DETROIT – Roger Penske sets his standards high, and that has made him the winningest team owner in IndyCar history and one of the most successful industrialists in America.
But even Penske thought the performance of his Verizon IndyCar Series team in this weekend’s Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit far exceeded his expectations.
Helio Castroneves scored his third victory on the streets of Belle Isle by winning Sunday’s race in a Chevrolet. He defeated teammate Will Power, who drove to victory in Saturday’s race.
Score it a weekend sweep for Team Penske and oh by the way, Penske was the promoter of the Detroit Doubleheader and an ardent supporter of the city of Detroit. His guests at Sunday’s race included Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Mary T. Barra, the CEO of General Motors.
Penske runs with powerful company but no one had more power than his IndyCar winners at Detroit.
“Roger loves this city and we run Chevrolet engines so these are the days Roger loves,” Power said. “He’s an out-and-out racer. To have his cars win both races and finish first and second today he just loves it. A result like this is great for Roger.”
And it was great for Castroneves, who drove to his latest IndyCar win at the same venue where he scored his first in 2000. It was the third time in his career that Castroneves has celebrated a Belle Isle win by climbing the fence but this was his first in Detroit since 2001.
It was Castroneves’ 29th career victory, which ties him with Rick Mears for 11th on the all-time victory list.
“For me coming out of a tough but good weekend in Indianapolis we turned the page,” Castroneves said. “We didn’t win last week but we showed potential. I wanted to win this race in Detroit as bad as anybody. The car was outstanding. I told the crew whatever you guys did don’t touch it. The car was perfect.
“In Race No. 1 the yellow did not play in our favor. But we were able to carry on the Team Penske flag with Will’s victory. Today, man, I knew we had the car. We didn’t give up and that is why Team Penske is one of the best. It was pure racing – there was no fuel strategy and no playing games. It was perfect. I knew exactly what I needed to do.”