Marlboro Team Penske Pit Notes April 7, 2004 MARLBORO TEAM PENSKE PARTICIPATES IN ENGINE TEST AT THE BRICKYARD Both two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and two-time Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCarÂ® Series Champion Sam...
Marlboro Team Penske Pit Notes
April 7, 2004
MARLBORO TEAM PENSKE PARTICIPATES IN ENGINE TEST AT THE BRICKYARD
Both two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves and two-time Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar® Series Champion Sam Hornish Jr. were in the auto racing capital of the world this past Saturday as the pair fulfilled driving duties in their identical red and white cars at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Marlboro Team Penske, and several other IndyCar Series Teams, participated in an engine test for the 3.0-liter engines slated to make their debut at the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500 later this spring. The move from the
3.5-liter package the IndyCar Series currently employs is to insure reduced speeds this May and throughout the future of the Series.
"I think the IRL took a big step this weekend," said Castroneves at the test. "Safety is always the most important thing for all of us, so it's great that the IRL is taking a lead on making sure this sport is safe for all its participants."
"I thought the engine test went really well," said Hornish Jr. "The Toyotas were at the top of the speed charts, which is always encouraging and I'm happy with the changes that the League has made. It's great what the IRL did, because they took the speed out, but kept the cars hard to drive. To me, driving at Indy going 217 mph is a lot more difficult than going 227 mph. With the changes this year, you'll really have to get the car set-up correctly and be able to drive it rather than just get in the car and go flat out. It should definitely make for exciting racing this May."
CASTRONEVES TO PROVIDE ON-AIR COMMENTARY FOR INFINITI PRO SERIES RACE
Marlboro Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves will be providing the on-air commentary for the Futaba Freedom 100 Infiniti Pro Series race on Saturday, May 22nd. Castroneves also served as an on-air commentator at last year's inaugural Infiniti Pro Series event at the Brickyard.
"I'm honored that I've been invited to participate in this event again," said Castroneves. "The Infiniti Pro Series is an ideal way for drivers to gain valuable experience before they make the step up to the IndyCar Series and I'm just glad I get to be a part of this important race."
HORNISH JR. GETS FITTED FOR THE BIG DAY
Fresh off of a test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, driving isn't the only thing on the 24 year-old Sam Hornish Jr.'s mind.
Once Hornish Jr. has completed his attempt to capture his first BorgWarner Trophy at the Indianapolis 500 on May 30th, he'll turn his attention to his bride-to-be Crystal as they exchange wedding vows June 5th, just one week after the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing."
As a precursor to the wedding festivities, Hornish Jr. is making a trip to Chicago this Saturday in order to get fitted for his tuxedo. However, the Hugo Boss store in Chicago better be prepared, as Hornish Jr.'s entire wedding party will be joining him as all twelve participants get fitted for their own designer tuxedo.
In attendance, will be Hornish Jr.'s five groomsmen, four ushers, his Father and his Father-In-Law-To-Be. Eight of the members of the party will be making the drive from his hometown of Defiance, OH, while four of them will be driving in from Iowa, Detroit and Indianapolis to meet them.
Once the dozen gentlemen have been fitted for the tuxedos, the group will stay in Chicago and spend some time in the windy city before heading back to their respective hometowns.
"I'm excited to go and get fitted for my tux," said Hornish Jr. "I'm amazed that we were able to find a day that all twelve of us could make it, so I'm really happy we can all do this together. Plus, I think it's great of Hugo Boss to do this for me and my friends and family in the wedding, I just can't thank them enough."