No. 2 Shell Fuel Rewards Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden
Laps Completed: 200/200
Laps Led: 0
Points Position: 6th (-64 pts)
Josef Newgarden and the No. 2 Shell Fuel Rewards Chevrolet team moved through the field from their 21st starting position in Sunday’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 to earn a 12th-place finish in the race won by former Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves.
The race started off with a blistering pace being it slowed by a caution period that provided Newgarden and the No. 2 team with an opportunity to gain valuable track position. Race strategist Tim Cindric was moments away from calling his driver down pit road when the yellow flag was displayed, which allowed Newgarden to pit under the caution period and gain nine positions.
The biggest concern for the Shell Fuel Rewards team throughout the afternoon was trying to find the proper balance between aerodynamic and mechanical grip on the Shell Fuel Rewards Chevy. Cindric called for numerous adjustments to the front and rear wings to address the handling issues on the car.
The team’s strategy changed late in the race as Cindric called Newgarden in early in the closing pit cycles. At one point, the off-sequence strategy saw Newgarden rise to the fifth position before he slotted in 12th position at the checkered flag.
Quote: “The No. 2 Shell Fuel Rewards Chevrolet was okay today. We just never found a way to balance the handling. It was a constant tinker between aerodynamic and mechanical changes to try and find the right amount of grip. Team Chevy brought good power but fighting either understeer or oversteer makes it hard to properly use it. Congrats to Helio on making history. He was a great teammate and I know he’s been trying for this for a long time.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!