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HELIO CASTRONEVES – 300TH START NOTES

HELIO CASTRONEVES

3 HITACHI/AAA/SHELL-PENNZOIL/VERIZON TEAM PENSKE DALLARA/CHEVROLET        

  • The Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indy will mark Helio Castroneves 300thcareer Verizon IndyCar Series start, which is the seventh-most in series history.
  • It will be his 261st career start as a member of Team Penske.
  • Castroneves’ 29 career series wins are tied with Team Penske legend and current consultant, Rick Mears, for 11th place on the all-time list.
  • Castroneves’ 43 career Verizon P1 Pole Awards place him fourth on the all-time list
  • The first series start for Castroneves came at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 15, 1998. He qualified 22nd and finished 24th.
  • Castroneves’ first Verizon IndyCar Series win came on June 18, 2000 in the Tenneco Grand Prix of Detroit at Belle Isle Park while driving for Team Penske. It was his 46th career start and seventh start with the team.
  • Castroneves’ first Verizon P1 Pole Award came in the 1999 Miller Lite 225 at The Milwaukee Mile. It was his 26th career series start.

“Congratulations to Helio on making his 300th career start in the Verizon IndyCar Series this weekend. I could not think of a better place for him to celebrate this achievement than at than at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Helio really exemplifies what it means to be a member of Team Penske – both on and off the racetrack – since joining our team in 2000. His record speaks for itself and he continues to be one of the most productive drivers competing in the series. I know he will be doing everything he can to join Rick Mears as a four-time Team Penske winner of the Indianapolis 500 in a couple of weeks.”

–       Roger Penske

Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Report

Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Report

Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.439-mile, 14-turn road course)
Race: Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis
Date: May 8, 2015

No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power
Position:​ 1st
Time: 1:09.4886
Speed: 126.357 mph

No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Position: ​4th
Time: ​1:09.8072
Speed: ​125.781 mph

No. 3 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Helio Castroneves
Position: ​3rd
Time: 1:09.7388
Speed: ​125.904 mph

No. 22 DeVilbiss Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud
Position: ​5th
Time: ​1:09.8715
Speed: 125.665 mph

Pole Winning Time: 1:09.4886 (No. 1 – Will Power)

Recap: Will Power won the pole position Friday for Saturday’s second annual Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis by setting a track record on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet with a lap of 1:09:4886 seconds. All four Team Penske drivers will start among the top five when the race begins at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon. The pole was Power’s second of the season, 38th of his career and 227th in Team Penske’s IndyCar history. It marked the eighth consecutive pole position for Team Penske dating back to the race at The Milwaukee Mile last season. All four Team Penske drivers advanced out of the first two rounds of qualifying, led by Power, who was fastest in the second qualifying session at 1:09.6443. Helio Castroneves led the first round with a lap of 1:09.8917 in the No. 3 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet. Castroneves led Team Penske with a third-place finish in the inaugural Indy GP last year.

Coverage: Coverage of the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis will begin at 3:00 pm ET Saturday on ABC, IMS Radio, XM Radio Channel 209 and Sirius Channel 213.

ANGIE’S LIST GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS – WINNING POLE NOTES

WILL POWER
NO. 1 VERIZON TEAM PENSKE DALLARA/CHEVROLET

ANGIE’S LIST GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS
May 8, 2015

WINNING POLE NOTES

· Today marks Power’s first-career Verizon P1 Pole Award at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
· This is Power’s 12th career pole award on a closed road course.
· Power’s last pole win was at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 28, 2015. This is his second of the 2015 season.
· Power has now 38 Verizon P1 Pole Awards in his career, sixth on the all-time list.

· Power will be seeking his first career win on the Indianapolis road course.

· This is the eighth-consecutive Verizon P1 Pole Award win for Team Penske dating back to the Milwaukee Mile last season.

TEAM PENSKE UNVEILS NEW WEBSITE DESIGN AND FUCTIONALITY AT TEAMPENSKE.COM

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 4, 2015) – Just in time for the start of one of the busiest and most intriguing months of the racing season this May, Team Penske is proud to unveil a new website design and functionality at www.TeamPenske.com.

