Team Penske (formerly Penske Racing) is a racing team that competes in the IndyCar Series and NASCAR. They also previously competed in road racing and Formula One. Team Penske is a division of Penske Corporation, and is owned and chaired by Roger Penske. The team president is Tim Cindric.
- 1 IndyCar
- 2 NASCAR
- 2.1 Sprint Cup Series
- 2.2 Nationwide Series
- 3 Trans-Am Series
- 4 Can-Am Series
- 5 Endurance racing
- 6 American Le Mans Series
- 7 Formula One
- 8 Penske Racing Museum
- 9 Racing results
- 10 Notes
- 11 External links
Penske has been involved with IndyCar racing since 1968, when they first fielded a stock block-powered Eagle with Mark Donohue. The team first competed at Indianapolis in 1969, and within three years had become the team to beat, winning the race with Donohue in 1972. In 1978, Roger Penske along with Pat Patrick, Dan Gurney, and several other team owners who had been participating in USAC events involving cars known as Champ Cars and IndyCars formed Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART). As of May 1, 2012, Penske Racing has won the Indianapolis 500 15 times, won the Indianapolis 500 pole position 16 times, as well as 163 open wheel IndyCar wins in USAC, CART and IRL, 26 of which are in 500-Mile Races and 13 open wheel championships. Penske Racing has 1327 starts in IndyCar races, 207 pole positions, 66 wins from pole, 42 double wins of which 8 are 1-2-3 finishes from the Pocono race on June 26, 1977 to the race in São Paulo on April 29, 2012.
In 2001, team Penske marked its return to the Indy 500 after a five-year absence due to the open wheel split, after the 1995 PPG IndyCar World Series season. Later, in 2001 Roger Penske announced he would leave CART for the IRL IndyCar Series.
Team Penske currently fields three cars: the #2 Verizon Dallara/Chevrolet for Juan Pablo Montoya, the #3 Shell Oil Company Dallara/Chevrolet driven by Hélio Castroneves, and the #12 Verizon Wireless Dallara/Chevrolet driven by Will Power. Castroneves has won the Indianapolis 500 three times (2001, 2002 and 2009), as well as other CART and IRL races with Team Penske. Sam Hornish, Jr. is the 2006 Indianapolis 500 winner and the (2001, 2002, and 2006) IndyCar Series Champion, with 16 IndyCar Wins. His 2001 and 2002 championships were with Panther Racing, prior to joining Team Penske.
The open-wheel racing portion of Penske Racing had been based in Reading, Pennsylvania since 1973 with the cars, during the F1 and CART era, being constructed in Poole, Dorset, England as well as being the base for the F1 team. On October 31, 2005 Penske Racing announced after the 2006 IRL season, they would consolidate IRL and NASCAR operations at the team's Mooresville North Carolina facility; with the flooding in Pennsylvania in 2006, the team's operations were moved to Mooresville earlier than expected.
Late in 2005, Team Penske announced primary sponsor Marlboro, which had been a sponsor with Team Penske since the 1989 Indianapolis 500, and primary sponsor of all Team Penske IndyCars since 1991, would not appear on the cars any longer in accordance with the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement restricting cigarette advertising by name. Since 2007, the IndyCar Series cars have carried "Team Penske" insignia and sponsorship from Mobil 1 (although the cars remain painted in the Marlboro color scheme—in Formula 1 the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro has a similar set up). For 2009, Cellco Partnership, a joint venture of Verizon and Vodafone, joined Exxon Mobil as associate sponsors, and the team will be billed as Verizon Championship Racing. The third car was driven by Will Power, originally a substitute for Castroneves, carried the #12 and featured primary sponsorship of both Cellco's Verizon Wireless brand and Roger Penske's truck rental business. In 2010, Phillip Morris USA discontinued their relationship with Team Penske, ending a 19-year partnership. The team subsequently changed their livery to black and white (similar to McLaren that have black-silver livery in 1997–2005), reflecting Verizon sponsorship. Team Penske became a three-car team for the first time since 1994, with the addition of a full-time team for Power.
