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Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report – Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix Race 2

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report

Track:                  Streets of Belle Isle

Race:                   Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix

Date:                   June 13, 2021

No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 1st – 12th-career NTT INDYCAR SERIES P1 Award

Finish: 2nd

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 70/70

Laps Led: 67

Points Position: 4th (-51 pts)

  • Josef Newgarden and the No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet team came close to sweeping the second day of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix weekend on the Streets of Belle Isle before a late-race pass by Pato O’Ward dropped him to second when the race took the checkered.
  • During the morning qualifying session, Newgarden scored his 12th-career pole position as he jumped to the top of the scoring pylon with just seconds left on the clock in the Firestone Fast 12 qualifying session.
  • When the green flag waived to start the second race of the doubleheader weekend, Newgarden wasted little time in jumping out to a commanding lead of 17 seconds on the Firestone primary tire. However, a critical moment happened late in the first stint when Newgarden was forced to pit lane several laps ahead of schedule for another round of Firestone primary tires due to a possible caution on the track.
  • The early call resulted in Newgarden having to run the final 25 laps of the race on a set of the Firestone alternate “red” tires that each driver must use for one stint of a road or street course race. The softer compound was not as durable and as the tire started to go away, Newgarden fell back into the clutches of O’Ward, who made the pass with just three laps remaining.

Quote: “It’s hard not to be disappointed. I think we had the car to beat. It’s just cautions when we didn’t need them and the wrong tires when we didn’t need them. It was a fun strategy. I think we were doing well. It’s just the caution that killed us. My rears were shot. And we didn’t really need that. So, it is what it is. We tried. We went for what we went for. I don’t want to second guess too much. It just didn’t fall our way there at the end, so that’s pretty sad. Obviously, Team Chevy won still. So, I’m very happy for all our partners. Team Chevy does a lot for us, so to get a one-two is a big thing here in Detroit. I’m super happy about that.”

No. 3 PPG Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Start: 21st

Finish: 20th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 69/70

Laps Led:  0

Points Position:  12th (-135 pts)

  • Scott McLaughlin and the No. 3 PPG Chevrolet team hoped that the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix weekend used of their season allotment of misfortune as the New Zealand ace finished 20th on Sunday afternoon to end a frustrating weekend for the rookie.
  • Sunday afternoon, McLaughlin started the second, 70-lap race of the weekend from the 21st position and used most of his first stint to save his Firestone alternate tires to help the two-pit stop strategy he and the team decided upon. As other competitors on a three-pit stop strategy began to make their first stops of the day, McLaughlin worked his way into the top 10.
  • After making his final pit stop of the day on lap 46, McLaughlin was set to pick up a solid finish on which to build for a strong second half of the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. Unfortunately, he felt a tire going down at lap 53 and was forced to make another trip to pit lane where a cut in the sidewall was discovered. The extra pit stop dropped McLaughlin down a lap as he crossed the finish line in the 20th position.
  • The next race for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES will come at the picturesque Road America circuit on Sunday, June 20th.

Quote: “It was another difficult day out there on Belle Isle. After starting 21st we got up to mid-pack, around 12th or 13th, on strategy and unfortunately had a cut tire midway through the last stint after some contact. It wasn’t my best race, but it wasn’t my worst. This is one of the toughest weekends of my career, but something I can build on. A character-building weekend, for sure. We have some good road courses coming up that I know the PPG Chevy will be strong on, so I have my focus on those.”

No. 12 Verizon 5G Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 20th

Finish: 6th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 70/70

Laps Led:  0

Points Position: 11th (-130)

  • Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon 5G rallied from a less-than-ideal starting position to finish sixth in the second race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle on Sunday afternoon.
  • The strategy for the No. 12 team was to run long at the beginning of the race to gain track position later. This strategy worked as Power claimed the second position by lap 23. Lap 27 would see the No. 12 Verizon 5G car come to pit road for four tires and fuel, cycling out to the eighth position.
  • By lap 51, the Australian made his way to third position and was giving it all he had until being forced to stop for tires and fuel on lap 52. Power then cycled through to the seventh position.
  • The yellow flag would fly on lap 55, but the call for Power was to stay out and retain his position on the track. With seven-laps remaining and the field back to green-flag racing, Power managed to pick off an additional position and brought the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet to a sixth-place finish when the checkered flag flew.

Quote: “It was a very good day considering where we started. The guys had a really good strategy and really good pit stops. I was happy to get some yellows at the end because we had new reds and I was comfortable that they would last. I was right there behind O’Ward and he went on to win it, so it shows what you can do if you are good at restarts.”

No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start: 10th

Finish: 8th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 70/70

Laps Led:  0

Points Position:  6th (-56)

  • Simon Pagenaud and No. 22 Menards Chevrolet team started and finished in the top 10 after competing hard all afternoon at Belle Isle for race two of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix. 
  • Pagenaud began the 70-lap event from the 10th position and worked his way up to eighth early on. The call from atop the box was for Pagenaud to pit for four tires and fuel, cycling through to the 15th position on lap 21.
  • The two-stop strategy for the No. 22 Menards team saw Pagenaud make his way back to pit lane for his final stop on lap 48. After the field cycled through pit stops, the Menards Chevrolet was scored in the ninth position.
  • A caution at lap 55 left the team with an option to pit if needed, but the decision was made to retain their track position and stay out for the last 15 laps of the 70-lap event.
  • The caution flag would arise again with 11-laps remaining in the race and Pagenaud would restart the race from the ninth position. Aggressive and smart driving by the Frenchman enabled the No. 22 to advance his position to cross the finish line in eighth.

Quote: “It was a decent Championship Day today for Race Two of Detroit. It was treacherous out there, but we had a competitive Menards Chevrolet and that makes me excited for the rest of the season. We found a lot of stuff this weekend that makes me feel comfortable and we can squeeze some good speed out of the car. We saw a lot of strategy today, but overall, it was great race.”

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report

Track:                  Streets of Belle Isle

Race:                   Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix

Date:                   June 12, 2021

No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 5th

Finish: 10th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 70/70

Laps Led: 0

Points Position: 6th (-59 pts)

  • Josef Newgarden and the No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet team overcame a costly pit road mistake that nearly derailed their race in the first of two NTT INDYCAR SERIES contests that make up the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix before ultimately scoring a 10th-place finish.
  • One of the most-recent winners on the streets of Belle Isle in 2019, after the 2020 slate of races was canceled, Newgarden showed consistent speed in practice before qualifying in the fifth position earlier in the day.
  • After pitting for the first time on the day on the fourth lap, Newgarden slowed on track after feeling a loose wheel. He immediately made the decision to come to pit road, but before he could make it safely the loose wheel came off the No. 2 Chevrolet.
  • The incident dropped Newgarden one lap down to the leaders, but he methodically worked his way through the field, utilizing a fast Chevrolet and great pit strategy by Tim Cindric. The two-time series champion looked to be in position for a top-five finish after a restart with three laps remaining, but Newgarden was boxed in amongst heavy traffic and crossed the finish line in the 10th position.

