LOUDON, N.H. – The 2016 season is the 50th for Team Penske, and owner Roger Penske already has had plenty of reason to celebrate.
Last Sunday, Penske drivers finished 1-2-3 in the IndyCar championship final standings, with Simon Pagenaud winning the title and teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves second and third, respectively.
The icing on Penske’s cake would be a second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, to go with the one Brad Keselowski won in 2012, and driver Joey Logano says there’s already significant pressure to deliver a another title to the Captain.
“They finished 1-2-3, so holy moly,” Logano said of his IndyCar counterparts. “I don’t know if you want to call it added pressure, but I think there’s plenty on us already, and I think we’re better under pressure. I like that. Fifty years for Team Penske. For them to do that on the 50th Anniversary is very special and it’s really cool to be somewhat a part of that.
“I feel like I’m part of the team–even the IndyCar team. There are a lot of guys that are cross-pollinated throughout our company… It makes the NASCAR guys want to go out here and continue this awesome year that Team Penske has had so far, and Brad and I have a great shot at it.
“What if we finished one-two at Homestead? How cool would that be? We have an amazing opportunity to do that. We’ve got a long ways to go to get there, but we can do it.”