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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Team Penske made a social media splash last year with a popular online series of games for its drivers. Back for a second season, the IndyCar arm of the organization is taking the Penske Games quite seriously.
The first installment of the Penske Games debuted earlier this week and saw the drivers from IndyCar, NASCAR and IMSA competing in teams in a game of telephone.
"Everyone is super competitive," said Josef Newgarden. "You can tell they're all racecar drivers because they're very competitive _ until they understand they're not going to win at something, then they just lose all interest in that particular game."
Newgarden also took a crack and the four NASCAR drivers _ Ryan Blaney, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Paul Menard _ for not having the stamina to last through two days of taping the games.
Simon Pagenaud said he loves the Penske Games because the drivers are able to show personality during various tasks that range from hula hooping to stuffing marshmallows in their mouths.
"I personally love it; I suck at it, but I love it," Pagenaud said. "I think because I'm so bad at it, actually people love it. It's the only time that you can be yourself. It's more in the action than the words. We actually love doing it. Some NASCAR boys were antsy to go home, but we made it."