The winning edge isn’t something you can touch, taste or smell. But you can definitely see it. It’s easy to spot, for example, at Team Penske. Just check out the trophy case. It’s stuffed with awards from over 540 victories in all forms of auto racing the team has amassed in its 53-year history.
High-performing teams require many parts to come together to achieve success — the right leaders, the right engineers and equipment, the right drivers. That’s good enough to finish, but not enough to win. Today, the essential component that elevates the team’s performance, creates the winning edge and fills the trophy case is … data.
As 2019 Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud explains, data gives Team Penske critical, unique insights into every aspect of a car’s performance as well as that of its driver.
“Technology in racing is everything, quite frankly,” says Pagenaud. “We have 350 sensors on the race car that gives you data on … how it’s functioning, if we have all the downforce we are supposed to have on the car, [and ensure that] the driver is doing the right action in the race car.”
What’s really useful, Pagenaud says, is the ability to compare his performance with that of other drivers on his team. Doing so enables him to learn what others are doing that could improve his own performance.
“I can also compare my teammates on the whole racetrack. You can see what they do. You know, where they brake, how they accelerate, how much speed they carry through the corners. I can emulate that, mix it into my driving style and make myself better,” Pagenaud says. “I can really work on all the details of my racecraft. And that’s what propelled me to win Indianapolis 500.”
What else can data do? Watch the video to hear Pagenaud explain how DXC Technology and Team Penske work together to define the winning edge.