Recently, it came to my attention that Team Penske, owned by motorsports legend and Ohio native Roger Penske, had won its 500th race, an almost unbelievable achievement. All those wins occurred over the last 52 years, starting in 1966, the year I graduated from high school. Back then and still today, I enjoy auto racing. This previous blogpost describes the fun we had at Eldora and Shady Bowl racetracks.
In 1965, Roger retired as a successful race car driver to purchase a Pennsylvania auto dealership. Team Penske was formed to provide advertising for his new dealership, eventually growing to compete in an amazing variety of racing disciplines like Indy Cars, NASCAR, IMSA, Formula One, CanAm and SCCA.
Cars owned and prepared by Team Penske have not only produced those 500 major race wins, but also earned 573 pole positions and 32 championships. The team has won 17 Indianapolis 500 victories (most recently in 2018), two Daytona 500 Championships, a Formula 1 win and overall victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
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