Quote: “I’m really proud of the way we fought our way back for a top-10 finish. I felt like the No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet was a winning car, and I believe we had the fastest lap. We just had one mistake early on in the race and got caught a lap down. Luckily, we caught a yellow around Lap 20 that helped us get our lap back, and from there we just recovered as best we could. All in all I’m pretty pleased. Obviously, we want to come back tomorrow and be better. We have the car to do it and the team to do it.”

No. 3 PPG Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Start: 23rd

Finish: 19th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 67/70

Laps Led:  0

Points Position:  11th (-109 pts)

  • Scott McLaughlin and the No. 3 PPG Chevrolet team had an uncharacteristic day on Saturday afternoon in the first race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix doubleheader weekend for the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, finishing 19th.
  • The three-time Australian Supercars Series champion qualified in the 23rd position on Saturday morning after missing most of the practice session on Friday following an incident early in the session. The strategy for the No. 3 Chevrolet team was for a three-pit stop race, which brought McLaughlin onto pit road on the third lap. A slightly slow pit stop dropped him back to the end of the lead lap.
  • Good fortune fell the way of the PPG team on Lap 25 when a caution flag was displayed during a pit cycle, followed by a one hour and 20-minute red flag for track repair. When the race resumed, McLaughlin cycled to the 10th position when those around him had to pit for routine service.
  • More bad luck visited the PPG team when McLaughlin made slight contact with the outside wall on Lap 51, damaging the left-rear toe link on the No. 2 Chevrolet, forcing another trip to pit road for repairs. McLaughlin would lose three laps to the leaders during this visit to pit road before returning to the track to finish in the 19th position.

Quote: “My first race at Detroit started off a bit on the back foot from the incident in practice yesterday. As a result, we qualified back in the pack, but we were having a strong race with the PPG Chevrolet. We looked like we would end up somewhere around 10th after the final stop, but I just made a mistake, hit the wall, and broke the toe link. That was pretty much the end of our day, but I learned a lot for tomorrow. This was one of the hottest races I’ve had in a while; very taxing physically and mentally.”

No. 12 Verizon 5G Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 7th

Finish: 20th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 67/70

Laps Led:  37

Points Position:  12th (-122)

  • Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet started the first of two races of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle from the seventh position and was a top contender all afternoon. An unfortunate ECU problem under a late-race red flag ultimately ended his chances of winning.
  • Starting seventh, Power quickly advanced his Verizon 5G Chevrolet the second position by lap seven and would take the lead on lap eight. Power continued leading until lap 12 where he settled into the second position and concentrated on saving his tires for a two-pit stop strategy.
  • After pitting at lap 21 for four tires and fuel, Power cycled through to the 10th position. The caution flag waived on lap 25 for a single car wreck that damaged the barrier of the track. This turned into a red flag that froze the field for over an hour.
  • When the red flag was lifted, the No. 12 Verizon 5G car cycled through to the front of the pack on lap 32. Power briefly lost the lead when he pitted at lap 48 but regained it on lap 54.
  • An untimely caution with six-laps remaining forced another red flag situation for the driver of the Verizon 5G Chevrolet.  After leading over half of the scheduled 70 laps, Power was unable to get the engine started on the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet when the red flag was lifted, resulting in a disappointing 20th-place finish at Belle Isle. 

Quote: “It was very disappointing in how the race ended for us. Everyone on the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevy team worked incredibly hard to put ourselves in position to get a win that we desperately needed. There are definitely things that can be looked at when there is a red flag that late in the race. It’s something that we have to put behind us, though, because we have another race tomorrow and we have shown we have a car that can win.”

No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start: 9th

Finish: 12th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 70/70

Laps Led:  0

Points Position:  5th (-44)

  • Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet team got caught in a jumble of cars battling for position late in the race and was unfortunately shuffled out of a top-10 finish in the first race of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.
  • The Frenchman began in his day in the ninth position and advanced his Menards Chevrolet up four positions to fifth by lap seven.
  • Pagenaud and the No. 22 team were working off the two-pit stop strategy as they made their first stop at lap 22 for four tires and fuel. After cycling through to the 13th position, the caution flag would fly on lap 25 for a vicious wreck that brought out over an hour-long red flag period.
  • Restarting fourth after the red flag was lifted, the No. 22 machine lost two positions by lap 36 but gained one back by lap 47. Simon and the No. 22 team elected to pit for the final time at lap 48 for four tires and fuel.
  • While running sixth with six laps remaining, the caution flag – followed by a red flag – would drape over the 2.35-mile Belle Isle street course yet again. 
  • With three laps remaining, Pagenaud was shuffled back due to some aggressive and hard racing by his competitors. The No. 22 Menards Chevrolet would cross the finish line in the 12th position.

Quote: “Despite the hot and humid conditions today I’m proud of everyone on the No. 22 Menards Chevy team. We were right there in the end to get a really good finish, but there was some very aggressive racing over the final laps that put us back a few positions. I was trying to be aggressive too but we just got pinned in and couldn’t make the necessary moves. We executed well today and that gives us confidence for tomorrow.”

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report – Indianapolis 500

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report

Track:                  Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Race:                   Indianapolis 500

Date:                   May 30, 2021

No. 2 Shell Fuel Rewards Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 21st

Finish: 12th

Status: Running

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.”

No. 3 Pennzoil Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Start: 17th

Finish: 20th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 200/200

Laps Led:  0

Points Position:  9th (-105 pts)

  • Scott McLaughlin didn’t secure the finish he wanted behind the wheel of the No. 3 Pennzoil Chevrolet in his maiden Indy 500 drive, but the New Zealand-native posted a 20th-place finish as he earned Rookie of the Year honors for the 2021 Indianapolis 500.
  • After qualifying 17th, McLaughlin jumped to the outside of the field at the drop of the green as he looked to gain several positions. Early on, McLaughlin reported that the No. 3 Chevy needed more front grip and turn. After making a front wing adjustment, McLaughlin said the Pennzoil Chevrolet was “really racy.”
  • A caution as the first pit window opened changed the early complexion of the race as multiple cars pitted under a closed pit and had to serve penalties. McLaughlin was able to make it to pit road once it was open to competitors and he picked up several positions, eventually restarting in ninth place.
  • During the second round of pit stops, McLaughlin lost a little time on pit road as he fell to 12th in the running order. After some encouragement from the team, McLaughlin was ready to make up the ground lost on his next stop.  Unfortunately, the Pennzoil Chevrolet was too fast entering the pits and McLaughlin was forced to serve a drive through penalty. A quick caution flag allowed McLaughlin to remain on the lead lap, but he still fell to 30th in the running order.
  • Following the penalty, the No. 3 team focused on fuel strategy to make up positions on the track. The caution flag that McLaughlin needed to gain ground never materialized as he brought the Pennzoil Chevrolet home in the 20th position.  McLaughlin captured the top rookie honors in the race with Sunday’s result.

