Chevy Racing–IndyCar Pocono 500–Post Race Interviews

JULY 5, 2014

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA, NO. 2 PPG TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, POLE WINNER: WALK US THROUGH THAT RUN.“Our PPG car was really good with the Chevy engine. It’s fun to be in the Verizon IndyCar Series. We have great cars and great partners. I’m just so proud to be at Team Penske. Being able to get this is huge.”
THE TEAM WAS CELEBRATING. ARE YOU JUST AS HAPPY? “I’m excited. It’s the first time we’ve gotten here together. It’s great to be on the pole. Now we need to start getting some wins.”
WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO WIN THE RACE? “I think we have a good car. Let’s see what it brings.”

WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 2ND:  “Yeah, it was good. I probably lifted a little too much into Turn 1. I knew Montoya was going to be tough to beat. They ran a little more downforce. Since I wasn’t flat, I think he probably went wide-open on that run.”

HELIO CASTRONEVES, NO. 3 HITACHI TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 7TH:  A LOT OF DRIVERS ARE USING A SLOW WARMUP LAP. ARE YOU EXERCISING TIRE MANAGEMENT SO YOU CAN SAVE YOUR TIRES FOR THE TWO HOT LAPS? “No, I was just trying to make sure the wind wasn’t bothering me. Even though there is just a slight wind out there, I wanted to make sure that the controls and tools in the car were set up because we stalled a little bit going out. So yeah, I thought everything is under control but wanted to make sure the car was ready to go. And it was.”

TONY KANAAN, NO. 10 TARGET CHIP GANASSI CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 8TH: ““I’m pretty confident in the Target car and it’s obviously a very long race with 500 miles so you have to let it play out.  I think we went a bit conservative on the setup and the No. 10 car had more in it for sure.  We have a good race car under us and today is a decent start to the job we’ll have to do tomorrow. I’m confident in my race car. The No. 10 Target car is hooked up for the race. It’s a 500-mile race and it doesn’t matter where you start.”

RYAN BRISCOE, NO. 8 NTT DATA CHIP GANASSI CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 10TH: We had a good run today in qualifying.  The No. 8 NTT DATA Chevrolet was the best it’s been all day.  I think the conditions are just really good right now and we maybe could have been a bit greedier with the downforce but it was a good solid run. The car was the best it’s been this week. The conditions are really good right now. We could have been a bit more greedy with the downforce, but it was a good solid run. The gears were right. The car felt solid so hopefully it gets us in good position for tomorrow.”

ED CARPENTER, NO. 20 FUZZY’S ULTRA PREMIUM VODKA ED CARPENTER CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 13TH: WHERE DO YOU THINK THAT WILL PUT YOU? HOW IS THE BALANCE OF THE CAR? “Probably 10th or 12th. We left a lot on the table and missed on the balance. We’ve been off today and it’s been frustrating. We will have to get things together for tomorrow and come back strong.  I’m not sure what happened on those two laps.  This place is important for track position so I didn’t want to qualify too far back. I feel like our race car is pretty good, and it is a 500-mile race so you can make certain changes on pit stops and from the cockpit.”

SCOTT DIXON, NO. 9 TARGET CHIP GANASSI CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 15TH: ““Today we spent both practice sessions working on the balance of Target car.  I think we’ll be okay for the race but you just have very limited time here at Pocono. Each of the three turns here is distinctively different so you really have to be able to compromise the setup to get things right.  Last year we showed you never know what can happen here after starting back in the pack and finishing 1-2-3.”

CHARLIE KIMBALL, NO. . 83 LEVEMIR® FLEXTOUCH® CHIP GANASSI RACING CHEVROLET, QUALIFIED 17TH: “I’m not too worried about our qualifying position right now. We qualified mid-pack last year and then we ended up finishing strong in the race.  Tonight we’ll take some time to look at what our teammates did and compare notes and see what kind of data they have.  I think the No. 83 Levemir® FlexTouch® Chevrolet looks really good and I’m excited for the 500 miles tomorrow. We qualified mid-pack last year and ended up running strong in the race. We spent all day today running on one set of tires and working on the race car. Really focused on tomorrow’s 500 miles. I think the car is pretty good. We will look at what our teammates did, see what the 10 does and learn from it for next year.”

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS, NO. 11 No. 11 Team HYDROXYCUT – KVSH RACING CHEVROLET   QUALIFIED 18TH: “I’m obviously not happy with qualifying. It’s not where we want to be. The car seems to be a little better in race trim, but we still have a lot of work to do. Hopefully, we can figure something out and have a decent result in the Shatter car tomorrow

SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA, NO. 17 AUTOMATIC FIRE SPRINKLERS, INC. – KV AFS RACING CHEVROLET QUALIFIED 19TH: “Of course we wanted to be a little more up front, but not being able to test at ovals as much as we want, is showing and starting to hurt us. Our main focus this morning was to just mileage out the car, which we managed. My Automatic Fire Sprinkler guys were then super impressive to change my Chevrolet engine in an hour and a half! In qualifying, I bottomed very hard in turn one on my first green lap and that killed everything because I had to lift and that lost me speed. My second lap was much quicker but by then I had lost the momentum. On a positive note though I think we have a good race car so we will just have to see how the race plays out tomorrow.”