Roger Penske is often described as a “hands-on owner,” but
maybe not to the extent shown in this image from his team’s
first Indy 500 entry for Mark Donohue back in 1969...
two years in F1,
Indy Lights last
year. He made
waves with an
oval win at Iowa.
graduate of the
Mazda Road to
will get his first
an entry run by
final five F1
races of 2015,
focus to the U.S.
in a car jointly
run by Andretti
The Verizon IndyCar Series races on
three main styles of track: ovals, road
courses and street courses. And in a cool
bit of serendipity, all three three are
represented in the new or returning
venues that the series will visit this year.
A new oval? That box is ticked early,
when the cars head into the desert to the
one-mile Phoenix International Raceway
in April. The race will mark the first time
that IndyCar has visited PIR since 2005,
and pre-season tests have already
established the track as a driver favorite.
“Phoenix has a lot of history and that’s
what IndyCar needs – to go to places that
have that history,” says Penske’s Will
Power. “And it’s a cool track, too.”
Then, in late June, the venerable Road
America will host top-level open-wheel
racing for the first time since 2007.
“I’m really excited,” says Sebastien
Three new or returning venues join the 2016 IndyCar series schedule.
Bourdais, who won there in 2007. “This
place allows our cars to stretch their legs
fully and show what the Verizon IndyCar
Series is really all about.”
And then in September, Boston will get
its first ever taste of IndyCar with a race
around the streets of Beantown. Given
time, it’s an event that could one day
grow to become the east coast’s answer
to California’s iconic race in Long Beach.
While 2016 is an important year for
the Indianapolis 500, it’s also pretty
significant for one of the IndyCar
Series’ most famous teams.
Team Penske celebrates its 50th
anniversary this year, and while
owner Roger Penske prefers to look
forward rather than back, the
team’s achievements certainly
deserve a salute.
Penske currently tops IndyCar’s
all-time win list with 178 victories.
(Its closest active rival, Ganassi, has
100.) It also leads the all-time Indy
500 winner’s table, with 16.
“We are very proud of all that
Team Penske has accomplished
over the last 50 years,” says
Penske. “The 2016 season will be a
special one in our history as we
have the opportunity to reflect on
our heritage while continuing to
produce and win at a high level.”
There are many traditional ways to
celebrate such a milestone – but the
ever-competitive Roger Penske would
choose winning over all of them.
The Mazda Road to Indy
program continues to
deliver young talent onto
the IndyCar grid, but this
year’s rookie crop also
includes a couple of recent
Formula 1 veterans.
If Helio Castroneves
can earn Penske’s 17th
Indy win, he’ll also join
the ranks of four-time
Indy 500 victors.
The inaugural GP of
Boston will take place
around the city’s up
and coming South
IndyCar’s absence from
Phoenix will be officially
broken in April, but
pre-season testing attracted
lots of praise from drivers.