Roger Penske announced a switch to Chevrolet powerplants for the 2012 IndyCar Series season. Once again, Penske would dominate the early portion of the season, winning 4 consecutive races, with Castroneves taking the season opener at St. Petersburg, and Power capturing wins at Barber, Long Beach, and São Paulo. Briscoe would have struggles throughout the season, but managed to find victory lane at Sonoma. However, Power would come up short in the championship after a crash at the season finale. Briscoe left the team after 2012 for other opportunities.
Indianapolis 500 victories
- 1972 Mark Donohue (McLaren/Offenhauser)
- 1979 Rick Mears (Penske/Cosworth)
- 1981 Bobby Unser (Penske/Cosworth)
- 1984 Rick Mears (March/Cosworth)
- 1985 Danny Sullivan (March/Cosworth)
- 1987 Al Unser (March/Cosworth)
- 1988 Rick Mears (Penske/Ilmor-Chevrolet)
- 1989 Emerson Fittipaldi (Penske/Ilmor-Chevrolet)
- 1991 Rick Mears (Penske/Ilmor-Chevrolet)
- 1993 Emerson Fittipaldi (Penske/Ilmor-Chevrolet)
- 1994 Al Unser, Jr. (Penske/Ilmor-Mercedes-Benz)
- 2001 Hélio Castroneves (Dallara/Ilmor-Oldsmobile)
- 2002 Hélio Castroneves (Dallara/Chevrolet)
- 2003 Gil de Ferran (G-Force/Toyota)
- 2006 Sam Hornish, Jr. (Dallara/Honda)
- 2009 Hélio Castroneves (Dallara/Honda)
1994 PPG IndyCar World Series
Penske's 1994 IndyCar World Series Championship was one of, if not the most dominating performance from a race team in history of American open wheel racing. Roger Penske had found the key to win but also found a way to run from the competition. The new Penske PC-23 chassis with the Ilmor- Indy V8 engine would power the Marlboro Team Penske drivers of Al Unser, Jr., Paul Tracy, and Emerson Fittipaldi. The team racked up 12 wins out of 16 races, collecting 10 poles and 28 podium finishes on their way to the championship. The team also dominated a controversial May at Indianapolis. Marlboro Team Penske debuted a radical new Mercedes-Benz engine at Indy, the 500I. This engine used a provision in the rules intended for stock block pushrod engines such as the V-6 Buick engines that allowed an extra 650 cm³ and 10 inches (4.9 psi/33.8 kPa) of boost. This extra power (at least 900 horsepower, and rumored to be in excess of 1000) allowed the Penskes to run significantly faster, giving them the pole and outside front row on the grid for the 78th Indianapolis 500. Al Unser, Jr. and Emerson Fittipaldi dominated the race, eventually lapping the field with 16 laps to go in the 200 lap race when Emerson made contact with the wall coming out of Turn 4, giving Al Unser, Jr. the lead and win. The only driver who finished on the lead lap was rookie Jacques Villeneuve. This one season gave Marlboro Team Penske the Driver's Championship with Al Unser, Jr., Constructor's Cup with the Penske PC-23, and Manufacturer's Cup with the Ilmor-Indy V8 engine. (Ironically in the 1995 Indy 500 Penske failed to qualify any cars for the race)
Drivers who have raced for Team Penske (USAC/CART/IRL/INDYCAR)
- Mark Donohue (1968–1975)
- David Hobbs (1971)
- Gary Bettenhausen (1972–1974)
- Gordon Johncock (1972)
- Mike Hiss (1972 and 1974)
- Tom Sneva (1975–1978)
- Bobby Allison (1975)
- Mario Andretti (1976–1980)
- Rick Mears (1978–1992)
- Bobby Unser (1979–1981)
- Bill Alsup (1981)
- Kevin Cogan (1982)
- Al Unser (1983–1989)
- Johnny Rutherford (1984) (injury replacement)
- Mike Thackwell (1984) (injury replacement)
- Danny Sullivan (1985–1990)
- Geoff Brabham (1989) (injury replacement)
- Emerson Fittipaldi (1990–1996)
- Paul Tracy (1991–1994, 1996–1997)
- Al Unser, Jr. (1994–1999)
- Jan Magnussen (1996) (injury replacement)