The official internet home of Team Penske now features a new look and feel, incorporating the winning tradition and history of Team Penske with some dynamic and interactive digital elements. Fans will experience easy access to a wide array of team- and driver-related content through the new TeamPenske.com. The site includes a fresh appearance that incorporates imagery and content from Team Penske’s four levels of competition including the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the Verizon IndyCar Series and Australia’s V8 Supercars Championship.

A notable feature that the new site also incorporates is an enriched social media experience. The Penske Social Station provides the latest updates from the most popular social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube in one centralized location for fan convenience. The Penske Social Station makes it simple for fans to stay up to date on the latest racing action and their favorite drivers.

With a year-by-year retrospective on the history of Team Penske, and as the organization prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, the new TeamPenske.com harkens back to the past while celebrating the team’s current success on track. On its home page, TeamPenske.com also proudly displays the top forms of content featured throughout the new site design including team news, race reports, team member profiles and infographics built to share easily through social media.

Rich multimedia content is also available through the new site design including professional photography from each event where Team Penske competes and compelling video footage, including the popular “Penske Files” vignettes.
Complete biographical pages on each Team Penske driver and team and up-to-date race results and schedules are also highlighted at the new design, along with an overview of all team partners. Fans will also be able to shop and purchase the latest official Team Penske merchandise at the Team Penske Online Store.

The new TeamPenske.com is designed and hosted by long-time Team Penske digital partner, Racersites.com.

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 15 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.

AVAYA TO PARTNER WITH TEAM PENSKE IN BOTH THE VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES AND NASCAR CUP SERIES

AVAYA TO PARTNER WITH TEAM PENSKE IN BOTH THE
VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES AND NASCAR CUP SERIES

Avaya Penske

Company Will Sponsor No. 22 Dallara/Chevrolet Driven by Simon Pagenaud and No. 2 Ford Fusion Driven by Brad Keselowski

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (May 1, 2015) – Team Penske announced today that it has partnered with Avaya as a team sponsor for the 2015 season in both the Verizon IndyCar Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Simon Pagenaud will pilot the No. 22 Avaya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet for at least four Verizon IndyCar Series events in his first season with Team Penske, including the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 24. Avaya will also adorn the side of the No. 2 Ford Fusion driven by Brad Keselowski in the Sprint Cup Series event at Kansas Speedway on Saturday, May 9.

The Avaya partnership was fostered through the established, long-term relationship between Team Penske and HP. Together, Avaya and HP Enterprise Services are delivering infrastructure modernization services, including Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) OnAvaya and Customer Engagement as a Service OnAvaya to help customers rapidly deploy enterprise team and customer engagement solutions as they transition to a “New Style of Business.” As technology continues to revolutionize communications in racing, the partnership between the three organizations is a winning combination for all.

“We are excited to welcome Avaya to Team Penske through their relationship with HP, supporting Simon Pagenaud and Brad Keselowski,” said Roger Penske. “Avaya is a growing global brand that has a great opportunity to continue that growth through motorsports. We can benefit from Avaya’s technologies and expertise across our Penske businesses and we appreciate their partnership as Simon and the No. 22 team establish themselves as championship contenders in the Verizon IndyCar Series and Brad continues to work toward the Chase with the No. 2 team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.”

The new relationship with Team Penske is the latest sports partnership for Avaya as the company continues to build its brand by working with winning programs – see the full list at www.avayasports.com

“Avaya and HP, two of Silicon Valley’s business technology powerhouses, have been on the forefront of communications and enterprise technology innovation for decades,” said Joe Manuele, vice president, Global Cloud Services, Avaya. “Communications is entering the cloud-era, and we are proud to offer our technology and expertise to Team Penske in an effort to help the team continue to produce at a high level.”

In addition to sponsoring the No. 22 Chevrolet at the Indianapolis 500, Avaya will also serve as the primary sponsor for Pagenaud and his team in Verizon IndyCar Series events this season at Texas Motor Speedway, the Streets of Toronto and Sonoma Raceway. Pagenaud, in his debut season at Team Penske, is currently ranked ninth in the series point standings after posting top-10 finishes in three of the first four races this season.

