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Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Report

Track:      Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Race:       The 100th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race

Date:       May 22, 2016

 

Fast Time:      2:36.0063 — 230.760 mph (No. 5 – James Hinchcliffe)

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

  • Position:       17
  • Time:             2:38.1141
  • Speed:          227.684 mph

Qualifying Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya returned to the track Sunday behind the wheel of the No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet as he attempted to earn a top-10 starting spot in next Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 but he couldn’t improve his position and will start 17th in the 100th Running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Montoya encountered a trash bag on his first qualifying attempt Sunday, and Verizon IndyCar Series officials voided his first run and granted him a second attempt. Montoya is the Indy 500’s defending champion and he won last year starting from the 15th position. He has won the race twice in his three attempts. He also won in his rookie season in 2000. The winner of the first race of the season in St. Petersburg, Montoya enters the Indy 500 unofficially ranked fourth in the series standings after the points earned in qualifying.

Quote: “What can you do? We had a good run going and then I ran over the trash bag. They gave us another shot, but that’s not ideal. We came from the back of the pack last year. It’s a long race and all kinds of things happen. My Verizon Chevy team will be ready on race day.”

 

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

  • Position:       9
  • Time:             2:37.1265
  • Speed:          229.115 mph

Qualifying Recap: Helio Castroneves didn’t quite get the speed he expected from his No. 3 Pennzoil Chevrolet and as he earned a ninth-place starting position in the Indy 500 with a four-lap average of 229.115 mph. Castroneves, who is going for a record-tying fourth career victory at Indy, has started in the first three rows in 13 of his 16 Indy 500s. Castroneves could equal the record for most career victories with Al Unser, A.J. Foyt and Rick Mears with a win next Sunday. He previously won the race in 2001, 2002 and 2009. He also has four pole positions at Indy — 2003, 2007, 2009 and 2010. Castroneves is now unofficially ranked third in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings following Sunday’s qualifying results.

Quote: “In the end our Pennzoil Chevrolet had great balance but we didn’t have the speed to get us on the front row. You don’t need to be up front to win thankfully. I’m looking forward to getting the Chevrolet where we need to be and focus on the race ahead.”

 

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

  • Position:       6
  • Time:             2:36.7471
  • Speed:          229.669 mph

Qualifying Recap: Will Power produced the best qualifying result of Team Penske’s four drivers as they secured starting positons in the second, third and sixth rows for 100th Indianapolis 500. Power, along with teammates Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves had qualified for Sunday’s Fast Nine Shootout during Saturday’s first round of qualifying. Power recorded a four-lap average of 229.669 mph to put himself sixth on the grid for the May 29 race aboard his Verizon Chevrolet. It is Power’s seventh consecutive start in the first two rows at Indy. Last year, Power finished second behind teammate Juan Pablo Montoya in the race. He twice has started second — in 2010 and 2015.

Quote: “Well, I just couldn’t get the Verizon Chevy up to speed.  We were wide open all of the way around.  The conditions were a little harder, so we added some downforce and, unfortunately, it just wasn’t fast enough.  Despite that, I’m still proud of the Verizon Chevy team and very happy with the run and getting into the Fast Nine.  It was fun to be there and, now, we’re looking forward to the race.”

 

No. 22 Menards Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

  • Position:        8
  • Time:              2:37.1096
  • Speed:            229.139 mph

Qualifying Recap: Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet team moved up one position from his ninth-place effort Saturday to earn a spot in the third row for the start of the 100th Indianapolis 500. Pagenaud comes into the race on a tear, having won the previous three Verizon IndyCar Series races, including last week’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. His qualifying effort was good for 28 points toward the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers’ championship. He now will officially carry an 83-point lead in the drivers’ standings into next weekend’s race. This will mark Pagenaud’s fifth Indy 500 with his best finish coming in 2013 when he came home in eighth place.

Quote: “Well, we didn’t do as well as we would’ve liked. It was a little difficult being the first car out, but we ended up eighth and we’re happy with that. It’s actually a pretty good starting spot. We came here to win the race and that obviously is still out focus. I couldn’t be prouder of the whole Menards Chevrolet team. Everybody has worked so hard to give me a great car and I’m really excited for the race next week.”

Coverage:  Live television coverage of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will begin at 11:00 a.m. ET on unday, May 29, on ABC.  Coverage also will be broadcast live on Sirius 212, XM 209.