- André Ribeiro (1998)
- Alex Barron (1999, 2003; 2003 as injury replacement)
- Gonzalo Rodriguez (1999) (killed at Laguna Seca Raceway)
- Tarso Marques (1999) (injury replacement)
- Gil de Ferran (2000–2003)
- Hélio Castroneves (2000–present)
- Max Papis (2002) (injury replacement)
- Sam Hornish, Jr. (2004–2007)
- Ryan Briscoe (2008–2012)
- Will Power (2009–present) (legal replacement, 1 race; two other races in #12 in 2009, full–time in 2010)
- AJ Allmendinger (2013)
- Juan Pablo Montoya (2014-present)
- Simon Pagenaud (2015–present)
- Note: This does not include Greg Moore, who in mid-1999 signed a contract with Penske Racing to join the team for the 2000 season. Moore was killed in a crash on Lap 10 of the Marlboro 500 at the Auto Club Speedway in the last race of the 1999 season while in his last race for Forsythe Championship Racing. Castroneves, who had been driving for Hogan Racing, which shut down after the 1999 season, was tapped to fill that seat.
Sprint Cup Series
Formerly known as Penske Racing, Kranefuss-Penske Racing, Penske Racing South, Penske-Jasper Racing, Penske Championship Racing, and now simply known as Team Penske to conform with Penske's other teams, Penske's NASCAR team made its debut in 1972 at Riverside International Raceway. Mark Donohue was driving a factory-sponsored red-white-blue American Motors Matador. It was dubbed the "flying brick" by many noting its squarish aerodynamics. The car finished 39th after rear end problems. The team ran part-time for a few years, fielding cars for several drivers including Donohue, Dave Marcis, Donnie Allison, and Bobby Allison. The team went full-time with Bobby Allison in 1976 with a new, more aerodynamic fastback coupe, finishing 4th in the points. In 1980, the team fielded two races for Rusty Wallace, finishing 2nd in his first race at Atlanta. Penske sold his machinery to the Elliott family in 1977 and got out of NASCAR.
The team didn't run for eleven years, returning in 1991 with Wallace at the wheel again, with Rusty moving his Miller beer dollars to the new team from the recently suspended operations of Raymond Beatle's Blue Max Racing team. Early in 2008, Roger Penske and Penske Racing won the 2008 Daytona 500 with Ryan Newman, the first time Penske has won a restrictor plate race, winning with a 1–2 finish.
In 2003, Penske switched from fielding Fords to Dodges. By 2011, however, Penske was the only NASCAR team running Dodges full-time as most of the former Dodge teams had either folded or switched to other brands such as Ford or Toyota. Owner Roger Penske announced on March 1, 2012 that the team would return to Ford in 2013.
In 2012, with Dodge, Brad Keselowski gave Penske his first Sprint Cup title.
In 2014, the team changed their name branding from "Penske Racing" to "Team Penske" to match their IndyCar name.
Car No. 02 history
Penske's No. 02 team originally began running in the ARCA Re/Max Series in 2000 as the No. 27 Ford sponsored by Alltel and driven by Ryan Newman. Later in the year, the team made its Winston Cup debut with Newman at Phoenix, finishing 41st due to engine failure. In 2001, now driving the No. 02 Alltel Ford, Newman split time between ARCA, the NASCAR Busch Series, and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. He drove in 15 Busch races and won at Michigan. In the Cup Series, he participated in seven events, and almost won The Winston Open before his engine expired in the closing laps. He put together two top-five finishes, which included a second place finish at Darlington, and a pole in his abbreviated schedule.
