Born on Feb. 20, 1937, Roger Penske has accomplished a lot in motor racing during the past 80 years.
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24 Hours of Daytona victory
Mark Donohue and Chuck Parsons co-drove a Lola T70 Mk3b-Chevrolet owned by Roger Penske to victory at the 1969 running of the 24 Hours of Daytona.
1988 Indianapolis 500 dominance
Penske Racing cars led 192 of the 200 laps of the 1988 Indianapolis 500, with Rick Mears taking his third of four Indianapolis 500 wins.
Formula One race win
John Watson got his first GP win at the 1976 Austrian GP driving one of Roger Penske’s cars. Due to a bet Watson had made with Penske, Watson shaved off his beard following the race. To date, it remains the only F1 race won by an American constructor.
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Daytona 500 1-2
Ryan Newman got Roger Penske his first Daytona 500 win in 2008 with teammate Kurt Busch bringing home a 1-2 finish for “The Captain.” Seven years later, Joey Logano would get Penske his second Daytona 500 victory.
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1994 dominance in CART
Al Unser Jr. won the Indianapolis 500 and the championship in the 1994 PPG Indy Car World Series. The year was dominated by Team Penske with Al Unser Jr., Emerson Fittipaldi and Paul Tracy winning 12 of the 16 races and finishing 1-2-3 in the standings. Additionally, the trio finished 1-2-3 at five races during the season.
2001 Indianapolis 500 comeback
Having not entered a car at the Indianapolis 500 since 1995, when all of his cars failed to qualify, Roger Penske returned to the historic race in 2001, where he saw Helio Castroneves and Gil de Ferran bring his cars home to a 1-2 finish.
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Brad Keselowski got Roger Penske his first and - to date - only NASCAR Cup Series championship when the drive train failed on champion rival Jimmie Johnson’s machine during the season-finale at Homestead.
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Fourteen IndyCar championships
Roger Penske has seen his drivers go on to win the IndyCar championship 14 times, from Tom Sneva in 1977 through to Simon Pagenaud in 2016. Rick Mears, Al Unser, Danny Sullivan, Al Unser, Jr., Gil de Ferran, Sam Hornish Jr., and Will Power have also brought him home the title.
Rick Mears makes history
Rick Mears is one of just three drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 four times. All four of his wins came behind the wheel of one of Roger Penske’s cars.
Sixteen Indianapolis 500 wins
From Mark Donohue in 1972 to Juan Pablo Montoya in 2015, Roger Penske has seen his drivers bring one of his cars home in first place at the Indianapolis 500 16 times. The others were won by Rick Mears, Bobby Unser, Danny Sullivan, Al Unser, Emerson Fittipaldi, Al Unser, Jr., Helio Castroneves, Gil de Ferran and Sam Hornish Jr.