Team Penske have shown they have what it takes in the Verizon IndyCar Series as they took a strong one-two at the penultimate oval race of the season at the Milwaukee Mile.
Spearheaded by Will Power, Penske’s main man led 229 laps of the 250 lap race as team mate Juan Pablo Montoya was dreadfully unlucky to end up in second place.
However, Power’s challenger wasn’t just his own team mate, Tony Kanaan pushed hard to try and take the win and indeed had the lead after the first round of pit stops as Power decided to stay out longer.
Although, the Penske strategy ended up working and the Brazilian was leap frogged at the next round of stops to ensure that the Chip Ganassi driver had to settle for a podium finish going to the next race at Sonoma.
Kanaan said after the race: “I thought we had a car to win the race. I think we missed a little bit on the set up. I’ve got to thank Target and Huggies and Chevrolet. I want to thank the fans for coming. I hope you guys enjoyed this race. I love Milwaukee. I love this race track. It was a fun race. Obviously, we’re still looking for that first win so third place is not bad. Not bad for the Championship. Let’s go to Sonoma now.”
One man who will be ruing his chances is Josef Newgarden, the Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing driver could have a had a podium finish at the Mile but a late stop for fuel, even though he was “leaning hard” on the fuel mixture in a desperate attempt to avoid a late splash.
Scott Dixon was a big mover on the oval finishing fourth after starting from 11th, thanks to a strategy that was made to work through sheer aggression from the second Ganassi driver.
One man though who definitely didn’t have a good day behind the wheel was championship contender Ryan Hunter-Reay. He had gained a good number of places but suspension failure meant that all the hard work resulted in zero points going towards the Californian sunset in this 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series.
For the championship it means that Power has the upper hand in the standings by his decisive victory on the oval and he said after the race: “The handling was awesome; we hardly made any adjustments over the whole race. Full credit to the team for giving me such a great car. These are my favorite tracks these days. I really enjoy the ovals – it’s great fun. I hope we put a good show on for the fans. But, man, I just love races like that. Texas would have been the same (for us) but I got a penalty. It’s just a great way to start these last few races. The team’s done such a good job, everybody at Verizon Team Penske is doing such a great job, we’re a well-oiled machine right now with all three cars.”