Team Penske president Tim Cindric believes that the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season which gets underway with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg this weekend will be one of the most competitive we have seen in a long time.
The team had a great year in 2019 with Simon Pagenaud winning the Indianapolis 500 while Josef Newgarden won the championship.
Speaking about the 2020 season Cindric said:
When you look across all the series in which we compete, 2019 was one of the most successful in Team Penske’s history. Winning the Indianapolis 500 and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship with two different drivers, while placing all three entries in the top five, demonstrates the depth of our team. That said, 2020 is shaping up to be one of the most competitive in NTT INDYCAR SERIES history. We’re excited to have three series champions returning to our team along with the opportunity to win the Indianapolis 500 with Helio (Castroneves) for a fourth time. In addition, it will be fun to watch Scott McLaughlin get acclimated to driving an Indy car. He has proven that he is a special talent and I think he is capable of big things in the future.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, defending NTT IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden in the No.1 Team Penske Chevrolet commented saying:
We have a similar approach every season of trying to prepare as best as possible. “We (Team Penske drivers) feel pretty similar about where our weaknesses were, strengths were. We try and improve on that, just make ourselves better in all areas for the next season.
“We have the same goals. We need to try to win the Indianapolis 500 as a team, same thing with the drivers’ championship.”