Car No. 06 History
In 2004, Penske ran a fourth car numbered 06 with Craftsman Truck Series driver Travis Kvapil. Kvapil attempted four races, failing to qualify at Darlington, with a best finish of 21st at Martinsville. He would replace Brendan Gaughan in the 77 in 2005. Chad Blount also ran the car at Talladega, finishing 41st.
The 06 returned in 2007 with Sam Hornish, Jr. in preparation for moving full-time in the 77 the next year. Hornish, Jr. attempted eight races, but only qualified for the final two races of the season, with a best finish of 30th at Phoenix.
Car No. 2 History
The No. 2 team has not seen many changes since its debut in the 1991 Daytona 500, where it finished 27th after a crash late in the race. 1989 Winston Cup Champion Rusty Wallace drove the car from 1991–2005, with some form of Miller Beer as primary sponsor of the No. 2. Wallace moved to Penske from the Blue Max Racing team, which suspended operations after 1990. The team performed impressively in its first year, winning twice and finishing 10th in points. 1992 was decent for Wallace, with him winning once and finishing 13th in points. Things then turned around for the Wallace and Penske, winning 25 races over the next four years, despite never winning the championship.
The team switched from Pontiac to Ford in 1994. The season finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway and the entire 1996 season saw a small change when the popular Miller Genuine Draft paint scheme was replaced with a red, blue and yellow splashed scheme that advertised the Miller brand. After winning five races that season, Wallace donned the blue and white colors of Miller Lite in 1997. After winning one race a piece over the next three years, Wallace put together four wins and won nine Bud Pole Awards in 2000, the highest total of his career. 2002 was a disappointment however, as he failed to win a race, marking the first year since 1985 that he did not score a win. After that year, the team switched manufacturers from Ford to Dodge. In 2004, Wallace announced the 2005 season would be his last in NASCAR Nextel Cup, citing his son's racing career and wanting to concentrate on his Busch Series team, Rusty Wallace Racing, for the departure. During that season Wallace returned to victory lane for the first time since 2001 at Martinsville, one of his historically strong racetracks. Although he wouldn't win a race during his final season, Wallace qualified for the Chase for the Nextel Cup and finished eighth in series points.
In order to replace the retiring Wallace, Penske tabbed 2004 Champion Kurt Busch. However, this caused a problem with Busch's then-current team, Roush Racing, as Busch was still under contract for the 2006 season. The situation was resolved thanks in part to the resolution of another disputed contract with Roush. Jamie McMurray had been signed by Roush to drive their No. 6 car for the 2006 season but his previous team owner, Chip Ganassi, would not let him drive for Roush. Eventually an agreement was struck where McMurray was released from Ganassi's team to take over Busch's ride at Roush (which was then renumbered from 97 to 26), therefore freeing up Busch to drive the No. 2 car. He quickly returned the team to victory lane by winning his fifth career start at Bristol, his only win of 2006 as the No. 2 team finished 16th in the season points. Busch won six additional races with Penske's No. 2 team, his last being the 2010 Coca-Cola 600, and qualified for the Chase three times, with a best placing of 4th in the final standings.
Brad Keselowski and the No. 12 team moved over to the No. 2 team for 2011, with Nationwide Series crew chief Paul Wolfe replacing Jay Guy. The No. 2 team with Keselowski and Wolfe initially struggled for the first half of 2011; however, they did win a fuel-milage race at Kansas. In an ironic twist, the team's performance started to improve dramatically after Keselowski injured his leg during a testing crash at Road Atlanta. Keselowski and Wolfe grabbed two more wins at Pocono and Bristol, and rallied to make the 2011 Chase field. However, the final 10 races would be an up and down affair for the team, and they were knocked out of contention after finishing 18th at Phoenix. Nonetheless, Keselowski managed a fifth place finish in the points, a dramatic turnaround from his 2010 performance.
