Saturday night’s Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix International Raceway sees three of the Verizon IndyCar Series most experienced drivers make up the top three start positions on the grid.
Helio Castroneves in the No.3 REV Group Team Penske Chevrolet took his second P1 Award at the PIR and at 40 years of age is one of the older drivers on the grid.
Chip Ganassi Racing Team’s Tony Kanaan in the No.10 GE Light LED Chevrolet is at 41 the oldest driver on the grid however age is just a number as in third place on the grid is 40 year old Juan Pablo Montoya who at the last race, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg took victory just as he did last season and this is something that he hopes to repeat under the lights in Phoenix tonight.
Speaking about the race, Montoya commented by saying:
I think passing’s going to be tough, I think once the leaders get to the back of the pack, timing is going to be really important. You will see some passing, but it’s going to be tough. There’s going to need to be a lot of respect from the other drivers.
The Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix is the perfect preparation for the Indianapolis 500 in May as it the only oval event on the Verizon IndyCar Series to take place before the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Between them, the top three qualifiers at the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix have 6 Indianapolis 500 wins.
Helio Castroneves took victory at the Brickyard in (2001, 2002 and 2009), Juan Pablo Montoya won in (2000 – His first Indy 500 race) and (2015 – his second Indy 500). Tony Kanaan took victory in 2013.