JOSEF NEWGARDEN, NO. 2 CHEVROLET PENSKE HITACHI TEAM, 2nd COMPLETE:
HOW DO YOU PROCESS THIS ON A DAY WHICH YOU FIGHT HARD AND DO EVERYTHING IN YOUR POWER ALMOST TO FINISH IT AND STILL FAIL IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP?
“You know, I hate to say it but in many ways it’s been a very difficult year. So it’s going to be a welcome offseason. It’s been a tiring and exhausting season. We have a lot of highs, but a lot of lows. And just riding a roller coaster this year has taken me to the cusp of several points this year. But in the end I’m just proud of the team because it’s a big day for everyone to win the championship. Congratulations to Will (Power) and the rest of the team as this was everyone’s effort. Whether it’s two cars, or 12 or three, we’re all very proud of it. All these crew members, they work on every car. The ultimate goal is to win the championship for Team Penske. We did that, so there’s a lot to be proud of and from a personal point of view I’m very proud of the two car team because they stick with it day in and day out. Even yesterday, with heartache there, we fought back and we were almost there. So I’m just proud of the effort and proud to be supported by Hitachi and Team Chevy. We will come back stronger next year and we need to be in a better position and I know we can do better than we did this year.”
HOW OPTOMIC OF YOU TO BE THERE NEXT YEAR ARE NOT YOUR TEAM mates?
“I am very optimistic. I’ll come back and recharge and come back and hit all these guys harder. Trust me, I’ll be ready to go by the time we get to St. Pete, and I’ll be looking forward to it.”
WILL POWER, NO. 12 VERIZON 5G TEAM PENSKE CHEVROLET, FINSHED 3 AND CHAMPIONSHIP WINNER:
CAN YOU PLAN A MORE PERFECT WEEKEND?
“No. It’s very real. Off-season, my wife said to me I’m sure you’ll beat Mario’s record and you’ll win the championship. It really gave me confidence that I could do it. That’s how much faith I have in hunches. I just can’t believe they’re coming true.”
YOU PLAY LONG GAMES REMAINING COMPLETELY. WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE JOSEF NEWGARDEN THROUGH YOU?
“I just found out that I had to make the most of the task and not lose ground again. I had to drive it today. It was on the edge, very loose. It was such a relief to finish. I couldn’t do it. Thanks enough to Verizon. They have been with me for so long. almost 12 years now and without them I would never have had this career and obviously Roger Penske and the whole team and Chevrolet.”
HOW MANY OFF-SEASON MENTAL ADJUSTMENTS ARE YOU IN THIS TIME?
“From the start it was just playing the long game, not having to chase big wins and so on. As I get older, I have more gratitude for my life and what I have to do. Not everyone can do it. do this and I’m lucky and I really appreciate it.”
HOW MUCH DO YOU RELY ON THIS WEEKEND’S EXPERIENCE?
“That’s exactly what it is; you’ve accumulated so much experience, you understand how the race goes and you understand that you can never give up no matter what it looks like, so you keep digging and it goes on. A solid day.”
FELIX ROSENQIST, NO. 7 ARROWS OF MCLAREN SP CHEVROLET, FINISHED 4th:
We race today. We started with the black Firestones. It was a little difficult to fend off those in the red at the start. After that first long stint, we kind of got back into the game, and it was really strong on that task. Very good job by the team to have the balls to stay that late, longer than anyone, and I think from then on we were really good at racing. We’re good at fuel; we are good at tires. After that yellow flag, we should have been more aggressive. It might cost us the podium, but it’s a strong car. Some cars are a little more powerful, like the phenomenal Josef (Newgarden). Congratulations to Will (Power). Hopefully next year we can give him some money
SCOTT MCLAUGHLIN, NO. 3 CHEVROLET PENSKE XPEL TEAM, FINISH 6th:
“We did our best for the team there and just protected Dixon. Covering our base so we don’t get jumped by Ganssi and the like. Once we made it past it for the final stop it was just about cars passing and using our speed. XPEL cars are great, and Chevy’s power is incredible. Great car — fantastic and we just took it one by one and got the fourth point on the last lap. Absolutely amazing!
