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Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report – St. Petersburg

Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

 

Track:    Streets of St. Petersburg

Race:     Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

Date:     March 13, 2016

 

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

Start:  3rd

Finish: 1st – First win of 2016

Status: Running

Laps Completed:  110/110

Laps Led:  2 times for 44 laps

Points Position:  1st (51 pts.)

 

Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya earned his second consecutive season-opening victory on the streets of St. Petersburg Sunday as he produced Team Penske’s eighth win in the last 12 Verizon IndyCar Series races in St. Pete. After qualifying fourth in the No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet, Montoya took the green flag from the third position after the pole-winning car had to start from the rear of the field due to Team Penske’s Will Power being too ill to race. Montoya moved into second place by Lap 11 and he ran strong behind teammate Simon Pagenaud for most of the next 30 laps. On a Lap 63 race restart, Montoya deftly maneuvered around Conor Daly to claim the race lead and he never looked back. He gave up the point just briefly when he made his final pit stop of the day but he reclaimed the lead on Lap 85 as stops cycled through and he paced the field for the final 25 laps to earn the win. Montoya, the reigning Indianapolis 500 champion who finished second in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings in 2015, even overcame a steering issue in the final stages of the race to produce his 15th series victory, tying him with Alex Zanardi for 31st on the all-time wins list. Montoya won by 2.3306 seconds over Pagenaud to give Team Penske its second-consecutive 1-2 result at St. Pete.

Quote: It was good. Our Verizon Chevy was great and it’s exciting with this new paint scheme and to come out and win with it. I want to thank everybody on the team and all of our supporters because they do an amazing job. No, it’s all good, it’s just awesome. You know, we started the year last year like this and I thought this morning that we had a really good car and it paid off.”

 

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

Start:  2nd

Finish: 4th

Status: Running

Laps Completed:  110/110

Laps Led:  0

Points Position (behind leader):  4th (-19 pts.)

Recap:  Helio Castroneves continued his strong production on the St. Petersburg street circuit Sunday as he posted his ninth top-four finish in 11 career races at St. Pete. The three-time former St. Pete race winner started from the second spot in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevy and he held that position behind teammate Simon Pagenaud for the first 10 laps. A mechanical issue caused Castroneves to drop in the running order as he fell back as far as 14th following the first round of pit stops. But the three-time Indy 500 winner began to march back toward the front of the field and he ran inside the top 10 for the final 87 laps of the race. Castroneves moved inside the top five on Lap 46 and he passed Ryan Hunter-Reay to claim third place on Lap 80. He ran third for most of the last 30 laps of the race but Hunter-Reay was able to sneak back by Castroneves with three laps remaining to break up a Team Penske podium sweep. Castroneves finished fourth to earn his fifth-consecutive top-four result at St. Pete.

Quote:  It was a great day for Team Penske. With three laps to go it was very difficult because I was on black tires and everybody else was on (Firestone alternate) reds.  I was hanging on with my life. The Hitachi Chevy was very good but a little bit difficult in some of the corners with some understeer. Great Strategy and great work! Everybody did a heck of a job. Ready for the next race.”

 

No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Oriol Servia

Start:  22nd

Finish: 18th

Status: Running

Laps Completed:  109/110

Laps Led:  0

Points Position (behind leader):  18th (-38 pts.)

Recap:  Pressed into action on Sunday while he filled in for the ill Will Power in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, Oriol Servia did a solid job in his first start for Team Penske. If it weren’t for a being in the wrong place at the wrong time in a multi-car accident, Servia may have produced a top-10 result despite starting from the rear of the field per the INDYCAR rule book after a driver change. With Power out of action – INDYCAR announced that he was diagnosed Sunday with a mild concussion after he was involved in a hard practice crash on Friday – Servia stepped in. He drove the No. 12 Verizon Chevy for first time in the morning warmup session and then started the race in the 22nd position. He quickly improved to 18th place after the opening lap with a strong start and continued to make solid progress. Servia advanced to the 11th position before he found himself in the middle of multi-car accident during a Lap 56 race restart. After coming to pit lane for extensive repairs, Servia dropped back to the rear of the field once again. The veteran of 198 IndyCar career starts fought back to finish 18th, running one lap down to the race leaders.

Quote:  “It was not quite the finish we were hoping for but it was still good to get a chance to race the No. 12 Verizon Chevy for Team Penske. I really enjoyed working with the team and the car was definitely fast. I thought we made some really good progress after starting from the back but then we got caught up in the accident with several other cars and it was tough to come back from that. I want to thank Team Penske and Verizon for the opportunity and I hope my friend Will (Power) feels better soon and can get back to the team.”

 

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

Start:  1st

Finish: 2nd

Status: Running

Laps Completed:  110/110

Laps Led:  Once for 48 laps

Points Position (behind leader):  2nd (-8 pts.)

Recap:  Simon Pagenaud led the most laps (48) in Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and he produced his best finish yet for Team Penske with a runner-up result behind race winner and teammate Juan Pablo Montoya. After an impressive second-place qualifying result on Saturday in the No. 22 HP Enterprise Team Penske Chevy, Pagenaud started from the top spot Sunday when the No. 12 car had to start the race from the back of the pack due to a driver change. Pagenaud made the most of the opportunity as he ran strong at the front of the field and led the first 48 laps of the race. A pair of cars on alternate pit strategies moved ahead of Pagenaud following his second pit stop of the day on Lap 48. Pagenaud was still in position to reclaim the race lead before teammate Juan Pablo Montoya was able to get around him on a Lap 56 race restart. Pagenaud eventually settled in behind Montoya and ran second behind his teammate for the final 25 laps as the two Team Penske cars ran away from the pack to claim a 1-2 finish. Sunday’s result also represented the top finish in five career starts at St. Petersburg for Pagenaud.

Quote:  “Overall it was a great day. If you compare to last year, it’s been a massive improvement on the whole No. 22 crew. I’m super proud to represent HPE in our first race and be here on the podium in second place, leading the race for a while. But, yeah, Montoya is an old dog. He found a little good trick on me. I made one tiny little mistake and it lost me the race. Still, we are very happy with this start to the season and a great day for Team Penske.”

Will Power Team Penske St. Petersburg Polewinning Notes

WILL POWER
NO. 12 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE DALLARA/CHEVROLET

FIRESTONE GRAND PRIX OF ST. PETERSBURG
March 12, 2016
Verizon IndyCar Series

WINNING POLE NOTES

  • Today marks Power’s sixth career Verizon P1 Pole Award – and second consecutive – at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
  • This is Power’s 14th career Verizon P1 Pole Award on a road course circuit.
  • Power’s last pole position came on August 29, 2015 at Sonoma Raceway. This is Power’s first pole of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Power has now 43 Verizon P1 Pole Awards in his career, fifth on the all-time list.
  • Power will be seeking his third career win at St. Pete on Sunday to go along with victories in 2010 and 2014
  • This marks Team Penske’s seventh pole position won at St. Petersburg in the last 12 races run at the venue.
  • Team Penske has now won the Verizon P1 Pole Award in 14 of the past 17 Verizon IndyCar Series races dating back to last season.
  • This is the 235th Verizon IndyCar Series pole position in the 50-year history of Team Penske.

Team Penske Partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Team Penske Partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Will Sponsor Simon Pagenaud’s No. 22 IndyCar in 2016

 

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (February 25, 2016) – Team Penske and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced a multi-year extension of their partnership today that will see HPE’s involvement with the team and IndyCar driver Simon Pagenaud increase, beginning with the 2016 season. HPE will serve as the primary sponsor for Pagenaud and the No. 22 Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet in at least five events in 2016. The company will also continue to be an associate sponsor of Team Penske’s No. 2 and No. 22 Ford Fusions driven by Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, respectively, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Pagenaud, who joined Team Penske before the 2015 season, will race the No. 22 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chevy in the Verizon IndyCar Series events at St. Petersburg, Detroit, Texas, Boston and Sonoma in 2016. The company will also continue to be an associate sponsor for Pagenaud and the No. 22 Team Penske car for the remainder of the season schedule.

As a part of its extended partnership with Team Penske, HPE will focus on multiple projects including application and software development, information security, networking technology, integrated devices and workflow optimization.

“It is always exciting when you have a partner that not only does a great job highlighting their brand but also works hard to help the team become better prepared both on and off the track,” said Roger Penske. “That is an aspect of our relationship with Hewlett Packard Enterprise that makes it very special. Their partnership helps make our companies and our race team more efficient and more effective.”

