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Penske had said earlier the team needed only to race smart and conservatively to get Castroneves, a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, his first IndyCar Series title. The Penske organization is also seeking its first championship since 2006.

“There is still a lot of racing left. We know we have a strong car in Fontana,” Castroneves said. “We were fast in the test there last week and we will definitely be going for it.”