IRL: Team Penske Pit Notes 2006-11-16

PIT NOTES November 16, 2006 HORNISH JR. RETURNS TO INDIANAPOLIS 2006 Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hornish Jr. was in Indianapolis on Tuesday to attend a special event unveiling the ticket for the 2007 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race as well as the...

PIT NOTES
November 16, 2006

HORNISH JR. RETURNS TO INDIANAPOLIS

2006 Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hornish Jr. was in Indianapolis on Tuesday to attend a special event unveiling the ticket for the 2007 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race as well as the theme of "Spirit and Speed" for the 50th Anniversary of the Indy 500 Festival next season.

"I'm really happy with the ticket and the artwork for next year's Indianapolis 500, especially because the theme includes the American flag. All of the things that have happened as a result of winning the 500 have been more than I could have ever imagined," Hornish Jr. said. "Everything so far has been such a wonderful experience from the parade in Defiance to going on "Late Night with David Letterman" to the ticket unveiling this week. Now the pressure is on for me to try to win the race again in 2007 so I can experience all of these things again."

CASTRONEVES IN THE NEWS

South Florida resident Helio Castroneves is currently featured in the November issue of Avenue Magazine, a national publication focusing on luxury lifestyle in major cities of the United States.

According to the Magazine, the two- time Indianapolis 500 winner was selected as one of the "Most Stylish Miamians" because "His style is as sleek as his cars. He epitomizes timeless European style with a modern edge." In conjunction with the article, Castroneves attended a launch party last week in Miami.

"Miami is such a mecca for style and fashion, so it's quite an honor to be recognized in this way by Avenue Magazine," Castroneves said. "Anytime you can attract the attention of a publication that doesn't focus primarily on sports or racing, that's a great thing for open-wheel racing; not just for me."

HORNISH JR. NOMINATED FOR AUTOSPORT AWARD

Sam Hornish Jr. has been nominated for the International Driver of the Year Award, which will be decided by readers of Autosport Magazine. The 27 year-old earned his candidacy on the strength of four wins in 2006 including his victory at the Indianapolis 500, as well as his record third IndyCar Series Championship.

Other nominees include Formula 1 drivers Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso. The winner of the Award will be announced at a ceremony in London on December 3rd.

CASTRONEVES HEADS TO BRAZIL

Helio Castroneves will return to his native Brazil this weekend to watch his Brazilian Stock Car team in its attempt to win the V8 Series Championship. This Sunday's race in Rio de Janeiro is the next to last race of the season and finds NasrCastroneves Racing drivers Hoover Orsi and David Muffato in third and 13th respectively in the Championship point standings, with Orsi only 15 points out of first place. The season concludes with a race in Castroneves' hometown of Sao Paulo on December 10th. "Obviously this is a very close battle for the Championship, and hopefully we'll be able to find that extra something on race day that will put the Team in a position to win," Castroneves said. "We've had a great season so far, but this is where it really counts -- in the chase for the title." In addition to providing counsel to his team, Castroneves will also be returning to the broadcast booth to provide commentary on the race for the Brazilian television network O Globo.

CASTRONEVES ALSO NOMINATED FOR AWARD

While in Brazil, Castroneves will attend the Golden Helmet Awards ceremony on November 20th in Sao Paulo. The award, sponsored by Revista Racing Magazine, recognizes the top Brazilian driver over various forms of racing. Castroneves joins nominees including Felipe Massa, Rubens Barrichello, Caca Bueno, Bruno Senna and Nelson Piquet Jr. as they compete for this prestigious award.

"With Brazil being a hotbed for racing talent around the world, this is a very prestigious award, which I was lucky enough to win in 2002," Castroneves said. "Having won four IndyCar Series races and five poles this year, I'd like to think that I have a pretty good chance of bringing home the trophy, but my competition is also very good, so we'll have to see what happens."

-credit: tp

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Helio Castroneves , Hoover Orsi , Felipe Massa , Nelson Piquet Jr. , Bruno Senna , Caca Bueno , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske