There’s a reason it’s called Team Penske. The emphasis has always been on the team, especially at the Indianapolis 500.
With 18 Indy 500 wins, Team Penske is the winningest team in the history of the famed race. Much of that has to do with the outstanding teamwork provided by the incredible collection of talent.
With this year’s 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge moved from May 24 to Aug. 23 on the schedule, top team members were asked for their favorite Indianapolis 500 memories.
JON BOUSLOG (above)
IMSA General Manager, Acura Team Penske and longtime INDYCAR crew member at Team Penske. He has been a part of 13 of Team Penske’s 18 Indianapolis 500 victories.
Bouslog’s favorite Indianapolis 500 moment was Helio Castroneves victory in 2001. Bouslog was the IRL Project Leader.
“Obviously, there are a lot of great memories,” Bouslog said. “But if I had to pin down on one of them, it was the 2001 win with Helio Castroneves. We went back five or six years after we didn’t qualify in 1995 and the gut punch that was. I was project leader of the Indy Racing League program that was started up in 2001. That, to me, was huge. There was a lot of pressure on that race, not to mention the fact we were doing CART simultaneously. It was the dance of uniforms and the whole thing, from stem to stern, was totally different. The Friday before the race, we were told we couldn’t run Marlboro on the cars, and we had to take decals off and paint everything.
“We had a small paint shop in Indianapolis that let us paint our cars over there.
“To not qualify in 1995 and living through that, it was so hard. To have the opportunity to go back and be project leader of going back. I understood what it meant to do well there. I never worked so hard in my life … to understand every detail was exhausted.
“We had a lot of unfinished business after missing the field in 1995 and not returning until 2001. Plus, we finished 1-2 in that…