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Team Penske's Cars Have Two Top-Ten Finishes

Team Penske's Cars Have Two Top-Ten Finishes

Motegi, Japan

Helio Castroneves maintained his IndyCar Series points lead by finishing second in the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi. Castroneves was leading with two laps remaining when his No. 3 Team Penske Honda/Dallara began to run low on fuel. He held on to finish second behind winner Danica Patrick, maintaining his lead in the championship standings after three races this season. Teammate Ryan Briscoe finished ninth in the No. 6 Team Penske Honda/Dallara. Meanwhile, on the same weekend, 7,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean at the 34th running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (California), the Penske Racing duo of Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) maintained their LMP2 championship points lead over the American Le Mans Series with a second-place finish in their Porsche RS Spyder at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach’s Tequila Patron ALMS street race, while teammates Patrick Long (USA) and Sascha Maassen (Germany) finished third in class, equaling their best finish of the season. And if that wasn't enough for one weekend for Penske Racing, Penske Racing driver Sam Hornish Jr. performed well in his first experience in a NASCAR road course event, with a 13th-place finish in the No. 12 Penske Truck Rental Dodge Charger in the Corona Mexico 200 NASCAR Nationwide Series event. Indy 500 winner Hornish, Jr., will also be driving the team's #77 "Mobil 1" Dodge in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series this year, too. He's joined on that team by series veterans Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch. Whew!


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