Helio Castroneves - No. 3 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
STILL ON TOP: Helio Castroneves continues to lead the IZOD IndyCar Series standings. He has led the championship in 10 of the 13 races this season including being on top for the last eight consecutive events. Castroneves enters this weekend with a 29-point lead over Scott Dixon, winner of the last three races.
TRIPLE CROWN UPDATE: In addition to leading the overall series standings, Castroneves is second in the IZOD IndyCar Series road course championship and is tied with Ryan Hunter-Reay for the oval course points lead.
MID-OHIO MEMORIES: In 10 previous career starts at Mid-Ohio, Castroneves has earned two wins (2000 and 2001), two poles and five podium finishes. He’s led 141 laps at Mid-Ohio over the years and has completed all but three laps of competition in his starts.
WELCOME BACK PPG: Castroneves will drive the distinct blue and black No. 3 PPG Automotive Refinish car this weekend. He also drove the PPG machine at Milwaukee earlier this season where he earned a runner-up result for Team Penske.
Will Power - No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet
QUITE A QUALIFIER: Will Power has been qualifying force at Mid-Ohio. In his four career starts at the classic road course, he has earned two poles (2010 and 2012) and earned three top-five starting spots. His average starting position is 4.5 at Mid-Ohio.
POWER M-O PRODUCTION: With an averaging finishing position of 5.5 in his four Mid-Ohio races, Power has earned three top-five results, including runner-up finishes in 2010 and last season.
TOP 10: Despite a frustrating season that has seen Power suffer through three DNF (did not finish) results, he remains 10th in the series standings and is 23 points behind ninth place.
LIKES TO LEAD: Power has certainly demonstrated the speed and ability to run at the front of the pack in the Verizon car this season. He has led laps in 10 of the 13 races this season, which is tops among all drivers in the series.
TALKIN’ TURBO: Anyone that has seen the Dreamworks animated movie “Turbo” currently in theaters may have recognized a familiar voice with an Australian accent. Power made a small cameo in the movie as he voiced the character of an Australian journalist that was commenting on the sensation of the title character, a snail that races in the Indianapolis 500.
TEST TIME: Power, Castroneves and the rest of the IZOD IndyCar Series drivers will be on track at Mid-Ohio on Wednesday, July 31 as part of the series open test at the 2.258-mile road course.