Track: Circuit of the Americas Race: INDYCAR Classic Date: March 24, 2019 No. 2 PPG Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden Start: 7th Finish: 2nd Status: Running Laps Completed: 60/60 Laps Led: 0 Points Position: 1st (+18) Notes: Josef Newgarden continued the strong start to his 2019 season, grabbing a second-place finish in the inaugural INDYCAR Classic at the Circuit of the Americas and…
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Track: Streets of St. Petersburg Race: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Date: March 10, 2019 No. 2 Hitachi Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden Start: 2nd Finish: 1st (11th-career IndyCar Series victory) Status: Running Laps Completed: 110/110 Laps Led: 60 Points Position: 1st (+13 pts) Notes: Josef Newgarden started off his 2019 season in the best way possible, leading a race-high 60 of 110…
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Pagenaud Returns for Endurance Events Alongside Montoya, Cameron, Taylor and Castroneves
MOORESVILLE, NC (December 7, 2018) – Acura Team Penske announced today that IndyCar Series championship contender and 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi will join the team for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endurance events at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Rossi, a five-time race winner in the IndyCar Series, will share the No. 7 Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype International (Dpi) with fulltime Acura Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor.
Team Penske IndyCar Series driver Simon Pagenaud will return to compete in the endurance events with the team in 2019, racing the No. 6 Acura ARX-05 DPi with full-time racers Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron.
“I have watched and raced against Team Penske in INDYCAR and I have a lot of respect for the organization and what they do and how they do it,” said Rossi. “I really appreciate Andretti Autosport for allowing me the opportunity to represent Acura in some of the biggest sports car races in the world. I can’t wait to work with Helio and Ricky, to learn from them and hopefully contribute to some wins and a championship for Acura Team Penske.”
Though Rossi rose to racing superstardom when he won the 2016 Indianapolis 500 as an INDYCAR rookie, he has long been considered one of the most talented young American drivers. After winning numerous karting championships and the Formula BMW World title as a teenager, Rossi moved to Europe to follow his dream of competing in Formula 1. He found success in both GP3 and GP2 competition before he made five Formula 1 starts for Manor Racing, recording a best finish of 12th. The native of California returned to the states in 2016 to compete for Andretti Autosport in the IndyCar Series. Over the last three seasons, Rossi has produced five INDYCAR victories, including three wins in 2018 as he battled for the championship before finishing second in the series standings.
“Alexander will be a great addition to the Acura Team Penske lineup in 2019 and all of us at Acura are very excited about our prospects for the coming season,” said Art St. Cyr, President of Honda Performance Development. “When you add Alexander to the experienced team of Helio, Ricky, Juan and Dane – and with Simon returning for the endurance events – we are extremely proud of the talented and accomplished Acura Team Penske driver lineup. We look forward to our second opportunity to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona in the ARX-05. Alexander has been a great representative of Honda in the IndyCar Series, from his Indy 500 victory in 2016 to competing for the title this past season. We are pleased to have this opportunity to build our relationship with him through our sports car program.”
Acura Team Penske returned to sports car competition in 2018 with its two-car Acura DPi program in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. The team produced one victory – with Castroneves and Taylor at the Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course in May – and produced three poles and nine top-five finishes.
The 2019 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship begins with the Roar Before the 24 January 4-6, followed by the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 26.
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HPD was founded in 1993 to spearhead American Honda’s entry into Indy car racing. No other manufacturer has matched the company’s success in Indy cars, which includes 237 race victories, 16 drivers’ championships, seven competitive manufacturers’ championships and 12 Indianapolis 500 victories since 2004.
HPD, Acura and Honda have a history of success in endurance sports car racing, with more than 100 prototype victories since 1991, including either class or overall victories at the Rolex 24, 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Petit Le Mans. Acura and HPD swept all prototype championships in the 2009 American Le Mans Series; and won the North American Endurance Championship manufacturers’ title in 2016. Prior to the founding of HPD in 1993, Acura won 25 races and three consecutive IMSA Camel Lights Championships from 1991-93.
HPD’s Acura and Honda engines have recorded 79 race wins at endurance sports car races around the world, with 71 of those victories coming in the HPD-developed line of sports prototype cars. In less than two years of North American GT3 competition, the Acura NSX GT3 has recorded five races wins and three poles. For more information about HPD and the company’s racing product lines, please visit http://hpd.honda.com.
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Ruzewski Named Managing Director; Moyer and Bouslog to Serve as General Managers MOORESVILLE, N.C. (October 25, 2018) – Team Penske today announced several organizational changes within the leadership structure of its INDYCAR and IMSA racing programs, effective immediately. Veteran motorsports race engineer Ron Ruzewski, who most recently has served as Technical Director, has been promoted…
Team Penske Verizon IndyCar Series Race Report
Track: Sonoma Raceway
Race: INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma
Date: September 16, 2018
No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden
Laps Completed: 85/85
Laps Led: 1
Points Position: 5th (-118 pts)
- Josef Newgarden and the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet ended their 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season finishing eighth at Sonoma Raceway and fifth in the overall championship points.