Quote: “One mistake, it just eats you. You can’t make mistakes here; it needs to be a perfect day. That’s why experience is so important in this sport. It’s a place that really bits you, especially when you don’t see it coming. I didn’t quite pump my brake pedal up and had a stone-cold set of rotors coming into pit lane. I’m thankful that no one was hurt, as I came in there pretty hot. I’m happy to get rookie of the year, that was the main goal, but I would have liked to have finished higher up with the Pennzoil Chevy. I feel as though I could have been a factor, so it’s a bit of a bittersweet. But for my first Indy 500, to see Helio get his fourth, is tremendous. It was amazing to hear the crowd as I was getting out of the car! After 2020 it was a great 2021.”

No. 12 Verizon 5G Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 32nd

Finish: 30th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 197/200

Laps Led: 0

Points Position:  12th (-120 pts)

  • Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevy team proved to be one of the fastest cars on track in the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500, but troubles on pit lane resulted in a 30th-place finish on Sunday
  • Power’s day began had an unceremonious beginning as the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevy lost power during the pace laps Once the issue was fixed he was able to rejoin the field in his qualifying position, and he quickly made up ground charging to 25th in the first two laps.
  • Battling for position in the top 25, Power made a scheduled pit stop on lap 34 with the No. 12 suffering from a loose-handling condition. The team went to work on pit road with four fresh Firestone tires, fuel and a wing adjustment on the Verizon 5G Chevy. The caution flag fell as Stefan Wilson spun directly in front of the No. 12 pit stall right after Power completed his stop, which put the Verizon 5G Chevy down a lap. Fortunately, Power was able to take the wave around, which put him back on the lead lap.
  • With just over 50 laps remaining, green flag stops began once again and Power advanced to second place before he visited pit road for a scheduled stop. Unfortunately, Power spun on pit lane as he encountered braking issues. On a final pit stop with 16 laps remaining, Power had to serve a pit road penalty, which put the No. 12 team down by three laps at the conclusion of the race.
  • In the end, the Verizon 5G Chevy was unable to capitalize on the track positioned gained in the race and came home with a 30th-place finish. Power will look for a strong rebound during the Dual in Detroit doubleheader weekend on Belle Isle, June 12-13.

Quote: “I feel like we could have finished in the top five, we were just getting ourselves in that position on the last stop and then the brakes went to the floor unfortunately. I obviously spun trying to stop it and then the next time it just went straight to the floor. So, I mean, we had a good car, just unfortunately we’ll have to have a good look and see what was wrong with those brakes and see what happens. I have to say that all of the guys on the Verizon 5G Chevy team put in so much work this month, and it’s something I appreciate immensely. We’ll get back on track.”

No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start: 26th

Finish: 3rd

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 200/200

Laps Led:  3

Points Position:  4th (-47 pts)

  • Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet team made up ground throughout the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500 and made a strong charge for the win before finishing third on Sunday afternoon.
  • Pagenaud began his day from the 26th position and battled handling issues over the first 100 laps of the 500-mile event.
  • An untimely caution flag on lap 35 kept the No. 22 Chevy on track when Pagenaud was scheduled to make his first stop of the race. Looking to avoid running out of fuel, Pagenaud was forced to come in for service when pit lane was closed, and he had to restart the race from the rear of the field.
  • After a series of great pit stops by the Menards Chevy team, Pagenaud entered the top 10 on lap 127 when he gained three positions on a race restart. He eventually made his way up to the top spot but was again forced to pit road for fuel on lap 176.
  • With four laps remaining, Pagenaud made his way up to the fourth position and was charging hard for a podium finish. On the final lap, the Menards Chevy accelerated and claimed the third position when Pagenaud crossed the yard of bricks. Improving to fourth in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship standings, Pagenaud next will see action in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit, June 12-13.

Quote: ““The Menards Chevy team did an amazing job in the pits. The car was phenomenal all day. Man, we started up front. We were right there at the end. I just want to congratulate him (Helio Castroneves, race winner). What he’s doing is awesome. And he is old. That gives me another 10 years. I think we had the race car to get it done today. Certainly Chevy, amazing job with the engine power, and handling was phenomenal. I was pedal to the metal.”

Shell and Penske announce strategic collaboration to help drive decarbonization and sustainability across sectors

Long-term global partners will aim to help their customers achieve sustainability ambitions

Shell Oil Company, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc, Penske Corporation (Penske) and Team Penske, building on more than a decade of working together, today announced a new strategic collaboration. Combining the expertise and relationships of the two companies, the collaboration will aim to offer customers a seamless and integrated solution to help address emissions across multiple touchpoints in their supply chains, from warehouse facilities, vehicle and fleet technologies to sustainable transportation routes, with the initial focus on the USA. With a shared passion for motorsports, Shell, and Team Penske, also aim to help to reduce the carbon footprint of the NTT IndyCar SERIES. 

“Shell and Penske have a long history of working together across truck leasing, logistics, automotive retail and motorsports. I am proud of the work we have done together and excited to deepen our relationship,” said Huibert Vigeveno, Downstream Director of Shell. “Customers have many choices to make when navigating the challenges and opportunities of decarbonization. Our strategic collaboration will allow us to offer customers more options and integrated solutions for a smoother transition.”

“Over 10 years ago, Shell and Penske Corporation and Team Penske began a business to business, technical and motorsports collaboration. During that time, commercial enterprise has grown significantly between our organizations,” said Roger Penske, Chairman and CEO of Penske Corporation. “Now, by combining Shell’s energy solutions with Penske Logistics and technology expertise, the companies aim to help customers achieve their sustainability goals faster and at a lower cost.”

The strategic collaboration is built on a strong foundation where Shell and Penske have already achieved important results through working together in their own operations. Shell has helped to deliver energy savings at pilot Penske Automotive Group dealer sites and is providing fast chargers to help pilot fully electric heavy-duty trucks. Penske Logistics is delivering substantial optimization benefits in Shell’s lubricants supply chain through fourth-party logistics services.

Since acquiring Indianapolis Motor Speedway in January of 2020, Penske have made several upgrades to the facility that not only enhance the fan experience, but also help reduce the overall carbon footprint of the series.  Pennzoil-Quaker State Company, a subsidiary of Shell Oil Company, and Penske aim to work together to help achieve the ambition, starting with reducing the carbon footprint of the race facility and working with the Council for Responsible Sport to certify events. 

