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Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report
Track:  Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Race:  Honda Indy 200
Date:  July 31, 2016

No. 2 Hawk Performance Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Start:  8th
Finish: 11th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 90/90
Laps Led: 9
Points Position: 12th (-185)

Recap: As has been the case throughout most of the season, Juan Pablo Montoya had a better car than the results showedSunday afternoon in the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The Hawk Performance Chevrolet ran among the leaders in all of the practice sessions but only qualified eighth for Sunday’s race, which left some work to be done for Montoya and the No. 2 team. Several strategies were at work in the early portion of the race which meant that when the caution flag flew on Lap 14 the field got shuffled and Montoya stayed on track to take the race lead. He led for nine laps before heading to pit lane and his first stop of the afternoon. Just prior to the halfway point of the 90-lap race, Montoya had worked his way back to eighth place in the running order. During what was scheduled to be his final stop of the race on Lap 62, Montoya’s chief mechanic and outside front tire changer Vance Welker suffered an injury when the cars of Mikhail Aleshin and Josef Newgarden made contact on pit road and Aleshin’s machine clipped Welker as he was changing the tire on the No. 2 car. Welker was cleared by medical personnel to return to the pits just a few laps after the incident. After returning to pit lane two laps later and falling to 17th place, Montoya gained six spots over the final 25 laps of the race to finish in 11th position.

Quote: “First, I want to say that I’m really glad that Vance Welker (No. 2 car chief mechanic – outside front tire changer) is OK after the incident (in the pits between No. 7 and 21 cars) today. Secondly, the Hawk Performance Chevrolet was good all weekend and it definitely had the speed for a podium finish. For the race, we went with a different strategy and it didn’t work out as well as we would have liked. We went with a different set of (Firestone) red tires that we thought would work well for us during the latter part of the race, but the balance was off after that. We have to keep our heads up and look ahead. We just need to go back and look at things this week and see what we can do differently for Pocono.”

No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Helio Castroneves
Start: 7th
Finish: 15th
Status: Running
Laps Completed:  90/90
Laps Led:  0
Points Position (behind leader): 3rd (-111 pts.)

Recap: A tough stretch of luck and bad breaks continued for Helio Castroneves and the No. 3 Hitachi Chevrolet team Sunday at Mid-Ohio. Just as the race was settling in during the early going of the Honda Indy 200, Castroneves, who started seventh on the grid, and defending series champion Scott Dixon made contact as Dixon was attempting a pass. The No. 3 car suffered rear wing damage as a result of the contact and Castroneves eventually went into the grass in Turn 2 due to the car’s mishandling. Castroneves was forced to stop on Lap 22 as the Hitachi team replaced the rear wing and the repairs took longer than expected. The three-time Indianapolis 500 champion fell a lap down to the leaders and into 21st position as a result of the extended stop. The team fought to get back on the lead lap and rallied to a 15th-place finish in the closing stages of the 90-lap event. While Castroneves has yet to win a race this season he’s remained in the points chase thanks to consistency and perseverance. He remains third in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings, now 111 points behind championship leader and teammate Simon Pagenaud.

Quote: “The Hitachi Chevy was consistent. Unfortunately, I don’t understand yet what happened with the No. 9 (Scott Dixon) in Turn 2. Obviously, I went to move to the inside. He was on the push-to-pass. I was on the push-to-pass. Unfortunately, I felt a big hit on the back. I didn’t move anything. It is a shame. Not sure what happened. I have to ask him what happened. We stayed out but the sidepod was a little bit off and the rear of the car was moving a lot, especially in the high-speed section. I believe that is where I went off when I was passing the No. 8 car (Max Chilton), the rear just took off. Looks like some of my competitors had a bad day except for Will (Power) and (Simon) Pagenaud – great job for them. They are probably on their way to a good battle for the championship, but we will keep focused.”
No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power
Start: 2nd
Finish: 2nd
Status: Running
Laps Completed:  90/90
Laps Led:  3
Points Position (behind leader): 2nd (-58 pts.)

