Verizon IndyCar Series drivers Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan and Juan Pablo Montoya have shown in 2016 that their age doesn’t matter with the trio still capable of competing at the front for race wins and championships.
Juan Pablo Montoya who will be 41 next month won the opening race of the year, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg and is currently in 12th place in the series points standings on 299 points with just four races remaining this season. The Colombian who won the 2015 Indianapolis 500 has secured two podium finishes this season in St Petersburg and in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit race 1 where he came home in third place.
Montoya’s team mate Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Hitachi Chevrolet has been extremely consistent this season having finished on the podium three times so far and as a result of strong races finds himself in third place in Verizon IndyCar Series points standings. Castroneves is a three time Indianapolis 500 winner but has never won a Verizon IndyCar Series title.
The Brazilian celebrated his 41st Birthday in May prior to the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
Castroneves made his Verizon IndyCar Series debut in 2001 and has 23 races wins and 39 Verizon P1 Awards. The Brazilian won the 2001 Indianapolis 500 and was awarded the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the year award and has claimed two other baby Borg’s defending his title in 2002 and winning it again in 2009.
Tony TK Kanaan who drives the No.10 NTT DATA Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing won the Indianapolis 500 in 2013 with KV Racing Technology and was crowned the 2004 Verizon IndyCar Series champion with Andretti Green Racing. Kanaan who will be 42 in December is currently in sixth place in the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series points standings equal on points with his Ganassi team mate and reigning series champion Scott Dixon with the duo of 357 points.
Chip Ganassi has already stated that he anticipates no change in his driver line-up for the 2017 season with Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Charlie Kimball and Max Chilton all set to stay put.
Despite rumors about Juan Pablo Montoya’s future with Team Penske, the Colombian has expressed his desire to remain with the team for 2017 while Managing Director of Team Penske Tim Cindric has stated that he does not see the team making changes but that they will not announce anything until the conclusion of the 2016 season.