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Title aspirations for Penske teammates hit hard on short ovals

Team Penske teammates Sam Hornish Jr. and Helio Castroneves expected to make up ground on short ovals like Richmond this season. Now they may be happy those short ovals are off the rest of the schedule, writes John Schwarb.

Updated: July 2, 2007, 6:53 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

RICHMOND, Va. -- A year ago, Team Penske left Richmond International Raceway riding high with a winner's trophy and its two drivers atop the points.

Saturday, Team Penske left baffled.

Defending IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. and teammate Helio Castroneves failed to deliver for the third time this season at a short oval, the kind of track where the stars usually do their best work. In six previous races around the ¾-mile RIR oval, the pair combined for three wins.

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