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Pocono 500: Top 10 quotes after race

Pocono 500: Top 10 quotes after race

Win by Power at Pocono tightens championship race

Race winner Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet, third place Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Honda
Podium: race winner Will Power, Team Penske Chevrolet, second place Mikhail Aleshin, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda, third place Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Honda
Mikhail Aleshin, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
Third place Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport Honda
Josef Newgarden, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
Sébastien Bourdais, KV Racing Technology Chevrolet
Sébastien Bourdais, KV Racing Technology Chevrolet
Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
Carlos Munoz, Andretti Autosport Honda
Juan Pablo Montoya, Team Penske Chevrolet
Tony Kanaan, Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
James Hinchcliffe, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
P.DriverTeam (Engine)Gap
1 12 Will Power Penske (C) ------
"The car started off really, really difficult to drive. We adjusted on it all day and, for the second half of the race, the car was just awesome.We are chipping away at it and obviously there is still a lot to go. Now we will give it everything. We will give it everything because we really want to win this championship."
2 7 Mikhail Aleshin Schmidt (H) 1.1459
"I'm very proud of my team and everyone who works on the SMP Racing car No. 7. They did a fantastic job today and it payed off. Will [Power] was just faster in the end and I couldn't do anything with him. When I was catching him, I almost put my car into the wall a couple of times but I still couldn't overtake him. He has a fair win for sure, but I'm happy to be in second place because we had some difficult moments this race and this year, so this is a good position to move forward."
3 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti (H) 5.9076
"I had to come through the field twice and that is heartbreaking for us," Hunter-Reay said. "This is the type of year it has been, really heartbreaking. The No. 28 DHL Honda really deserved to be in contention for the win there at the end.I was going through Turn 2 and (the car) just shut off. I (power) cycled the car once and nothing happened, then I came into the pits and power cycled it again - turned it off, on - and then it refired and we were a lap down. I had to come through the field twice, but the car was a rocket ship. It's a shame."
4 21 Josef Newgarden Carpenter (C) 7.0750
“First off, I want to say thanks to all the fans that came out. It’s such a shame we got washed out yesterday. We had a lot of people come back out to watch this race and I think we put on a good show. Thank you to everyone in Pocono that supports IndyCar! The 21 car was strong; we were just lacking a little bit. I was trying so hard to hold Ryan (Hunter-Reay) off there at the end, I just couldn’t quite do it! He was so fast, he had an incredible drive so congrats to him. Also to Will (Power) and Mikael (Aleshin), they were just a little better than us. I think we were a Top 5 car for sure, maybe a podium, but it was tough to beat those couple of guys in front of us.” 
5 11 Sébastien Bourdais KVSH (C) 7.5285
“It was a pretty good day for the Hydroxycut – KVSH Racing Team. We took some penalties with long pit stops to set the car up early on, but even though we were marginal on front grip we were running a pretty solid race. We passed Dixie (Scott Dixon), passed Kanaan (Tony), passed some Penskes, not the top one, but when you do that things are going pretty good. Then you end up finishing fifth after there was some computer confusion about our position on the restart. Overall, you have to consider that it was a great day. It was definitely our strongest showing on a super speedway. We learned something this weekend, something we have been missing. The crew did a really good job and the Hydroxycut Chevy machine was really strong. Some overall I am really happy with the result."
6 9 Scott Dixon Ganassi (C) 7.8896
“Well we started in the rear of the field and that didn’t help our cause with the Target team. We got held up in the second to last restart and some lapped cars didn’t go when they should have and that really cost us in terms of track positon for sure. We clawed our way back into the mix but with so many good cars out there today it was hard to get all the way to the front to contend.”
7 26 Carlos Muñoz Andretti (H) 11.5938
“A little disappointed with the result of the race after running almost the whole race in the top-five.  In the end, I don’t know, we lost the speed that we had and it was just a battle in the end.”
8 2 Juan Pablo Montoya Penske (C) 13.4345
"The hum by Verizon ran well for most of the race. We had some problems with understeer and that made for a tough day. Things didn't turn out the way we would have liked it to, as we definitely hoped for better results. I'm very proud of the team and how they pulled together the whole weekend and throughout today. We will continue to hold our heads up and look towards the next race in Texas."
9 10 Tony Kanaan Ganassi (C) 13.7988
"We just couldn’t catch a break during the race today. Every time we’d make a run toward the front, something would go wrong. We had a mechanical issue that was affecting the fuel system and that caused a lot of problems for us. Then we lost a piece of our rear bumper pod that caused that last yellow. It just wasn’t our day.”
10 5 James Hinchcliffe Schmidt (H) 14.2235
"It was a solid top ten. It certainly wasn't the result we were hoping for after qualifying but if you heard the whole story of the race, I think you could understand that we're pretty pleased with that. "We had a decent top-five run going for the first half of the race and then we had a piece of bodywork start to separate on the engine cover. It was not only creating a bit of drag but also changed the handling of the car quite a bit. We went wicked loose for about the last four laps of one of those stints and we were just really losing a lot of lap time. We came in and made some repairs to the bodywork. Anytime we're chucking tape onto a car during a pit stop in a race, you know things have gone a bit south, but the Arrow Electronics guys did a great job to get that fixed and we played some strategy a little bit there to stop early and have a shorter last stop than everyone else when that yellow came out. So like I said, it wasn't the true pace of the Arrow Electronics car but from where we were around lap 135, I think we can be pretty happy with a top ten."

(C) = Chevrolet, (H) = Honda

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