INDIANAPOLIS – The pole won by Simon Pagenaud for Saturday’s Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis (3:30 p.m. ET/ABC/IMS Radio Network) should come to no surprise. The Penske drivers have been fast all weekend as it was honestly their pole to lose.
But, their stats since 2014 have been bar none downright dominant making Pagenaud’s pole run not surprising in the least.
Penske, has won all five poles in 2016, but if you go back to last year, they’ve won seven straight Verizon IndyCar Series pole awards and eight in their last nine starts.
That stat is dominating enough, but if you go back even further, they’ve won 21 of the last 24 IndyCar poles since 2014. That’s why when it comes to winning poles in IndyCar competition, Team Penske are honestly the ones to beat as the stats show that it’s not even close.
This is obviously translating well as far as success goes as they’re one of the all-time winningest IndyCar teams ever. Mix that with all these poles and you have one of the best teams in the history of the sport.
But, they do have reason to be a tad disappointed today, as Penske could have had all four cars in the top six. Unfortunately, Helio Castroneves struggled all day and didn’t make it out of the opening round. He will start 15th.
In the second round, two more drivers got caught up in some bad luck as Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power were eliminated in round two. They’ll start eighth and 12th respectively.
But, today, it was all about Pagenaud and another Penske pole.
It’s Indy and Penske is starting first.