Tag: Team Penske

Newgarden earns first IndyCar Championship, plans to appreciate the moment

For the first time since 2012, the stars and stripes draped over the shoulders of the new Verizon IndyCar Series Champion. Josef Newgarden capped off his first season at Team Penske with a series title and a field-leading 4 wins to his name. He also celebrated with his engine manufacturer, Chevrolet, as they earned their

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Rahal Quickest on Race Morning, Paddock Ready for Final Contest

There’s not much more to dig into this weekend. We’ve discussed all the drivers with a chance of winning it all after these last 202 miles are completed in the early evening, we’ve talked about the situations and circumstances that would need to happen for each of them in order for things to go their

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Reigning champ Pagenaud leads Saturday practice, looks to repeat Sonoma success

Saturday’s morning practice at Sonoma Raceway yielded predictable results with all 5 championship contenders leading the pack, reigning Verizon Series IndyCar champion Simon Pagenaud topping the laps with a clocked time faster than his own track record set in 2016. Pagenaud went on to win that race, clinching his first series titie. Today’s 1:16.0329 lap

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Power’s chance at Astor Cup dependent on fellow contenders performances

Will Power is no stranger to fighting for the Verizon IndyCar Series championship. He won back in 2014 after years of trying. He has been in close contention the past two seasons with 5 others battling him in 2015 and Scott Dixon taking the title; Simon Pagenaud was his only sparring partner in 2016, and

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Newgarden sweeps Friday practice sessions

The points leader is making sure he stays at the top of all the boards – including the practice sessions for the Go Pro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. Josef Newgarden’s best lap speed in the afternoon (1:16.2485) bested the official track record, set last year by Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud during

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Pagenaud will show ‘No mercy’ in attempt to earn second IndyCar championship

Sonoma Raceway will always hold a special place in the history of Simon Pagenaud and his race career. It’s the track that allowed him to clinch his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship and achieve one of his life goals.   This year however, he arrives at the track in a different position. While still in

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Passion and versatility: The inspiring nature of Castroneves

  Helio Castroneves started his Indy car racing career in CART back in 1998. I was just getting my driver’s license that year, mastering the art of parallel parking between cones while Castroneves was embarking on a 20-year open-wheel journey. If you told me that two decades later I’d be sitting in the media center

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Points leader Newgarden credits transparency within Team Penske for his 2017 success

  Yesterday, while overlooking Sonoma Raceway at the Ram’s Gate Winery in Sonoma, California, the IndyCar championship points leader looked back on the season. On the cusp of the biggest race of his season and arguably his career, Newgarden is taking it all in stride, explaining that he looks at every race the same and

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Newgarden Believes Championship Battle is ‘Far from over’

(WATKINS GLEN, NY) – The waters are calm again at Team Penske but Josef Newgarden is ready to make waves in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The Tennessee Native has led the 2017 championship points battle since his win at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in July. That win was the second in a row for the

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Dixon Back in Comfort Zone at Watkins Glen

(WATKINS GLEN, NY) – Temperatures at Watkins Glen International have remained out of the ordinary – a windy 57 degrees on September 1st. The results of the afternoon practice session however, were a bit more predictable for the Verizon IndyCar Series than what we had this morning. Scott Dixon was the fastest in Practice 2

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