Toast to Team Penske -- and 7 things you might not know

BY Tom Jensen • January 31, 2016

Team Penske and Joey Logano are the defending champions of the Daytona 500, which takes place Feb. 21 on FOX.

The following are seven things you might not know about Roger Penske's NASCAR operation, a team likely to contend for another title this year.

The Matador -- When Team Penske made its NASCAR debut in 1972, the team's car was the AMC Matador, one of the most unusual race cars in series history. Mark Donohue won the team's first Cup race in a Matador on the old Riverside International Raceway road course in 1973.

Early success -- For 15 years, NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Rusty Wallace drove for Penske, finishing in the top 10 in points 12 times. Thirty-seven of Wallace's 55 career Cup victories were earned during his Penske tenure.

Championships -- Team Penske has 27 national championships, including 13 in IndyCar. Brad Keselowski has won the team's only NASCAR driver titles, winning the XFINITY Series championship in 2010 and the Sprint Cup Series crown in 2012.

Indianapolis -- While Penske has won a record 15 Indianapolis 500s, the team has never won the Brickyard 400.

Daytona -- Team Penske's first Daytona 500 victory came in 2008, when Kurt Busch pushed Ryan Newman to a 1-2 Penske finish. Logano won the 2015 running of the Great American Race.

Victories -- In the last two seasons, Team Penske has won 18 Cup races, boosting the team's career total to 96. Logano had a series-high six victories last year.

Records -- Wallace won 10 races for the team in 1993, the most by a single Team Penske driver in one season. In 2003, Newman won 11 poles in a season.



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