Roger S. Penske

Bloomfield Hills MI

Roger’s semi-professional racing career was short, 1961 to 1965, and included wins in a 1963 GT class win at Sebring, USRRC Manufacturers race at Pensacola, and a NASCAR Winston West race at Riverside; plus an eighth place in the 1961 U. S. Grand Prix … his retirement in 1965 was to focus on his first business, a Chevrolet dealership in Philadelphia … With his work ethic, attention to detail and resources to do whatever it takes to represent his sponsors in a professional manner that may never be rivaled, through the start of the 2008 season, Penske Racing cars’ 295+ major race wins included 14 at the Indianapolis 500, the 2008 Daytona 500, 21 National Championships, 75 stock car races, 134 Indy car wins and 19 in the American le Mans Series … Regardless of whether Penske Racing fielded entries for Chevrolet, Porsche, Dodge, Honda or others, it was always understood that his team would have the latest and greatest equipment…much of which they developed…and as a reward, more than often delivered the desired results…race wins and championships …Among the team’s more notable drivers have been Mark Donohue, Rick Mears, Rusty Wallace, Danny Sullivan, Gil de Ferran and Helio Castroneves …Roger’s single Chevrolet store in Philadelphia grew into the Penske Automotive Group which has 300+ retail dealerships representing 40 brands … the Penske Corporation employs 40,000 people worldwide with revenues in excess of $20 billion, and includes, among other entities, Penske Performance and Penske Racing, and Penske Truck Leasing. Penske is a member of both the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

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