in control, but how close are you to not being in control there?
JOSEF NEWGARDEN: It’s kind of like when you’re pulling out of a parking spot and it’s tight on both sides and you back up and you start to turn and you’re like, man, am I going to miss that car in front of me, and your nose is like right there, and like 50 percent of the time I’m just like, well, I think I’m going to make it. If I don’t, I hit him. That’s kind of what it feels like.
You’re like all the time on every lap, you’re just like, argh, I could hit or maybe not. Most of the time you don’t. That’s what it’s like for me. It’s kind of fun. It’s like parking. (Laughter.)
Q. How are the red tires holding up, and do you expect to get them off the car as quick as you can or are you just going to wait until one third of the race and then get them off? Are they durable enough to go a whole stint?
JOSEF NEWGARDEN: Yeah, I think they can. Obviously, tire deg was not been too bad here this weekend. I think that’s why you kind of notice that in the lap times. Most people didn’t drop off in the Fast Six because it’s not as bad here. The track rubbers up quite a lot, and it will throughout the race.
So yeah, you’ll be able to run stints on reds for sure. It’s going to be a question of how much performance the reds have over the blacks, and are you going to have that for a long enough period. So that will be what we’ll weigh up. But I think the degradation has been pretty solid this weekend. They’ve not been too difficult.
I think you’ll see a lot of people mixing it up, a lot of red tire runs.
THE MODERATOR: Joined by Will Power, starting third in tomorrow’s race. Will, it’s not unusual to see all three Penske drivers in the Firestone Fast Six, but it’s been a while since we’ve seen that. How strong is your car specifically this weekend but also just the strength of your team?
WILL POWER: Yeah, it was great for all three of us to get in, considering how tight it’s been in practice. Yeah, that was my aim was just to get in the top six because I felt like I was struggling all week. But yeah, the teams worked well. I think the car feels super good balance-wise, like I’m very happy with it. It was a mega lap Alex did. I couldn’t see myself doing that. But very good to be in P3.
THE MODERATOR: I’ll welcome in Simon Pagenaud starting fifth in tomorrow’s race. Your best start of the season here coming at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. You’ve been very close to some Firestone Fast Six appearances throughout the season, but how happy are you to finally make an appearance here in the Firestone Fast Six this race?
SIMON PAGENAUD: Yeah, I wasn’t gone. I’m still here. (Laughter.) It’s all good. We worked pretty hard. It’s pretty cool to see how hard Team Penske has been working all winter trying to figure out that street course setup, and as we’ve shown today with all three cars being in the Fast Six, we’ve made a great improvement. I had a lot of fun driving the car all weekend. What a great track. It’s awesome to drive around here.
The car was great. We just had a few more laps on the tires just like Graham did due to being in group 2, but the car was fantastic, and it was super competitive. I’m pretty pleased being fifth on the grid. We won from fourth in ’16, so why not.
Q. Simon, when you came in you said, I’m still here, and as Nate here from NBC pointed out I think you’ve said a few times on TV this weekend similar things, like I’m still the champion —
SIMON PAGENAUD: It’s just my ego coming out. I’m a contentious person, so I just said these things. Why not say it, right?
Q. I was wondering if you’re feeling unloved or ignored or if there’s something going on —
WILL POWER: I have been ignoring him a little bit.
SIMON PAGENAUD: Actually I have plenty of love, mostly from Will, a lot from Josef, too much sometimes. (Laughter.) But no, I feel confident, so I think ego comes out when you’re confident. I think that’s what’s going on maybe.
Q. Do you have a chip on your shoulder?
SIMON PAGENAUD: I don’t have a chip, no. It’s all good. I’m pretty focused, 100 percent. Yeah, might have shown some aggressiveness, fire, yeah, that’s not a bad thing.
WILL POWER: He tried to beat me up after practice. I got in his way. So yeah, he’s very aggressive right now.
so we’ll see how it plays out. But we’ll be fine in the race. I’m not really worried about that.
But like to push to a qualifying pace level, the rear of our car is just not good enough, but you deep tune it a little bit, should be all right.
Q. Both Will and Simon, Josef pointed it out that during the street courses the program has been pretty good for both of you. The street course program, they’ve been working on it throughout the off-season maybe a bit more than on the road courses. How does it feel that now all three made it to the Fast Six after what happened at Barber?
WILL POWER: Yeah, there’s no question we’re better on the street courses, and it feels good to be in the Fast Six. Honestly, like when you look at how tight the field is now, one little mistake or if your car is not quite in the window, you’re going to pay for it and you’re going to be probably back to 10th.
Yeah, yeah, very happy with the street course performance this year so far.
Simon says the same. (Laughter.)
Q. Will, missed the Fast Six last week, 10th this morning in practice. Were you ever concerned?
WILL POWER: Yes, I was. I was actually concerned. I was going to qualifying, just because it’s so tight. I knew that if we got everything right, I’d be close. Running like a tenth off, ended up being in sixth this morning, so that was my aim, just get to the Fast Six and I’ll be really happy. Whatever else you get from there will be a bonus. So yeah, really happy.
Q. Two guys on row three, you guys came together in Turn 1 here last year —
SIMON PAGENAUD: You can’t focus on these things. We race together every week, and sometimes one makes a mistake and the next week you make a mistake. You can’t really blame everyone. That’s my opinion. We’re all trying hard. It was very unfortunate for us. It was very unfortunate for the sponsors being here, and the goal is to make DXC Technology super proud to be here and have a great race and put on a good show for the fans.
Q. Well, is it the event? Is everybody just so happy because this is a good event? What is the reasoning for this good mood?
SIMON PAGENAUD: I personally think that it’s so competitive, and I don’t think you guys understand how — sorry, no offense. I don’t think anyone outside the race car can understand how competitive this is right now, so it’s very rewarding when you have a good day, and I think it’s — as a driver you feel fully content when you’ve had a good day and you’re happy. It’s that simple. Qualifying for us means a lot because it’s obviously going to help you the next day, on race day, and it’s also a feeling that’s incredible, when you are that much on the limit and you do a lap like Rossi did, that’s what you dream of, that’s what you work for. So when it happens, it’s awesome. You want to do it again and again and again. That’s why we do it.”

