IRL: Penske to return to MIS as Indy 500 winner

Castroneves picks up record 12th' 500' victory for owner. BROOKLYN, Mich.-- Roger Penske and Marlboro Team Penske will return to Michigan International Speedway-- a track he helped build into a gem in the Midwest-- in July with the Indianapolis...

Castroneves picks up record 12th' 500' victory for owner.

BROOKLYN, Mich.-- Roger Penske and Marlboro Team Penske will return to Michigan International Speedway-- a track he helped build into a gem in the Midwest-- in July with the Indianapolis 500 trophy in tow.

Driver Helio Castroneves piloted his No. 3 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet to the famed Winner's Circle at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second consecutive year to give legendary owner Roger Penske his record 12th Indy 500 victory. Penske, Castroneves and teammate Gil de Ferran return to historic MIS on Sunday, July 28, for the inaugural Michigan Indy 400 Indy Racing League event.

"Michigan International Speedway has always been a special place to me," Penske said."This track has produced some of the most memorable open-wheel racing in history. Penske Corporation is based in suburban Detroit, and several of our partners have significant relationships in the area, so we have a lot of incentive to perform well. Our win at this year's Indianapolis 500 and our past success at MIS have everyone at Penske Racing excited for our return to Michigan for the Inaugural Indy Racing League event on July 28th."

Castroneves is looking forward to making his fifth start at MIS and is anticipating a fast-paced, pass-filled race.

"I'm sure there will be a lot of excitement at Michigan," said the two-time Indy 500 winner."It's going to be a great show."

With his victory in the Indy 500, Castroneves took over the points lead from defending series champion Sam Hornish Jr. Castroneves, who has two top-10 finishes the last two years at MIS, said there are several keys to being successful at a big track like Michigan.

"It's a tough track, and whoever has the best power will likely be the one who's the winner," Castroneves said." Patience will also be key because it's a long race and anything can happen. It's always important at these races to be there in the end. I expect a lot of wheel-to-wheel racing so it should be a great show for the fans."

Castroneves, known for scaling fences at tracks after taking the checkered flag, said the strong relationship between himself and his teammate will be beneficial at MIS.

"I feel that the Team-- and when I say team, I mean Gil and everyone at Marlboro Team Penske-- always works together to get both cars on top," Castroneves said."I can't predict how it will be. I wish I had a crystal ball sometimes, but we'll just do the best we can do, and hopefully everyone will see a crazy guy climbing the fence at the finish line."

Reserved tickets to the Michigan Indy 400 are just $40 with children 12 and under admitted free. Call (800) 354-1010 for ticket information or log on to www.MISpeedway.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Roger Penske , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske , Team Penske