Team Penske Lacks Speed in Qualifying, Says They Have Great Race Pace Still Though

INDIANAPOLIS – Luckily for the entire Team Penske group, the Indianapolis 500 has shown everyone lately that starting position doesn’t matter anymore. The cars get such a big tow on the straights, that if you have a good handling car, you can easily move up. Penske is hoping that rings true again this year. For some reason, the Penske cars lacked speed all week at Indy. I think we all thought though that maybe they were holding something back. After all, Penske is always a pole contender at Indy. They’ve won…

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Tons of Star Power Coming From Midback for 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS – Once upon a time, starting position mattered for the Indianapolis 500. But, since the DW12 was introduced for the 2012 race, starting position has no merit on success for the ‘500. Take this stat for what it’s worth, the last five winners of the Indy 500, all since 2012, have come from a starting spot outside the top 10. Dario Franchitti won from the 16th starting position in 2012. Tony Kanaan started 12th in 2013. Ryan Hunter-Reay started 19th in 2014. Juan Pablo Montoya started 15th in 2015, but…

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Team Penske Drivers Say They’d Tip Toe Final Few Laps If Battling for the Win

INDIANAPOLIS – Team Penske has won a Verizon IndyCar Series record 190 races during the course of their storied career. 16 of those 190 wins though have come in the prestigious Indianapolis 500, another record. With them winning the last three straight races on the IndyCar season, there’s a good chance  that at least a few of the Penske drivers will be battling for the win in next Sunday’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network). If that’s the case, just as it was in 2015, what…

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Trends Show It’s Helio Castroneves’ Turn for Indy 500 Pole and Victory

INDIANAPOLIS – If the recent pattern continues, then Helio Castroneves will win the pole for next Sunday’s 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/ABC/INDYCAR Radio Network) this weekend. Then, the Team Penske driver will win the actual race itself too. See, he and his teammate Will Power have alternated poles every race this season. In the season opener at St. Pete, Power won the Verizon P1 Pole Award. In the second race at Long Beach, it was Castroneves’ turn. Then, in the third race at Barber, it was Power’s turn…

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Will Power Quickest in Day 2 of Indy 500 Practice

INDIANAPOLIS – 32 of the 33 drivers braved the tough conditions on Tuesday, turning 2,404 laps around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway despite windy yet hot temperatures. That’s why speeds were nearly two mph slower today, with Will Power besting the field with a lap of 224.656 mph in his No. 12 Chevrolet. Power, turned that lap in the final two hours, as he had help from a tow with his Team Penske teammates. Last weekend’s IndyCar Grand Prix winner, was in the top 10 of the no tow list too,…

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Wrong Tire Strategy Hurts Helio Castroneves In Hunt for IndyCar Grand Prix Victory

INDIANAPOLIS – One of these times, Helio Castroneves is going to finally reach victory lane. He’s been so close this season, three straight top fives now to be exact, but his near three year long winless drought still remains intact. On Saturday, Castroneves had a car to beat. He started second and led 24 of the 85 laps, but tire strategy kept him from winning his fourth race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Team Penske driver started off the race on new reds, which was a good move. That’s why…

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Will Power Dominates IndyCar Grand Prix on Saturday

INDIANAPOLIS – Forgive the fans for getting a tad bored through most of today’s race, as the two cars that nearly look identical were 1-2 for the first 68 laps on Saturday. Will Power and Helio Castroneves had the same Verizon sponsorship, with nearly identical cars this weekend, and both were 1-2 for 80-percent of the race. That made it another dominating weekend for Team Penske, this time, a third different driver to reach victory lane for them in the last three races. It was Will Power’s turn on the 2.439-mile…

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