IRL: Indy 500: Team Penske Pole Day preview

TEAM PENSKE PREPARES FOR POLE DAY This Saturday, Team Penske will attempt to qualify the ...

TEAM PENSKE PREPARES FOR POLE DAY

This Saturday, Team Penske will attempt to qualify the #3 and #6 Team Penske Dallara/Hondas for the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and 2006 Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hornish Jr. have their sights set on recording Penske Racing's 75th and 76th starts at the "May Classic" over Memorial Day weekend, as they both look to put their faces on the BorgWarner trophy once again.

No Team in history has found more success at the Brickyard than Penske Racing which has notched a record 14 wins in 74 starts, including four in the past six years. In addition, the Team has started from the pole a record 13 times including last season, when Sam Hornish Jr. earned his first pole at the Brickyard and in 2003 when teammate Castroneves led the field to the green flag.

The Team has also amassed 33 front row starts since 1969, which translates to an entire Indianapolis 500 starting grid. Needless to say, the Team will be looking to add another two front row starts to its legacy come Saturday afternoon.

Penske Racing also holds Indy 500 records for laps led (1,814), wins from the pole (6), and winning drivers (10).

32 YEARS AGO...

Gerald Ford was President of the United States, "Jaws" was the top-grossing film, "Saturday Night Live" and "Good Morning America" premiered on television, and Helio Castroneves was born.

That year at Indianapolis (1975), A.J. Foyt started from the pole (with a qualifying speed of 193.976 mph) for the second consecutive and fourth overall time. Bobby Unser earned his second of three victories at the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" and the fastest lap of the race was set by Gordon Johncock with a speed of 187.110 mph.

Not only is two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves preparing for qualifications for the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 this week, but he's also celebrating another important milestone.

Today marks the Brazilian's 32nd birthday. While he has earned a pole in the past during his birthday weekend (in 2003), Castroneves will certainly be looking to repeat that performance on Pole Day.

"We've been very happy with the way things are progressing this week, and the pole position is definitely within our reach," said Castroneves. "With this being my birthday week, winning the pole would be the best birthday gift I can think of."

-credit: tp

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Bobby Unser , Gordon Johncock , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr. , Sam Hornis
Teams Team Penske , Team Penske