Team Penske confirmed on Tuesday morning that Menards Home Improvement store will sponsor the No.22 Team Penske Chevrolet of Simon Pagenaud for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and for the race at Road America.
Tuesday’s announcement sees Menards return to Verizon IndyCar Series for the first time in 13 years have previously been involved as a sponsor from 2001 – 2003.
Roger ‘The Captain’ Penske who is celebrating 50 years in motorsport this year commented on the return of Menards as a sponsor for the No.22 Team Penske Chevrolet by saying:
Menards has a long and successful history in motorsports and we are excited to welcome them to Team Penske in 2016, John Menard and the entire Menards company have been long-time supporters of INDYCAR racing and it is special to have them on board as we celebrate the 50th season of Team Penske and the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. We will be working hard to bring them their first Indy 500 victory with Simon this May and add to our team’s overall success at Indianapolis.
John Menard commented on the news saying:
INDYCAR and the Indianapolis 500 have been a huge part of Menards for as long as I can remember, We’ve enjoyed a great amount of success, but the one thing missing is winning the Indy 500 in the month of May. What better team to return to the series with than Team Penske. Roger and his team have proven that they know how to win the big races. I think Simon will do a great job and I look forward to Menards becoming a part of the history of Team Penske.
Simon Pagenaud who started the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season with a second place behind race winner and team mate Juan Pablo Montoya at the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg commented on the announcement by saying:
“I think we all remember watching the Menards Indy car competing with all of its success on track, so it’s amazing to become a part of that history, I’m excited to welcome Menards to the No. 22 Team Penske Chevy, not only at Indianapolis, but also at Road America, just down the road from their company headquarters. I am really looking forward to representing them this year and the opportunity to go out and win races wearing the Menards colors.