- Newgarden had one of his strongest qualifying runs of the last couple of weeks and started third for the 85-lap event.
- As the race went green, Newgarden maintained his position until lap 18 when he pitted for alternate tires and fuel. Unfortunately following the stop, he stalled the car trying to exit the pit box, costing the team valuable seconds on pit road.
- Newgarden continued to try and overcome the pit road miscue and found himself running as far back as 11th at one point.
- Through pit strategy and having a fast No. 1 Verizon Chevrolet, the 2017 INDYCAR Series Champion was able to fight his way up to seventh place by lap 41.
- Unfortunately, the pace of the rest of the field hindered Newgarden from making up any other spots and he had to settle for an eighth-place finish.
- Newgarden finished the season with three wins and a career-best four poles, but slipped to fifth in the final point standings.
Quote: “It was not a great day. It really all started with the first pit stop. We just had a mistake in trying to get out and I stalled it. It kind of ruined the whole day from that point there on. It was tough to recover after that. I think we had a lot of potential today and we could have contended for the win, but it was too hard come back. It was a great season and a lot of great moments for the whole team and myself. We just have to work to be a little stronger next year and go for the championship and the Indy 500.”
No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Will Power
Laps Completed: 85/85
Laps Led: 4
Points Position: 3rd (-96 pts)
- Will Power and the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet fought their way through the final laps at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday afternoon, but came up just short, finishing third in the race and third in 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series championship points.
- All weekend long, the Australian had one of the fastest cars. But in Saturday’s qualifying, a small mistake cost Power and the No. 12 Verizon team to miss the Firestone Fast Six. He started Sunday’s race from the seventh position.
- Power and the No. 12 Verizon team ran a relatively flawless race at Sonoma, with strong pit stops and a three-pit strategy.
- Despite several other drivers complaining of severe tire degradation, Power’s car was strong all afternoon long and he had battled his way to the third position by lap 38.
- Power raced neck-and-neck with eventual series champion Scott Dixon through the later half of the race, but was unable to surpass him, finishing the race in the third position.
- Coming into the event tied with teammate Josef Newgarden for third in points, Power held onto the points position outright.
- Despite not winning the championship, Power ended the season with three wins, including the 2018 Indianapolis 500 and the Indy Grand Prix, which marked Team Penske’s 200th INDYCAR Series win.
Quote: “It was a really good race for the No. 12 Verizon team. We had a really, really fast car. I think if we would have started farther up front, we would have had a chance to win. It was a good year thought. Roger got his 500th win today. We won the Indy 500. We won the 200thINDYCAR race for Team Penske. We won the Brickyard 400. Just couldn’t get the championship here. But overall, it was a good year for Team Penske.”
No. 22 DXC Technology Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud
Laps Completed: 85/85
Laps Led: 0
Points Position: 6th (-186 pts)
- Simon Pagenaud ended the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season on a high note, finishing fourth in the season finale event at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday afternoon.
- Pagenaud was fast all weekend long, but just missed out making it to the Firestone Fast Six during qualifying on Saturday and started Sunday’s event from the eighth position.
- Race strategist Kyle Moyer elected to bring in the No. 22 DXC Technology Chevrolet in early and opt for a three-stop strategy to keep his track position. This allowed Pagenaud to gain several positions on the track while pit stops cycled out.
- Pagenaud settled into the third position for much of the afternoon, but fought a lot of tire degradation, similar to what the rest of the field was experiencing.
- Following the last round of stops, Pagenaud and the No. 22 DXC Technology team slipped to fourth as teammate Will Power jumped him on the track.
- Pagenaud would hold strong and finish fourth, his fourth top-five finish of the season. Pagenaud ended the season sixth in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings.
Quote: “Yeah it was a good day. Definitely competitive. We definitely unlocked a lot of secrets. I think we cracked the code this weekend on the car and what I needed so we were much more competitive than we’ve been on the road course and it felt good. It felt fun. We had great battles on track. We played the tire strategy and fuel strategy really well. The team, Kyle Moyer and Ben Bretzman, did a fantastic job with that and my pit crew were phenomenal again, as they’ve been all year long. We couldn’t have done much better because we were saving fuel midway through to the end of the race. I’m satisfied with it. It was a good race.”
Track: Gateway Motorsports Park Race: Gateway 500 Date: August 25, 2018 No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden Start: 3rd Finish: 7th Status: Running Laps Completed: 248/248 Laps Led: 0 Points Position: 4th (-78 pts) Notes: It was a tough day for Josef Newgarden and the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet as they walked away with a hard-fought seventh-place finish…
Track: Pocono Raceway Race: Pocono 500 Date: August 19, 2018 No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet – Josef Newgarden Start: 2nd Finish: 5th Status: Running Laps Completed: 200/200 Laps Led: 0 Points Position: 3rd (-66 pts) Notes: Josef Newgarden and the No. 1 Hitachi Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet team produced a strong effort at Pocono Raceway Sunday that ultimately earned them a fifth-place finish….