"The first year was pretty tough," Castroneves said. That 1-2 punch gives team owner Roger Penske a shot at his 15th Indy win.
In just his third race since returning to the Indy Car Series, Castroneves will start from the pole on Sunday, with Penske Racing teammate Ryan Briscoe next to him in the middle of the front row.
The team has produced more than 420 major wins, 480-plus pole positions and 28 national championships across open wheel, stock car and sports car racing competitions, dating back to its first race in 1966.
In its storied history, Team Penske has also earned 16 Indy 500 victories, two Daytona 500 championships and a Formula One win.
But that’s not all — on March 7, Castroneves will pick up his very own custom American Coach in Decatur, Ind., where the REV Recreation Group is headquartered.
Tim Sullivan, REV President and Chief Executive Officer, says the partnership with Team Penske is a strategic move that will increase REV’s brand awareness throughout the United States.
The Aussie, starting from the outside of the third row, might be the most motivated of the Penske drivers as the team has not guaranteed him any more races. He has raced at Indy seven times, led the race each year — a record — and has yet to finish better than second (2004).
So seeing the REV logo in Victory Lane could be a dream easily fulfilled this year.
That said, racing enthusiasts will also want to watch out for the many REV brands that can be found at the racetrack on any given day.
“By teaming up with a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and a three-time defending XFINITY Series Owners’ championship team, we feel we’re well positioned to see our cars in Victory Lane this year,” Sullivan says.
Team Penske, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports.