Power, Pagenaud laugh off last year’s Long Beach contact in post-practice press conference


LONG BEACH, Calif. – With a 1-2 result in Friday’s second practice ahead of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Round 3 of the Verizon IndyCar Series, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud headed into the media center to address the media.

As the conversation went on, humor followed as last year’s rivals and this year’s Team Penske teammates headed towards a discussion about last year’s contact here between the two of them at Turn 6.

It involved aero kit discussion and the removal of Chevrolet’s “rabbit ear” portion on the front wing assembly. Of the decision Power said, “It’s no big deal, so let’s not make it one.”

With Graham Rahal as the Honda-powered intermediary in the discussion, here’s a quick recap on the back-and-forth, and how drivers could make passing attempts into Turn 6.

Power: “Into (Turn) 6 is a good one… if you just nudge them a bit…”
Rahal: “Power’s good at that.”
Power: “You just put them in the tires and keep going.”
Pagenaud: “Just put your right front wheel to the left rear…”
Rahal: “Sounds like we have an inter-team rivalry here.”

Good news? The teammates are laughing it off, and it made for an entertaining press conference.

But if they qualify 1-2 on Saturday? We’ll see what happens from there.