Recap: Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet team continued their recent hot streak with a fifth consecutive top-two finish and a runner-up result in the Honda Indy 200. Despite the stout run equaling Power’s best-ever finish at Mid-Ohio, he lost a bit of ground in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings. Power, who is still firmly in the hunt for the title, fell to 58 points behind Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud, who won for the fourth time this season. Power made a strong bid for his fourth victory of the season and led three laps on the day. After running behind Pagenaud, the polesitter, for the first half of the race, Power emerged from the final two pit stops of the day one spot ahead of the series leader. On the Lap 66 race restart the two teammates battled for the eventual win as race leader Conor Daly needed to make one more stop for fuel. Power and Pagenaud raced hard but Pagenaud was able to claim the second position and eventually the race lead when Daly came to pit lane. Power finished second, 4.162 seconds behind Pagenaud, for his third career runner-up result at Mid-Ohio. Over the last five events, Power has collected three wins and two second-place efforts. The stretch has vaulted the 2014 series champ to second in the point standings which is amazing considering that Power missed the first race of the season due to illness.

Quote: “Great strategy by the Verizon Chevy team and we did a great job saving on fuel. It was an interesting battle there. I was sleeping on that restart and I regret that. I should have been on it, then I got marbles on the tires. It was a good, clean battle. It was tough but it sucked finishing second, all the effort you put into that race. But Simon (Pagenaud) did a bloody good job and it’s turning into a pretty good battle. Like Simon said, we’re not racing for 11th place. It’s for a win and for a championship and you have to go for it. It was my bad for not being on it on the restart. I regret that, but he’s got to push. I thought of the team on the last corner when we went side-by-side, I had to back out or we were going to crash. It’s racing. It’s tough.”

No. 22 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud
Start:  1st
Finish: 1st (8th career win/4th in 2016)
Status: Running
Laps Completed:  90/90
Laps Led:  23
Points Position:  1st (+58)

Recap: Simon Pagenaud battled a strained back throughout the weekend, but that didn’t stop him from taking his PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet to Victory Lane for the fourth time this season on Sunday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Prior to qualifying on Saturday, Pagenaud was unsure if he would be able to get into the car due to the intense pain in his back. However, the Verizon IndyCar Series and Mid-Ohio medical staffs were able to relieve the pain enough for Pagenaud to win his sixth Verizon P1 Pole Award of the season and he would repeat the treatment again on Sunday and be ready to race. Pagenaud led the first 16 laps Sunday before an ill-timed caution flag saw him fall to 12th in the running order after the first round of pit stops. He continued to work his way to the front and he emerged from his final stop of the race running third with 25 laps left. Pagenaud waged a lap-long battle with Team Penske teammate Will Power on a Lap 66 restart. Pagenaud made a memorable pass on Power that was for second place at the time but race leader Conor Daly needed to make one more stop which meant the top car in the Penske battle would be in position to claim victory. Pagenaud’s first career win at Mid-Ohio and his eighth career IndyCar victory allowed him to extend his lead in the championship standings to 58 points over Power with four races remaining in the season.

Quote: “First, I have to thank the IndyCar and Mid-Ohio doctors, who took such great care of me all weekend. I’m not sure I could’ve been able to race without their help. On the track, the PPG Automotive Refinish Chevrolet was fantastic. The balance was great. We had great pace in the car. I do think we had a little more pace than (Will) Power, which was a help. We needed to put a good race together to stop the momentum of the No. 12 car. I had a feeling my chance was on the restart and it was a great battle. We were side-by-side almost all the way around that track, which I didn’t think was possible.”

Next Race: The Verizon IndyCar Series takes a short break before returning to the track on Sunday, August 21 for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Television coverage on NBC Sports Network will begin at 3 p.m. ET with live radio coverage by the IndyCar Radio Network.

