64 WINTER 2016/17
VERIZON INDYCAR SERIES
“We each split up and do different
things,” says Faustino. “We have to be
dependent on each other’s information to
put the whole package together. I might
rely on somebody for what they learned
in the wind tunnel, and somebody else
might rely on me for what I learned when
I went to the seven-post rig. And because
we each split up and do different work in
different areas and have to rely on each
other’s information, it also breeds trust.”
Bretzman elaborates on that.
“When I was at Schmidt, I had to make
sure that we produced a new aero map if
there was new aero data,” he says. “Now,
we just get the end result – some guy
says, ‘Hey, this is what front wicker you’re
supposed to run for this race weekend’.
So it’s about trusting the system and
trusting the people, and then focusing in
on what your responsibility is.
“Then, for the race engineers it comes
down to focusing on ourselves for the race
weekend; to home in on what our driver
needs and what the car requires.”
Newly-crowned series champion
Pagenaud says that he was struck by this
approach as soon as he arrived.
“Obviously, Schmidt was an excellent
team with some phenomenal people,” he
says, “but we were scratching the surface
in some of the research and development
areas, because of resources.
“I’m still pushing to go in the right
direction for the racecar in general, but
I’m not putting as much energy into
trying to convince people [of the
direction] because, well, they already
know which way to go. So I’ve been able
to focus more on myself, because the car
is more sorted than anywhere else.”
In addition to maximizing its data-
Immaculate preparation was a Penske hallmark right from the
beginning, as evidenced by Mark Donogue’s spotless McLaren
at Indy in 1972. Also in keeping with The Penske Way, he won...
SETTING A STANDARD
linked up with
Simon Pagenaud at
Highcroft in 2010,
served at Andretti
Green, Forsythe and
Dreyer & Reinbold.