“I’ve had a long-standing relationship with HP over the years, so to see that expand and to now be associated with a company like Avaya is pretty special,” said Pagenaud. “I want to succeed on the racetrack with Team Penske and having a sponsor like Avaya on the car will help our team reach new heights. We can’t thank them enough for their support and I hope this is just the beginning of a winning partnership.”

Avaya will also make its debut in the Sprint Cup Series when the company will be the primary sponsor of the No. 2 Ford Fusion driven by Keselowski at Kansas Speedway on Saturday night, May 9. Keselowski, the 2012 Sprint Cup Series Champion, will be looking for his second-career Kansas win, with his first coming in 2011.

“It’s always great to see global companies come into our sport,” said Keselowski. “We’ll be excited to welcome Avaya to the No. 2 team that night in Kansas. Our goal is always to go out there and win with all of our partners and it would be great to bring Avaya on board at Team Penske with a trip to Victory Lane in Kansas.”

About Avaya

Avaya is a leading provider of solutions that enable customer and team engagement across multiple channels and devices for better customer experience, increased productivity and enhanced financial performance. Its world-class contact center and unified communications technologies and services are available in a wide variety of flexible premises-based and cloud deployment options that seamlessly integrate with non-Avaya applications. The Avaya Engagement Development Platform enables third parties to create and customize business applications for competitive advantage. Avaya’s fabric-based networking solutions help simplify and accelerate the deployment of business critical applications and services. For more information please visit www.avaya.com

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 15 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.

 

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report – Barber

 Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report
Track: Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Ala. (2.3-mile, 17-turn road course)
Race: Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama
Date: April 26, 2015
No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power
Start:  2
Finish: 4
Status: Running
Laps Completed:  90/90
Laps Led:  0
Points Position (points behind leader):  5th (-24)

Recap: Will Power battled back from an early penalty for a solid fourth-place finish in Sunday’s Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park. Drivers got through the opening laps without major incidents, but there were minor ones that resulted in reviews by Verizon IndyCar Series officials. Power was warned about blocking his teammate, Simon Pagenaud, on the first lap of the race. Then the series champion was penalized on Lap 26 for avoidable contact when his car struck Takuma Sato’s car as Power exited the pits. That penalty dropped him to last in the 23-car field. Power then rallied with a marvelous drive and timely strategy to finish fourth, his sixth top-five finish in the six races contested at Barber.

Power Quote:  “I’m proud of the Verizon Chevy Team today. For me to come back from the back after the penalty and finish P4 was a great job by our team.  I feel bad for what happened with Sato. I didn’t see him, which was unfortunate. I think the race as a whole in Barber was the best all year so far.  At this point we will look to Indy for a win.”

No. 2 Hawk Performance Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Start:  18
Finish: 14
Status: Running
Laps Completed:  90/90
Laps Led:  1
Points Position:  First

Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya dropped to the back of the field early in the Grand Prix of Alabama after a penalty for avoidable contact on Lap 26 before returning to the pits two laps later to change the front wing on his car. The trip down pit road dropped him to last place in the running order when he returned to the racing surface. He used pit strategy and speed to move his way back through the field, but he wasn’t able to consistently run with the race leaders. Sunday’s result marked his first outside of the top five this season. Montoya, however, maintained his points lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings, now just three points ahead of Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves.

Montoya Quote:  “We had a long day with the No. 2 Hawk Performance Chevy. We started with a bad qualifying effort, but we seemed to be in an okay position to dig ourselves out of the hole at one point. We were racing with (Ryan) Hunter-Reay and he finished fifth. It’s hard to race with some of the guys in the back of the pack. They are young and sometimes make moves like you aren’t even there when you are right beside them. So we ended up with two broken wings and a 14th-place finish.”