CHEVROLET IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES AT LONG BEACH: ZAK BROWN PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT

CHEVROLET IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES
STREETS OF LONG BEACH
ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
TEAM CHEVY TEAM PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
APRIL 13, 2019

Zak Brown of McLaren Racing met with members of the media at Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Transcript:

THE MODERATOR: Good morning. I’d like to welcome everyone to our first NTT IndyCar Series media availability of the day. Like to welcome to the podium Zak Brown, the chief executive of McLaren Racing. Thanks for taking some time with us this morning.

ZAK BROWN: Good to be here. Continue reading CHEVROLET IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES AT LONG BEACH: ZAK BROWN PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT

Castroneves, Acura Claim Pole at Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

Castroneves, Acura Claim Pole at Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach
• Helio Castroneves tops qualifying for Saturday’s Bubba burger Sports Car Grand Prix
• Second WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole of 2019 for Acura ARX-05 prototype
• Juan Pablo Montoya qualifies third in his Acura Team Penske entry

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 12, 2019) – Helio Castroneves took his Acura ARX-05 prototypes to the pole for Saturday’s Bubba burger Sports Car Grand Prix in qualifying today at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, as ten of the 11 prototypes in the field bettered the existing lap record.

Acura Team Penske
Driving the #7 Acura ARX-05 prototype he will share with co-driver Ricky Taylor, Castroneves snared the second pole of the season for Acura with a new lap record time of 1:11.332, more than 1.5 seconds quicker than the existing mark, set by teammate Juan Pablo Montoya in 2018.

Montoya will start the Acura he shares with Dane Cameron from third after posting a time of 1:11.847, also under the mark of 1:12.922 he set just last year.

Both Team Penske Acuras have qualified in the top three in the opening three rounds of the 2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. At the Daytona season opener, Taylor qualified second and Montoya third; while at Sebring last month, Cameron claimed the first pole of the season for Acura, while Castroneves qualified third.

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Helio Castroneves (driver, #7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05) pole qualifier, second pole of 2019 for the Acura ARX-05 prototype: “Man, it was tough. The other competitors pushed very hard. But to be honest, I was very confident in my Acura Team Penske prototype. You have to enjoy the moment. Obviously, it’s not a [race] win, but it’s certainly a great start for the weekend. A great job by Team Penske and Acura, especially here in Southern California for the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. Can we start the race now? I’m ready!”

