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  • Interesting thing I didn't realize until today...

    When Penske started testing over the winter for the IRL, he immediately began using #6 for de Ferran and #3 for Castroneves.

    The #3 has been Little Al's number since he came to the IRL. There was no news about Galles having any trouble back then. Was this point brought up and I missed it. I'm surprised Galles/Unser let the #3 get away so easily to Penske.
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  • #2
    I don't think Penske changed numbers until Galles released his numbers a few months ago.
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    • #3
      Yeah, I though the number change was recent. When Penske first showed up, I seem to remember #66 being on one car?

      Side Note: with the #3 in his pocket (that was easy), how much do you suppose Penske has offered Menard for the #2?

      [ February 12, 2002: Message edited by: Racemind ]

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      • #4
        When Penske started testing, Helio donned the #9 car (now with PDM) and Gil had the #6 car. Once Galles left, he switched.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Racemind:
          <STRONG>When Penske first showed up, I seem to remember #66 being on one car?
          </STRONG>
          ....correct, Phoenix & Indy last year. Penske donned his old numbers from the early to middle 70's,....the #66 & #68.

          A couple of names associated with those numbers that immeadiately come to mind are of course Mark Donohue, Gary Bettenhausen, Tom Sneva, Mike Hiss. Probably a couple more but that's all that hit me now!
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          • #6
            Ahhh, thanks, that must be what I was thinking of.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by indyracefan:
              <STRONG>

              A couple of names associated with those numbers that immeadiately come to mind are of course Mark Donohue, Gary Bettenhausen, Tom Sneva, Mike Hiss. Probably a couple more but that's all that hit me now! </STRONG>
              Gary B. might have sported #68..but I'll always remember him in the #7 on the day that the 500 was his-to-lose, and, dammit..it happened!

              I think Penske's first #68 at Indianapolis was with David Hobbs, in '71.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by R_Mears_Fan:
                <STRONG>When Penske started testing, Helio donned the #9 car (now with PDM) and Gil had the #6 car. Once Galles left, he switched.</STRONG>
                I think I do remember that now.....thanks.



                [ February 13, 2002: Message edited by: IndyRob ]
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