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TEAM PENSKE WRAPS UP SUCCESSFUL CARBURETION DAY WITH RECORD 15TH WIN IN PIT STOP COMPETITION

TEAM PENSKE WRAPS UP SUCCESSFUL CARBURETION DAY WITH RECORD 15TH WIN
IN PIT STOP COMPETITION

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 22, 2015) – Will Power led Team Penske — and the entire field – on Carb Day for the final practice before Sunday’s 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Power recorded a fast lap of 229.020 mph in the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet, the fastest among the 33 cars that will take the green flag Sunday. Power will start second when the green flag waves at 12:12 p.m. ET.

“(Being fast today) means nothing, really,” said Power. “It’s just a big draft. It’s more about how you can get through traffic than anything. You know, we’ll see on Sunday. The further back you get in a train, the harder it is. But there’s quite a few good cars out there that are going to make their way to the front.”

Power wasn’t the only one to record a positive final session for Team Penske. Simon Pagenaud, who will start alongside Power on the front row in the third position on Sunday, had the fourth-fastest lap Friday — 228.458 mph in the No. 22 Avaya Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet.

“I can’t ask for anything more than what my Avaya guys have given me this month,” stated Pagenaud. “I feel as prepared as I have ever been for the Indy 500. This is the biggest race in the world and I want to win it more than anything.”

Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves was 10th-quickest, recording a lap of 226.674 mph in the No. 3 Shell V-Power Nitro + Chevrolet. Castroneves will start fifth Sunday.

“We are very confident in the Shell V-Power Nitro+ Chevrolet,” said Castroneves. “Team Penske has shown that we are all going to be contenders in the race on Sunday. It would be great if it came down to a battle between the four of us – as long as I’m the one that crosses the finish line first.”

Verizon IndyCar Series point leader Juan Pablo Montoya, who will start 15th Sunday in the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet, was 15th-fastest Friday with a lap of 226.022 mph.

“We’ve had our ups and downs during the month, but we always seem to end the practice sessions on a positive note,” stated Montoya. “I’ve really been comfortable with the Verizon Chevy in race trim and I still feel that way going into the race on Sunday.”

Once the practice session was complete the teams began preparations for the Tag Heuer Pit Stop Competition. Representing Team Penske was the No. 1 Verizon Chevy team of Power and the No. 3 Shell V-Power Nitro+ Chevy team of Castroneves. Both teams advanced to the semifinals as Castroneves bested Power in the head-to-head matchup. Castroneves then beat the No. 83 Chevy team of Charlie Kimball to capture the team’s 15th win in the Pit Stop Competition for Team Penske, easily the most in the history of the popular event that began in 1977. It also marked the team’s ninth win in the last 14 years of the event.

“I love the Pit Stop Competition, especially winning it,” said Castroneves. “It’s a great way to build confidence in all of the guys as we head into the Indianapolis 500. It never hurts to have momentum on your side, that’s for sure.”

ABC’s broadcast coverage of the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 begins at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday morning.

Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Race Reports

Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report

Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report
Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (2.439-mile, 14-turn road course)
Race: Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis
Date: May 9, 2015

No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power
Start: 1st
Finish: 1st
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 82/82
Laps Led: 65
Points Position (behind leader): 2nd (-5)

Recap: Will Power won from the pole position Saturday for the 25th victory of his Verizon IndyCar Series career and first at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Power won by 1.5023 seconds over Graham Rahal and moved into second place in the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers’ standings, just five points behind Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya. Power maintained the lead despite an incident involving teammate Helio Castroneves on the first turn of the first lap. Power pitted from the lead on Lap 22, but quickly worked his way back into the lead again. From there, it turned into a compelling battle with Graham Rahal for first place. As Power entered the pits on Lap 40, Rahal assumed the lead. However, Power worked back into the top spot on Lap 48. In nine short laps, Power pitted once again, giving the lead to Rahal. Rahal gave up the point when he pitted on the next lap. On Lap 63, Power returned to the lead when Charlie Kimball drove to the pits. At the time, Power held a 4.4805-second lead over Rahal, who tried to catch Power for the next 19 laps but he couldn’t catch the series champ. Saturday marked Power’s first victory of the 2015 season in a race that was slowed by just one caution period
Quote: “That’s the most physical race I think I’ve ever done. It never stopped. I was so determined to win that I didn’t want anything to go wrong. I didn’t want to get caught out by a yellow and wanted a clean race, and that’s exactly what we got. I’m really happy for the guys on the Verizon car. It’s pretty special to win here.”

No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Juan Pablo Montoya
Start: 4th
Finish: 3rd
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 82/82
Laps Led: 0
Points Position: 1st

Recap: Juan Pablo Montoya maintained his lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series drivers’ standings with his third podium finish in five races this season. It also was his 21st podium in 64 career series races. He narrowly escaped damage to the No. 2 Verizon Chevy early in the race after an incident involving Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves on the opening lap. On lap 39, he pitted for alternate “red” Firestone tires, and began to work his way back through the field. In just nine laps he moved into third place. He valiantly tried to track down second-place Graham Rahal for the remainder of the race, but ultimately ran out of laps. Montoya is now five points ahead of race winner Will Power in the standings and 10 points ahead of Castroneves, giving Team Penske the top three spots in the series standings.

Quote: “We ran well all day in the Verizon Chevrolet. We raced hard all day too. I saw them go eight-wide on lap one and I knew that that wasn’t going to work. (Scott) Dixon got in line and we got to the breaking zone and I knew some were going to dive bomb and that wouldn’t work. We had really good pit stops and everyone on the No. 2 Verizon Chevy did a really great job today. It’s a shame that we lost touch with Will (Power) there at the end but I’ll take third place at a road course any day.”

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

Start: 3rd
Finish: 6th
Status: Running
Laps Completed: 82/82
Laps Led: 0
Points Position (behind leader): 3rd (-10)
Recap: Helio Castroneves rallied from an incident in the first turn of the first lap to finish in the sixth position to keep himself in the heat of the points battle with Team Penske teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power. Castroneves started third but upon entering the first corner his No. 3 Verizon Chevrolet made contact with the right rear of Scott Dixon’s car. Castroneves was able to continue, but pitted a short time later for fresh tires and fell to 17th in the running order. From there, he steadily fought back by using a fast Verizon Chevrolet combined with great fuel mileage. By lap 48, he was running ninth. From there Castroneves gained three more positions over the remaining laps. Saturday marked the 300th start of Castroneves’ illustrious career, making him one of only seven drivers to have started 300 races in IndyCar history.

Quote: “I was just trying to make sure I didn’t hit anyone – and that I didn’t get hit – in that first corner. Just wanted to put the No. 3 Verizon Chevy in a good position there. Unfortunately I clipped (Scott) Dixon in the right rear when he turned into the corner. Obviously him spinning out put me into the grass and we lost many spots. From there it was a great comeback for the team. The Verizon Chevy was really fast, but that first lap hurt us quite a bit. We were able to recover by having a fast car and by getting great fuel mileage. We learned a lot about our fuel mileage at Barber two weeks ago. Today that paid off big time.”

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

Start: 5th
Finish: 25th
Status: Retired (mechanical)
Laps Completed: 57/82
Laps Led: 0
Points Position (behind leader): 10th (-70)
Recap: Simon Pagenaud raced competitively until an electrical Issue sidelined him on lap 57 of the 82-lap race. After starting fifth, Pagenaud moved up to third early by avoiding the first-lap incident involving Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves. After pitting on lap 40, Pagenaud moved up to the sixth position by lap 48. On lap 57, he came into the pits because of issues with the car’s electronic control unit, which eventually forced the retirement of the No. 22 machine. The 25th-place finish was the worst of the season for Pagenaud.

Quote: “We had a really tough day today. Our DeVillbiss Chevrolet was very competitive early on, but with the issue we had toward the end of the race we couldn’t get back out there. The GCU, which controls the shifting, had a malfunction. It’s a bummer to not put things together again, but I know with our speed we’ll get there soon. We’re going to keep our heads down and be there at the end next time.”

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

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      In October last year the city released a request for proposals seeking “an open-wheel auto racing format” to run the annual Grand Prix event. From the start it was only a two-horse race between Michaelian and Pook. Pook, of course, was hardly a carpetbagger. He founded the Long Beach Grand Prix in 1975 and brought […]
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      Over the past 20-something years writing about racing, I’ve encountered three people from whom I learn something about the art of racecar driving every time we speak for longer than five minutes. One of that trio is Rick Ravon Mears, born this day 65 years ago in Wichita, Kansas, and brought up in Bakersfield, Calif. […]
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      Tonya Bergeson-Dana talks with her son, Conor, about his father when he brings it up, which is often. If he’s asking the questions, she reasons, he’s ready to hear the answers. Paul Conor Dana, at age 9, knows that his father was Paul Dana, a journalist and IndyCar driver who died in March 2006 during […]