Roger Penske is likely the most famous race
team owner at the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway. He is known as The Captain.
I've often wondered how he has time to be at all
the races considering he has a transportation
empire to run.
Penske was born Feb 20, 1937 in Shaker
1958 - Made his first professional racing start in
Upper Marlboro MD in a 1957 Corvette.
1961 - Penske was the SCCA National D
He retired from race driving in 1965.
Roger Penske at Watkins Glen in 1961
With Jack Sears after winning at Brands Hatch in 1963
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1966 - Penske enters Corvettes at Daytona and
Sebring, winning the GT class in both.
Mark Donohuegets the team's first major victory
in the U.S. Road Racing Championship.
I967 - Donohue wins the USRRC title with 6
wins in 7 starts. He also finishes on the
podium in 5 Can-Am races.
1968 - Donohue is the Trans-Am champion after
winning 10 of 13 races. He also repeats as
1969 - Donohue won the Trans-Am
Donohue finishes 7th at the Indy 500 in Team
Penske's debut at the Brickyard.
1971 - Donohue earns the team's first USAC
Championship race, captures his 3rd Trans-Am
title, finished 3rd in teh Daytona 24 hours and
drives in the Formula One race in Canada.
1972 - Donohue races a AMC Matador in
Penske Racing's first Nascar race - Riverside CA.
Donohue wins the Indianapolis 500, Penske's
first Indy win.
1973 - Donohue scores Penske's first Nascar
win - Riverside CA.
Donohue won the first IROC series title.
Donohue won another Can-Am title.
Gary Bettenhausen won a Champ Car race
driving for Penske.
1975 - Donohue set World Closed Course
Speed record - 221.160 mph - at Talladega in a
One week later, Donohue was fatally injured in a
March 751 F1 car while practicing in Austria. It
so happens that I remember where I was when I
heard the sad news, even though I was just a
kid. I thought Donohue was great.
1976 - Penske Racing won their first F1 race
with John Watson at the Austrian GP.
1977 - Penske's Tom Sneva becomes the 1st
driver to officially record a 200 mph lap at Indy.
1979 - Rick Mears wins the Indy 500 from the
pole and goes on to win the CART
championship for Penske Racing.
1981 - Mears wins 2nd CART championship.
1982 - Mears takes his 3rd CART title.
1983 - Al Unser Sr. scores Penske's 6th USAC
Indy Car National Championship since 1977.
1984 - Mears wins Indy 500 from pole again.
1985 - Unser edges son Al Jr. by one point in
the CART championship.
Mears returns part-time and wins at Pocono.
Sullivan performs his famous "spin and win" at
1986 - Penske founds Ilmor Engineering and the
team begins developing the Ilmor Chevrolet Indy
1988 - Penske cars sweep the front row at Indy.
Mears wins in the new Penske PC-17 chassis.
Sullivan wins 4 races and the CART
1991 - Penske Racing South is born and
Penske re-enters Nascar with Rusty Wallace.
Mears wins his 6th Indy 500 pole and 4th race -
Penske's 10th Indy pole and 8th 500 win.
1993 - Emerson Fittipaldi wins his 2nd Indy 500,
his first driving for Penske.
1994 - Al Unser Jr. claims Penske's 10 Indy win
using a now-famous Ilmor/Mercedes-Benz engine
that was developed specifically for
Indy in secrecy.
1996 - Due to the split between CART and the
IRL, Penske does not enter the Indy 500 for the
first time since 1969.
2000 - Team adds new drivers Gil de Ferran
and Helio Castroneves, and new president
De Ferran wins his 1st CART title.
2001 - Nascar team becomes a 3-car operation
with Wallace, Jeremy Mayfield and Ryan
De Ferran wins 2nd CART championship.
Castroneves wins the Indy 500.
2002 - Nascar team returns to a 2-car operation.
Newman wins Cup's Rookie of the Year award.
Penske moves to the IRL.
Castroneves wins his 2nd Indy 500.
2003 - De Ferran wins the Indy 500 and
Castroneves finishes in 2nd place. De Ferran
retires after clinching IndyCar title.
2006 - Sam Hornish Jr. hunts down Marco
Andretti on the final lap at Indy to win by just
0.063 second, the second-closest finish in the
2008 - Ryan Newman gives Penske his first
Daytona 500 win.
In sports cars, Penske's Porsche RS Spyder
scores an overall win at Sebring to begin 3rd
straight championship ALMS season.
2009 - Castronevese wins his 3rd Indy 500 to
extend Pesnke's record to 15 wins.
2010 - Brad Keselowski claims the Nascar
Nationwide Series title as he posts 5 wins and
6 poles while establishing a new series record
with 26 top-five finishes.
2012 - Keselowski wins the Nascar Sprint Cup
championship, a first for Penske.
Roger Penske and Graham Hill
Mark Donohue and Roger Penske
Roger Penske at Indy in 1969
AJ Foyt and Roger Penske in 1974
Tim Cindric and Roger Penske at 2009 Indy 500
Roger Penske celebrates 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup
championship with driver Keselowski
Roger and Kathy Penske
Penske Racing Numbers as of March 2013
17 Indy 500 Poles
15 Indy 500 Wins
12 IndyCar championships
168 IndyCar wins (USAC, CART, IndyCar)
31 Indy drivers have raced a Penske-owned car
2 Trans-Am titles
1 Formula One win
1 NASCAR Sprint Cup title
1 Daytona 500 win
1 24 Hours of Sebring overall win
|Miniature reproductions of the Borg-Warner Trophy,
known as Baby Borgs, are awarded to the winning driver
and team of the Indianapolis 500.
As of 2017, Roger Penske has 16!
Since this page was created, Team Penske has also won:
2014 IndyCar Championship with Will Power
2015 Indy 500 with Juan Montoya
2016 IndyCar Championship with Simon Pagenaud
2017 IndyCar Championship with Josef Newgarden
2018 Indy 500 with Will Power
2018 Nascar Cup Championship with Joey Logano
2018 Brickyard 400 with Brad Keselowski
2019 Indy 500 with Simon Pagenaud
2019 IndyCar Championship with Josef Newgarden
Roger Penske received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian
honor, from President Donald Trump during a ceremony Oct. 24, 2019 in the Oval Office
of the White House.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom is reserved for individuals who have made especially
laudable contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world
peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
Penske built one Chevrolet car dealership in 1965 into the Penske Corporation, a leader
in global transportation services with over $32 billion in revenues. The company employs
64,000 workers around the world.
Penske also has spent considerable time and money to help revitalize Detroit, as his
company is based in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Team Penske has also won Championships in the
NASCAR Xfinity series.
Team Penske also competes in Sportcars and