Roger that! Team Penske scores IndyCar, IMSA Weathertech sweep Saturday on Belle Isle

Josef Newgarden continued the winning ways for Team Penske on Saturday at Belle Isle in Detroit.

You can’t stop Roger Penske — you can only hope to contain him. 

And, in Detroit, perhaps not even. 

On Saturday, Roger Penske, the 82-year-old Motor City business magnate and legendary racing team owner, was doing what he does best — winning the NTT IndyCar Series race with Josef Newgarden after his Acura Team Penske tandem of Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya won the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race on Belle Isle. 

The Captain, as Penske is known in racing and corporate circles, was at the helm again. He runs Fords in NASCAR, Chevrolets in IndyCar, and a couple of Acura entries in the WeatherTech series.

Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya followed up their first win on the season at Mid-Ohio with a win Saturday on Belle Isle.

His history of on-track performances is impeccable — 18 Indy 500 wins, two NASCAR Cup championships and bunches of sports car and open-wheel victories in between. 

At the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear on Saturday, Montoya and Cameron combined to dominate in their No. 6 Acura Team Penske DPi car. On the IndyCar side, Newgarden led the final 25 laps to beat pole sitter Alexander Rossi to the finish line and take over the NTT IndyCar Series points lead.

For the winners, there was never a hiccup. No missed pit stop. Penske perfection. OK, so Team Penske’s Will Power did have one hiccup on a pit stop in the IndyCar race that resulted in a tire not being properly attached. It left Power to finish 18th in the 22-car field. But with the roll that Penske is on, it’s easy to let that one slide.

After a winning month of May at Indianapolis, where Team Penske driver Simon Pagenaud first won the IndyCar Grand Prix and then the Indy 500 from pole, 

“So good to win it for Roger,” said Cameron after the victory. 

Montoya, who won the Indy 500 for Penske in a Chevrolet, looked to be having the time of his life for the Captain in sportscars. 

“I really enjoy driving these cars. It is fun.” 

Montoya is a hard-nose racer. Fun is normally not in his vocabulary. But driving in the WeatherTech series for Penske has seen him lighten up — at least off the track. 

Montoya and Cameron proved unstoppable on Saturday after Montoya took pole in record speed on Friday. 

Finishing second Saturday were Filipe Nasr and Pipo Derani in the No. 31 Cadillac DPI, while Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor fought on for third in the second Acura Team Penske DPi No. 7 car.

In the GTD class, Jack Hawksworth and Richard Heistand took honors the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 entry for AIM Vasser Sullivan. 

Josef Newgarden takes a dip into Scott Fountain on Belle Isle after his win in race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix weekend doubleheader on Saturday.

But it was a day in sports cars, where Roger Penske got his start as a driver in the 1950s and 60s, for the Captain to savor. 

While the IndyCar and NASCAR programs are paramount to Penske, his sports car team drives business to business deals, too. 

The WeatherTech race in Detroit is a manufacturers and OEMs dream. Cadillac against Acura, Mazda and Nissan. Porsche battling Lexus, Audi, Ferrari and Mercedes, among other brands. 

It’s a world where Penske thrives. 

Belle Isle is the focus of global racing for the weekend. 

Penske is the powerhouse. 

“We’re on a roll,” he said. 

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

Sights from the IndyCar Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle Friday May 31, 2019

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