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Phoenix Grand Prix Preview

BY REV Group
April 27th, 2017
 

RACE CAR DRIVER HELIO CASTRONEVES TO HELM REV’S BRANDED CAR AGAIN AT PHOENIX GRAND PRIX 

TEAM PENSKE DRIVERS KEEP DELIVERING REV VIP EXCITEMENT

The REV Group racing action returns to the Phoenix International Speedway with three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and American Coach owner Helio Castroneves helming the REV-branded No. 3 Chevrolet for the second straight year in the VERIZON Series’ Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix. The 2017 Phoenix Grand Prix marks the series’ second consecutive year visiting the 1.022-mile oval in Avondale, Ariz., following a 12-year reprieve from the track.

Roughly 60 VIP guests will join REV for a weekend of racing festivities, starting with a Friday night dinner at Topgolf Scottsdale where an evening of eating and golfing will commence. On Saturday, Castroneves will join REV guests for a meet-and-greet brunch, and by late afternoon, REV will head to the speedway for garage tours, followed by an in-field dinner where guests will watch the 6:30 p.m. racing action from the REV hospitality unit.

Last year, Castroneves scored the pole position in the REV-branded car, marking his second Verizon P1 Pole Award at the Phoenix International Raceway. The pole win was Castroneves’ 46th overall and fourth on the all-time list. Kicking off last year’s race in high gear, the Team Penkse driver was the lap leader for 39 laps until a flat tire dropped him to 11th-place finish. Castroneves heads into this race with a 2017 pole win already under his belt, notched during the Long Beach Grand Prix. Castroneves sits sixth in the IndyCar standings.

Here are a few fun REV Group / Castroneves facts we’ve created together …

  • Castroneves is a familiar face at REV tradeshow events. In fact, he just dropped by Indianapolis’ FDIC International show today for a meet-and-greet before heading to Arizona to prep for his race. Here he is LIVE with us. 

 
  • When Castroneves isn’t racing, he spends a lot of trackside time in his custom American Coach, an American Eagle 45T. “They put a massager in the bed, so now, there should be no reason why I won’t win,” Castroneves said when he was presented the coach.
  • Before last year’s Phoenix Grand Prix race qualifier, Castroneves laid on the motorhome couch, faking an ankle injury as he played an April Fools’ prank. The joke was captured on video. Click here to watch the video.
  • Castroneves considers REV part of his team. “Racing is about teamwork. … The cars are mostly the same. The engines, too. But what makes the biggest difference are the people. … I can see that this is another winning team.”
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