Roger Penske has been one of the most successful car owners in the history of motorsports.
He’s won 12 open wheel championships, 15 Indianapolis 500’s, 16 Indy 500 pole winners, and totaled 160 open wheel wins in just over 1,300 starts. His teams are always a threat for titles and Indy 500 wins as he always produces the best talent in the field.
In 1991, Penske brought his team down south to start up a NASCAR team. He brought Rusty Wallace over to pilot the No. 2 car from ’91-2005 and had many phenomenal seasons in Cup competition. Wallace won 37 races in his time with Penske and gave Roger at least one win in 15 straight seasons.
He added a second car to the mix in the 90′s and brought in Jeremy Mayfield and then Ryan Newman to pilot that car. It was second fiddle to the No.2, but Newman took the car to a Daytona 500 championship in 2008.
Wallace was replaced by Kurt Busch and then Brad Keselowski in the Blue Deuce as that car would win the Coca-Cola 600 and the All-Star race during their tenure.
Penske also had a successful Nationwide Series program as Keselowski gave the organization their first NASCAR championship with the title in 2010. It was a banner year and showed that Penske had a lot of upcoming talent for the future.
So with all those championships, 15 Indy 500 victories, a Daytona 500 win and Coca-Cola 600 win, one thing Penske has been without is a Cup title. With Jimmie Johnson’s accident with 73 laps to go in the AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, Keselowski pulled out to a 20 point lead with one race to go in Miami.
It’s the best position Penske has been in for a Cup title and could put the final touches on an already storybook racing organization in his career.
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