PATO O’WARD, MO.5 ARROW OF MCLAREN SP CHEVROLET, FINISHED 8TH:
I think we have a great start. It was a great first task. For some reason, everything went south from there. We have to look into it and really see why. I don’t have an answer for that right now. It’s really hard out there. We will look to 2023.”
RINIS VEEKAY, NO, 21 BITCOIN RACING TEAM WITH BITNILE ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET, FINISH 14:
“I’m sad the season is over! We had a pretty good last race of the year. We were very fast, but the tire level was too high in the last few laps. I am proud of BitNile. team! We made the right calls, made a good pit stop and fought hard. 14 was the best we could do today. I’m 12th in the championship, the same as last year, but I’m proud. We had a lot of ups and downs, but we learned a lot. For next year, we can definitely go higher in the championship and filter out those little mistakes and have more! I’m also proud of Chevy for winning the factory championship this year and finishing 1-2 in the drivers’ championship!”
KYLE KIRKWOOD, NO.14 SEXTON PROPERTIES AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 21:
“So the last race was here at Laguna Seca, not the race we wanted. We were really in a pretty decent finish — I think I thought p14 or p15. And then I drove down the pit lane exit and finally, we made it through. [penalty] so that’s a shame, but we didn’t have the pace to do what Alex Palou and Power did on the same strategy as me, so it wasn’t completely perfect. But overall, it’s been a huge learning curve for me throughout the season. We’ve had fun. The team learned a lot. I have learned a lot. So hopefully we can take everything we’ve done this season and even this weekend’s race and transfer it into something for next year even though I won’t be part of the team. The team will be able to do it and I can do it too.”
CONOR DALY, NO. 20 BITNILE ED CARPENTER RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 24:
“We had a really good start and a great first task. I really enjoyed fighting Marcus Ericsson, Scott Dixon and Felix Rosenqvist. I’m not entirely sure what happened after that, we had some research to do because it felt like something was affecting the way the car went for the rest of the race. I just had to hold on to get to the finish. It’s a shame, the last three races have been very difficult and it’s difficult to end the year in this way. There’s a lot of great things to look back on, we had some great moments. Just not how we wanted it to be! Very clean year, never achieved anything. The BitNile folks are doing a great job. We will come back and be better next year.”
SIMONA DE SILVESTRO, NO. 16 TURNONGREEN PARETTA AUTOSPORT CHEVROLET, COMPLETE 22: “The race wasn’t too bad. We did three stops, of which I think four might be a bit better in the long run. I felt we had really good pace and were able to get past people, which is a positive thing. All weekend, we had a good pace. For today’s race we had a few things going on in the pits, so if we clear some little things, and even myself with a few mistakes here and there, we can be really competitive.
We have a new sponsor with TurnOnGreen, and it’s great to have all the Paretta Autosport sponsors and guests here this weekend. I feel our team is growing from that point of view, so that’s really positive and looking forward to doing a lot more.”
DALTON KELLETT, NO. 4 K-LINE AJ FOYT RACING CHEVROLET, FINISHED 25TH:
“Not exactly how we wanted to finish the 2022 IndyCar season, a tough day for the No. 4. I was thrown off early after a good start where we made some good positions. But I don’t feel like we really have the pace to keep that advantage in the red, we seem to be really struggling there. So I drive quite defensively. And Jimmie got in behind me, and when I spun and started the tire tried to turn it back on the right track and just grilled the rear tire. It was like lap three or four. So for the rest of the red stint, the back end just disappears. And it was enough to make us lose a round right away. And then no recovery from it. We’re fine with blacks. I think our speed is acceptable. But only on red we really lack. And yes, I think the big factor is just cooking the backside on that spin. Just lost track position which took us out of the competition for any advantage. So it’s not how we wanted this to end, but I’m quite grateful to AJ Foyt’s crew for this year. You know, it goes up and down. We definitely have some great highlights and a lot of things we want to get better and better at. Like from my side and the team, just a little bit lacking in consistency. I think overall we might not be satisfied with how things ended this year. But there’s definitely a lot to learn and a lot of information for everyone to digest and use to improve going forward.”
CALLUM ILOTT, NO. 77 JUNCOS HOLLINGER RACING CHEVROLET, COMPLETE 26: