When it comes to playing the age-old table game of foosball, Team Penske’s IndyCar drivers (and one in-particular former IndyCar driver) are much better than their NASCAR counterparts.
At least that’s the outcome of the most recent edition of The Penske Games, when 2018 Indianapolis 500 winner Will Power and former IndyCar driver turned IMSA sports car combatant Helio Castroneves took foosball bragging rights for Team Penske.
Somehow, because he may have been the odd man out or folks just felt sorry for him, 2017 IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden wound up playing on two teams, eventually finishing in second along with Austin Cindric.
That was a much better finish for Newgarden than when he was teamed with NASCAR Cup driver Brad Keselowski, who together finished last of the six two-man teams.
Check out the video to see how all six teams — and their members — wound up:
Bob Fernley will bring his experience as former deputy team principal at Force India F1 to McLaren Racing’s IndyCar effort in 2019.
Fernley will report directly to McLaren Racing’s CEO Zak Brown.
“Heading back to the Brickyard will be a very special experience for me,” Fernley said at IndyCar.com. “I am proud to be leading this McLaren project and team. The 500 is a hell of a challenge and we have incredibly strong competitors to overcome if we’re to be successful. We will need to prepare well for the month of May and that work starts now.”
Fernley’s appointing come of the heels of last week’s announcement that McLaren will create a brand new team to compete in the 2019 Indy 500.
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For now, Fernley’s responsibility is to create an entry that is capable of allowing two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso to win the Indy 500 in just his second start. But speculation has been widespread that the entry will be a jumping off point for a much broader involvement in IndyCar.
In 2017, Alonso qualified on the middle of row two (fifth), led 27 laps and succumbed to mechanical failure. His effort was impressive enough to be name Rookie of the Year for the Indy 500.
“Bob is a fantastic operator and someone I respect greatly,” Brown said. “His experience and leadership will be essential for us on this project. He is particularly talented at putting effective teams together and extracting maximum performance with finite resources. The Indy 500 is no easy race and Bob’s is a key role, so I’m delighted he’s on board.”