Verizon IndyCar Series 2016 championship contenders Simon Pagenaud and team mate Will Power will drive their Team Penske Chevrolet cars on San Francisco’s famous embarcadero on Thursday morning.
The duo will parade the championship trophy, the Astor Challenge Cup. The event begins on Thursday morning at 11:45AM PT along Pier 39, Beach Street and the Embarcadero, San Francisco, California, 94133. Verizon IndyCar Series fans are encouraged to come out and cheer on Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Hewlett Packard Chevrolet and Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet.
The Team Penske drivers are the only two who can win the championship at the season finale this weekend with Pagenaud leading power by 43 points. Speaking ahead of the race Pagenaud commented by saying:
I’m looking forward to getting to Sonoma. This is our big season finale and I’m very excited to get to battle it out on the track. It’s a place where I’ve done pretty well in the past and I was very pleased with our test last week in the No. 22 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Chevrolet. Obviously, this weekend is going to be intense regarding the driver championship and I’m very proud with our result in Watkins Glen that we could bring the team championship in this special 50th season to Team Penske. Now, the job for our HPE Chevy team is a little different than usual, as we are only fighting Will Power. Our season has been incredible. I am so proud of my team and what we have already accomplished with six poles and four wins. Now we want the championship and may the best win.
Will Power who has accumulated four victories this season has comeback after missing the opening race of the season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg and speaking ahead of the season finale, the Australian commented by saying:
It’s been a wild season. The No. 12 Verizon Chevy team didn’t have the best start even beyond the stuff at St. Petersburg (which Power missed with an inner-ear infection). We got it together, though, and being in a position to win the championship is awesome. The fact that it’s going to be a Team Penske championship is great, too. We all set out to win for ourselves and the team, so to be able to deliver a championship for Roger (Penske) in this special 50th season is special. Sonoma has been good to us over the years, but I’m not sure how much that matters. Every race has its own circumstances and every team has to make the needed adjustments. It will be an exciting weekend, for sure.