2012 would be better still for the team, as Keselowski posted five wins at Bristol, Talladega, Kentucky, Chicagoland and Dover, with the last two being Keselowski's first Chase wins. He would ultimately win Team Penske its first Sprint Cup title after a close battle with Jimmie Johnson.
Car No. 12 History
The current 12 car started out in 1994 at Michigan as the No. 07 Ford driven by Robby Gordon and owned by German businessman and former Ford executive Michael Kranefuss along with Newman/Haas Racing co-principal Carl Haas. The car started and finished 38th after Gordon crashed on lap 70. After another start with Geoff Brabham at the Brickyard 400, the team— known as Kranefuss-Haas Racing— went full-time in 1995 with John Andretti driving the Kmart/Little Caesars No. 37 Ford. Andretti won the pole at the Mountain Dew Southern 500 and finished 18th in the points. The team struggled in 1996 and Kranefuss decided to replace Andretti with Jeremy Mayfield in what amounted to a driver swap between Kranefuss-Haas and Cale Yarborough's team as Andretti replaced Mayfield in Yarborough's No. 98. The team picked up co-sponsorship from Royal Crown Cola for the following season and improved to be 13th in the points in 1997, but it was obvious the team wouldn't succeed if it only fielded one team. At the end of the season Kranefuss and Haas dissolved the partnership and the Kmart sponsorship moved over to Travis Carter's team, which became Haas-Carter Motorsports.
In 1998, Kranefuss and Penske Racing announced a merger, with Mayfield coming aboard to drive the No. 12 Mobil 1 Ford Taurus as a teammate to Rusty Wallace. The move turned out to be a success, and Mayfield became the next big star. He won the pole at Texas, and at one point in the season, found himself in the points lead. At the Pocono 500 in June, he won his first Winston Cup series race. Mayfield's breakout year in Winston Cup ended with a 7th place finish in the points. Mayfield struggled in 1999, as he did not win and dropped 4 spots in the points. In 2000, he won the Pocono 500 and California 500. Midway through the season, Kranefuss sold his share of the team to Penske. Mayfield then suffered a concussion while practicing for the Brickyard 400. He missed two races recuperating from his injury and finished 24th in points. In 2001, Mayfield posted seven top-10 finishes, but was fired following the race at Kansas. Rusty Wallace's little brother Mike took over, and came close to winning at Phoenix before settling for second place to Jeff Burton.
Ryan Newman and his Alltel Wireless team took over the No. 12 car in 2002, although Mobil 1 stayed on as primary sponsor for several races per season. In his rookie year Newman waged a spirited battle with Jimmie Johnson for NASCAR Rookie of the Year honors. Newman won The Winston, and the fall event at New Hampshire, as well as six poles. Although he didn't win as many races as Johnson (one versus Johnson's three) and finished behind him in the points (sixth place, seven points behind fifth-place Johnson), he finished ahead of Johnson to win Winston Cup Rookie of the Year. After the switch to Dodge in 2003, he won eight races and eleven poles, and finished 6th in points.
In 2004, Newman won twice, earned nine pole positions, qualified for the inaugural Chase for the Nextel Cup, and finished seventh in points. Newman finished 2005 with eight pole positions, but only one win. He qualified for the Chase for the Cup for a second year in a row and ended up sixth in the final standings. He failed to win a race and missed the Chase in both 2006 and 2007. However, he found himself back in the winners circle early in 2008, taking victory in the 50th running of the Daytona 500 (the No. 2 of Kurt Busch finished second) to open the season, claiming Penske's first Daytona 500 win. After the No. 12 team won the Daytona 500 in 2008, it struggled and Ryan Newman announced during the summer that he would leave to drive the No. 39 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing.
