I only started watching open wheel racing in 2006 and don't know all the history, but I always thought Penske was a power house team. I am shocked to hear that Team Penske might not even get into the race. That is amazing!The next thing is the speeds! I watch 13 hours of qualifying last weekend on Versus and I am shocked that a speed of 224.9MPH in this video is commented as "the slowest car in the field". That would have captured the pole this year.
In '94, Penske found the motherlode with a pushrod Illmor-Mercedes that produced a buttload of horsepower. For some reason, they didn't take into account that perhaps the stewards were going to kick them down a notch the next year and they were vastly underpowered. Suffice it to say the '95 500 was pretty odd with no red and white cars flying by.