Where to watch
Television coverage from Long Beach begins at 5 p.m. EDT Saturday on the NBC Sports Network and the online NBC Gold App. Complete, flag-to-flag race coverage also will be available on the NBC Sports App with NBCSN authentication.

Fans can listen to audio commentary via IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and Sirius XM Radio; and follow the race live via in-car cameras, IMSA Radio and timing & scoring available worldwide on IMSA.com and the IMSA mobile device App.

Video recaps from this weekend’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach will be available on the Honda Racing/HPD YouTube channel. Provided by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found at https://wwwyoutube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.

Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo
IMSA’s GTD category is not a part of the IMSA weekend at Long Beach, but the Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evos will return to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the May 3-5 Acura Sports Car Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

CORVETTE RACING AT LONG BEACH: Positive Vibes Going for Three Straight

CORVETTE RACING AT LONG BEACH: Positive Vibes Going for Three Straight
Gavin third, Garcia fifth in GT Le Mans qualifying in chase for IMSA victory No. 100

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 12, 2019) – Corvette Racing will try for its 100th victory in International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) competition from the second and third rows of its category Saturday in the Bubba Burger Sports Grand Prix at Long Beach. Continue reading CORVETTE RACING AT LONG BEACH: Positive Vibes Going for Three Straight

CHEVROLET IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES AT LONG BEACH: PATRICIO O’WARD PRESS CONFERENCE

CHEVROLET IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES
STREETS OF LONG BEACH
ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
APRIL 10, 2019

Carlin driver Patricio O’Ward met with members of the media following posting fifth fastest time of day one at Grand Prix of Long Beach:

THE MODERATOR: We are joined by Patricio O’Ward, finished fifth fastest in today’s overall time sheets. Continue reading CHEVROLET IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES AT LONG BEACH: PATRICIO O’WARD PRESS CONFERENCE

CHEVROLET IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES AT LONG BEACH: ED CARPENTER RACING PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT

CHEVROLET IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES
STREETS OF LONG BEACH
ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
TEAM CHEVY DRIVER PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT
APRIL 10, 2019

Ed Carpenter Racing drivers Spencer Pigot and Ed Jones met with members of the media at Grand Prix of Long Beach:

THE MODERATOR: We’ll get started with our NTT IndyCar Series media availability. We’d like to welcome to the podium drivers from Ed Carpenter Racing, Spencer Pigot and Ed Jones. Continue reading CHEVROLET IN NTT INDYCAR SERIES AT LONG BEACH: ED CARPENTER RACING PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT

CHEVY MENCS AT Richmond 1: Qualifying Notes & Quotes

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
RICHMOND RACEWAY
TOYOTA OWNERS 400
TEAM CHEVY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
APRIL 12, 2019

TOP TEAM CHEVY UNOFFICIAL QUALIFYING RESULTS:
POS. DRIVER
1st Kurt Busch, No. 1 Global Poker Camaro ZL1
7th Chase Elliott, No. 9 NAPA Auto Parts Camaro ZL1
8th Austin Dillon, No. 3 AAA Camaro ZL1
10th Jimmie Johnson, No. 48 Ally Camaro ZL1
11th Chris Buescher, No. 38 Scott Comfort Plus

TOP FIVE UNOFFICIAL QUALIFYING RESULTS:
POS. DRIVER
1st Kevin Harvick (Ford)
2nd Eric Jones (Toyota)
3rd Kurt Busch (Chevrolet)
4th Joey Logano (Ford)
5th Kyle Busch (Toyota) Continue reading CHEVY MENCS AT Richmond 1: Qualifying Notes & Quotes

CHEVY MENCS AT Richmond 1: William Byron Breakout Highlights

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
RICHMOND RACEWAY
TOYOTA OWNERS 400
TEAM CHEVY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
APRIL 12, 2019

WILLIAM BYRON, NO. 24 LIBERTY UNIVERSITY CAMARO ZL1 met with media in a breakout session at Richmond Raceway. Select Highlights:

ON RICHMOND AFTER PRACTICE:
“The car doesn’t drive that much different here, at least for us. It feels like that same Richmond. It’s very slick, long-runs, tire wear is really high, so we’re just trying to make sure. To me, this thing feels the closest thing to Pensacola where I raced in the Super Late models; it’s a very similar place.” Continue reading CHEVY MENCS AT Richmond 1: William Byron Breakout Highlights

