Important Day of Learning for IndyCar Drivers in Friday’s Test Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

INDIANAPOLIS – Originally, today’s Verizon IndyCar Series test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was supposed to occur on Saturday. But, a bleak weather forecast with rain moving in tomorrow and staying for most of next week, prompted INDYCAR and IMS officials to move the seven-hour test up 24-hours to get it in before wet weather moved into Central Indiana. The skies may have been clear and sunny, but the winds wrecked havoc for drivers and teams around the famed 2.5-mile track. Overall, 11 drivers took to the track on Friday, with…

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Test Days Like Today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Beneficial for a Small Team Like Graham Rahal’s

INDIANAPOLIS – The calendar may say March 24, but there were Verizon IndyCar Series machines on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval on Friday. All four Chip Ganassi Racing cars, both Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports entries as well as Graham Rahal with Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan Racing took part in the Honda team test at the famed 2.5-mile track today. The four car Team Penske organization joined them as well making 11 different car/driver combinations hitting the yard of bricks on a beautiful sun drenched afternoon at IMS. But, windy conditions made things treacherous for drivers today,…

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Simon Pagenaud Debuts Menards Colors, Team Penske Quick in IndyCar Test at Barber

Leeds, Ala – What started off as a two race deal for Indy, quickly turned into a three race deal for Menards to be on Simon Pagenaud’s Team Penske entry in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2016. John Menard and Roger Penske originally agreed to a deal to put the bright colors of the home improvement store on the car for both the road course race as well as the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 as well. Then, right before the press conference to unveil that, Penske told Menard that…

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For 7th Time in 8 Years, Will Power Wins the Pole for Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – Last year, Chevrolet’s dominated the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. On tracks like St. Pete, they led all but 116 laps throughout the entire season from a year ago. Furthermore, Team Penske has seen their cars start 1-2-3-4 the last two years here, so with an aerokit freeze in the offseason, why expect anything less? Well, it couldn’t have gone more opposite this weekend so far. Honda’s have been strong since the first practice started yesterday, and that carried over to qualifying this afternoon. Honda’s took…

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Josef Newgarden Hasn’t Had Past Success at St. Pete, But His New Car Has

INDIANAPOLIS – Josef Newgarden is eager to officially get the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season underway. After a great beginning to his Verizon IndyCar Series with Sarah Fisher/Hartman Racing and Ed Carpenter Racing, the Tennessee native has joined Team Penske to further his career. Now, the real work begins in St. Pete, as it’s the first official race of the 2017 season. With that being said, Newgarden comes to a team that has won eight Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete races in 12 years of trying, including the last three…

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Will Team Penske Still Dominate at St. Pete for 3rd Straight Season?

INDIANAPOLIS – The lengthy offseason is finally coming to an end, the Verizon IndyCar Series takes to the streets of St. Pete this weekend for the 13th annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete (12:30 p.m ET/ABC/IndyCar Radio). With that being said, will Team Penske dominate on the 1.8-mile street circuit for a third straight year? The last two years, Penske has swept the first two races in each race, as Penske drivers started 1-2-3-4 in 2015 and again in 2016. Will that happen again this weekend? Odds say there’s a…

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Josef Newgarden Leads the Way for Team Penske in IndyCar Test at Phoenix

AVONDALE, AZ – Last year, Team Penske took the top three spots in the final standings as Simon Pagenaud and Will Power dominated the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Their teammate Helio Castroneves didn’t actually win a race a year ago, but he did give Penske a clean 1-2-3 sweep in the final standings. Now, they’ve since added Josef Newgarden, as the Tennessee becomes the first American to drive for the team since Sam Hornish Jr. Newgarden, won three races the last two seasons with Ed Carpenter Racing and finished a career best fourth…

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