Porsche and Team Penske to collaborate in motorsports

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TSO Note: This is not open wheel news, but it is a big deal, so we thought we should share it with our subscribers.

Stuttgart. Porsche Motorsport and Team Penske have agreed to collaborate closely in fielding the new LMDh vehicle commencing in 2023. The successful US team will work together with the experts from Weissach to run factory entries in the FIA WEC World Endurance Championship and the North American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC). Under the name of Porsche Penske Motorsport, two of the spectacular LMDh prototypes will compete for overall victories in the top class of each of the two racing series. The contract between the sports car manufacturer from Stuttgart and the US racing team, which was founded in 1966, will run for a number of years. A statement to this effect was signed by Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG, Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board for Research and Development and Roger Penske, Chairman of Team Penske. Beginning in 2023, the LMDh vehicles will represent the very best in endurance racing together with so-called hypercars (LMH). The prototypes will also be entered by Porsche customer teams in both championships as early as 2023. The cars, which weigh approximately 1,000 kilograms and are based on an LMP2 chassis, are powered by a 500 kW (680 PS) hybrid drivetrain.

“We are delighted that we were able to get Team Penske to form this partnership,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “For the first time in the history of Porsche Motorsport, our company will have a global team competing in the world’s two largest endurance series. To this end, we will be setting up team bases on both sides of the Atlantic. This will enable us to create the optimal structures we will need to take overall victories at Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring, for example.”

“As of 2023, Porsche will compete in the major endurance racing series. Our intention is to support and shape the new era with our LMDh prototypes,” Dr. Michael Steiner, Board Member for Research and Development, emphasizes. “Not only will we be keeping our fingers crossed for the four factory cars we have in total, but also for our customer teams. The new LMDh vehicle will also be entered as a customer car in both series as early as the 2023 season. These partner teams will be given our full support. Whatever insights we gain from our factory effort will also be shared with them.”

“Porsche and Penske share a proven track record of success. This partnership had a lasting impact from 2006 to 2008 on what was then the American Le Mans Series,” says Fritz Enzinger, Head of Porsche Motorsport, delighted about the renewed collaboration with the US team. “Team Penske has made a name for itself with an almost unparalleled success story in motorsport. In the long list of victories to date, however, the name Le Mans has been missing. I hope that we will finally be able to chalk up this success as of 2023 with Porsche Penske Motorsport. This would then mark Porsche’s 20th overall victory at the Sarthe – a dream come true.”

With the Porsche RS Spyder, Team Penske had taken all the titles in the LMP2 class for three years in succession between 2006 and 2008, beating the faster LMP1 prototypes multiple times. Back in the 1970s, the US-based team had already been extremely successful with the legendary Porsche 917 in the Can-Am series.

“This is a proud day for our entire Penske organization. We have represented Porsche on the track or in our businesses for more than six decades. The heritage and success we have enjoyed together is unparalleled throughout our history,” comments Roger Penske. “I can’t wait to get started as we build a global racing program with Porsche that will compete for wins and championships well into the future.”

Porsche Motorsport will be operating a team base in the USA together with Team Penske at the American team’s headquarters in Mooresville in the State of North Carolina.

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report – St. Petersburg

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Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report

Track:                  Streets of St. Petersburg

Race:                   Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Date:                   April 25, 2021

No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 3rd

Finish: 2nd

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 100/100

Laps Led: 0

Points Position: 10th (-20 pts)

  • Josef Newgarden and the No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet team entered Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg looking to bounce back from an opening-lap accident and a tough finish last weekend in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season opener at Barber Motorsports Park. Mission accomplished as Newgarden nearly captured his third-consecutive win at St. Petersburg before coming home in second place for his first podium result of the season.
  • After qualifying third in the Hitachi Chevrolet on Saturday, Newgarden’s race got off to a rocky start when the No. 14 car of Sebastien Bourdais made contact with the rear of the No. 2 Chevy entering the first corner. Fortunately, there was no damage done and Newgarden was able to eventually make his way around Jack Harvey and the No.60 car for second place.
  • Sticking to the team’s two pit stop strategy, Newgarden made his final visit to pit lane on Lap 69. From that point on he applied intense pressure to eventual race winner, Colton Herta, but could not get close enough to make a pass for the lead as he crossed the finish line in second place.

Quote: “Well, we lost a little too much ground in that second stint, really; to capitalize with the reds (tires). And then we had the caution, which almost gifted us another chance. And I just didn’t want to over extend myself today. I felt like I was close to an opportunity, but (race winner) Colton was really good. He was doing a great job on the restarts. It was tough to get tire temps. So, I pushed really hard right there in those two initial restarts. I didn’t have quite the runs I needed, so I didn’t want to risk anything. But a good day. I’m really happy with Chevy’s performance and thankful for all their work. And to have Hitachi on the car and get a podium is really nice here to start our year off.”

No. 3 DEX Imaging Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Start: 14th

Finish: 11th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 100/100

Laps Led:  0

Points Position:  15th (-32 pts)

  • Scott McLaughlin started 14th and finished 11th Sunday afternoon on the streets of St. Petersburg, just missing his first career NTT INDYCAR SERIES top-10 finish.
  • The Rookie of the Year candidate qualified just outside of the top 12 on Saturday as he lined up in the 14th starting spot Sunday. After the green flag flew, McLaughlin lost a couple of positions when he got shuffled back on a wild opening lap. Despite the first-lap challenges, McLaughlin reported that the DEX Imaging Chevrolet was running well.
  • McLaughlin dropped to 17th but rallied quickly and was running in 10th place by lap 40.  As pit stops cycled through and pit strategies evened out, the DEX Imaging Chevy ran solidly inside the top 10.  With 25 laps to go, McLaughlin moved up to ninth in the running order.
  • Two late-race caution flags provided the opportunity for McLaughlin to make some moves on the wide front stretch during the ensuing race restarts. Team Penske teammate and veteran Will Power was able to get by McLaughlin, however, as the rookie was positioned in 11th place with less than 20 laps to go.
  • The New Zealand native maintained his position for the remainder of the event as he took the checkered flag just outside of the top 20.  The finish moved McLaughlin to 15th in the point standings, now just 12 points outside of the top 10 entering next weekend’s first oval races of the season at Texas Motor Speedway.