CHEVY MENCS AT Richmond 1: Chris Buescher Breakout Highlights

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
RICHMOND RACEWAY
TOYOTA OWNERS 400
TEAM CHEVY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
APRIL 12, 2019

CHRIS BUESCHER, NO. 47 SCOTT COMFORT PLUS CAMARO ZL1 met with media in a breakout session at Richmond Raceway. Select Highlights:

HOW GOOD WAS BRISTOL AND HOW TOUGH WAS BRISTOL?
‘It was good until it wasn’t. So, what a heartbreaker. That was a really good day for us. To be at a home track for Bush’s for us to have a solid day going, realistically we could have been a top 5. We were around the No. 1 (Kurt Busch) car all day. That one hurts, for sure. To run that good all day and work our way up there from qualifying and you’ll have that. It’s a bummer. But at the same time, our pit crew did a fantastic job all day. We were up there with teams we’re not around every week and we didn’t lose spots on pit road. I’m very proud of them. You win together and you lose together and that one we lost and that one hurts. But, It was a good momentum day for us. Continue reading CHEVY MENCS AT Richmond 1: Chris Buescher Breakout Highlights

CHEVY MENCS AT Richmond 1: Daniel Hemric Press Conf. Tran

MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES
RICHMOND RACEWAY
TOYOTA OWNERS 400
TEAM CHEVY PRESS CONF. TRANSCRIPT
APRIL 12, 2019

DANIEL HEMRIC, NO. 8 BASS PRO SHOPS/TRACKER BOATS CAMARO ZL1, met media and discussed the season thus far, making his second Cup start at Richmond Raceway and more. Full transcript:
IS THAT GOOD LUCK CHARM GOING TO WORK THIS WEEKEND?
“We’re going to find out; we have plenty of them. It’s cool to kind of posting that a joke and to see all the fans sending so many different, interesting gifts/lucky charms for us. It’s cool to see everybody react to that.” Continue reading CHEVY MENCS AT Richmond 1: Daniel Hemric Press Conf. Tran

Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Richmond Advance

TEAM CHEVY ADVANCE
TOYOTA OWNERS 400
RICHMOND RACEWAY
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
APRIL 13, 2019

BOWTIE BULLETS:
LEADER OF THE PACK:
Chevrolet leads all manufacturers with 38 victories at the 0.75-mile, D-shaped Richmond Raceway. Chevrolet has powered 17 different drivers and teams with six different nameplates (Impala, Monte Carlo, Lumina, Monte Carlo SS, Impala SS and Chevy SS) to Victory Lane at the racetrack that hosted its first NASCAR race in 1953. Continue reading Chevy Racing–NASCAR–Richmond Advance

Chevrolet seeks continued success at Houston event

CHEVROLET AT HOUSTON

What: Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals
When: Friday, April 12-Sunday, April 14
Where: Houston Raceway powered by Pennzoil
TV: FOX eliminations and finals live, 3 p.m. ET April 14

Chevrolet seeks continued success at Houston event

Brittany Force was Top Fuel winner in ‘18; Robert Hight is Funny Car points leader

DETROIT (April 10, 2019) – Brittany Force enjoys back-to-back race weekends – especially when the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Top Fuel champion has a strong outing on the front end.

Force, driver of the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet dragster, enters the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park with a positive vibe. She was the No. 3 qualifier and runner-up April 7 in the four-wide event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and was the No. 1 qualifier the in the preceding event.

Plus, she won in Houston in 2018 as the No. 2 qualifier.

“For me, as a driver, it puts me at ease,” she said of consecutive races weekends. “You haven’t been out of the seat too long and you jump right back into it, back into your routine, We really turned things around and stepped things up in Vegas so we should be looking good if we get some good qualifying passes in. I want to go out there on race day and win.

“Big moves for all of us as a team all around and I’m very happy with how we ended (last) weekend. We’re obviously looking for a win, but we’ll have to chase it down (this) weekend in Houston. Houston is a special place for me.”
Houston is also special to John Force Racing teammate Robert Hight, who claimed his initial Funny Car national event win at the track in 2005.

Hight was the Funny Car low qualifier in the Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro SS and advanced to the final round in Houston the past two years. He’s the class points leader with two wins entering the weekend.

“I was runner-up the last two years and we always do well so I can’t wait to get to Houston especially with how my car has been this year,” said Hight, who earned the No. 1 qualifier honor in the first three races of the season.

