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Penske Racing Returns to Honda Power for 2006 IndyCar Season
Tired of fighting, Roger Penske decided to switch and is coming back to the Honda family.
The all-time winner in Indy Car racing hasn't won a championship since 2001 (his last season with Honda in CART, with Gil de Ferran driving) so he's getting Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish Jr. some Honda power for '06.
"Honda's long term commitment to the IndyCar Series was an absolute factor in our decision," said Penske, whose drivers won 16 poles, 10 races and a pair of championships with Honda in 2000-2001.
"As it became clear that Toyota was re-allocating its resources we had to look beyond 2006 and make the best decision for our future." The decision was well received by Castroneves.
"It's great because I got my very first win with Honda," said the two-time Indy 500 winner. "And you know that Honda is always looking for an edge. A driver loves that kind of commitment."