Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves secured his 50th career to pole to lead the Verizon IndyCar Series field to the green in Sunday’s Kohler Grand Prix at Road America. The Brazilian’s teammates– Will Power, Josef Newgarden, and Simon Pagenaud– followed Castroneves to secure the first two rows in Sunday’s race.
After Team Penske secured positions one through four for the Kohler Grand Prix, Castroneves lauded the team’s efforts. “I cannot take the credit by myself. If I didn’t have Will, Josef, Simon onboard, I wouldn’t be able to do it because, as we all talk about, I know sometimes you guys think, ‘C’mon, you share information, but you still have to lay down a lap,'” Castroneves said.
“We learn so much from each other, it’s actually benefit for the team and benefit for the drivers. Sometimes some people don’t accept to continue learning. I guess I prefer taking the different route, yes. I might not win my championship yet, but I still learning. Maybe with those results that we’re having, we might put ourselves in a situation that we’re going to win.”
“It’s definitely important to start up front.” Will Power said after qualifying second; just behind Castroneves. “Really happy to be on the front row, obviously pipped by the old guy.” Power quipped in reference to the 42-year-old.
“He just gets faster as he gets older,” Power said.
Castroneves and Power both alluded to the possibility of fuel playing a vital role in Sunday’s race. If it stays green, Power said, “it’ll be all fuel (saving.)”
“There is five more laps this year,” Castroneves said, echoing Power’s concerns. “Sounds like it’s going to be tough. You going to have to save a little bit of fuel.”
Fans and drivers alike get the opportunity to see how race strategy will develop throughout the field when the green flag flies for the Kohler Grand Prix shortly after 12:00p.m. CDT.
In final preparations for the race, Andretti Autosport’s Ryan Hunter-Reay paced Sunday morning warm-up. Honda’s best competition for the Penske squad, Scott Dixon, only turned a single lap and ended last in the morning’s results.