Chevrolet Pro Stock drivers, who have visited the winner’s circle in all four NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series races, are off until the May 17-19 Virginia NHRA Nationals.

Driving their Chevrolet COPO Camaros in Stock Eliminator will be Jeff Lopez of Fort Worth, Texas; Brian Massingill of Houston; Brett Candies of Thibodaux, Louisiana; Philip Giles of Flatonia, Texas; and Bobby Brannon of Bossier City, Louisiana.

Entered in Super Stock in their COPO Camaros are Brandon Bakies of Alexandria, Louisiana; Arthur Kohn of Richmond, Texas; and Giles.

FOX will telecast eliminations and finals live at 3 p.m. ET April 14.

CHEVROLET FROM THE COCKPIT

TOP FUEL:

BRITTANY FORCE, JOHN FORCE RACING, ADVANCE AUTO PARTS CHEVROLET DRAGSTER (2017 class champion; runner-up in last race; No. 1 qualifier at Gainesville; won the race in 2018): “We really turned things around and stepped things up in Vegas. I’m very happy with this team and my crew chiefs David Grubnic and Mac Savage. We hit it hard and it showed. We’re going to Houston next and I’m excited to get to the back-to-back races. For me, as a driver, it puts me at ease. You haven’t been out of the seat too long and you jump right back into it, back into your routine, so I’m looking forward to it. Houston is a special place for me. We won there last year so I’m ready to get there and hopefully do it again. We should be looking good if we get some good qualifying passes in. We’re looking for a win, but we’ll have to chase it down. I want to go out there on race day and win this for Advance Auto Parts.”

AUSTIN PROCK, JOHN FORCE RACING, MONTANA BRAND/ROCKY MOUNTAIN TWIST CHEVROLET DRAGSTER (Making fifth start; won maiden elimination round at Pomona opener): ““We didn’t have the weekend we had hoped for in Vegas but we decided to stay and test and get this race car sorted out. We had some success at testing, made planned shut offs and put up some early competitive numbers so heading into Houston we’re hoping for a better weekend. I have all the faith in these guys out here and my crew chiefs Jon Schaffer and Ronnie Thompson. I’ll be on my game and I know they will be too. We’re going to put it all together this weekend.”

FUNNY CAR:

ROBERT HIGHT, JOHN FORCE RACING, AUTO CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CHEVROLET CAMARO SS (2017 class champion; class points leader; earned first Funny Car national event win at track in 2005): “I was runner-up the last two years and we always do well so I can’t wait to get to Houston especially with how my car has been this year. We’re getting back to more normal conditions because in Vegas they have the elevation, which makes it more challenging. We’re getting back to the way we were in Gainesville and I feel that we’re going to be strong. It’s another Auto Club race so we have a lot of work to do for them. It’s a busy weekend for me with track walks and the Auto Club stage. I’m really glad that after a weekend in Vegas where we didn’t have a good showing, we don’t have to have a weekend off and can go right into Houston and redeem ourselves.”

JOHN FORCE, JOHN FORCE RACING, CHEVROLET ACCESSORIES PEAK CHEVROLET CAMARO SS (has 149 class victories; seven-time winner at the track, including 100th career win): “It’s a great racetrack. I love being in Texas. I didn’t do good there last year and didn’t qualify so I want to come in there with guns blazing. Brian Corradi and Dan Hood have given me a good race car. All I have to do is get my act together in the cockpit and we’ll be OK. I’m riding sixth in the points but I’m excited to get back and prove my stuff. It doesn’t matter how many championships you’ve got, its where you’re going to go next and it starts at Houston for me now.”

Chevrolet heads west in search of milestone win

CHEVROLET IN THE NTT INDYCAR SERIES
STREETS OF LONG BEACH
ACURA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH
TEAM CHEVY ADVANCE
APRIL 10, 2019

Chevrolet heads west in search of milestone win

· Chevrolet seeks 75th victory since 2012 return
ᴏ NTT IndyCar Series heads to Long Beach street course
· Team Chevy has finished 1-2 at track in 2014, ’15, ‘16
ᴏ Simon Pagenaud is most recent Team Chevy winner
· Chevy Racing drivers off to fast start to the season
ᴏ Josef Newgarden is points leader; Will Power has two poles
· Power to be inducted into Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame
Continue reading Chevrolet heads west in search of milestone win