 

Simon Pagenaud Pole Winning Notes

SIMON PAGENAUD 22 PPG AUTOMOTIVE REFINISH TEAM PENSKE DALLARA/CHEVROLET HONDA INDY 200 MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE JULY 30, 2016   WINNING POLE NOTES This is Simon Pagenaud’s sixth Verizon P1 Pole Award of the season and first on the 2.258-mile road course at Mid-Ohio. He won poles earlier this season at Barber Motorsports Park, the…

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Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

Track:  Streets of Toronto (11-turn, 1.786-mile temporary street course) Race:  Honda Indy Toronto Date:  July 17, 2016 No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya Start:  9th Finish: 20th Status: Running Laps Completed: 84/85 Laps Led: 0 Points Position: 13th (-153) Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya started Sunday’s Honda Indy Toronto in ninth place,…

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Team Penske and Simon Pagenaud Verizon IndyCar Series Pole Winning Notes – Iowa

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SIMON PAGENAUD

22 MENARDS TEAM PENSKE DALLARA/CHEVROLET

IOWA CORN 300

IOWA SPEEDWAY

JULY 9, 2016

 

WINNING POLE NOTES

  • This is Simon Pagenaud’s fifth Verizon P1 Pole Award of the season and first of career on the .894-mile oval of Iowa Speedway. He won earlier this season at Barber Motorsports Park, the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and both ends of the Raceway at Belle Isle doubleheader.
  • Sixth pole of his Team Penske career having won his first a season ago at Fontana.
  • Seventh pole of his Verizon IndyCar Series career.
  • Team Penske has won nine of 11 pole awards this season and 20 of the last 25 dating back to last season.
  • It is the 500th overall pole win for Team Penske in its 50th year of competition.
  • This is the 243rd Verizon IndyCar Series pole win for Team Penske.
  • The first Team Penske pole was 8/28/1966 at Mid-Ohio by Mark Donohue (USRRC).
  • The first IndyCar pole was 4/4/1970 at Sonoma, California by Mark Donohue.
  • The most poles in a single season is 29 for Team Penske (IndyCar -9, NASCAR Sprint Cup -8, ALMS -10, NASCAR XFINITY -2) was 2006.
  • Team Penske has earned 10 or more poles for 17 consecutive seasons (2000-present).
  • Most IndyCar poles in a single season is 13 (2010).
  • Eighteen different drivers to win a IndyCar pole for Team Penske (Donohue, Sneva, Andretti, Mears, B. Unser, Cogan, Unser Sr., Sullivan, Fittipaldi, Tracy, Unser Jr., de Ferran, Hornish, Briscoe, Castroneves, Power, Montoya, Pagenaud).
  • The most poles by any Team Penske driver is NASCAR’s Ryan Newman with 57.
  • Mark Donohue ranks second with 50.
  • Helio Castroneves has the most pole wins (48) for a current Team Penske driver.
  • Team Penske has won at least one pole in 48 of 50 seasons.

Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Report

Track:  Road America Race:   KOHLER Grand Prix Date:    June 25, 2016 No. 2 DeVilbiss Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya Position:      14th Time:            1:44.3570 seconds Speed:         138.471 mph No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Helio Castroneves Position:      5th Time:            1:42.9449 seconds Speed:         140.370 mph No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power…

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Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Report

Track: Texas Motor Speedway Race: Firestone 600 Date: June 10, 2016 No. 2 hum by Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya Position: 17th Time: 48.6624 seconds Speed: 215.279 mph No. 3 AAA Insurance Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Helio Castroneves Position: 3rd Time: 48.3343 seconds Speed: 216.740 mph No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet…

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Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report – Detroit #2

Track:   Raceway at Belle Isle Race:    Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans (Race 2) Date:     June 5, 2016 No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya Start: 10th Finish: 20th Status: Accident Laps Completed: 33/70 Laps Led: 0 Points Position: 9th (-124) Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya encountered trouble when his car…

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Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report – Detroit Dual #1

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Track:    Raceway at Belle Isle

Race:    Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans (Race 1)

Date:     June 4, 2016

 