No. 3 AAA Insurance Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Helio Castroneves

Start:  1
Finish: 15
Status: Running
Laps Completed:  90/90
Laps Led:  18
Points Position (points behind leader):  2nd (-3)
Recap: Helio Castroneves started from the pole position and led the first 18 laps of the race, but lost the lead to Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud and later to eventual winner Josef Newgarden, on pit road. Despite having slight handling issues over the course of the race, Castroneves was able to maintain his position at the front of the field as the leaders began making their final pit stops of the day at lap 62. Unfortunately, Newgarden and Scott Dixon were able to stretch their fuel mileage a bit further on that round of pit stops, allowing them to stay in front of Castroneves over the final laps of the race and eventually the three-time Indy 500 winner had to come back to pit road with one lap remaining for a splash of fuel to make it to the end as he fell from fourth to 15th at the checkered flag.
Castroneves Quote:  “Not the finish we hoped for the AAA Insurance Chevrolet. There was just a bit of miscommunication on our fuel number that, unfortunately, caused us to have to pit with one lap left. You never want to see the white flag on pit road. We were basically on the same strategy with Newgarden and Dixon, but they were able to pit a lap or two later than we were and that gave them a better fuel number to meet. Unfortunately that caused us to come up short. I hate it because the AAA guys gave me another car that could’ve easily won the race, but it was a crazy race out there today.”

No. 22 Penske Truck Rental Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start:  3
Finish: 9
Status: Running
Laps Completed:  90/90
Laps Led:  3
Points Position (points behind leader):  9th (-40)

Recap: Pagenaud held steady for another top-10 finish in the young Verizon IndyCar Series season. The Team Penske newcomer was involved in some early-race drama with teammate, Will Power, as several of the top qualifiers bunched together upon entry into the first turn, which resulted in a blocking warning to Power from race control. Pagenaud led three laps of the 90-lap race and battled gamely in the late stages for his third top-10 finish of 2015. He took the lead from Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves on Lap 19 and held it through Lap 21, when he pitted and surrendered the lead to eventual winner Josef Newgarden.

Pagenaud Quote:  “We had plenty of pace in the Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet. Plenty. Plenty. We would have challenged for the win. In the first stint when we got by Will (Power) we were looking really strong coming up on Helio (Castroneves) and (Josef) Newgarden. It was a little bit of a shame. We just got unlucky with the yellow (flag) there. From then on we had to be really aggressive and attack and pass people, which we did. That was fun from that part; I’m happy with my driving. But, I feel like we had a much better car than the result we actually had, but there are always some outside factors you can’t control. Congratulations to Newgarden on his first win. He deserves it. He has been knocking on the door for a long time. I’m really happy for him.”

 

DeVILBISS AUTOMOTIVE REFINISHING TO SPONSOR SIMON PAGENAUD AT GRAND PRIX OF INDIANAPOLIS

Newly-Acquired Carlisle Company Will Debut with No. 22 Team in Indy

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (DATE) – Team Penske today announced that DeVilbiss Automotive Refinishing will sponsor the No. 22 Dallara/Chevrolet and driver Simon Pagenaud at the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Saturday, May 9. Pagenaud, in his first year with Team Penske, is the defending race winner of the event.

DeVilbiss, and its parent company Finishing Brands, was recently acquired by Carlisle Companies, an established partner of Team Penske. Through its Hawk Performance brake pad division, Carlisle has experienced tremendous success with Team Penske in both INDYCAR and NASCAR competition. Carlisle will help highlight one of its newest and top brands through the DeVilbiss sponsorship with Team Penske.

“Carlisle is excited to be working with DeVilbiss, Simon Pagenaud and Team Penske for the upcoming Grand Prix of Indianapolis,” said Dave Roberts, Chairman/CEO of Carlisle Companies. “All three are top brands in their respective field and we are proud to have Simon driving the No. 22 DeVilbiss Chevrolet that will showcase our new acquisition at this event.”

DeVilbiss Automotive Refinishing, a division of Finishing Brands, is a leading global designer and manufacturer of refinishing equipment and productivity products. DeVilbiss offers a broad range of solutions for the refinishing market including spray equipment, disposable paint cups, air filtration, contamination control products and more.

“We are proud of the relationship we have built with Carlisle and its brands over the years and Team Penske looks forward to this new opportunity with DeVilbiss Automotive Refinishing,” said Roger Penske. “Simon was awfully tough last year in the first Grand Prix of Indianapolis and now that he is on board with us at Team Penske in the No. 22 DeVillbiss Chevrolet, we hope he can repeat that result. We want to help DeVillbiss grow as a company with Carlisle and a strong performance in one of the biggest races of the year will be a great start with our team and Simon.”