Quote: “Yeah, overall a good day for us in the DEX Imaging Chevy. It was a full-on race, very hot, very humid and one of the most physical races I have ever done. Solid race from our end and I was probably a little bit too safe at the start. I was just trying to keep my front wing on. It was pretty forceful out there and a lot of the veterans around me were just using a bit more of their experience on colder tires. We got around in the first stint and we pitted at the right time and we were actually on a very alternative strategy there, that could have almost put us in the lead. Unfortunately, there was a couple of spinners towards the middle of that race. Our team reacted and we pitted and we did the right thing on that strategy, just unfortunately there were no yellow flags. We didn’t use the speed we had in the clear air to really get going, but for me right now its continuously finishing races.  Finishing P11 is a great run for us and we will continue to build on that and hopefully come the end of the year we will be bigger, better and stronger.  Just want to thank DEX Imaging for their support and am excited for the next few races.”

No. 12 Verizon 5G Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 20th

Finish: 8th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 100/100

Laps Led: 0

Points Position:  2nd (-2 pts)

  • Will Power continued his solid start to the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season with an eighth-place finish in Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
  • One of the best qualifiers in series history, Power uncharacteristically started from the 20th position on Sunday afternoon after a tough qualifying result on Saturday. Power moved up quickly, however, using an aggressive driving style early on to make up positions.
  • A switch to red Firestone alternate tires on the first pit stop of the day helped Power produce lap times that brought the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevy just outside top 10 as the race moved past the halfway point.
  • Solid pit work by the No. 12 Verizon 5G pit crew, coupled with Power’s quick time on the red tires, pushed the 2014 series champion into the top 10 late in the race and he closed strong with an eighth-place finish.
  • Power will look to score his first victory next weekend on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway oval during a doubleheader race weekend. Power owns two wins at the Fort Worth circuit and he hopes to build on his momentum there and continue his impressive start to the 2021 season.

Quote: “Yeah, really solid day for us to get up there to P8. It was inside the top 10 and that was our goal in starting the race. Obviously qualifying was pretty disappointing, but yeah, solid pit stops today.  We tried to catch a few yellows and finish in the top five but it just didn’t work out. We passed a lot of cars on track and the car did really well, so we were very happy to get the Verizon 5G Chevy in the top 10. Really good day.”

No. 22 Australian Gold Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start: 4th

Finish: 3rd

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 100/100

Laps Led:  0

Points Position:  5th (-13 pts)

  • Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Australian Gold Dallara/Chevrolet made the most of a strong qualifying effort and solid speed all afternoon long to earn a third-place finish on Sunday afternoon in St. Petersburg for first podium finish of the season.
  • Pagenaud made the Firestone Fast Six on Saturday afternoon in qualifying and started the 100-lap race in the fourth position. Early in Sunday’s race, the shiny gold Australian Gold Chevrolet held steady in the fourth position. 
  • Following the first round of pit stops, Pagenaud and the No. 22 team executed a flawless stop, which allowed him to gain a position and seize third place.
  • Ove the balance of Sunday’s race, Pagenaud ran strong in the third position through the final rounds of pit stops. Two late-race caution periods brought the field together, but the No. 22 Australian Gold Chevy wasn’t in the position to move past the top two cars, driven by winner Colton Herta and Team Penske teammate Josef Newgarden. Pagenaud came home in third place for his first podium result of 2021.
  • The finish allowed Pagenaud to jump from 11th to fifth in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES point standings, now just 13 points behind first place.

Quote: “I’m glad we had some sunglasses and sunscreen this weekend. It was a hot race. But we’re very happy with the end. Yeah, it was great strategy. We really had a shot on restarts, but it was too slippery on the inside to go for it. I noticed it when I tried to pass Jack (Harvey). But really when I lost the race was at the beginning of the first stint but overall, I think it was a great performance by the No. 22 Chevy Australian Gold team. That was a great performance. I think on street courses we could be very strong. I can’t wait for the ovals, especially Indy and Texas.”

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report – Barber Motorsports Park

Team Penske NTT INDYCAR Series Race Report

Track:                  Barber Motorsports Park

Race:                   INDYCAR Grand Prix of Alabama

Date:                   April 18, 2021

No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 8th

Finish: 23rd

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 0/90

Laps Led:  0

Points Position:  23rd (-46 pts)

  • Josef Newgarden and the No. 2 Hitachi Chevrolet team entered Sunday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix of Alabama looking for their third NTT INDYCAR SERIES win – and Newgarden’s fourth career victory – at the Alabama circuit. However, an incident on the first lap of competition left them with a 23rd-place finish and early exit in the opening round of the 2021 season.
  • Newgarden narrowly missed out on the Firestone Fast Six during the Saturday qualifying session, as he started Sunday’s race from the eighth position. After a clean green flag start into the first corner, the No. 2 Chevrolet got loose and Newgarden’s lost the back end once the car went off track which caused a multi-car accident. The ensuing impact with the No. 28 car driven by Ryan Hunter-Reay left Newgarden’s Chevrolet with too much damage to continue. He was credited with a 23rd-place finish.

Quote: “I got loose coming over the hill. It was a good start. We were lining in pretty nicely, but I just got loose in the wake. I thought I had the car and then touched the grass and I think once I touched the grass it pitched me sideways. I feel really bad for anyone that got involved in that. Obviously, my mess created a bigger mess. Any of the cars that got involved, I’m real sorry because it was obviously us that tipped it off. It’s a shame. I feel like we had a really good car. We just needed to file-in there at the start. We partially did that but yeah. But we’ll come back. We’ve just got to bounce back at the next one.”

No. 3 PPG Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Start: 12th

Finish: 14th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 90/90

Laps Led:  0

Points Position:  14th (-37 pts)

  • Scott McLaughlin accomplished many of his goals to open the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, qualifying 12th and finishing 14th – but most importantly finishing all the laps – on Sunday afternoon at Barber Motorsport Park.
  • After the talented rookie earned a starting spot inside the top 12 during Saturday afternoon qualifying, McLaughlin looked to complete every single lap of the 2021 season opener.  On the opening lap of the race, McLaughlin skillfully avoided a multi-car accident and moved into the top 10, settling into ninth place when the race finally resumed under the green flag. The action on the track was short lived as a series of early-race cautions slowed the field. 
  • McLaughlin made his first stop of the day on lap 25, pitting from the seventh position, as the No. 3 PPG Chevy received four black Firestone tires and a slight wing adjustment.  McLaughlin continued to click off quick laps while learning the tricky road course.   He pitted once again on lap 45 for four fresh tires and fuel. 
  • The remaining portion of the race thankfully ran as planned as McLaughlin worked to get comfortable with the handling of his PPG Chevrolet over the long green-flag runs.  As a slight vibration hindered the handling of the No. 3 Chevy over the closing laps, McLaughlin had to surrender a position late to another competitor.
  • The rookie closed on reining Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato at the finish, but he ultimately wasn’t able to get by him.  The result was a 14th-place finish for McLaughlin in the opening race of the 2021 season as he and the No. 3 team look ahead to next week’s second race on the streets of St. Petersburg.

