Roger Penske has made a big splash with the signing of Juan Pablo Montoya to his IZOD IndyCar Series team for 2014, announced earlier Monday. But Penske, of course, can still win his first IndyCar title since 2006 this year with Helio Castroneves. The Brazilian currently leads the standings by 49 points over Scott Dixon with three races remaining.
Penske has the chance to win back-to-back titles, albeit in different series, for the first time since 2007 and 2008. Penske won back-to-back P2 class titles with its Porsche RS Spyder in the American Le Mans Series; Penske’s last back-to-back in open-wheel came in 2000 and 2001 with Gil de Ferran.
Brad Keselowski notched Penske’s first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship a year ago and discussed the possibility of what a Castroneves title could mean in 2013.
“He’s been close a lot of times but come up short for a variety of reasons,” Keselowski told me in a phone interview Saturday. “It would probably mean more to him than Roger. He’s won the Indy 500 and other things outside of racing, with ‘Dancing with the Stars.’
“It would be great to see him to get the championship accomplished, because it’s a different kind of accomplishment. You know it’s more about the season’s worth of work. I’d like to see him get that reward and see what it’s like to get that success from all his years worth of work.”
Additionally, Keselowski tweeted his welcome to Montoya for IndyCar on Monday.
— Brad Keselowski (@keselowski) September 16, 2013