Team Penske head to this weekend’s Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix International Raceway with all of their drivers in attendance after Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet was forced to miss the opening race of the year in St Petersburg having claimed the P1 Award.
Power heads into the race on Saturday looking to close the 50 point gap that he has to his team mate and winner of the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg Juan Pablo Montoya.
Penske head to Phoenix having scored a 1-2 finish in St Petersburg with Simon Pagenaud ending the race in second place behind Montoya while Helio Castroneves ended the race in fourth place just missing out on a Team Penske podium sweep.
At the last race here in 2005, Sam Hornish Jr took victory for Team Penske ending the race just ahead of team mate Helio Castroneves.
At the Verizon IndyCar Series test here last month Team Penske were fastest in three of the four practice sessions over the course of the two day test with Helio Castroneves recording the fastest time of all.
This weekend Helio Castroneves has a new primary sponsor with REV teaming up with the No.3 Chevrolet while Simon Pagenaud also has a new primary sponsor for the race with Devilbiss becoming the primary sponsor for the No.22 Chevrolet. During their 50 years of competition, when it comes to open wheel racing, in 77 starts at Phoenix International Raceway, Penske have produced 15 pole positions and seven wins.