Quote:  “We got p14, which isn’t bad.  I got held up mid-race, which was disappointing, but I didn’t have the car and I didn’t want to push it either. We ended up getting to them, but it just took too long.  I wanted to get a whole race under my belt, which we did.  The PPG Chevrolet was great and the pit stops were fantastic.  I can’t wait for St. Pete.”

No. 12 Verizon 5G Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 4th

Finish: 2nd

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 90/90

Laps Led:  4

Points Position:  2nd (-12 pts)

  • Will Power got the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season off to a solid start by scoring a second-place finish in Sunday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.
  • After rolling off the grid from the fourth qualifying position, Power and the No. 12 Verizon 5G Chevrolet team determined that a two-pit-stop strategy would be their best course of action in Sunday’s race. The 2014 INDYCAR champion made his stops on laps 33 and 62, respectively, while cutting into the lead of the eventual race winner, Alex Palou, over each stint.
  • The 90-lap event settled into a quick pace after early stoppages for caution periods and Power was able to reserve over 100 seconds of push-to-pass boost as he attempted to track down the race leader. Unfortunately, the No. 12 Verizon 5G machine was too close on fuel to fully use the remaining overtake, resulting in a runner-up finish for the Australian ace.
  • Power and the No. 12 team will look to continue their hot start next weekend at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, a race that Power has won on two occasions.

Quote: “I had enough fuel left to use push to pass for the last two laps, but it just blew my mind how fast Alex (Palou) was in the first stint. We had absolutely nothing for him – he just pulled away, so I figured he was doing a three-stop race because I was doing the best lap time I could for the fuel number we needed. We’re super happy to get the Verizon 5G Chevy on the podium. We’ve had a pretty bad to the year the last four years so it’s awesome to get a really good start to the season. I said to the guys, if we do this week in and week out – just solid races with no mistakes – I promise you we will absolutely have a great chance at winning the championship this year.”

No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start: 15th

Finish:  12th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 90/90

Laps Led: 0

Points Position:  12th (-35 pts)

  • Simon Pagenaud had an uneventful start to the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, grabbing a 12th-place finish at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday afternoon.
  • After qualifying 15th on Saturday, Pagenaud did a good job to avoid contact with several cars that went off track on the opening lap as he advanced to the 13th position.  From there, the Frenchman settled in following a couple of early-race caution periods.  The No. 22 Menards Chevrolet suffered slight nose damage in the opening lap melee, but it didn’t result in any handling issues. 
  • On lap 16, Pagenaud unfortunately had to make an unscheduled stop to check for damage on the nose of the Menards Chevrolet.  The team elected to not to replace the front wing and Pagenaud continued on. He pitted again on lap 38, continuing the team’s plan of a three-stop race. 
  • The off-stop strategy allowed Pagenaud to run quick lap times on an open track to make up ground on the race leaders.  While he never made it inside the top 10 due to all of the varying race strategies, Pagenaud ran laps as fast as the leaders for most of the race.
  • Following his final stop of the day, Pagenaud tried to make up ground on the cars in front of him and ran fifth among the cars that elected to run a three-stop strategy.  Unfortunately, several cars at the front of the field made it to the end on two-stops, which resulted in a 12th-place finish for the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet.

Quote: “We made a gamble on a three-stop strategy, which didn’t work for us and we wound us finishing 12th. We made big progress in the race.  The whole weekend, we improved the Menards Chevrolet.  We need to keep digging and keep finding some speed on the racecar to be up front, but we will get there.”

SCOTT MCLAUGHLIN TO RACE IN PPG COLORS DURING ROOKIE INDYCAR SEASON

SCOTT MCLAUGHLIN TO RACE IN PPG COLORS DURING ROOKIE INDYCAR SEASON

New Zealand Driver Will Compete in the No. 3 PPG Chevrolet for 10 Races in 2021

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (January 25, 2021) – Team Penske announced today that PPG (NYSE: PPG) – a global manufacturer of paints, coatings, and specialty materials – will be featured as the primary sponsor on the No. 3 Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet driven by Scott McLaughlin for 10 races during the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season.

McLaughlin, the reigning and three-time Australian Supercars champion, made his NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut when he raced for Team Penske in the 2020 season finale on the streets of St. Petersburg. The 27-year-old native of Christchurch, New Zealand, will embark on a new challenge this season as he transitions to open-wheel racing with a full-season INDYCAR program. For his rookie season in 2021, McLaughlin will represent one of Team Penske’s longest-active partners as the team celebrates its 37th season with PPG, a Fortune 200 company with headquarters in Pittsburgh, Penn., and operations in nearly 70 countries around the world.

“PPG is a global, industry-leading brand that has been a terrific partner with Team Penske for more than three decades,” said Roger Penske. “Our relationship with PPG has continued to grow and reach across all areas of our business. We are excited about the newest racing opportunity in our partnership as PPG teams up with the No. 3 team and Scott for his first full season competing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.”

McLaughlin enjoyed an incredibly successful four-year run with the DJR Team Penske Supercars program, helping secure three team championships and winning the driver’s title in each of the last three seasons. Over the course of his nine-year Supercars career, McLaughlin won 56 races and 76 poles. He and co-driver Alex Premat also earned Team Penske’s first win in the legendary Bathurst 1000 race in 2019. As he begins his fifth season with Team Penske in 2021, McLaughlin already ranks among the team’s all-time leaders in career victories (third) and poles (second). He is excited for the opportunity to add to those totals in 2021.

“It is surreal to think my first full season in the INDYCAR SERIES is almost here,” said McLaughlin. “I am truly living out my dreams and to have PPG on board as our primary partner is amazing. I watched the beautiful blue and white PPG cars compete over the last few years, and they look amazing on track. It is going to be an honor to represent PPG in the No. 3 Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet this season.”

The relationship between Team Penske and PPG officially began in 1984 when the company first provided paint for the Team Penske racecars that competed in the former CART Series. The iconic blue and white PPG cars have become some of the most popular designs in both INDYCAR and NASCAR competition in recent years. Team Penske drivers have produced eight wins in the distinctive PPG livery with the most recent INDYCAR SERIES victory coming in 2017 at World Wide Technologies Raceway with driver Josef Newgarden.

In addition to the partnership with McLaughlin and the No. 3 team in 2021, PPG will also continue to serve as a sponsor for Team Penske’s NASCAR Xfinity Series program with 2020 series champion Austin Cindric. Cindric will pilot the No. 22 PPG Ford Mustang in races this season at the Daytona Road Course, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Mid-Ohio and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course.