Hewlett-Packard Company joined Team Penske in 2015 in conjunction with its best in class technology relationship with Avaya Communications as featured with the No. 22 IndyCar driven by Pagenaud last season. Prior to partnering with Team Penske in racing, Hewlett-Packard Company partnered with Pagenaud for a total of 33 races and two race winsduring the 2012 and 2013 Verizon IndyCar Series seasons.

“We look forward to building on our longstanding relationship with Penske,” said John Whinham, vice president, Enterprise Services – Americas, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “Penske is a valued partner who shares our vision for how technology can help accelerate business in today’s ever-changing dynamic market environment.”

Pagenaud will pilot the No. 22 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Team Penske Chevrolet in the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season-opening race on Sunday, March 13 at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The race will be televised live on ABC beginning at 12:30 pm ET.

PENNZOIL CELEBRATES TEAM PENSKE’S 50th ANNIVERSARY WITH DEDICATED HALL OF FAME EXHIBIT

PENNZOIL CELEBRATES TEAM PENSKE’S 50th ANNIVERSARY WITH DEDICATED HALL OF FAME EXHIBIT

The Largest Single Team Exhibit Opens at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – February 19, 2016 – To coincide with the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, Pennzoil celebrated Team Penske’s 50th anniversary of racing history with the opening of the “Team Penske 50th Anniversary Exhibit” at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. The museum display opened this afternoon marking the 100-day countdown to the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, taking place Sunday, May 29th.

“We are thrilled to be part of such a historic milestone for Roger Penske and all of Team Penske. It’s humbling for Pennzoil to witness winning traditions half a century in the making,” said Rusty Barron, Vice President of Marketing, Shell Lubricants Americas.

The Team Penske Exhibit will put a spotlight on 50 years of racing history, tradition and heritage with an amazing 22-car collection at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. The exhibit will feature an extensive lineup of Indy cars, stock cars, Formula 1 and sports cars accompanied by an array of memorabilia and trophies. The collection of Indianapolis 500 winning cars starts with Mark Donohue’s 1972 car along with winning cars from legends such as Rick Mears, Bobby Unser, Danny Sullivan, Al Unser, Emerson Fittipaldi, Al Unser Jr., Helio Castroneves, Gil de Ferran and Sam Hornish Jr.

Also on display for the first time under one roof will be both the 2015 Indianapolis 500 and the 2015 Daytona 500 winning cars of Pennzoil drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Joey Logano. The Team Penske Exhibit will run from Feb. 19 to Nov. 30, 2016, giving all racing fans the opportunity to witness the winning collection in all of its glory for most of 2016.

“It’s truly an honor for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum and Pennzoil to showcase all of the hard work, dedication and winning momentum from everyone at Team Penske from over the past 50 years,” said Roger Penske. “The museum is a true testament to the heritage this team embodies and we’re most excited to be able to share this with our racing fans.”

To top off the celebration, former Team Penske driver Rick Mears was on hand to help Helio Castroneves unveil his paint scheme for the 100th running of the Indy 500. The No. 3 Chevrolet will be

sporting the iconic Pennzoil Yellow Submarine paint scheme, the very scheme that Rick Mears so memorably drove to victory at the Indy 500 in 1984 and again in 1988.

“We’re confident that the Team Penske winning tradition will continue in 2016 and we’re hoping to be celebrating another victory from the Pennzoil Yellow Submarine 100 days from now,” added Barron.

Pennzoil® is the “Official Motor Oil” of Team Penske with cutting edge PurePlus™ Technology running under the hood of every race car with which the team competes across the NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR XFINITY Series and Verizon IndyCar Series. PurePlus™  Technology is a patented, revolutionary gas-to-liquid process which converts pure natural gas into the first-of-its-kind, high quality full synthetic base oil.

The technical partnership with Team Penske provides Pennzoil with the ability to test existing and new motor oil technology developed by the industry leading Shell and Pennzoil scientists to gain insights from the track that translate directly into the formulation of its consumer motor oils.

For more details on the Pennzoil and Team Penske relationship, visit www.Pennzoil.com. To stay up-to-date on the latest activities, be sure to ‘Like’ the official Pennzoil Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/Pennzoil) and follow Pennzoil on Twitter (www.twitter.com/Pennzoil) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/Pennzoil).