The No. 12 car lost its sponsor in 2009 as Cellco Partners, a joint venture of Verizon and Vodafone, closed the deal to purchase Alltel in January 2009, thus voiding the terms of the grandfather clause that allowed the No. 12 car to run with a sponsor that is a direct competitor to that NASCAR series' sponsor. The team announced that they would move the Wireless sponsorship to the IndyCar Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series and renamed the team to Verizon Championship Racing, a reference to Verizon Wireless' Penske-wide marketing through both its IndyCar and NASCAR sponsorships, complete with its heritage of champions (especially on Vodafone's side, as it was a sponsor of Scuderia Ferrari). Penske hired David Stremme to race the car in a largely unbranded fashion for 2009, but he did not produce results and was fired toward the end of the season. Brad Keselowski, who had recently signed with Penske when he was unable to procure a seat at Hendrick Motorsports, took over the car toward the end of the 2009 season. He then ran the No. 12 full-time in 2010 again in an unbranded fashion, although FloTV and AAA sponsored several races. Keselowski moved to the No. 2 car following the season to replace Kurt Busch, who moved to the new No. 22.
The No. 12 did not run any races in 2011. In 2012, Sam Hornish Jr. drove the No. 12 at Kansas in April with SKF sponsorship. The No. 12 was also scheduled to run at the October Talladega race with Hornish, but after the termination of AJ Allmendinger from the No. 22, Hornish replaced him full-time. Hornish's SKF sponsorship was transferred to the No. 22 for this race.
In 2013, Hornish again qualified at Kansas, but crashed out of the race in a multi-car wreck. He attempted the fall Talladega race, but failed to make the race after qualifying was rained out.
With Hornish leaving for Joe Gibbs Racing, the part-time No. 12 was split by various Penske drivers in 2014. SKF sponsored three races, with Ryan Blaney at Kansas in April and Talladega in October, and Juan Pablo Montoya at Michigan in June. Montoya also drove the No. 12 in the Brickyard 400 without sponorship.
Car No. 22 history
After the 2010 season, Shell and Pennzoil came over to Penske and sponsored the new No. 22 Cup car in 2011 with Kurt Busch (who had previously driven the team's #2). The No. 22 shared the Shell sponsorship with Penske's IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves. The team won two races at Sonoma and Dover and made the Chase, but poor finishes during the Chase left Busch 11th in points. Busch and Penske Racing agreed to mutually part December 5, 2011. though some leading to speculation that he was fired.
On December 21, 2011, A.J. Allmendinger was announced as the driver for the 2012 season, moving over from Richard Petty Motorsports. He would team up with newly promoted crew chief Todd Gordon after the departure of Steve Addington to Stewart-Haas Racing. Allmendinger got off to a slow start to the season, but took advantage of a late wreck among the leaders to finish second at Martinsville. After he failed a drug test before the July Daytona race, he was removed from the car. Penske Nationwide series driver Sam Hornish, Jr. was named as replacement for the remainder of the season. Hornish had previously driven for Penske in Cup from 2008-2010. Hornish challenged for a win at Watkins Glen, and ended up finishing fifth.
On September 4, 2012, Joey Logano was announced to be the driver of the No. 22 car in 2013. Logano became the fourth driver of the No. 22 in three years, but had a successful 2013 season, making the Chase, and returned in 2014, becoming the first driver to return to the No. 22 car for more than a single season.
Car No. 77 history
The No. 77 car began running in 2004 after Penske merged with Jasper Motorsports. Brendan Gaughan was hired as the driver, with Kodak sponsoring. Gaughan had four top-ten finishes and finished 28th in points in his rookie year. He was immediately replaced by Travis Kvapil, who had two top-tens and finished 33rd in points. The No. 77 team shut down for the next two years due to a lack of sponsorship. In late 2007, Penske Racing announced that the No. 77 team would return to racing with Mobil 1 as a sponsor (ExxonMobil had used the brand to sponsor a car numbered 06 for Penske) and that Sam Hornish, Jr., one of Penske's IndyCar series drivers, would switch to NASCAR full-time and drive the car.
