Team Penske Focuses on Milwaukee Mile

May 29, 2009

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (May 29, 2009) - Entering the Milwaukee Mile for this weekend's running of the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225, it's safe to say Team Penske is on a roll.

 After claiming its 15th Indianapolis 500 victory last weekend, Team Penske to hoping to continue its hot streak this weekend at the historic one-mile oval. With the talent it posses in pit lane and behind the wheel in the IndyCar Series, the team is well positioned to build on its momentum.

Driver Helio Castroneves is coming off a dominant month at Indianapolis that saw him capture his third pole position and third victory in the world's biggest race. His teammate, Ryan Briscoe, also ran well at Indy but this weekend he returns to the site of his first IndyCar Series win last year at Milwaukee.

Both Team Penske drivers have made their presence felt in the series standings entering the fifth of 17 races this season. Despite missing the first race of the season at St. Petersburg, Castroneves has risen to second in the driver rankings, trailing series leader Dario Franchitti by just five points. Briscoe, who won at St. Pete to start the season, is third in the standings, just eight points off the leader. Each driver hopes to increase their respective totals this weekend in the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225.

"I always enjoy racing in Milwaukee," said Castroneves. "The track is challenging and the fans are always so enthusiastic. I won my first career Indy car pole at the Milwaukee Mile in 1999 and in 1998 I earned my first-ever podium finish (Castroneves finished second); so the circuit will always hold a special place in my heart.  I also have to say, I'm looking forward to coming to Wisconsin as the 2009 Indianapolis 500 winner. We certainly have the momentum, so hopefully Team Penske will have another successful weekend."

In addition to scoring his first victory for the team at this venue last year, Briscoe's Milwaukee win was a milestone as it marked the 300th all-time win for Penske Racing.

"I can't wait to get back to Milwaukee. It's the one-year anniversary of my first IndyCar Series win and I'm definitely looking forward to going for two in a row this weekend. The Milwaukee Mile is a great track and it's a lot of fun to drive.  We always put on a good show for the fans and hopefully, with a little luck Team Penske can find Victory Lane once again."
Practice for the Indy cars will get underway on Saturday morning with qualifying set for 4:45 p.m. ET Saturday afternoon. The ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225 will be seen live on ABC-TV with coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon.