The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series is a special and extremely big year for one of the sports most iconic names.
Team Penske celebrate 50 years competing motorsports after founder Roger ‘The Captain’ Penske made his debut as a team owner under the name Roger Penske Racing in sports car racing in 1966.
Penske remains to this day one the most successful Verizon IndyCar Series team’s at the most famous race of them all, the Indianapolis 500 where ‘The Captain’ has steered his gigantic ship to 16 Indianapolis 500 victories the last of which came from Juan Pablo Montoya who staged the greatest comeback in Indianapolis history coming from 30th to win the race last year.
In 2014, Team Penske’s Will Power was crowned Verizon IndyCar Series champion and in 2015 Juan Pablo Montoya, Will Power and Helio Castroneves, Penske’s leading drivers all had a shot to win the championship with Montoya ending the year equal on points with Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon who went on to win the title.
As part of the year of celebrations which kick off on January 20th the Indianapolis Motor Speedway museum will feature an exhibit cars that have won at IMS but also other cars affiliated with the heritage of motor racing that Penske has created.
Speaking about the celebrations, Penske commented by saying:
We are very proud of all Team Penske has accomplished over the last 50 years, The celebration of our 50th anniversary is truly a credit to the hard work, preparation and execution of our teams over the years. The 2016 season will be a special one in our history as we have the opportunity to reflect back on our heritage while continuing to produce and win at a high level each week on the racetrack.
The Captain will be hoping to add another championship to his trophy cabinet when the Verizon IndyCar Series season gets underway at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg in March.