Button: Overtakes on Vettel and Schumacher ‘most memorable’

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Jenson Button has said that his most memorable overtakes were those on Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher while speaking in an interview with the official Formula One website.

Button was speaking as part of a series called ‘The Finishing Line’ in which drivers are asked more personal questions stemming away from the usual ambiguity of press releases, giving a great insight to their lives and memories.

“Overtaking is always a good feeling,” Button explained. “A couple that have been mentioned recently aren’t necessarily the best moves, but were great moments.

“Going past Sebastian [Vettel] on the last lap at Montreal in 2011 to win the race is one.”

Button had endured a torrid race involving a crash with his teammate, a drive-through penalty, numerous safety cars and a red flag which had relegated him to last place. Eventually though, the Briton came through to seize the victory from Vettel on the final lap of the race in Montreal.

“Overtaking Michael Schumacher at my first ever British Grand Prix is another. There were also some special moves in Brazil, in 2009, when I won the world title having started 15th on the grid but finishing fifth to secure the points I needed.”

Button’s performance in Brazil was certainly more impressive than his singing after the checkered flag, with his rendition of Queen’s “We are the Champions” shocking fans all over the world even if he was full of emotion having secured the 2009 drivers’ championship.

You can read the full interview with Jenson Button here.

Penske, DXC Technology continue on Pagenaud’s IndyCar

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Team Penske and DXC Technology will renew their partnership for the 2018 Verizon IndyCar Series season. DXC joined Penske in 2017, serving as a primary sponsor for six races on Simon Pagenaud’s No. 1 Team Penske Chevrolet.

In re-upping with Penske, DXC will again adorn Pagenaud’s entry – switching back to the No. 22 in 2018, with teammate Josef Newgarden carrying the champion’s No. 1 – for six races, the first being the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in April.

“Team Penske is excited to grow the partnership with DXC Technology for 2018,” said team owner Roger Penske via a release. “This is a technology-dependent sport and we were able to integrate DXC into our INDYCAR program this season and we will be ready to take our performance, and hopefully our results, to the next level with them in 2018.”

Pagenaud echoed Penske’s sentiments, adding that team and sponsor share a common philosophy that drives them forward. ““I enjoyed working with DXC Technology and representing their brand this past season. DXC Technology shares a similar philosophy with us at Team Penske, which is to strive for excellence. We are very proud to work together relentlessly toward further limits in our respective industries. We were excited to get a win with them in Sonoma and everyone at Team Penske wants to build on that as we welcome them back for 2018.”

DXC president, chairman, and CEO Mike Lawrie also highlighted Penske’s reputation as a point of interest to continue their partnership.

“Our partnership with Team Penske provides a great opportunity for DXC Technology,” said Lawrie. “Performance and reputation make Team Penske the type of organization with which we want to align. Like us, they strive for excellence in everything they do and work diligently to provide value for both sides of the relationship.”

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The DXC partnership extension is one of several Team Penske has announced in recent weeks, which are as follows on the IndyCar program:

  • REV Group, a leading manufacturer of specialty vehicle brands serving the commercial, fire and emergency and recreational markets, will continue as a full-season associate sponsor on the No. 1 of Josef Newgarden and the No. 3 of Helio Castroneves during the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 during the month of May.
  • Fitzgerald Glider Kits, North America’s leading truck glider kit assembler, will also continue as an associate sponsor with a presence on Newgarden’s No. 1 Chevrolet throughout next season.
  • Miller Lite, Discount Tire, Alliance Truck Parts, Wurth Group and Auto Club of Southern California and AAA have extended with Team Penske’s NASCAR programs.

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