No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya

Start: 3rd

Finish: 3rd

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 70/70

Laps Led: 13

Points Position: 6th (-90)

 

Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya recovered from a disappointing Indianapolis 500 with a podium finish Saturday in the first of two Chevrolet Dual in Detroit races on the Belle Isle street course behind the wheel of his Verizon Chevrolet. Montoya roared back from an early pit stop to contend with the leaders late in the race, finishing 5.7067 seconds behind winner Sebastien Bourdais. Montoya, who was part of Team Penske’s 1-2-3 sweep in qualifying and started third, pitted under green on lap nine of the 70-lap race. Just as Montoya completed his stop, a yellow flag came out for Max Chilton’s crash. Shortly after the restart, Montoya was back in contention, working into second place before teammate Will Power passed him, followed by Carlos Munoz. On lap 29, Montoya moved into the lead when Power pitted, but lost it three laps later while battling with Power as teammate Simon Pagenaud passed both for the top spot. On Lap 43, Montoya stayed out as the leaders pitted under caution and regained the lead. He headed to the pits while leading under green, giving the lead to Scott Dixon. Eventually, Montoya moved past Helio Castroneves and Pagenaud into third but couldn’t catch Bourdais and Conor Daly, settling for the final podium spot.

Quote: “After the last pit stop, we started having issues. But it was okay. We started pushing. It was a smart call. We were trying to play the rain. When we restarted, we never really pushed. We were trying to make sure we could make it to the rain, and the rain never came. We tried to run a smart race, but the rain didn’t happen. We got a decent podium out of it, so I’m pretty happy about that.”

 

No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Helio Castroneves

Start: 2nd

Finish: 5th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 70/70

Laps Led: 0

Points Position: 2nd (-59 points)

 

Recap:  Helio Castroneves finished in fifth place Saturday in the first of two Chevrolet Dual in Detroit races on the Belle Isle street course to keep the pressure on Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud for the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers’ championship as the season approaches the halfway point. Castroneves is now 59 points behind Pagenaud, who finished 13th, the race for the championship. Castroneves, who started second, chased Pagenaud for the lead through the early laps before teammate Will Power passed him for second on lap 14. Castroneves and his Hitachi Chevrolet team pitted under green and dropped to 17th place, but moved up to eighth place by lap 29 and pit stops cycled out. On lap 54, he was back up to fourth place, just ahead of Pagenaud, then moved to third on the following lap. Castroneves held on for the final 11 laps to score the top-five finish.

Quote: “I have to say the Hitachi Chevrolet was fantastic and ran really well and we were in great position to win. On the other side, we had to save fuel for about 30 laps. But if we look at the positive side, we’ve gained a lot of points in championship (now second) and that’s very good for Team Penske. We will go back tomorrow and look for better results.”

 

No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 9th

Finish: 20th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 44/70

Laps Led: 5

Points Position: 12th (-124)

 

Recap:  Will Power encountered mechanical issues midway through Saturday’s Chevrolet Dual in Detroit race number one and was left stranded in a runoff area in the late stages of the event, resulting in a 20th-place finish. Power had led the race for five laps in his Verizon Chevy and was competing with the leaders before the nut came off the right rear wheel after a pit stop on lap 44, forcing him to come to a stop on the circuit. His Team Penske crew traveled to the runoff area to get the car running and ready to return to the race, but he was not allowed to return from the runoff area under green. Power, who missed the season opener in St. Petersburg, Fla., due to illness, is now 12th in the IndyCar standings. Sunday’s second race in Detroit will mark the halfway point in the 2016 season.

Quote:  “The Verizon Chevy was great today. We started in ninth and were able to quickly gain ground and get up front. The car was really fast and felt very comfortable. Then we had that pit stop and problem with the wheel. You can’t do much about it. Things happen. My crew is the best. It was just one of those things. We’ll regroup and give it another go tomorrow.”

