Penske Racing to campaign different chassis for 87th running of Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 9, 2003) -- Marlboro Team Penske announced plans to attempt to qualify both a Dallara and a Panoz G-Force chassis for ...
Penske Racing to campaign different chassis for 87th running of Indianapolis 500-Mile Race.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 9, 2003) -- Marlboro Team Penske announced plans to attempt to qualify both a Dallara and a Panoz G-Force chassis for the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race on Sunday, May 25th. Two-time defending Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves will campaign the #3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota while teammate and two-time National Champion Gil de Ferran will drive the #6 Marlboro Team Penske Panoz G-Force/Toyota.
"We've made the decision that Helio will stick with the Dallara chassis, which he's run in the first three races this year and won his past two Indy 500s with, and Gil will run the G-Force, so I guess we're kind of splitting the deck," said Roger S. Penske. "There wasn't any clear distinction that would have made both drivers go in the same direction. I can assure you one thing, if we thought one was a lot better than the other we would have gone ahead and kept the drivers in the same vehicle."
This is not the first time that Penske Racing has raced different chassis in the same year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In its 28 years of competition at Indy, Penske Racing teammates have raced different chassis six times (see attachment). In addition, in 1987 the Team started the month of May with three Penske chassis (PC 16s) and switched to March chassis the first week of practice. Al Unser Sr. went on to score his record-fourth Indianapolis 500 victory that year.
Penske Racing is the most successful Indy car racing team in history with 114 race wins, highlighted by a record 12 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race victories, 11 National Championships, and 140 pole positions.