TEAM PENSKE BEGINS FINAL OVAL RACE STRETCH OF 2010 SEASON WITH SATURDAY NIGHT RACE AT CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY Round and Round: Team Penske begins the final phase of the 2010 season with this weekend's race at Chicagoland Speedway. Saturday night's...
TEAM PENSKE BEGINS FINAL OVAL RACE STRETCH OF 2010 SEASON WITH SATURDAY NIGHT RACE AT CHICAGOLAND SPEEDWAY
Round and Round: Team Penske begins the final phase of the 2010 season with this weekend's race at Chicagoland Speedway. Saturday night's Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 begins a stretch of four consecutive oval races to close the IZOD IndyCar Series season.
Road King Hits the Ovals: Will Power enters this weekend's event as the newly-crowned Mario Andretti Road Course Champion of the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season. Now, he must focus his talent and energy on posting strong results in the remaining four oval races in order to win his first IndyCar Series overall championship. Coming off a dominant victory last Sunday at Infineon Raceway that saw him lead 73 of the 75 laps in the race, Power currently leads the championship standings by 59 points over his closest competitor, Dario Franchitti. Power, who has led the championship following every race but one this season, owned an 11-point advantage over Scott Dixon following the first stretch of oval races this season.
Chicagoland Power: In his only race at Chicagoland Speedway, Power started 10th and finished fifth while driving for KV Racing Technology in 2008. The result marked his top oval race finish of the season and tied his top career oval result.
Castroneves at Chicago: Castroneves drove from 28th to first, and led 80 laps, to earn his lone victory at Chicagoland in 2008. He has finished in the top-four in five of his eight starts at this track. Castroneves also won the pole at Chicagoland in 2004 and has not started outside of the top-four in the last four races in Joliet. The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner currently holds down the fifth position in the IZOD IndyCar Series championship standings.
Ryan Returns: Briscoe has enjoyed a memorable history at Chicagoland. The third-year Team Penske driver has earned the pole in his last two starts at Joliet. Last year, he led the most laps and won the race. In 2008, he led 41 laps en route to a third-place finish. In 2005, while driving for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Briscoe suffered season-ending injuries in a spectacular accident. Briscoe enters this weekend's race ranked fourth in the championship point standings, 130 points behind Power but just 35 points behind third-place driver Scott Dixon.
Men About Town: Both Castroneves and Briscoe will be in the Chicago area on Thursday, August 26 for a media tour to promote Saturday night's Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300. All three Team Penske drivers will then sign autographs for fans at the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Ill. with the rest of the IZOD IndyCar Series field from 6-7 p.m. CT on Thursday evening.
Monumental Occasion: Briscoe will unveil his winner's monument on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Chicagoland Speedway's Champion's Park. A monument is created annually for the winner of the race in Joliet and unveiled the following year. Briscoe will unveil the tribute and say a few words to the fans in attendance before Saturday's race.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT THE PEAK ANTIFREEZE AND MOTOR OIL INDY 300
Helio Castroneves: "Chicago is certainly a place where I have had many ups and downs, but the ups are what I remember the most. The race in 2008 was unbelievable -- it was such a close result they did not even realize I had won until after reviewing the finish. This track is a perfect place for us to have a great result and begin to collect points in pursuit of the oval championship. The No. 3 Team Penske car is always strong here and I am excited to go oval racing this Saturday night."
Ryan Briscoe: "Chicago has lots of memories for me, both good and bad. Having said that, the last couple of years have been great for me and I am excited to be going back. I love the track and I enjoy racing there. I am looking forward to a great weekend as the Team Penske cars are always competitive at Chicagoland."
Will Power: "I am looking forward to Chicago this weekend. I actually had my first top-five oval finish at this track back in 2008, so I am feeling really good going into this event. It's nice to be racing on a track that I have some experience on as we transition to the ovals and into the final stretch of the championship. The Verizon car has been strong all year long. I am going to be aggressive this weekend. We have to be."
-source: team penske