Ahead of the Indy GP, Team Penske is accommodating crew suspensions

Variety

In the wake of Roger Penske’s suspensions of four Team Penske employees, Josef Newgarden will not have his usual race engineer Luke Mason or race strategist on his timing stand at this weekend’s Indianapolis Grand Prix or to defend their win at the Indianapolis 500.
Will Power will also contest both events without his race strategist Ron Ruzewski and assistant engineer Robbie Atkinson in position as he looks to win the GP and add a second Indy 500 victory to his first in 2018.
Taking the place of Mason for the Indy GP is Raul Prados, a veteran Penske race engineer with extensive IndyCar and IMSA experience, who joined the team in 2017 from A.J.
Jon “Myron” Bouslog, one of Penske’s longest-standing employees whose career has covered almost every role in the team in IndyCar, and more recently in IMSA, will replace Cindric.
Power’s race engineer David Faustino will serve double duty as race strategist and Paulo Trentini Filho, a data engineer who joined the team in 2018, will fulfill Atkinson’s duties.
The appointments are for the Indy GP alone; Team Penske will announce its Indy 500 staffing for the Nos.
Also of note, a Team Penske representative confirmed the following to RACER regarding the nature of the suspensions for Cindric, Ruzewski, Mason, and Atkinson: The four will not be allowed by Penske to be at the Speedway or housed nearby in a “war room” to assist in matters.
As well, Team Penske confirmed the four will not be allowed to make contact with the team while its cars are on track at the GP and the 500, but they will not be restricted from communicating with the race team or performing their roles — Cindric is the team’s president and Ruzewski is its managing director — when their Indy cars aren’t on track.

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Four employees of Team Penske were suspended by Roger Penske, so this weekend’s Indianapolis Grand Prix and their Indianapolis 500 victory defense will not feature Josef Newgarden’s regular race engineer Luke Mason or race strategist on his timing stand. In an effort to win the GP and add another Indy 500 victory to his 2018 tally, Will Power will compete in both races without the assistance of assistant engineer Robbie Atkinson and race strategist Ron Ruzewski.

Raul Prados, a seasoned Penske race engineer with significant IndyCar and IMSA experience, will replace Mason for the Indianapolis Grand Prix. Prados joined the team in 2017 from A. I. J. Racing Foyt. Cindric will be replaced by Jon “Myron” Bouslog, one of Penske’s longest-serving employees, whose career has encompassed nearly every role in the team in IndyCar and, more recently, in IMSA.

Race strategist David Faustino of Power will double as race engineer, and Atkinson’s responsibilities will be handled by data engineer Paulo Trentini Filho, who joined the team in 2018. The appointments are only for the Indianapolis Grand Prix; Team Penske will make an announcement regarding its Indianapolis 500 roster for the Nos. In the days ahead, 2 and 12.

Notably, a representative from Team Penske verified to RACER the specifics of the suspensions imposed on Cindric, Ruzewski, Mason, and Atkinson: Penske will not permit the four to be present at the Speedway or to be housed close by in a “war room” in order to provide assistance.

Additionally, Team Penske announced that the four will not be permitted to communicate with the team while its cars are running at the GP and the 500. However, when the team’s Indy cars are not running, Cindric, who serves as the team president, and Ruzewski, who serves as managing director, will still be able to communicate with the team and carry out their respective roles.

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