In the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis in 2014, Pagenaud earned a dramatic victory in the first Verizon IndyCar Series race at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s infield road course. Pagenaud, who is currently seventh in the series point standings after three events in his first year at Team Penske, will look to make it back-to-back wins at the 14-turn circuit.

“This race will always be special to me, so to have a new sponsor come on board with us for the event is a great opportunity,” said Pagenaud. “I was honored to be the first INDYCAR winner on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course last year, so hopefully there will be a lot of eyes on the No. 22 DeVillbiss Team Penske Chevy. This is a big weekend as the race begins what we hope is a memorable month of May for Team Penske at Indianapolis.”
The Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, run on the 2.434-mile road course that incorporates portions of Turns 1 and 2 and the front straight of the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, is set for Saturday, May 9 at 3:30 pm ET. The race will be broadcast live on ABC.

About DeVilbiss

DeVilbiss Automotive Refinishing, a division of Finishing Brands, is a leading global designer and manufacturer of refinishing equipment and productivity products. DeVilbiss offers a broad range of solutions for the refinishing market including spray equipment, disposable paint cups, air filtration, contamination control products, and more.

About Finishing Brands

Finishing Brands is a global manufacturing company focused on the spraying, pumping, mixing and curing of a variety of coatings used in the transportation, general industrial, protective coating, wood, specialty and auto refinishing markets. The company markets under the brand names DeVilbiss, Binks, Ransburg and BGK.

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Infographic – Barber

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Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report – Long Beach

Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

 

Track: Long Beach, Calif. (1.97, 11-turn temporary street circuit)

Race:  Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (80 laps)

Date:   April 19, 2015

 

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

Start:  18

Finish: 20

Status: Running

Laps Completed:  79/80

Laps Led:  0

Points Position (behind leader):  Sixth (-39)

Recap: Will Power started the race from the 18thposition – a result of being caught out by an untimely caution flag in qualifying on Saturday. With a fast car, Power felt he could make up ground early but, unfortunately, the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion ran into issues during the race as well. He stalled the No. 1 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet on his first pit stop when another competitor lost power in front of him and a dropped wheel nut on Power’s second stop led to him falling two laps down to the race leaders. The Verizon team did all it could on pit strategy, but the Power could not catch a caution flag when it was needed. Sunday’s result was his worst since finishing 24th at Sao Paulo, Brazil in 2013. However, Power is a two-time winner at Barber Motorsports Park, site of next week’s Grand Prix of Alabama, where he will look to get back on track.


Quote: “I feel bad for the Verizon Chevy Team. They worked so hard and me finishing P20 was a result of a bad day in qualifying. I didn’t get it done and it was a snowball effect from there. Today I made mistakes and I stalled the car on pit road during the first pit stop. Was hoping for a top-10 finish but it didn’t happen. It makes me more motivated to make up for it the next couple of races.”

 

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

Start:  2

Finish: 3

Status: Running

Laps Completed:  80/80

Laps Led:  0

Points Position:  First

 

Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya started the Grand Prix of Long Beach from the second position before dropping to the third spot early in the event. He and teammate, Simon Pagenaud, entertained the fans with a thrilling battle several times during the event, including the final 10 laps as the two raced hard for third place. Montoya held on to the spot for the 20th podium of his Verizon IndyCar Series career. Montoya, who finished fourth at Long Beach last year, posted his first-ever IndyCar win at Long Beach in 1999. The finish allowed him to maintain his lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings as he is now just three points ahead of teammate Helio Castroneves.

 

Quote: “Our Verizon Chevy was strong all day. We hung in there the entire race and everyone did a good job. I had a really good run on Helio at the start. He made a move on me and I had to check up, which lost me one spot to (Sunday’s race winner Scott) Dixon. We ran strong all day and ended with another podium, which is great for the points battle. Two podiums in three races is a bit different start than we had last year and that is something I’m very proud of.”