Team Penske to Celebrate 50th Anniversary in 2016

MOORESVILLE, NC (January 4, 2016) – Team Penske unveiled its plans today for the year-long celebration of its 50th Anniversary in motorsports during 2016. The team will wave the green flag on the commemorative activities by displaying an exhibit at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC in January. “Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Team Penske”…

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Team Penske Driver Quotes On 2016 INDYCAR Schedule

2016 INDYCAR Schedule Quotes

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Helio Castroneves – Driver of the No. 3 Hitachi Chevrolet

“The new schedule not only gives us an opportunity to expand the reach of the Verizon IndyCar Series into new markets like Boston and Phoenix, but we’re also lengthening it by a few weeks. I think that is really important for the teams. It allows the crew members time to rest and recharge. What often gets overlooked is that, unlike NASCAR, we race the same cars every week. You don’t have the ability to work ahead because you only have two, prepared racecars per team. It’s really a great step by INDYCAR to spread the season out a bit more. It’s going to make next year an even better season because of it.”

Juan Pablo Montoya – Driver of the No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet

“When you look at the schedule for 2016 there is a lot to be excited about. We are adding a great oval in Phoenix. The new banking they put in a few years ago is really going to play into the strengths of our cars. We’ve all had the opportunity to see what our cars will do at Road America and it’s clear that we will put on a great race there. There is just a lot of momentum in the Verizon IndyCar Series right now and the new schedule just reinforces that.”

Will Power – Driver of the No. 1 Verizon Chevrolet

“The diversity of the new schedule is what I love the most about it with five ovals, five road courses and six street circuits. To me, that diversity crowns a true champion of the Verizon IndyCar Series because you have to be very solid on every type of track. Of course, everyone is circling May 29 and the 100th Indianapolis 500 this year. A win in that race would put you in the history books. We were so close last year at Indy. I know that win there is going to come and it would be a dream come true for it to happen in the 100th race.”

Simon Pagenaud – No. 22 Avaya Chevrolet

“The Verizon IndyCar Series has a lot of momentum at the moment, which is evident by the addition of three new racetracks on the 2016 schedule. As a driver new venues a very exciting and I welcome new challenges. The Boston race is very important because it’s a brand new market that is full of potential for drivers, teams and our partners at Team Penske. I believe we will put on a great show there and I’m excited for the people of Boston to get behind the event. Phoenix and Road America are traditional tracks that have a lot of history and it’s great to have them back on the Verizon IndyCar schedule.”

Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

Track: Sonoma Raceway, Sonoma, Calif. (12-turn, 2.385-mile road course)
Race: GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma
Date: Aug. 30, 2015

No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power
Start: First
Finish: Seventh
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 85/85
Laps Led: 26
Final Points Position (behind leader): Third (-63 pts.)

Recap: Will Power recovered from mid-race contact with Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya to finish seventh in Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. With the result, the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion finished third in this season’s final series standings. Power started from the pole position – his series-leading sixth Verizon P1 Pole Award this season – and led 26 laps before the incident with Montoya on lap 38 sent him to 24th in the running order. By the checkered flag he raced back to seventh place, which allowed him to move up one position to third in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings. It marked the sixth consecutive top-10 finish for Power at Sonoma, where he has won three times in his career. Power has finished among the top four in the final standings for six consecutive seasons. He closed the year with one win in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis to go along with seven top-five finishes.

Quote: “Unfortunately, the yellow (flags) came at the wrong time for the Verizon Chevy. I feel horrible for Juan. Josef (Newgarden) went up on the inside and I went to switch back off of him and I damaged Juan’s wing. Then the yellow started and that set the day there. Before that we were all in good shape there. But I want to say congratulations to Scott (Dixon) and obviously a very close finish there. Most importantly, I want to say that the Verizon Chevy boys did a great job this year and we’ll look forward to coming back next year and going for the championship again.”

No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Start: Fifth
Finish: Sixth
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 85/85
Laps Led: 0
Final Points Position (behind leader): Second (556 pts., tied for the most points as title was decided on a tiebreaker)

Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya’s bid to win the Verizon IndyCar Series championship came up barely short Sunday. Following a lap 38 incident with teammate Will Power, Montoya battled back to finish sixth in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday afternoon. Montoya, the series leader all season, entered the race with a 34-point lead over Graham Rahal and a 47-point lead over Scott Dixon, but Dixon won the championship by winning the race. Montoya and Dixon tied with 556 points earned on the year, but Dixon was awarded the championship based on the tiebreak — number of race wins during the 2015 season. The race started well for Montoya, who qualified the No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet in the fifth position before moving up to fourth place on the first lap. When he pitted with the leaders on lap 15, Montoya emerged in 10th place as several other drivers ran longer in their fuel window. However, by the time the yellow flag of the race waved on lap 33, Montoya was back up to fifth place and in command of the championship. Unfortunately, shortly after a restart on lap 38, Montoya collided with Power in one of the tight Sonoma corners. Power spun off track, while Montoya’s car suffered a broken front wing in the incident. The ensuing pit stop left Montoya in 24th place when the race resumed. He eventually worked his way to seventh, but needed to finish fifth to wrest the championship from Dixon. Montoya got past Sebastien Bourdais and Rahal over the final 15 laps of the race, but he wasn’t able to pass Ryan Briscoe for the necessary fifth-place finish. For the season, Montoya scored two wins – including the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 – and nine top-five finishes.

Quote: “The No. 2 Verizon Chevy team had a great season. We just had a disappointing finale. There was a lot to be proud of this year, from winning the season opener to giving Roger Penske another Indianapolis 500 title. Unfortunately, today we gave one away but we will come back stronger next year. I have to thank everyone at Verizon, Chevrolet, Hawk Performance and PPG for their great support. I’m looking forward to even more success with them.”

No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Helio Castroneves
Start: 15th
Finish: 15th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 85/85
Laps Led: 0
Points Position (behind leader): Fifth (-103 pts.)

Recap: After qualifying in the 15th position on Saturday afternoon, Helio Castroneves suffered a broken front wing early in Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway that virtually ended his chances to win his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship. When the race began, Castroneves quickly moved up three positions in the first two laps, but was forced to pit on the third lap to fix damage to the front wing on his No. 3 Hitachi Chevrolet. He made a valiant drive back through the field, eventually moving into the top 10. However, he was unable to gain further ground and ultimately settled for a 15th-place result. Castroneves finished fifth in the final standings and showed remarkable consistency with five podium finishes and four Verizon P1 Pole Awards in 2015.

Quote: “First of all, it was a good season for the No. 3 Team Penske Chevy team. We finished in the top five in the championship and to battle down to the last race of the year was great. We know we did have a fast Hitachi Chevy today but because of a bad qualifying we put ourselves in a tough position. I’m disappointed for everyone at Team Penske and especially for Juan Pablo (Montoya) and the No. 2 car team, leading the championship up until the end. To have the team finish second just doesn’t seem right. But this team is strong. We’ll come back even stronger next year. A big thanks to Hitachi, AAA, Shell-Pennzoil and Chevrolet for all their support this year.”

No. 22 Avaya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud
Start: Fourth
Finish: 16th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 85/85
Laps Led: 0
Points Position (behind leader): 11th (-172 pts.)

Recap: Simon Pagenaud raced among the leaders for part of Sunday’s GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway before posting a 16th-place finish that placed him 11th in the final Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings. After starting fourth, Pagenaud remained in the top 10 for the opening segment of the race. On his first pit stop, however, Pagenaud stopped short of his pit stall to avoid contact with teammate Will Power and Josef Newgarden, who were both making stops as well. As a result of the extra time on pit lane, Pagenaud fell from sixth to 20th in the running order. After another stop on lap 48, Pagenaud dropped from third to 19th place. Upon returning to the track, Pagenaud began to turn some of his fastest laps of the race in an attempt to carve his way back through the field and salvage a top-10 finish. He maneuvered his back to the 16th position before crossing the finish line. In his first season with Team Penske, Pagenaud finished on the podium twice — at Detroit and Mid-Ohio – and won the Verizon P1 Pole Award at Auto Club Speedway in July.

Quote: “With the season we’ve had, I’m disappointed for the team. Team Penske did win the Indy 500 and that’s obviously the biggest race of the year and we had three cars in the championship, so we should feel good about that. Our guys do such a good job on the cars and we tried with the Avaya Chevy today, but it wasn’t meant to be as we just had too many issues. Congratulations to Scott Dixon on the championship. I also want to thank Avaya, HP, Hawk, Carlisle and Devilbiss, PPG, Chevy and Penske Truck Rental for everything. We’ll be working hard in testing this offseason and build on what we started this year for 2016.”