“The relationship with Team Penske has been extremely successful for PPG, both on and off the track,” said Bill Shaw, PPG director, strategic accounts, automotive refinish. “We are excited to add another chapter to our history with Scott McLaughlin and the No. 3 PPG Dallara/Chevrolet team. Scott has proven himself to be one of the most talented racecar drivers in the world, and we know success in his new opportunity with the team is just around the corner. PPG is excited to be a part of that.”

The 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season will begin for McLaughlin and the No. 3 PPG Dallara/Chevrolet team on April 18 at Barber Motorsports Park, located just outside Birmingham, Alabama. The race will be seen live on NBC. McLaughlin will also drive the PPG Chevy during the doubleheader race weekends at Texas and Detroit, as well as races this season at Mid-Ohio, Toronto, Portland, Laguna Seca and Long Beach.

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Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report – St. Pete

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Team Penske NTT INDYCAR SERIES Race Report

Track:                  Streets of St. Petersburg

Race:                   Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete

Date:                   October 25, 2020

No. 1 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden

Start: 8th

Finish: 1st (18th-career NTT INDYCAR SERIES victory)

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 100/100

Laps Led: 21

Final Points Position:  2nd (-16 pts)

Notes:

  • It was a bittersweet Sunday for Josef Newgarden and the No. 1 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet team as they won the 2020 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season finale at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg but fell short of winning their third championship as they finished second in the series point standings, 16 points behind series champ Scott Dixon.
  • Starting the 100-lap event in the eighth position, the team knew it would be a battle to get to the front of the field, knowing it would take a win and championship rival Scott Dixon finishing 11th or worse for a chance to win their third series title.
  • Newgarden visited pit lane for the first time on lap 29, as he traded his Firestone primary compound tires for alternate compound tires, fuel and a front wing adjustment while running in seventh place.
  • After teammate Scott McLaughlin was involved in an on-track incident with Rinus Veekay to bring out the caution flag, Newgarden restarted in the fourth position on lap 54.  After a series of caution flags for consecutive on-track incidents, Newgarden took the green flag race restart in the third position on lap 78 and seized the race lead with a nice outside move around the two cars ahead of him.
  • Newgarden led the field at the final restart of the race with just 16 laps remaining in the Firestone Grand Prix. Pato O’Ward battled closely with Newgarden over the closing stage of the race as Dixon maintained the lead in the series championship standings by running third while the final laps of the season wound down.
  • The native of Nashville, Tennessee scored his fourth win for the 2020 INDYCAR season and his 18th career victory as he held off O’Ward at the finish line. With the win, Newgarden also became the third consecutive repeat winner at St. Petersburg.  This victory marked the 219th Indy car win for Team Penske.

Quote: “Congrats to Scott (Dixon) and his guys on his crew. It’s big time to win six championship so I’m sure they’re thrilled. They were great competitors. It’s bittersweet. On one hand, I really don’t know what I’d do different this year and I don’t know what I’d ask my guys to do different. They were flawless – fastest in the pits all year long and they were rewarded for it earlier this weekend by Firestone. I’m extremely proud to drive for my team – not just my car but all the Team Penske cars combined, all the engineers, all the mechanics. They’re an incredible crew that puts in a lot of work. We just came up short and that’s all it is. We just weren’t able to get it done but we’ll reset and we’ll hit ‘em harder next year and I promise you we’ll be in the fight. Thank you to Hitachi and Team Chevy. You know Team Chevy was the engine to beat today and I think all year long so big credit to them. We were just a little short on points but we’ll come back harder next year.”

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No. 3 Shell V-Power Nitro+ Dallara/Chevrolet – Scott McLaughlin

Start: 21st

Finish: 22nd

Status: Accident

Laps Completed: 46/100

Laps Led: 0

Notes:

  • Three-time Australian Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin turned some heads as he made his NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut on Sunday afternoon on the Streets of St. Petersburg. McLaughlin ran laps times as fast as the race leaders and moved his way up the running order, before contact ended his race just before the halfway point on Sunday.  The 27-year-old native of New Zealand finished the race in 22nd place.
  • As the green flag flew to begin the race, McLaughlin took it easy heading into the first turn to get through his first INDYCAR start cleanly.  With the goal of finishing every lap and taking the checkered flag, McLaughlin used the early stages of the race to get the feel of his No. 3 Shell V-Power Nitro+ Chevrolet INDYCAR.
  • Utilizing an alternate pit strategy to gain track position, McLaughlin and the Shell V-Power Nitro+ team came to pit lane for the first time at lap nine. The move allowed McLaughlin to run laps with a clean track ahead of him.  While getting comfortable with the car, McLaughlin made up a few spots on the track. After the first round of green flag pit stops, McLaughlin advanced from 22nd to 18th place in the running order.
  • Following a caution period, McLaughlin tried to advance further on the race restart. Unfortunately, the rear tires locked up and the No. 3 car spun, making contact with another car.  The damage was too extensive to continue the race and McLaughlin was forced to retire. After it was announced Friday that McLaughlin will compete with a full-season entry next season, he will return to St. Pete in March to begin what he hopes will be a dynamic rookie INDYCAR season in 2021.

Quote: “What a day.  The best day of my life, except for my wedding. The Shell V-Power Nitro+ INDYCAR was going really well then I just made a move trying to block Marco (Andretti). Then I felt like I made a half of a rear lock, but I’m not exactly sure. Cold tires caught me out a little bit.  But I had a lot of fun today.  I just can’t thank my guys, Roger (Penske), Tim (Cindric), Shell V-Power and the entire organization for the weekend.  It was so much fun.  I wish the 2021 season was starting tomorrow.  I can’t wait to get back behind the wheel of this car.”

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No. 12 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 1st (62nd NTT INDYCAR SERIES career pole)

Finish: 24th

Status: Accident

Laps Completed: 35/100

Laps Led: 4

Final Points Position: 5th (-141 pts)

Notes:

  • Will Power started Sunday’s race from the pole position after he earned his 62nd career INDYCAR SERIES pole position on Saturday.
  • Unfortunately, Power made an uncharacteristic mistake in the first half of the Firestone Grand Prix and the resulting contact forced him out of the season finale and he was scored in 24th place in the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet.
  • Power held of the competition and maintained an early lead for the opening first four laps on Sunday. However, a gearbox issue when he was downshifting saw Power drop to third place just five laps into the race. 
  • On lap 32, Power visited pit lane and returned the track right in front of teammate and championship contender Josef Newgarden. The two avoided contact as Newgarden continued his march forward and Power got up to speed.  
  • Just three laps later, the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet made contact with the wall after exiting turn 4 and Power came to a halt in the runoff area.  The damage was too extensive to continue and he retired from the event in the 24th position.   

