March 26, 2011
Penske talks NASCAR in Canada and Danica
By DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — When Roger Penske speaks the racing world listens and Saturday at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, he spoke on a variety of topics including a NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Canada.
On the top stock cars series coming north, Penske didn’t hold out much hope that it could happen.
“We have too many Cup races already,” he said. “And we need to help our partners at tracks that have Cup races now before we think of expanding. If they were to have a big oval in Canada that might make a difference.”
On Danica Patrick’s future, the owners of Penske Racing said he thinks she has improved a lot in her NASCAR Nationwide Series performance and still thinks she can win in the IZOD IndyCar series.
“She is under a lot of pressure to pick one series or the other but I’m sure she’ll decide to do what is best for her,” he said.
And Penske is not so impressed with IndyCar’s proposed $5 million U.S. bounty for any driver from another racing discipline to win at the final race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
He said his team isn’t looking at entering a fourth car.
“I would say it would be highly unlikely,” he said of his team’s involvement. “We will be racing for the championship and we would not want to take away from that effort.
“You will have drivers coming who will have very little test time, maybe just one, before racing on an oval,” he said. “I think there would be safety issues.”