The team underwent a points swap with Kurt Busch's No. 2 car to guarantee Hornish a spot in the first five races while allowing Busch to qualify automatically if necessary with his Past Champion's Provisional starts.
The team did the same in 2009 as Bill Davis (formerly of Bill Davis Racing) sold the owner points from his No. 22 Toyota to Penske, which guaranteed Hornish a spot in the first five races of the season. Hornish's performance improved enough in this year that the #77 ended the year in the top 35 in owner points. With the departure of Mobil 1 to Stewart Haas Racing for the 2011 season, the No. 77's operations were consolidated with those of the No. 2 and Hornish was removed from Penske's Cup Series roster.
Car No. 02 / 39 / 48 History
Penske Racing's next foray into the Busch Series was in 2001. Ryan Newman drove 15 races in the 02 Alltel Ford in preparation for moving up to the Winston Cup Series the next year. "Rocket Man" Newman had 6 poles and only two starts outside the top 5. Newman had 8 top 10's including a win at Michigan International Speedway, and would finish 28th in points despite running less than half the season.
In 2005, Penske returned to the second-tier series with Ryan Newman. Newman drove an Altell/Mobil 1/Sony Dodge numbered 39, his sprint car number whose digits coincidentally add up to 12. He ran only 9 of 25 races, but had four poles and six victories. In 2006, Newman and Kurt Busch shared the ride. Busch ran seven races and won twice; Newman's best finish was 2nd in six starts. IndyCar Champion Sam Hornish, Jr. began racing the No. 39 in the last two races of the year, crashing out of both races. Newman also ran a 02 car at Watkins Glen, finishing 41st after an engine failure.
In 2013, Penske ran a third team, numbered 48. Joey Logano ran the car at Watkins Glen, starting 3rd and finishing 21st with Discount Tire. Ryan Blaney then ran the car at Phoenix with AutoZone, finishing 10th. Brad Keselowski ran the car at Homestead with Discount Tire, winning the race.
Car No. 12 History
The 12 car debuted in 2007, running 20 total races. Kurt Busch ran 3 races with Penske Truck Rental, with a best finish of 4th at Las Vegas. Sam Hornish, Jr. ran 9 races but had no top 10's and four crashes. Ryan Newman ran 8 races with Kodak and Alltel, with a best finish of 3rd at Richmond.
The team returned return on limited basis in 2008, with Hornish driving most of the races early in the season. Hornish attempted 10 races (DNQing at two) with fewer DNFs and a best finish of 11th at Darlington. ARCA Champion Justin Allgaier ran four races later in the year, with an 11th place finish at Phoenix.
In 2009, Allgaier moved into the car full-time. Verizon, banned from the Sprint Cup Series under terms of the Viceroy Rule, sponsored the car. Allgaier was involved in a close rookie battle with Michael McDowell and Scott Lagasse Jr., but eventually won the 2009 Rookie of the Year, scoring 12 top 10s en route to a 6th place points finish. Allgaier and Verizon returned for 2010. Justin took his first career victory in the fourth race of the season at Bristol Motor Speedway. The team had an impressive 20 top 10s and finished 4th in points.
Due to Verizon's departure from NASCAR for Penske's IndyCar team, the No. 12 team scaled back to a limited schedule in 2011, prompting Allgaier to move to Turner Motorsports. Sam Hornish, Jr., recently losing his Cup ride with Penske, took over the car on a limited basis with Alliance Truck Parts sponsoring his effort. Hornish won his first Nationwide Series race at Phoenix, a track where he had had success in IndyCar. Alex Tagliani drove the No. 12 in Montreal with sponsorship from Hot Wheels.
