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Team Penske Driver Signing at Verizon Plainfield Store May 11th

IndyCar fans can land autographs of five Team Penske drivers Thursday, May 11 at the Plainfield Verizon Store at The Shops at Perry Crossing. Fans are also eligible to enter to win a prize package of two Indianapolis 500 VIP Pole Day suite tickets.

WHO: Verizon Team Penske drivers Will Power, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya

WHAT: Photos will be provided on site for fans. One personal item allowed per fan.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

PRIZE PACKAGE: Fans can enter to win an Indianapolis 500 Pole Day VIP ticket package – a value of $250. The VIP package includes two suite tickets, two lunches and a tour of the paddock. Entries can be made on sweepstakes tablets provided in the store. Entries are accepted at participating Verizon-owned store locations through May 15.

WHERE: Verizon Plainfield store, 312 City Center Way, Plainfield, 46168 (inside the store)

 

 

 

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Team Penske Driver Signing at Verizon Plainfield Store May 11th

IndyCar fans can land autographs of five Team Penske drivers Thursday, May 11 at the Plainfield Verizon Store at The Shops at Perry Crossing. Fans are also eligible to enter to win a prize package of two Indianapolis 500 VIP Pole Day suite tickets.

WHO: Verizon Team Penske drivers Will Power, Josef Newgarden, Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya

WHAT: Photos will be provided on site for fans. One personal item allowed per fan.

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

PRIZE PACKAGE: Fans can enter to win an Indianapolis 500 Pole Day VIP ticket package – a value of $250. The VIP package includes two suite tickets, two lunches and a tour of the paddock. Entries can be made on sweepstakes tablets provided in the store. Entries are accepted at participating Verizon-owned store locations through May 15.

WHERE: Verizon Plainfield store, 312 City Center Way, Plainfield, 46168 (inside the store)

 

 

 

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Will Power claims pole position at Barber, Team Penske Starts 1-2-3

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Saturday, April 22, 2017) – Will Power negotiated the 2.3-mile, 17-turn permanent road course in 1 minute, 6.9614 seconds (123.653 mph) in the Firestone Fast Six, the climactic round of knockout qualifying. It earned the 36-year-old Australian the Verizon P1 Award and his fourth pole position at the track for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

Power edged a pair of teammates and past Barber pole winners for qualifying honors. Helio Castroneves was second (1:07.1429, 123.319 mph) and Simon Pagenaud third (1:07.3817, 122.882 mph).

“Congratulation to Will,” said Pagenaud, the defending Barber race winner and reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion. “That was great qualifying and phenomenal for the race team: 1-2-3.”

Power’s 46th career pole – fifth all time – was the seventh for Team Penske in eight events at Barber Motorsports Park. It was also the 248th in Indy car history for the team, which Power said is where it all starts.

“First, it’s having a very good team and car, definitely working well this weekend,” said Power, the 2014 series champion who has Barber race wins in 2011 and ’12. “Kind of focusing very well and making sure I’m looking at the right things. Felt like I had a much better car on used tires; I think that’s kind of where we’ve been going wrong. Yeah, just very good result.”

SOURCE: INDYCAR

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James Hinchcliffe Wins At Long Beach, Sebastien Bourdais Leads Points

Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver, James Hinchcliffe, recorded his first Verizon IndyCar Series win since his nearly fatal  Indianapolis 500 accident in 2015.

Driving the No. 5 Arrow Honda, Hinchcliffe crossed the finish line 1.4940 seconds ahead of Dale Coyne Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais, the winner of last month’s season opener.

Hinchcliffe’s last win came at NOLA Motorsports Park in April 2015, a month before the crash caused when a suspension piece on the car broke at 220-plus mph on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval. Hinchcliffe returned to racing last season and captured the Indianapolis 500 pole position, but had yet to win another race until today.

“To finally do what was goal No. 1 when we set out at the start of the season, to get back into winner’s circle, to do so as early in the season as we have, as convincingly as we did, was great,” said Hinchcliffe, who recorded the fifth victory of his seven-year Verizon IndyCar Series career.

Bourdais, driving the No. 18 Trench Shoring Honda, recovered from rear wing damage sustained from debris when the cars of Graham Rahal and Charlie Kimball made contact on Lap 1. Coupled with his win March 12 in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, it gave Bourdais a 19-point lead over Hinchcliffe in the championship after two of 17 races.

“The fuel saving we could achieve today with the performance we had on the Honda was amazing,” said Bourdais, the four-time Indy car champion who won three straight Long Beach races from 2005-07. “I’ve always been pretty comfortable saving fuel and that one sort of came to us today.”

Josef Newgarden finished third in the No. 2 Verizon Chevrolet, earning his best Long Beach result and first top-three finish since joining Team Penske this season.

“It’s always good to get the first podium out of the way for the Captain,” Newgarden said of team owner Roger Penske. “It was a pleasure to drive this weekend. Verizon gives us great tools at Team Penske. It’s nice to get this one out of the way. Hopefully, now we can hunt down some wins.”

SOURCE: INDYCAR

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Beware of the Raccoons at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Team Penske had an unexpected guest during testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today.

Always something new @ims #indy500 @team_penske #racum Sempre algo diferente aqui em Indianapolis!

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That’s right, raccoons are now race fans too.

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Naptown Buzz Podcast: December 9, 2016

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Naptown Buzz for Friday, December 9, 2016

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Naptown Buzz for Friday, December 9, 2016

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Back after a hiatus to remodel the studio!

