Avondale, AZ – Chevrolet is a perfect 500-for-500 at the Phoenix International Raceway since the Verizon IndyCar Series’ return last year. In 2016, Chevy drivers led all 250 laps of the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix.
This year, they did it again. Only this time, it was pure domination all race weekend.
In the lone practice session of the weekend on Friday, Team Penske put all four cars in the top five of the speed charts. The only other car in there was JR Hildebrand’s No. 21 Chevrolet.
Then, in qualifying later on that night, the same top five swept the top five starting spots too. In tonight’s race, they should have swept the top five finishing positions, but they did get the top four.
Josef Newgarden had to pit in the closing stages to repair his front wing, as he came home ninth as a result.
But, for the top four, Simon Pagenaud won, Will Power came home second and Helio Castroneves fourth.
Hildebrand finished in-between in third.
Penske, led all 250 laps, and that comes after leading 76 of the 90 laps last weekend in Barber. They also put all four cars in the top five, as if not for a Will Power cut tire with 15 laps-to-go last weekend, they would have done the same at Barber too.
But, it should come to no shock as everyone knew Chevrolet would be the manufacturer to beat this weekend. Chevy has the far superior short oval program, and it showed even more so tonight on the 1.022-mile Phoenix International Raceway.
So, as we head to the Month of May, Penske drivers have led 326 of the 340 laps the last two races.
They’re on a mission that’s for sure.
To make matters worse for their Honda counterparts, Honda saw five cars crash on the opening lap, then saw two more get into the wall later.