FREIGHTLINER AND TEAM PENSKE EXTEND LONGSTANDING PARTNERSHIP

 

Company Features Team Penske’s Racing Programs Through Its Marketing Efforts

 MOORESVILLE, N.C. (DATE) – Team Penske announced today that it has extended its partnership with Freightliner Trucks, the largest division of Daimler Trucks North America and one of the most recognizable and respected names in the trucking industry. A Team Penske partner for over 10 years, Freightliner has announced a five-year extension that will continue to see the team utilize Freightliner Trucks and equipment for all of its NASCAR and IndyCar racing programs.

“Freightliner continues to be one of our strongest partners at Team Penske,” said Roger Penske. “We rely on their support and their transportation capabilities in getting our race teams around the country each and every week. We appreciate the continued support of Freightliner as we build on this established partnership. They do a fantastic job marketing our team to their vendors and customers and Team Penske is proud to continue to partner with Freightliner.”

While Team Penske transporter drivers will remain behind the wheel of Freightliner trucks for all their transportation needs, Freightliner will continue to maximize Team Penske assets for its marketing programs. Freightliner regularly hosts customers, vendors and distributors at races throughout the year, highlighting the experience with appearances from Team Penske drivers.

“We want to align with the best in the motorsports world and Team Penske certainly sets the standard,” said Stacey Premo, Motorsports Marketing Manager for Freightliner Trucks. “During the course of our relationship, our association with Team Penske and their drivers has provided a lot of great experiences for our dealers and customers, and we are excited to continue that partnership.”

Freightliner also participates in several other racing initiatives, including the NASCAR Hauler Challenge Game app and the NASCAR Run Smart Hauler Challenge, a timed skills obstacle course challenge for transporter drivers in the Sprint Cup and XFINITY Series. The Challenge consists of five events throughout the year with drivers being eliminated at every round. Last season, Team Penske’s drivers swept the top two spots, with Greg Sorber, the transporter driver of the No. 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team, claiming the top honor.

“I’ve driven a lot of trucks over the years, but the Freightliner Cascadia® we have now is one of the best trucks that I’ve ever seen,” said Sorber. “We put between 60,000 to 70,000 miles on these trucks taking our cars from track to track every weekend and that’s a lot of wear and tear on them. And rarely do we have an issue. In fact, in the two years I’ve had the truck I’m driving now, not once have I had to do anything with it other than routine maintenance. I’m definitely excited to continue working with Freightliner for years to come.”

About Team Penske

Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Competing in a variety of disciplines, cars owned and prepared by Penske Racing have produced more than 400 major race wins, over 450 pole positions and 27 National Championships. The team has also earned 16 Indianapolis 500 victories in its storied history. Team Penske was also recently recognized by the Sports Business Journal as a finalist for the publication’s prestigious annual Professional Sports Team of the Year award. For more information about Team Penske, please visit www.teampenske.com.

 

About Freightliner Trucks

Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 5-8 trucks and is a Daimler company, the world’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturer. For more information go to www.freightlinertrucks.com.

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report – Mid-Ohio

Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report
Track: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio (2.258-mile, 12-turn road course)
Race: Honda Indy 200
Date: Aug. 2, 2015

No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 2nd
Finish: 14th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 90/90
Laps Led: 0
Points Position (behind leader): 5th (-59)

Recap: In Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Will Power encountered the same issue that plagued two of his teammates – an untimely caution period at lap 65. The 14th-place finish kept Power in fifth place in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings, now 59 points behind series leader and Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya. After starting second, Power went off course briefly on the third lap and dropped to sixth place before settling in at lap 11. He pitted early to replace his front wing, which was damaged during the opening laps of the race, and he dropped to 18th place on lap 16, but Power gradually began to work his way back through the field. When Montoya pitted from the lead on lap 41, Power moved into the second spot, his race-high running position. Power was in fifth place and strongly contending when he was caught out by a yellow flag after Sage Karam spun on lap 65. Several drivers behind the lead pack had pitted moments before the caution brought about the closing of the pits. Once the leaders came down pit road, they were caught up in traffic as they tried to get back to the front. It was a rare tough result at Mid-Ohio for Power, who finished second in 2012 and 2010 at the circuit after winning the pole position both years.

Quote: “The Verizon Chevy didn’t have a great start today as we had some contact there in the early laps and did some damage to the front wing. We had to come in early and had a long pit stop that put us way behind. It put us at the back of the field, but we had a really fast car. We were able to push ourselves up a few spots and we got lucky with that first caution, which put us in the top five. We had a pretty good shot for a podium finish there from that point until that last caution. If it had just stayed green we would have had a good recovery on our hands. Things just didn’t go our way in the end. We’ll just keep our heads up and look forward to Pocono.”

