NTT INDYCAR SERIES: ACCURA LONG BEACH GP-JOSEF NEWGARDEN WINNER QUOTE
LONG BEACH, Calif (April 9, 2022) – Josef Newgarden, No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet, captured his second consecutive win of the 2022 season with his first victory at Long Beach Grand Prix. It is the 22nd win of his NTT INDYCAR Series career and the 98th win for the Chevrolet 2.2 liter V6 engine. Newgarden leads the standings after today's win. Win quote:
IS THIS ONE OF YOUR GREATEST WINS?
"This is definitely up there on the list. This was a fight today. This is not an easy race to win. I don't know what it looked like from the outside, but I was working my butt off with Grojean there at the end on the used reds. I was hoping he would fade a little bit, Holding him off on that restart was super difficult. This Hitachi car was on it. "knew coming in to the race we had a great strategy and with Team Chevy we were going to be alright. With pit stops helping me get around Alex (Palou), I'm so proud of Team Penske. I have been to win a race here for 11 years so I'm so happy to finally get it done."
WHAT WAS HARDEST BATTLE?
"I think the out lap with Palou. We got together in Turn 5 and that almost didn't work. We went side-by-side in that corner and then again in Turn 6. That ywas the difficult battle, but I think overall Grojean had the best shot at getting it done. Fortunately we just held.
DID YOU HAVE HERTA COVERED?
"Yes, I think we had him covered. I was pretty determined."
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