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Day 1 Qualifying Report – Indianapolis

Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Report Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Race: The 100th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Date: May 21, 2016 Fast Time: 2:35.8803 — 230.946 mph (No. 5 – James Hinchcliffe) No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya Position: 12 Time: 2:36.6956 Speed: 229.745 mph Qualifying Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya went back…

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Verizon IndyCar Series Practice Report

Verizon IndyCar Series Practice Report Track:  Indianapolis Motor Speedway Race:   The 100th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Date:    May 20, 2016 Practice Session:  5th No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya Position:        18 Time:              39.1217 seconds Speed:            230.051 mph No. 3 Shell – Pennzoil Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Helio Castroneves Position:        15 Time:             …

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Verizon IndyCar Series Team Penske Race Report

Track:    Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course Race:    Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Date:     May 14, 2016 No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya Start: 6th Finish: 8th Status: Running Laps Completed: 82/82 Laps Led: 0 Points Position: 3rd (-82) Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya came back from a pit lane speeding violation…

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Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Report

Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Report Track:  Indianapolis Motor Speedway RC Race:   Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Date:    May 13, 2016 No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya Position:        8 Time:              1:09.2645 Speed:           126.766 mph No. 3 hum by Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Helio Castroneves Position:        15 Time:              1:09.4947 Speed:           126.346…

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Verizon and Team Penske unveil special hum livery for Helio Castroneves

Verizon and Team Penske unveil special hum livery for Helio Castroneves New look for the No. 3 Dallara/Chevrolet to debut at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis   INDIANAPOLIS – Verizon and Team Penske will debut a new hum-branded livery on the No. 3 Dallara/Chevrolet Helio Castroneves will drive in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of…

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Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report – Barber Motorsports Park

Track:    Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Ala. Race:    Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Date:     April 24, 2016 No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya Start: 21st Finish: 5th Status: Running Laps Completed: 90/90 Laps Led: 0 Points Position: 3rd (-52) Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya recovered from an unusually poor starting position to…

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Helio Castroneves Team Penske Long Beach Pole Winning Notes

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HELIO CASTRONEVES

No. 3 AUTO CLUB OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA   

TOYOTA GRAND PRIX OF LONG BEACH

April 16, 2016

WINNING POLE NOTES

  • Today marks Helio Castroneves’ third career Verizon P1 Pole Award at Long Beach. His first pole came in 2001 and he won the pole here last year as well
  • Castroneves now has 47 Verizon P1 Pole Awards in his career, fourth on the all-time list
  • This is Castroneves’ ninth career pole award on a street circuit
  • This marks his second pole of the 2016 season and his second consecutive pole as he topped qualifying at the Phoenix International Raceway oval last round
  • Castroneves will be seeking his second career win at Long Beach. His last win at the venue was in 2001.
  • Team Penske has now won the Verizon P1 Pole Award in 16 of the past 19 Verizon IndyCar Series races dating back to last this season.
  • This is the 237thVerizon IndyCar Series pole position in the 50-year history of Team Penske and the 492nd pole in team history overall

Team Penske – Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

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Track:    Phoenix International Raceway

Race:     Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix

Date:     April 2, 2016

 

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

Start:  3rd

Finish: 9th

Status: Running

Laps Completed:  250/250

Laps Led:  1 time for 56 laps

Points Position (behind leader):  3rd (-9 pts.)

 

Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya looked to be in a good position to claim his second straight victory to start the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season before a tire issue derailed the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet. After starting third in Saturday night’s return to Phoenix International Raceway (PIR), Montoya passed Tony Kanaan on Lap 23 to claim second place. When teammate and then race leader Helio Castroneves suffered a cut tire and had to pit, Montoya seized the lead on Lap 40. The 2015 Indy 500 winner led the next 56 laps in the Verizon Chevy but Montoya’s tire went flat on Lap 96 and he was forced to pit lane. Dropping as low as 20th in the running order, Montoya then slowly began to work his way back up front. He moved up to 14th by Lap 118 and he got past Castroneves for 12th on Lap 151. Montoya then really began turning up the heat as he improved three positions in three laps before his final pit stop of the day on Lap 203. After that, Montoya broke inside the top 10 and improved to ninth with nine laps remaining as he recorded his 24th top 10 finish since joining Team Penske in 2014.

 

Quote: “This was more of an attrition race because we are the fastest cars but you get hit with yellows and cut tires so it’s not a true sense of what our cars were capable of. Simon and Will showed through, but with Helio and myself we got caught up with a cut tire, so it would have been a totally different race. Phoenix is a short oval and the speeds kept up, but everybody was on alert and everybody was pretty close. I thought there would be a lot more gaps, but everyone was pretty much in the same zone. The car kept getting a vibration and then it would settle and then would go from a three car gap to a 15 to 20 car gap. Overall, the Verizon Chevy was pushing pretty hard and was still able to stay in the top 10. Not the finish we wanted, but we’ll look ahead to Long Beach and go from there.”

 


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

Start:  1st

Finish: 11th

Status: Running

Laps Completed:  250/250

Laps Led:  1 time for 39 laps

Points Position (behind leader):  6th (-30 pts.)

Recap:  On the way to what could have been a near perfect weekend in Phoenix, Helio Castroneves encountered a cut tire on Saturday night which affected his final results. Castroneves welcomed a new sponsor to Team Penske in the REV Group and it was a great opening weekend – at least early on. The REV Chevy won the pole position Friday for the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix and established a new track record qualifying lap average in doing so. Looking to build on that momentum, Castroneves started the race strong, leading the first 39 laps virtually unchallenged. Then, the right front tire on the No. 3 machine went down quickly. Castroneves made a nice save to keep the No. 3 car off the wall and then he drove slowly to pit lane. After falling several laps down, Castroneves returned to the racing surface determined to revisit to the lead pack. It took a couple of more stops and some hard driving, but Castroneves reappeared inside the top-10 at Lap 195. Battling to the checkered flag, Castroneves made up the laps lost from the tire issue and secured an 11th-place result.