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

Start: 10th
Finish: 11th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 90/90
Laps Led: 21
Points Position: Leader (465 pts)

Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya overcame numerous obstacles to have a shot to win Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, but he saw his chance slip away with a bit of bad luck. Montoya was pacing the field just as a yellow flag flew on lap 65, one lap before he was to come down pit road for his final service of the day. After pitting during the caution period, Montoya and several other lead cars were mired deep in the field with laps winding down. He was able to cross the finish line in the 11th position and maintain his lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings, but that lead is now just nine points over race winner, Graham Rahal. Only an oval race at Pocono Raceway — where Montoya won last year — and the season finale at Sonoma Raceway remain on the 2015 series schedule. After starting from the 10th position on Sunday, Montoya moved up to the sixth position by lap 16. The 2015 Indianapolis 500 winner took the lead for the first time at lap 39. After surrendering the lead for pit service at lap 41, Montoya was able to move back into the top spot by lap 49. However, when Sage Karam spun on Lap 65 and brought out another yellow flag, Montoya was caught in an unfortunate situation. He was able to salvage an 11th-place finish before the checkered flag and he will continue to carry the points lead into the penultimate race of the season, at Pocono Raceway in two weeks.

Quote: “Everyone on the Hawk Performance Chevy did an amazing job today. From where we were on Friday to today was a huge difference. We did everything we were supposed to do today and the race was playing out perfectly for us. Unfortunately, we got a caution with about 25 laps to go that we didn’t need. It worked out for some and didn’t work out for others. But we had a great car and we still have the points lead. Ready for Pocono, where we won last year.”

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

Start: 4th
Finish: 15th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 90/90
Laps Led: 6
Points Position (behind leader): 4th (-58)

Recap: Helio Castroneves led the race and ran among the leaders before an untimely caution period cost him a shot at victory and relegated him to a 15th-place finish in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday afternoon. Castroneves is now fourth in the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers’ standings, 59 points behind teammate Juan Pablo Montoya and just one point ahead of Will Power. Castroneves started Sunday’s race in the fourth position and quickly moved up to third after the first lap. He maintained that position for the first stint, but after pitting during the second caution period on lap 23, he emerged in 14th place after a restart on lap 26. Castroneves fought back inside the top five before moving into the lead on lap 43. However on lap 65, a caution period benefited a group of drivers who made it into the pits moments before they were closed for the full-course caution. Castroneves was positioned in 16th place after the stop under yellow and he was unable to work his way back to the front on the tight Mid-Ohio circuit, as he secured a 15th-place result.

Quote: “We had a great race today. The Hitachi Chevy guys did one heck of a job for me and (race strategist) Roger (Penske) put us in great position to capitalize. There was a lot going on out there today, a lot of traffic. We had a great Hitachi Chevy but, unfortunately, the strategy didn’t play out for us. I wish there wasn’t two weeks off before we go to Pocono because I really want to get back on the track soon.”

No. 22 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start: 15th
Finish: 3rd
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 90/90
Laps Led: 0
Points Position (behind leader): 10th (-136 pts)

Recap: Simon Pagenaud took advantage of a caution period and timely pit stop on lap 65 to jump up among the leaders, where he ran strong to finish third in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The effort matched his best finish this season, his first with Team Penske. Pagenaud also finished third in May at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans at Belle Isle Park. Pagenaud started Sunday’s race in the 15th position but used deft strategy to move up to fifth place by lap 33. He kept the PPG Automotive Refinish Chevy near the middle of the pack when he entered the pits just before they were closed because of a spin by Sage Karam on the 65th lap. When the leaders — including Team Penske teammates Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves and Will Power — were forced to make their stops after the pits were opened, Pagenaud and others found themselves at the front of the pack. The third-consecutive podium finish for Pagenaud at Mid-Ohio kept him ranked 10th in the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers’ standings, now 136 points behind Montoya.

Quote: “It was a great day for the PPG Automotive Refinish Chevy, really. We had the roughest weekend of all. We had some mechanical issues earlier in the weekend, and Chevy and the whole team put a new engine in the back of the car for qualifying and then it was good. It’s funny how it works. We qualified badly and then we have a podium (finish). Good day, good day for the guys, it’s uplifting. We bounced back and congratulations to (race winner) Graham Rahal.”

Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report – Iowa Speedway

Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

Track: Iowa Speedway
Race: Iowa Corn 300
Date: July 18, 2015

No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power

Start: 6th
Finish: 10th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 300/300
Laps Led: 2
Points Position (behind leader): 5th (-55)

Recap: Will Power’s 10th-place finish in the Indy Iowa Corn 300 on Saturday night was Team Penske’s best result of the evening and it left him in fifth place in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings. After starting the race from the sixth position, the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion ran inside the top five for the majority of the first 100 laps of the 300-lap event. He briefly assumed the lead at lap 81 while the field began making green-flag pit stops, but he lost several positions when he came to pit road at lap 83. Power spent the rest of the event working his way back to the front of the field to secure his eighth top-10 finish of the year.

Quote: “The Verizon Chevy was really good from the middle to the end of stints, but we struggled to get going there on restarts and so we lost some track positions and we weren’t able to make that back up. We need to have a better car when the field is bunched up and the traffic is heavy. But we’ll take this and just focus on better results in Mid-Ohio.”
No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya

Start: 3rd
Finish: 24th
Status: Contact
Laps Completed: 9/300
Laps Led: 0
Points Position (behind leader): 1st (445 pts)

Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya saw his race at Iowa Speedway come to an abrupt and early ending as a suspension malfunction resulted in a heavy collision with the outside retaining wall in Turn 2 on the ninth lap of competition. The 2015 Indianapolis 500 winner escaped injury in the incident. He only lost 12 points in the series standings as many of the other point leaders also encountered difficulties on the shortest track on the Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. Saturday’s result marked the first time in 18 races that Montoya failed to finish a race, dating back to the 2014 Iowa race.

Quote: “It’s just disappointing. Our Verizon Chevy was really good tonight. It was a little loose the first couple of laps, but I was just really taking it easy and biding my time. Something broke. As soon as I loaded up the right front going into the corner something gave up.”

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

Start: 1st
Finish: 11th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 300/300
Laps Led: 50
Points Position (behind leader): 4th (-54)

Recap: Helio Castroneves started on the pole position for the Indy Iowa Corn 300 and led four times for 50 laps in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet as he looked to be one of the favorites to win the event. However, on lap 158, Castroneves nearly made heavy contact with the outside wall but was able to save his Chevrolet from incident. Unfortunately the slip let the No. 67 car of Josef Newgarden past him for the lead. With the loose-handling condition, race strategist Roger Penske called for a significant front-wing adjustment and an air pressure change on the following pit stop. As the sun began to set and the temperatures cooled, the chassis swung massively to a tight-handling condition and Castroneves eventually dropped down to 11th in the running order. He was able to cross the finish line in that same spot, narrowly missing out on his 200th career top-10 finish in Verizon IndyCar Series competition.

Quote: “The Hitachi Chevy was unbelievable the first half of the race until we had a huge moment on the exit of turn three while leading the race. I’m still not sure how I was able to catch it. After that it was all downhill because we adjusted the car for the oversteer, but then it really cooled off and we developed an understeer. Then we lost a lot of positions on restarts after I felt we got chopped off numerous times. We were able to minimize the damage a bit over the last few laps but, man, I really thought we had a Chevy that could win the race.”

No. 22 Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start: 5th
Finish: 14th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 299/300
Laps Led: 0
Points Position (behind leader): 10th (-151)

Recap: Simon Pagenaud started fifth in Saturday night’s Indy Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway, his 11th top-five starting position of the season. As the race began, however, he had to deal with a chassis that was handling too loose for his liking. The No. 22 Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet pit crew made adjustments to the front wing on the first two tops of the night, but Pagenaud still had trouble keeping pace with the race leaders. As the race moved into the final 100-lap segment and the track conditions cooled, Pagenaud was happy with the handling of his Chevrolet and he was able to maneuver his way back into the 14th position before crossing the finish line.

Quote: “We’re not quite sure what happened with the Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet. We practiced really well yesterday. At the end of the race we had the exact same car that we had in practice. But at the beginning it was just really, really loose and I could barely hang on to it. It was all about survival at that point. We made some adjustments on the first pit stop but it was still too loose. By that point we were really behind in having any chance at winning the race. The Penske Truck Rental Chevy was good on the last two stints. That is the positive that we can take away from tonight and go to Mid-Ohio.”

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