Team Penske are on a roll this season, in the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season the outfit who have won seven from eleven races.
At the Honda Indy Toronto last weekend Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet not only took his third win of the year but also Roger Penske’s 184th victory in the Verizon IndyCar Series.
So what makes the team so strong? Juan Pablo Montoya confirmed over the weekend that the four drivers within the team share information to do with the car. The Colombian has endured a tough season since winning the season opening Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg.
Simon Pagenaud has completely dominated the Verizon IndyCar Series this season this season having taken three victories so far this year and been on the podium six times. The Frenchman had a tough race last time out in ninth place having started the race from third place on the grid.
The driver of the No.22 Chevrolet heads to the next race in Mid-Ohio with a 47 point advantage over his team mate Will Power.
Penske aren’t the only team who field four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti Autosport also run four cars. Ganassi have taken one victory this season when reigning series champion Scott Dixon took victory in round two at the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix.
Andretti Autosport have also taken one victory this season with Verizon IndyCar Series Sunoco Rookie Alexander Rossi winning the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in the No.98 NAPA Auto Parts Honda.
Three of Penske’s four drivers occupy the top three in the Verizon IndyCar Series standings with five races to go with the top as follows:
- Simon Pagenaud – Team Penske – 3 wins, 5 pole positions, 432 points
- Will Power – Team Penske – 3 wins, 2 pole positions, 385 points
- Helio Castroneves – Team Penske – 2 pole positions, 358 points
Juan Pablo Montoya is currently in 11th place in the series points standings on 279 points.
At Chip Ganassi Racing three of their four drivers occupy the top ten in the Verizon IndyCar Series with reigning series champion Scott Dixon in 4th place on 349 points having taken victory in Phoenix and secured on pole position which came last weekend in Toronto.
Tony Kanaan in the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet is currently in 6th place on 339 points. Charlie Kimball who drives the No.83 Tresiba® Chevrolet is currently in 9th place in the championship on 294 points. Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Max Chilton is currently in 19th place in the series points standings on 173 points.
At Andretti Autosport, Sunoco rookie Alexander Rossi is currently the highest placed of Michael Andretti’s four drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series as the winner of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil is currently in seventh place in the standings on 300 points. Carlos Munoz is currently in 10th place having scored one pole position and is on 293 points.
Ryan Hunter Reay in the No.28 DHL Honda is currently in 12th place in the standings on 282 points while Marco Andretti is currently in 17th place on 220 points.