Penske boys out to stop Ganassi

Helio Castroneves says he will battle hard with Penske teammate Sam Hornish Jr for the championship at Chicagoland next month, but he warned that their ultimate goal must be to prevent rivals Chip Ganassi Racing from clinching the title

Penske boys out to stop Ganassi

Castroneves goes into the final round of the series just one point ahead of teammate Hornish, and only 19 and 21 points ahead of Ganassi's Dan Wheldon and Scott Dixon respectively.

Either Wheldon or Dixon could clinch the title with a victory should both Penske drivers finish sixth or lower at the season finale on September 10.

Hornish beat Castroneves for the 2002 title by just two points when the American was at Panther Racing.

He believes his teammate will have advantage at Chicagoland, but he hopes they do not get embroiled in their own battle to such a degree that they hand the title to their main rivals this season.

"It's kind of every man for himself, there is no question about that. This is what it's going to be there," Castroneves said. "The odds, it probably helps Sam a little bit, because he's more familiar with the ovals.

"It will be very interesting. No question, we're going to try everything we can to finish and clinch this championship.

"But for one thing, we don't want to give the championship to Target Ganassi. We're going to try everything we can to win this championship, whether it's going to be me or Sam.

"My opinion, obviously it should be me, but I don't think Sam would agree with that.

"For me, I have good news: I know what he's got. The bad news: he knows what I got. That's the only difference compared to four years ago.

"I'm going to go for it. Obviously, it's been working since Michigan, when I switch my plan to instead of be conservative, to go for it. I'm going to continue doing that. I do believe we have the car to win there this year. We're going to go for it."

"But Ganassi are in a similar situation to us. Whatever finish those guys have had. I say Dan has been leading a lot of laps in the ovals, but Scott is the one that is making it happen.

"It will be a definitely good battle. It definitely is going to be interesting to see. I'm sure other guys are going to be in the mix."

shares
comments
Wheldon not giving up on title

Previous article

Wheldon not giving up on title

Next article

Foyt replaces Franchitti for Chicago

Foyt replaces Franchitti for Chicago
Load comments
The winners and losers of IndyCar 2021 so far Plus

The winners and losers of IndyCar 2021 so far

At the halfway point in the 2021 IndyCar Series season, we've had seven winners in eight races, spread between five teams – none of them Team Penske. In this unusual season, even by IndyCar standards, who’s excelling and who’s dragging their heels?

IndyCar
Jun 18, 2021
Castroneves: How I kept it under control to make Indy 500 history Plus

Castroneves: How I kept it under control to make Indy 500 history

Helio Castroneves’ overwhelming vivaciousness outside the cockpit belies a hardcore racer who knows how to plot his moves – and then recall it all. A day after his fourth Indy 500 win, he explained his tactics

IndyCar
Jun 2, 2021
How 'chess master' Castroneves cemented his Indy legend status Plus

How 'chess master' Castroneves cemented his Indy legend status

Helio Castroneves joined AJ Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears with the most Indianapolis 500 wins after edging past Alex Palou on the penultimate lap of a thrilling race that validated Michael Shank's faith in the veteran Brazilian - who is discovering that there is life after Penske after all

IndyCar
Jun 1, 2021
Indy 500 preview: Will experience or youth be victorious at the Brickyard? Plus

Indy 500 preview: Will experience or youth be victorious at the Brickyard?

A quarter of the drivers racing in the 105th edition of the Indianapolis 500 are former winners - but are they the favourites? The veteran drivers largely impressed in qualifying - but there's also a plethora of young guns looking to secure victory at IndyCar's flagship race...

IndyCar
May 27, 2021
What will it take to get American drivers in Formula 1? Plus

What will it take to get American drivers in Formula 1?

The FIA says it wants American drivers in Formula 1, but would it take an IndyCar driver to transfer or does an American need to join the European junior ladder system to get there?

Formula 1
May 19, 2021
Why IndyCar is satisfying Grosjean’s appetite for his second life Plus

Why IndyCar is satisfying Grosjean’s appetite for his second life

After spending the majority of his 179-race Formula 1 career in middling to tail-end machinery, Romain Grosjean finds himself once again with an underdog team in IndyCar. While not without its challenges, he's relishing the more level playing field that means his Dale Coyne Racing crew can expect to claim a few scalps...

IndyCar
May 14, 2021
How Herta's aversion to complacency spells bad news for his IndyCar rivals Plus

How Herta's aversion to complacency spells bad news for his IndyCar rivals

Colton Herta's dominant IndyCar win on the streets of St. Petersburg confirmed what rivals have long-suspected - that the second-generation racer is destined for stardom. But it was Herta's comments afterwards that gave perhaps the most interesting insight into a driver that will be around for a long time to come

IndyCar
Apr 29, 2021
How good is Palou - and can he be Dixon's main IndyCar title rival? Plus

How good is Palou - and can he be Dixon's main IndyCar title rival?

Last Sunday, Alex Palou delivered his first IndyCar victory on his Chip Ganassi Racing debut. Is the young Spaniard going to become his legendary teammate Scott Dixon’s biggest title threat? DAVID MALSHER-LOPEZ investigates Palou's potential

IndyCar
Apr 21, 2021