 

No. 22 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start: 1st

Finish: 13th

Status: Running

Laps Completed: 70/70

Laps Led: 30

Points Position: 1st (+59)

 

Recap: Simon Pagenaud dominated the early laps of Saturday’s Chevrolet Dual in Detroit race one on the Belle Isle street course race before settling for a disappointing 13th-place finish. However, despite the rough finish, Pagenaud maintained his lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers’ championship. Pagenaud started from the pole position and quickly took the lead. He kept the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chevrolet on track during a caution period on lap nine and, after a restart, pulled away from second-place Will Power by 6.5 seconds on lap 22. On the following lap, Pagenaud pitted under green, dropping to 12th place when he returned. He began to then charge back to the front and, by lap 27, he was up to eighth place. Eventually, Pagenaud was once again back in the lead, passing teammates Will Power and Juan Pablo Montoya in one turn to take the top spot. Pagenaud eventually had to make one more stop, then try and save fuel to make it to the finish.  Unfortunately, the saving fuel strategy cost the points leader several positions on the track and the Frenchman ended up 13th. Despite the disappointing finish, Pagenaud remains 59 points ahead of teammate Helio Castroneves in the drivers’ standings.

Quote: “The Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chevrolet was strong today. We were running strong all day in the front, but it ended up being a fuel strategy race after we got caught up during the first yellow when we were in the lead. From then on, strategy was difficult. We needed a load of fuel to make it at the end but unfortunately there wasn’t much we could have done. If we came in, it probably would have been the same. The crew did a fantastic job. It just didn’t work out for us.”

Next Race: Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans race two – Sunday, June 5 at 3:30 p.m. ET.  Television coverage will be on ABC

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report – Indianapolis 500

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Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Race: 100th Indianapolis 500
Date: May 29, 2016

No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Start: 17th
Finish: 33rd
Status: Contact
Laps Completed: 63/200
Laps Led: 0
Points Position: 10th (-105)

Recap: Defending Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya encountered early trouble Sunday, spinning on track and making contact with the wall in Turn 2 on Lap 63. The accident ended his day early as Montoya finished a disappointing 33rd in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. By Lap 5, Montoya had dropped from his 17th starting position to 20th. On Lap 31, Montoya moved his Verizon Chevrolet up to second place as the leaders pitted. Once the field cycled through its pit stops, though, Montoya returned to mid-pack, where he stayed until the car spun out on the exit of Turn 2 and made contact with the outside wall. The No. 2 Verizon Chevy was too damaged to return to the track. Montoya was fresh from an eighth-place finish on May 14 in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the IMS road course. He was attempting to win the Indy 500 for the third time in his fourth 500 start. However, a challenging starting position coupled with an ill-handling car early on in the race resulted in a premature exit for Montoya on Sunday. He and rest of the Verizon IndyCar Series field will get back at it this weekend with two races on the schedule at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans on the streets of Belle Isle.

Quote: “It’s disappointing for Verizon and Chevy and everybody who has worked so hard. The car was just hard to drive and it was a little bit tighter there in that corner and it got away. It was a disappointing day.”

No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Helio Castroneves
Start: 9th
Finish: 11th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 200/200
Laps Led: Four times for 24 laps
Points Position: 3rd (-68 points)

Recap: Helio Castroneves led 24 laps on Sunday and was in contention to produce a record-tying fourth Indy 500 victory until an incident with JR Hildebrand left Castroneves battling to get back in the top 10 near the end of the 100th Indy 500. He started in the third row and steadily moved forward in the first half of the race, eventually taking the race lead. On Lap 54, Castroneves moved into seventh place before moving to fourth after pit stops on Lap 66. On Lap 89, Castroneves moved past Ryan Hunter-Reay into second place, and three laps later he passed James Hinchcliffe for the lead only to be passed by Hunter-Reay on a restart at Lap 104. During stops on Lap 117, Townsend Bell’s car collided with Castroneves’ car as they were exiting pit lane, but the No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet carried on. By escaping the incident with minimal damage it appeared potentially to be the break Castroneves would need for a fourth visit to Victory Circle in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and he returned to the top position just over 20 laps later. However, contact with Hildebrand effectively ended Castroneves’ contention for the win. Castroneves then dropped to 19th after having to repair damage to the rear wing as a result of the incident before he rallied to finish 11th. Castroneves has won the Indy 500 three times. He was trying to tie the record of four shared by A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears.
Quote: “What a car. What a team. I’m very disappointed in the way we ended up. It’s just not reflective of the car that we had and the pit stops that we had. I’m just so proud of the entire Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet team. The car was so strong. We had a car that could have won, but it wasn’t meant to be and we’ll move on to next week.”
No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power
Start: 6th
Finish: 10th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 200/200
Laps Led: Once for eight laps
Points Position: 11th (-114)

Recap: Will Power, who finished second behind Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya a season ago in the Indianapolis 500, struggled to recover from an early penalty but still managed to record Team Penske’s best finish in the 100th Indy 500 driving the No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet. Power quickly moved up to fifth place on Lap 5, then ran among the top 10 before advancing to second by Lap 30. On Lap 48, Power and Tony Kanaan got together while leaving the pits. Power was given a drive-through penalty for a pit safety infraction that dropped him to 31st place. However, after topping off on fuel during the penalty, Power found himself in the lead on Lap 66 as the leaders pitted. He remained there until a restart on Lap 75, when James Hinchcliffe wrestled the lead away. By the midway point of the race, Power was mired in 26th place. He steadily began to climb back through the field during the second half of the race while employing a fuel-mileage strategy as he took the checkered flag in 10th place. It marked the third consecutive top-10 finish in the Indy 500 for Power.

Quote: “Tough day for the Verizon Chevy. It was pretty hectic as we went to the back and then the front again. We tried to save fuel at the end. We were on the same strategy as (winner, Alexander) Rossi but he was getting better fuel mileage and quicker lap times. It was really tough trying to save fuel those last 15 laps and keep our speed within the traffic. We made it as best we could. Despite the penalty, we still made it back to the front, but it just didn’t go our way towards the end.”

No. 22 Menards Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud
Start: 8th
Finish: 19th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 199/200
Laps Led: 0
Points Position: 1st (57-point lead over second-place Scott Dixon)

Recap: Simon Pagenaud showed speed Sunday, flirting with contention for the lead the 100th Indianapolis 500 behind the wheel of the Menards Team Penske Chevy before producing a disappointing 19th-place finish due to mechanical woes that snapped his three-race winning streak. Pagenaud continues to lead the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers’ standings, now by 57 points over Scott Dixon, heading into next week’s Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented Quicken Loans on Belle Isle. Pagenaud dropped back at the start of the race, falling to 13th on Lap 3 before charging to ninth place on Lap 13 and seventh by Lap 16. By Lap 29, he moved up to second place and was positioned to challenge for the race lead. He remained in the top five until a pit stop on Lap 66 in which he was penalized for an improper pit exit. The drive-through penalty dropped him back to 30th, but the French driver battled back into the top 10 by the midpoint of the race. By Lap 118, he was back in third place, but struggles during the second half of the race kept him mired back in the pack. Pagenaud has won seven IndyCar races in his career, including his very first series victory on the streets of Belle Isle – site of next week’s twin races in Detroit.

Quote: “It was a tough day. I really think we had a contending car again this year. Thanks to Team Penske for giving me such a good chassis and such a good understanding of the aero on the car. The Menards Chevy was definitely a good car today before bad luck struck us today. We got a misfire in the engine at about Lap 97 and we had to fight with that the rest of the way. It was just inconsistent power. We kept fighting, though, and still have the lead in points. I really thought we had the car today.”

Verizon IndyCar Series Practice Report – Indianapolis – May 27, 2016

Verizon IndyCar Series Practice Report Track:  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Race:   The 100th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Date:    May 27, 2016 Practice Session:  Final No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya Position:        13 Time:              40.2557 seconds Speed:            223.571 mph No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Helio Castroneves Position:        10 Time:              40.1860 seconds…

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