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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Jay Howard Fastest in Day 4 of Indy 500 Practice on Thursday

INDIANAPOLIS – Windy conditions caused just 408 laps turned around the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Wednesday, but with the winds dying down a bit on Thursday, and today also being the last full day for teams on race setups until after qualifying, it was a much busier afternoon of practice around the 2.5-mile track. The first half of the day and happy hour saw cars run in big groups, as everyone was simulating race runs. That produced 2,362 laps on Thursday.

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Josef Newgarden Uninjured After Practice Crash on Thursday in Indianapolis 500 Practice

INDIANAPOLIS – On Monday, Jack Harvey was the first Verizon IndyCar Series driver to find the wall at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as his No. 50 Honda made contact with the outside SAFER barrier in Turn 2. Luckily, the contact wasn’t real hard, as a mechanical failure caused his car not to turn and go straight into the wall. He would be okay.

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Will Power Earns the Pole for Saturday’s IndyCar Grand Prix

INDIANAPOLIS – Will Power won the pole at the season opener in St. Pete. His Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves then wthe polon e the next race at Long Beach. At Barber, it was Power again. Then, at Phoenix, back to Castroneves. The trend continued on Friday. 

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Team Penske Shines in Gateway Test

Madison, Ill – It should come to no surprise that Team Penske was among the top two teams in the Verizon IndyCar Series test at the Gateway Motorsports Park on Tuesday afternoon. Gateway, is a short oval just like last weekend’s race at Phoenix was. In Phoenix, Penske saw all four cars qualify in the top five, all four practice in the top five and nearly saw all four finish there. If not for an issue for Josef Newgarden having to pit towards the end to repair his front wing, Penske…

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