Team Penske – already strong on paper with the likes of defending series champion Will Power, three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves, veteran Juan Pablo Montoya and newcomer and 2013 IndyCar rookie of the year Simon Pagenaud – took things a step further in the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 29 with a dominating effort.
Montoya and Power pulled away from the field to finish 1-2. Castroneves finished fourth and Pagenaud was fifth. Those results came on the heels of the four Team Penske drivers dominating the qualifying round with the four fastest times.
Now, as the circuit moves to New Orleans for the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana, Team Penske looks to continue its dominance of the circuit and build on its early-season momentum with the biggest month of the season on the horizon.
Castroneves and Pagenaud visited with SportsNOLA.com on Thursday to discuss the newest stop on the IndyCar circuit, the succcessful start to the season for Team Penske and a variety of other topics, including Castroneves’ 2007 victory on the popular ABC series “Dancing with the Stars.”