 

No. 3 Automobile Club of Southern California Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Helio Castroneves

Start:  1

Finish: 2

Status: Running

Laps Completed:  80/80

Laps Led:  31

Points Position (behind leader):  Second (-3)

 

Recap: Helio Castroneves led the first 29 laps of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach before being passed by Scott Dixon, who went on to win, during the first round of pit stops. Castroneves had to hold in his pit stall after his service was complete to avoid any contact with the No. 10 car of Tony Kanaan that was entering the pit stall ahead of Castroneves. As he raced hard for his second consecutive runner-up result, Castroneves earned the 121st top-five finish of his career. On Saturday,Castroneves established a new track record with a lap of 1:06.6294 to win the Verizon P1 Pole Award for the race. It was the 42nd pole position of Castroneves’ 18-year career. The finish moved Castroneves to second in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings, just three points behind the leader, Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya.

 

Quote: “The Automobile Club of Southern California Chevy was on rails. It was a really competitive day between our Team Penske teammates. Certainly Scott (Dixon) did a great job on the in lap and the out lap on the first pit stop. My guys did a helluva job too. It was just a chess game out there today. The track changed so much over the course of the race. We had to constantly try to stay ahead of that, from adjustments to driving style. I can’t give my team enough credit for the job they did all weekend. We had a great car and just came up a bit short.”

 

No. 22 Penske Truck Rental Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud

Start:  5

Finish: 4

Status: Running

Laps Completed:  80/80

Laps Led:  0

Points Position (behind leader):  Seventh (-46)

 

Recap: After starting fifth on Sunday, Simon Pagenaud quickly made his way into the fourth position during the early portion of the Grand Prix of Long Beach, then pressured his teammate Juan Pablo Montoya for third place over the final 10 laps. The fourth-place result was his best of the season, his first with Team Penske. Pagenaud previously finished fifth at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and 20th after contact took him out of contention late last weekend at the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park. Pagenaud’s finish made it three Team Penske cars inside the top four on Sunday. Pagenaud is now ranked seventh in the championship standings, 46 points behind the leader, teammate Juan Pablo Montoya.

 

Quote: “It was a good race out there today, a lot of fun. The Penske Truck Rental Chevy was really fast today. I just wish I could’ve made my way past Helio there. That would have changed the whole complexion of the race. It was a good fight. I have to take my hat off to my engineers. They gambled a bit on this setup and the car was mega fast today. Next time we just need to start a bit closer to the front and it may be a different story.”

Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Report – Long Beach

Verizon IndyCar Series Qualifying Report
Track: Long Beach, Calif. (1.97, 11-turn temporary street circuit)
Race: Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
Date: April 18, 2015

No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power
Position: 18th
Time: 1:08.8348
Speed: 102.925 mph

No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Position: 2nd
Time: 1:06.6587
Speed: 105.518 mph

No. 3 Automobile Club of Southern California Dallara/Chevrolet – Helio Castroneves
Position: Pole
Time: 1:06.6294
Speed: 106.331 mph

No. 22 Penske Truck Rental Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud
Position: Fifth
Time: 1:07.1433
Speed: 105.518 mph

Pole Winning Time: 1:06.6294 seconds (No. 3 – Helio Castroneves)

Recap: Helio Castroneves set a new Verizon IndyCar Series track record on Saturday with a lap of 1:06.6294 to win the Verizon P1 Pole Award for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. It marked the 42nd pole position won by Castroneves in his IndyCar career. Team Penske took three of the top five starting positions, including the front row of Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya. Simon Pagenaud will start fifth on Sunday. Will Power was caught out when Stefano Coletti crashed during the second round of the first qualifying session, bringing out a caution flag and preventing Power from posting a fast time. Team Penske has won four of the last six pole positions at Long Beach: three in a row by Power (2009-2011) and Ryan Briscoe in 2012. Power, who will start 18th on Sunday, won the race in 2008 and 2012, and finished second last year. Montoya, who finished fourth at Long Beach last year, also posted his first IndyCar win at the historic street circuit in 1999.

Coverage: The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will air live on Sunday afternoon, April 19 at 4:00 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network. The race will also be broadcast live on the IMS Radio Network, XM Channel 209 and Sirius Channel 213.

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