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

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PATREON

Community News

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INDYCAR

Other Racing

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Juan Pablo Montoya returns to Team Penske for 2017 Indianapolis 500

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Juan Pablo Montoya will return to Team Penske for the 2017 Indianapolis 500, team president Tim Cindric confirmed to INDYCAR. It is currently the only Verizon IndyCar Series race that the two-time Indy 500 winner is scheduled to drive in the 2017 season.

Montoya has won 15 Indy car races in 91 career starts over five seasons. The 41-year-old Colombian drove for Chip Ganassi Racing in CART in 1999-2000 and for Team Penske from 2014-16, with stints in Formula One and NASCAR in between. He won the CART championship in 1999 and the Indianapolis 500 in 2000 and 2015.

Driving the No. 2 Chevrolet for Team Penske in 2016, Montoya finished eighth in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings with a win in the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Team Penske signed Josef Newgarden to drive the No. 2 car in 2017, leaving Montoya without a fulltime seat with the team. When Team Penske announced the addition of Newgarden last month, Cindric said Montoya was offered the opportunity to drive a Team Penske car in next year’s Indianapolis 500.

Montoya explored options with other Verizon IndyCar Series teams but decided a return to Penske gave him the best chance to win a third Indy 500, according to Cindric, who confirmed the agreement today with the INDYCAR Mobile app. Cindric said details of Montoya’s involvement for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil will be announced at a future date.

“He didn’t want to leave the team but wanted to see what else was out there,” Cindric told the INDYCAR Mobile app. “After giving it some thought, he told me the best opportunity was to run Indy with Team Penske, so if the offer still stood, that is what he wanted to do.”

Montoya will complete a Penske armada at Indianapolis that includes the top four finishers in the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series standings – champion Simon Pagenaud, second-place Will Power, third-place Helio Castroneves (a three-time Indy 500 winner) and Newgarden. It will mark the first time for Team Penske to field five cars at “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

“The fact we are going to stay together and try to win Indy together speaks about our relationship between the team and Juan,” Cindric said.

SOURCE: INDYCAR

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Simon Pagenaud Earns 500th Pole for Team Penske

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Simon Pagenaud has been setting the standard in the Verizon IndyCar Series this season and he helped take Team Penske to another level today.

Pagenaud, a three-time winner in 2016 and the championship leader after nine of 16 completed races, won the Verizon P1 Award for the Iowa Corn 300, earning the 500th pole position in all racing disciplines in the illustrious history of Team Penske in the process. The driver of the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet circled the 0.894-mile Iowa Speedway oval twice at 185.855 mph (34.6334 seconds) to capture his fifth pole position this season, seventh of his Indy car career and coveted No. 500 for boss Roger Penske.

“Five hundred, how cool is that?” the 32-year-old Frenchman asked while wearing a cap with “500” embroidered across the front. “It is just qualifying – we have a lot of work to do this weekend – but it certainly puts a great stamp on the work the No. 22 team has been doing as well as the whole Penske organization.”

All four Team Penske drivers qualified in succession following the blind draw for the order. Pagenaud benefited from being the last of the Penske quartet to make his attempt, receiving information relayed from his teammates about track and car handling conditions.

“It is such a gamble for the engineers in this situation,” he said. “You only get two laps. Conditions from this morning to the afternoon changed. It is fun when you get the car right like this on an oval.

“Chevy has been incredible giving us so much power and such a good aero kit. It’s been comfortable and a lot more to my driving style.”

Pagenaud led a Chevrolet sweep of the top eight qualifying positions. Josef Newgarden, in the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka/ECR Chevrolet, was second fastest with a two-lap average of 185.639 mph (34.6738 seconds). Newgarden is four weeks removed from sustaining a fractured right clavicle and bone in his right hand in a crash during the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor Speedway that was suspended by rain after 71 laps.

“It’s always tough when you qualify second, you think, ‘Arrrgh!’” said Newgarden, who has finished second in the past two Iowa races. “It’s just really hard to qualify second. You almost wish you qualified fifth or something. That sounds really stupid, but it’s always tough.

“We needed that last little bit, but it’s nothing to complain about. I think we have fast cars. We’ve had fast cars here for the last couple years with Ed Carpenter Racing and I feel really good about our race car.”

Helio Castroneves qualified third in the No. 3 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet (185.433 mph, 34.7122 seconds) and will be joined in Row 2 by rookie Max Chilton, who qualified a career-best fourth. Chilton’s two-lap average speed was 185.419 mph (34.7148 seconds) in the No. 8 Gallagher Chip Ganassi Racing Chevy.

“Great job by the Ganassi guys,” said Chilton, who won the 2015 Indy Lights race at Iowa. “It was nice to be the fastest (of the four Ganassi drivers), no easy feat. Really happy with that and tomorrow is what counts. I hear no one’s won from pole here, so I’m obviously in the right sort of area to have a good result.”

Defending race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay, who has won three of the past four Iowa races, was uninjured in a morning practice crash in which his Andretti Autosport No. 28 DHL Honda sustained minor rear-end damage. He qualified 20th in the 22-car field. The Andretti team, which has won six straight Iowa Speedway races and seven of the nine to date, struggled as a whole, with Carlos Munoz qualifying 15th, Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi 17th and Marco Andretti 19th.

View complete Iowa Corn 300 qualifying results.

SOURCE: INDYCAR

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Meet Team Penske May 25th at Plainfield Verizon

Indianapolis 500 race fans are invited to meet with Team Penske drivers for a one-hour autograph session at the Verizon Wireless Plainfield store at The Shops of Perry Crossing on Wednesday, May 25.