Quote:  “First of all, it was great to start on pole and to get the track record for our new sponsor REV. I wish we could’ve done the same in the race. Unfortunately, we cut a tire. There was never an indication there was any problem with the tire so by the time we realized it was going flat, it was too late. Everything was going so smooth, it was too good to be true. Once you go slow on a one-mile oval like that it’s like an eternity to get back to pit lane. We lost a lot with that. Really, to finish on the lead lap and in the top 11 shows just how good the REV Chevy car was this weekend. It was great for the series to be back racing here in Phoenix. Thanks to all the fans that came out and we’re all happy to be back.”

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

Start:  9th

Finish: 3rd

Status: Running

Laps Completed:  250/250

Laps Led:  0

Points Position (behind leader):  12th (-47 pts.)

Recap:  Will Power made his first start of the season Saturday night after he missed the opening race in St. Petersburg due to an illness. His first race of the year was a strong one as Power produced a podium result and battled for the race win. Starting from the ninth position, Power fell to 10th on the opening lap and ran there for basically the first 40 laps of the race. The No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet team did a great job on their first pit stop of the night as Power came to the pits in the ninth position and the car returned to the track running fourth. The No. 12 Chevy never ran outside of the top five after that point. Power moved up to third place on Lap 116 and he emerged from a Lap 122 pit stop in second place. He battled eventual winner Scott Dixon for the top spot for the next 75 laps. Power fell to third after his final pit stop of the evening but he ran hard to the finish to secure a third-place result and his 42nd podium finish since 2009, when he joined Team Penske.

Quote:  “It feels pretty good to finish this race and come away with a top-three finish in the Verizon Chevy. I was a bit nervous before the race because I missed the first one of the year and was just wanting to get through this but as the race went on I got more and more energy. I started to think we had a shot to win it. The Verizon guys in the pits were just mega. They really put me in a good position all night long. We’ll definitely take third (place) and we’re excited to go to Long Beach and see if we can get the first win of the year there.”

 

No. 22 Devilbiss Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start:  10th

Finish: 2nd

Status: Running

Laps Completed:  250/250

Laps Led:  0

Points Position:  1st (83 pts.)

Recap:  Producing his second consecutive runner-up finish to start the season after Saturday night’s second-place result at Phoenix, Simon Pagenaud is the new Verizon IndyCar Series points leader. Terrific pit work by the No. 22 Devilbiss Team Penske crew and some patience and perseverance by Pagenaud led to his career-best oval finish on Saturday. Pagenaud started in the 10th position and ran either 10th or 11th until his first pit stop of the night on Lap 52. In what would be a theme of the race for the talented French racer, Pagenaud improved his standing with solid work from his Team Penske crew as he emerged from the stop running in seventh position. With a steady pace the distinctive orange Devilbiss Chevrolet continued to race inside the top 10 for the middle portion of the race. He entered the top five for the first time on Lap 116 and continued to try and look for opportunities to battle for the race lead. Pagenaud’s chance came as a result of his final pit stop of the evening on Lap 199. He entered the pits in fifth place and returned to the track running second behind eventual winner Scott Dixon. Over the final 51 laps of the race, Pagenaud looked for an opportunity to pressure and pass Dixon but the four-time series champ was strong and Pagenaud came home with his second consecutive second-place finish when the race ended under caution. It tied his best result since he joined Team Penske last season, equaling his effort from the season-opener in St. Pete where he finished behind Montoya. Now with 83 points to start the season, Pagenaud took control of the championship lead in the series for the first time in his career.

Quote:  “I am super happy to be able to finish second here in Phoenix and I want to give a huge thanks to my team. The No. 2 Devilbiss guys were just fantastic. This is a team sport and we really proved it tonight. We saved a lot of fuel running in traffic and my guys just made it happen for us on the pit stops. Running on short ovals wasn’t our strength in the past but this result shows a lot of progress and promise for the future as well. It feels great to be leading the points right now but we need to keep it going. Hopefully we can take the next step up and add to it at Long Beach.”


Next Race
: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach – Sunday, April 17 at 4 pm ET on NBCSN

MENARDS TO SPONSOR THE NO. 22 TEAM PENSKE INDYCAR, SIMON PAGENAUD IN 100TH RUNNING OF THE INDIANAPOLIS 500

Home-Improvement Company Returns in 2016 to Compete at Indy and Road America SPEEDWAY, Ind. (March 22, 2016) – Team Penske announced today that Menards, the industry-leading home improvement store company with locations throughout the Midwest, will sponsor the No. 22 car and driver Simon Pagenaud for two races during the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series, including…

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