Quote: “I just lost it. The rear bottomed and I just had a moment. Earlier in the race, the Verizon Chevrolet didn’t downshift for some reason. It did it a couple of times. Then I started downshifting really early. I don’t know what happened or if that caused any of our issues. It just didn’t go down gears and that is how (Alexander) Rossi got me, and then (Colton) Herta attacked for position. But I’m just frustrated with me making a mistake and hitting the wall. The car got loose and it’s just so very, very frustrating. I shouldn’t be the one crashing. My bad for putting us out of the race.”

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No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start: 12th

Finish: 6th

Status:  Running

Laps Completed: 100/100

Laps Led: 0

Points Position:  8th (-198 pts)

Notes:

  • Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet brought home a solid finish on Sunday to conclude a challenging 2020 INDYCAR SERIES season.
  • The Menards Chevrolet started Sunday’s race in 12th place, but Pagenaud slipped back to 16th at the end on lap one. The hot and humid day caused a lack of grip on the track and it affected the handling of the No. 22 Chevy. Despite the hot conditions, Pagenaud radioed to the team early on that he was happy with the performance of the car.
  • While several teams opted for a three-stop strategy on Sunday, Pagenaud and the Menards team were able to make up ground by executive a two-stop strategy.
  • Race strategist Kyle Moyer called Pagenaud to pit lane for his final stop of the race on lap 66. Fortunately, the caution flag flew just a couple of laps later which allowed Pagenaud to gain track position while also benefitting from running on new Firestone alternate tires.
  • A number of caution flags, and attrition from several other competitors exiting the race, shuffled the field and positions multiple times in the second half of the Firestone Grand Prix. Running consistent laps, Pagenaud advanced to eighth place with less than 20 laps to go.  The Frenchman ran hard to the finish and he gained two more positions to finish his 2020 season in the sixth position.

Quote: “That was a good finish for the Menards Chevrolet.  It was survival of the fittest out there today.  At one point, I said on the radio that there could be many, many more cautions and there was. We just couldn’t get in a race rhythm. But we were able take advantage of all those other people’s mistakes and put ourselves in position to have a good finish.  All weekend, the car was really good – I think it was better than even sixth where we finished.  But I’m pretty excited to build upon this for next year. All-in-all, good weekend.  It was also good to see the fans back at the track.  We finished St. Pete, just a few months after the fact.”

TEAM PENSKE WILL NOT RETURN TO SUPERCARS COMPETITION IN 2021

Three-Time Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin to Race Full Season in Team’s INDYCAR Program

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 23, 2020) – Team Penskeannounced today thatit will not return to compete in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship for the 2021 season. The team’s exit concludes an incredibly successful six-year run in Supercars competition. Since joining forces with Dick Johnson Racing to form DJR Team Penske (DJRTP) in 2015, the team has earned 56 wins, 62 poles and six championships, including three-consecutive driver’s titles with Scott McLaughlin. Fabian Coulthard produced the team’s first pole position in 2016 and its first race win in 2017. 

Team Penske will assist team co-owners Dick Johnson and Ryan Story with the transition as they prepare for the 2021 Supercars season. The team is expected to announce its plans for next season, including a 2021 driver lineup, in the near future.

Team Penske also announced that McLaughlin will transition from Supercars racing to begin the next phase of his career. McLaughlin will race for Team Penske to complete the team’s four-car, full-season lineup in the 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES. The 27-year-old McLaughlin will make his INDYCAR SERIES debut this weekend at the 2020 season finale on the Streets of St. Petersburg.

“We have enjoyed an incredible six seasons competing in the Supercars series with DJR Team Penske,” said Roger Penske. “Partnering with Dick Johnson and Ryan Story to form DJR Team Penske was an incredible experience that produced success on the track and in the boardroom. We have built so many lasting partnerships and friendships, and competing in Supercars has certainly helped strengthen our brand and our business in Australia and New Zealand. Unfortunately, with the challenges we have faced in 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to readjust our business initiatives for 2021 and beyond. We want to thank Dick Johnson, Ryan Story, Fabian Coulthard and all of our team members for their hard work and dedication as we reestablished a championship organization together over the last six years. I know that Dick, Ryan and the team will continue to build on that success moving forward.”

DJR Team Penske quickly became one of the top teams competing in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. With McLaughlin and Coulthard racing their Shell V-Power Fords, DJRTP won the prestigious Supercars team title in 2017, just three years after entering the series. McLaughlin captured his first driver’s championship in 2018 and he established a new single-season record with 18 wins on his way repeating as champion in 2019. McLaughlin and co-driver Alex Premat also produced a victory in the legendary Bathurst 1000 endurance race in 2019. This past season, DJRTP secured its third team title with 14 combined victories between Coulthard and McLaughlin, who won his third-consecutive driver’s championship.

“I want to thank Roger and the entire Penske organization for all they’ve done for our team over the last six years,” said Johnson. “While we hate to see them go, we understand the tough business decisions that have to be made. We’ve worked together over the last six years to build a team that has become the benchmark for performance both on and off the track. With the assistance of Roger and Team Penske we will be in position to build on that success. With the full support of Ford Australia, Ford Performance, Shell V-Power and all of our great partners, our team will continue to be a leader in Supercars racing.”

Considered one of the greatest Supercars drivers in series history, McLaughlin ranks fourth on the all-time wins list with 56 career victories and second on the all-time list with 76 career poles in just eight full seasons of racing. After four seasons competing for Team Penske, McLaughlin already ranks third on the organization’s all-time wins list, trailing only Brad Keselowski and Mark Donohue. He will get the opportunity to add to that total next season in the INDYCAR SERIES racing alongside three former series champions in Josef Newgarden (2017 & 2019), Will Power (2014) and Simon Pagenaud (2016) to form a powerful four-car program for Team Penske.

“I’m so excited for the opportunity to take the next step in my career and compete against some of the best drivers in the world in the INDYCAR SERIES,” said McLaughlin. “The last four years racing for DJR Team Penske has been amazing. I want to thank every single person on the team, and everyone that has helped me reach this point in my career. I wouldn’t be in position to continue to chase my dream without the hard work of so many people along the way. I’m looking forward to the challenge of joining one of the most iconic motorsports programs of all time – Team Penske’s INDYCAR team. I wish the 2021 season would begin tomorrow.”

The 2021 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season is set to begin at St. Petersburg on March 7.

About Team Penske
Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Cars owned and prepared by Team Penske have produced more than 580 major race wins, over 640 pole positions and 38 Championships across open-wheel, stock car and sports car racing competition. Over the course of its 54-year history, the team has also earned 18 Indianapolis 500 victories, two Daytona 500 Championships, a Formula 1 win, overall victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring along with a win in Australia’s legendary Bathurst 1000 race. Team Penske currently competes in the IndyCar Series, the NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The team also raced in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, in a partnership with Dick Johnson Racing, as DJR Team Penske. For more information about Team Penske, please visit www.teampenske.com.

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