Dan Wheldon

Team Penske stacked with talent at start of IndyCar season

Roger Penske really couldn't ask for much more from his IndyCar team after a year in which his drivers went 1-2-3 in the standings and Simon Pagenaud earned his first series championship.

But that's not the way Team Penske operates.

The Captain always wants more, is always trying to build the strongest organization in the paddock and doesn't spare feelings when it comes to business. So what did Penske do during the offseason? He hired Josef Newgarden, the young American who finished fourth in the standings last year.

He heads into Sunday's season-opening race on the streets of St. Petersburg with the reigning series champion and the top four drivers from last year,...