THE SAME BUT DIFFERENT
Between 2009, when Helio
Castroneves scored his third Indy win
and Team Penske’s 15th, and this
year’s triumph for Juan Pablo
Montoya, team owner Roger Penske
has had a torrid time at the Brickyard.
Some years, the Penske cars just didn’t
look fast enough, and other times it
seemed like the pressure of trying to
earn the Captain his next “500”
triumph was too much to bear for the
drivers, who’d earn drive-through
penalties, or the pit crews, who’d send
cars out with loose wheels or with a
fuel hose still jammed in the car.
This year, despite the addition
of a fourth car over the 2014/’ 15
off-season, there appeared to be no
dilution of talent in the pit crews.
Roger’s team looked ’80s/’90s
vintage – utterly formidable – and all
four cars seemed fast enough to win.
Indeed, the newest driver to the team,
Simon Pagenaud, had probably the
strongest car in traffic, able to sit
behind other cars and save fuel. Only
a late skirmish in the pack that broke
his front wing prevented him from
being part of the shootout at the end.
As for Montoya’s crew, they not
only performed a flawless change of
rear end after his early assault by
Simona De Silvestro, they also kept
their heads when he overshot his pit
marks. And that coolness under
pressure was a hallmark of Team
Penske at Indy in 2015. Roger’s first
Indy winner in 1972, Mark Donohue,
would undoubtedly have approved.
Power’s pit crew executed flawlessly, often
sending him out having gained at least
one spot over their competitors.
ROGER’S SWEET SIXTEEN
PENSKE BACK TO ITS BEST
As Marco Andretti
once said, nowhere
second matter less
than at the Indy
500. Will Power
losing to Montoya
by 0.1046sec. He
says, “It’s sooo
rather finish fifth.
Well, maybe not,
but runner-up at
Indy totally sucks.”
A WINNER, A LOSER
Winner’s milk –≠ a
at Indy since 1956,
but actually started
in 1933 by three-time
winner Louis Meyer.
And out of interest,
Montoya chose whole