Montoya Splitting Time With Ed Carpenter In No. 20 Chevrolet Makes Most Sense For 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – A big tidbit was slipped in a press release on Wednesday, and that’s that Team Penske will field only three full-time cars for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season and just four cars for the Month of May at Indy. Where this is big, is that Penske stated that the three full-time drivers will be Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud and Will Power, with a fourth car being available for Helio Castroneves in May. That means that Juan Pablo Montoya won’t be racing for Penske in INDYCAR competition in 2018.…

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Which Numbers Does Team Penske Use In 2018?

My brain is odd and sometimes I can’t explain it. But, since Josef Newgarden won the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series championship, what does this mean for the rest of Team Penske and their car numbers? Yes, I get that this isn’t a huge newsworthy content, but it is officially the offseason and my brain wanders. Newgarden, will likely don the No. 1 Chevrolet in 2018. After all, that number is reserved for the defending champion in the series if they’d like to use it. The last two Penske champions (Will…

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Montoya To Run Full Time IMSA Program For Penske In 2018, Team Reveals Part Of Their Driver Lineup

Team Penske announced today two of the four drivers that will compete full time for the team in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, racing the cars of the recently-announced Acura Daytona Prototype International (DPi) program. Legendary Verizon IndyCar Series driver Juan Pablo Montoya will team up with sports car champion Dane Cameron to pilot one of the team’s two ARX-05 entries. Team Penske and Acura Motorsports will announce its other two full-time drivers, as well as additional drivers for the endurance races, at a later date. The official unveiling…

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Drivers Rave Of New 2018 IndyCar Test, Says Racing Back in Drivers’ Hands

INDIANAPOLIS – Last week, both Oriol Servia and Juan Pablo Montoya tested the newly designed 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series concept for the first time ever at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The two test drivers raved about their experience saying the car is much better to drive and puts things back into the drivers’ hands. Well, after the first road course configuration test at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the duo is still saying the same thing. 

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New IndyCar Hits the Track For the 1st Time Today, Jay Frye Talks Entire Testing Process Timeline And Additional OEMS In the Future

INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time ever, the newly designed 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series car concept hit the track on Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Both Oriol Servia and Juan Pablo Montoya hit the famed 2.5-mile track today to shake down the new car for next season. Servia, drove the Honda entry while Montoya took his rounds in the Chevrolet design. Today though, was nothing more than to shake these cars down and check some boxes off of a list. It was a monumental yet historical day in that perspective…

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Servia, Montoya Slated To Test New 2018 IndyCar

Veteran Indy car drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Oriol Servia have been named by INDYCAR to perform testing duties for the Dallara universal aero kit to be used by all Verizon IndyCar Series teams starting in the 2018 season. Testing of the universal kit, which will be fitted to the current Dallara IR-12 chassis used by all teams, begins July 25-26 on the 2.5-mile oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Subsequent tests will take place on the permanent road course at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the short oval at Iowa Speedway and a…

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101st Indy 500 Dominated By Former Formula 1 Drivers, Honda

INDIANAPOLIS – Lewis Hamilton made some preposterous comments in Monaco on Saturday basically calling out the Verizon IndyCar Series field. But, what Mr. Hamilton fails to realize is, IndyCar is a far deeper, more talented field from top to bottom than the current F1 crop of drivers. The real reason to why former F1 drivers are turning their sights on IndyCar now is due to the competitiveness and how much better it is to drive here. In F1, only two teams have a legitimate shot to win, that’s four out of…

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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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