The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season is a big one for Roger ‘The Captain’ Penske as he celebrates 50 years in motorsport.
On Sunday in Toronto his team celebrated the 184th Verizon IndyCar Series victory with Australia’s Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet leading a Penske 1-2 with Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Pennzoil Chevrolet joining Power on the podium.
Series points leader Simon Pagenaud ended the race in ninth place and with Power claiming his third win of the season he has now moved to within 47 points of Pagenaud in the race for the championship with just five events left this season. Three of Penske’s four drivers occupy the top three positions in the points standings.
Will Power missed the opening race of the season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg in March which saw his team mate Juan Pablo Montoya take victory ahead of Simon Pagenaud with Helio Castroneves finishing the race in fourth.
Oriol Servia who subbed for Power in that race came home in 18th place. On his return to the Series at the next race in Phoenix Power did a great job starting the race ninth place he came home on the podium in third place just behind race winner Scott Dixon and team mate Simon Pagenaud.
At the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Simon Pagenaud took his first victory of the season ending the race just ahead of Scott Dixon and his Penske team mate Helio Castroneves while Juan Pablo Montoya finished the race in fourth. Will Power started the race from sixth and ended the race in seventh place.
At the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama Simon Pagenaud took his second win of the year ending the race just ahead of Graham Rahal and Josef Newgarden while Will Power was in fourth place as he continued to chip away at the points, Power ended the race just ahead of Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya.
At the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis Simon Pagenaud took his second victory in a row leading a Penske 1-2 with Helio Castroneves second. Juan Pablo Montoya finished the race in 8th place while Power ended the race in 19th.
At the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Will Power was the leading Penske car coming home in 10th place while Helio Castroneves followed Power home in 11th place. Simon Pagenaud finished the race in 19th place while Juan Pablo Montoya retired from the race. At the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit Race 1 Juan Pablo Montoya ended the race on the podium in third place with Helio Castroneves coming home in fifth place.
Pole sitter Simon Pagenaud had a tough race in Detroit as he ended the event in 13th place while Will Power was forced to retire from the race with a mechanical issue.
In the second race in Detroit Pagenaud stated the race from pole position but came home in second place behind race winner and team mate Will Power who did a great job to take his first win of the season having started the race from eighth place. Helio Castroneves finished the race in 14th place while Juan Pablo Montoya was forced to retire from the race following contact.
At the Kohler Grand Prix at the Road America circuit on Elkhart Lake Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet scored his second win in a row having started the race from pole position with Tony Kanaan and Graham Rahal coming home in second and third place respectively.
Helio Castroneves finished the race in fifth place having started the race from fifth on the grid.
Juan Pablo Montoya finished the race in seventh place while Simon Pagenaud finished the race in 13th place.
At the Iowa Corn 300 at Iowa Speedway Will Power finished the race on the podium in second place having started the race in eighth place. Simon Pagenaud in the No.22 Chevrolet started the race from pole position and ended the event in fourth place. Helio Castroneves ended the race in 13th place having started the race from third place on the grid while Juan Pablo Montoya failed to finish the race having started the race from 11th place.
Will Power completed his 2016 comeback as he secured his third win of the season at the Honda Indy Toronto on Sunday and in doing so he closed the gap in the championship to 47 points while Helio Castroneves ended the race on the podium in second place while series points leader Simon Pagenaud ended the race in ninth place.
It was another tough weekend for Juan Pablo Montoya as he failed to finish the race for the second event in a row.
The next race sees the team head to Mid-Ohio where last season Simon Pagenaud finished the race on the podium in third place behind race winner Graham Rahal and Justin Wilson. Juan Pablo Montoya finished the race in 11th place while Will Power finished the race in 14th place just ahead of team mate Helio Castroneves.
The team will be hoping that they can carry their momentum from the Honda Indy Toronto to the race in Mid-Ohio.
Speaking following his win on Sunday, Power said he will just continue to chip away at the standings but at this point with five races to go he is not thinking about the championship and just taking it one race at a time.