SAM HORNISH JR.
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA
PENSKE’S “UNFAIR” ADVANTAGE
Penske drivers have won three titles over the past decade, but even in non-championship
years, it’s rare that you need to look beyond the top spots to find one. And when things do
go awry – Castroneves in 2011; Pagenaud’s ’ 15 debut – they don’t stay down for long.
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crunching power, Penske’s strong financial
bedrock gives the engineers and designers
the freedom to explore ideas that they
might not be able to elsewhere. Within the
constraints of the current IndyCar technical
regulations, Penske gives its technical staff
as much latitude as possible to innovate.
“Our engineers are encouraged to just
run with ideas,” says Jon “Myron”
Bouslog, team manager. “We’ll step in if
things get too crazy – we’re on a budget.”
Among the less obvious benefits to
Penske’s resources is stability, which
breeds advantages of its own.
“I did a few stints in Indy, bouncing
around [teams],” says Faustino, who joined
Penske ahead of the 2010 season. “When
you’re somewhere other than Penske,
I don’t think you’re ever very secure, and
quite honestly, I think you’re a bit more
out for yourself. When I first got here,
(TOP LEFT) Ready,
waiting and alert at
Indy; (LEFT) Simon
Pagenaud and Ben
One of Penske’s most
potent weapons is its
ability to assimilate
vast amounts of
data, which gives its
drivers and engineers
more freedom to
focus on the race
weekend when they
arrive at the track.
One of the keys to
between four alpha
drivers at Penske is a
that they have to beat
everyone else before
they worry about
beating each other.