What a weekend! Even though the REV logo didn’t make an appearance in Victory Lane during the Phoenix Grand Prix, REV Group, Inc., shared in the racing spotlight thanks to VIP celebrations, April Fools’ shenanigans and Helio Castroneves’ winning pole position.
A group of REV VIP guests cheered on the company’s first-ever sponsored IndyCar — the No. 3 Team Penske Chevrolet driven by three-time Indy 500 winner Castroneves — during Verizon IndyCar’s much-anticipated Phoenix Grand Prix on April 2. The race marked IndyCar’s long-awaited return to Phoenix following an 11-year hiatus.
On Friday, before the race qualifier, REV helped Castroneves lightened the mood with an April Fools’ prank. During the prank, REV cameras captured Castroneves laid up on the couch of his new American Coach, a REV luxury coach unveiled to the driver in March, as he faked an ankle injury. Click here to watch the video.
Following the lighthearted joke, Castroneves went on to nab his second career Verizon P1 Pole Award at Phoenix International Raceway for a total of 46 Verizon P1 Pole Awards in his career, fourth on the all-time list. The pole win, which Castroneves notched in 38.2604 seconds at 192.324 mph, was the 236th Verizon IndyCar Series pole position in the 50-year history of Team Penske.
Weekend race festivities continued with a Friday night VIP dinner of REV guests at the Penske Museum, followed by Saturday’s trackside luncheon, VIP garage tours and meet-and-greets. (In fact, Roger Penske and Helio Castroneves paid a special visit to REV’s VIP Suite before the race.)
Reigning Verizon IndyCar champion Scott Dixon of the Target Chip Ganassi team went on to win the Saturday night 250-lap race. Castroneves was the lap leader for 39 laps until a flat tire dropped him to an 11th-place finish. The race puts Castroneves in sixth place in the Verizon IndyCar Series with 21 points. Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud finished the race in second (0.6825 seconds behind Dixon), followed by teammate Will Power in third place.
“We want to thank Team Penske for making us part of the racing team during the Phoenix race, and hats off to Phoenix International Raceway for being such gracious hosts,” said Tim Sullivan, President and CEO of REV Group. “It’s not every day a company finds itself in this kind of spotlight, and after seeing so much momentum from a single event, we’re even more revved up about our multi-year partnership with Team Penske. It’s still early in the season … it won’t be long before everyone sees the REV logo in Victory Lane.”