Hornish returned for the full season in 2012, with expanded sponsorship from Alliance. Sam had arguably his strongest season in stock cars to date after struggles in past Sprint Cup and Nationwide endeavors, scoring 10 top 5's and 22 top 10's en rout to a fourth place points finish.
Hornish returned to the car in 2013, and scored his second NASCAR victory at Las Vegas. He was a strong contender for the drivers' title, earning 4 poles, 16 top 5's and 25 top 10's, but ultimately finished second to Austin Dillon in the final points standings. Hornish was left without a full-time ride, as long time owner Roger Penske did not have any opportunities for his former champion, though he did say Sam deserved another opportunity at NASCAR's top level. Sponsors Alliance Truck Parts, WURTH, and Detroit Genuine Parts would move up to sponsor Brad Keselowski's Sprint Cup car in 2014.
In 2014, after Hornish left for Joe Gibbs Racing, Team Penske narrowed down their Nationwide Series fleet to one full-time ride. Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano each ran one race with Snap-on Tools sponsoring.
Car No. 22 History
In 2009, Penske developmental driver Parker Kligerman made his debut at Kansas Speedway, winning the pole, leading 7 laps, and finishing a respectable 16th. Parker also attempted the season finale at Homestead, but failed to qualify, running the #42 car instead.
For 2010, Penske Racing ran two full-time Nationwide series cars with Discount Tire and Ruby Tuesday coming on board to sponsor Brad Keselowski in the No. 22. They continued to use Dodge engines, despite Dodge cutting their Nationwide support. On November 6, 2010, Brad Keselowski and the No. 22 Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday Nationwide team secured the NASCAR Nationwide driver championship by finishing 3rd at Texas Motor Speedway. By holding an insurmountable 465-point lead over Carl Edwards with two races left in the season, the #22 team delivered Roger Penske's first NASCAR title of any kind.
For the 2011 season, Penske continued to run the No. 22 full-time with Brad Keselowski. In August, Keselowski suffered a hard crash while testing at Road Atlanta. He was replaced in the No. 22 by Hornish, Kurt Busch, and Parker Kligerman. Formula 1 Champion Jacques Villeneuve drove the No. 22 at the road courses.The No. 22 team scored five wins with Keselowski and another with Busch at Watkins Glen.
In 2012, Keselowski was scheduled to split the 22 ride, with Parker Kligerman running between 5 to 7 races. However, after only running three races with the team, Kligerman was replaced in both the Nationwide Series and his Camping World Truck Series ride at BKR with fellow up-and-coming driver Ryan Blaney, who ran the standalone oval races. Villeneuve was named to drive at Road America and Montreal for the team.
In 2013, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney were scheduled to share the No. 22, joined by new Penske driver Joey Logano. In June, former Penske Cup driver A.J. Allmendinger signed on to run two races in the 22, at the road courses Road America and Mid-Ohio. Allmendinger won the pole in his first race, then won the Road America race, his first career Nationwide win, after leading 29 laps. Allmendinger then won at Mid-Ohio after starting second and leading 73 of 94 laps. Ryan Blaney then won his first career race at Kentucky Speedway, after leading 96 of the final 100 laps of the race. The team won the Nationwide Owners' Championship on the strength of twelve total race victories among the four drivers. This was the first Nationwide Owners title for Team Penske.
In 2014, the No. 22 car will be shared by Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, and Alex Tagliani in hopes of defending the Nationwide Owners' Championship. Michael McDowell ran the car at Kentucky in September, the 5th driver to run the car in 2014.
The 22 team is known for its competition for the Nationwide Owner's Championship with the equally strong Joe Gibbs Racing and their #18 and #54 teams.
Car No. 26 History
In an alliance with K-Automotive Racing (owned by Brad Keselowski's brother Brian), Penske fielded the 26 car in select races in 2010, primarily Car of Tomorrow races. 19-year old Parker Kligerman debuted in the car at Daytona with Discount Tire, starting on the outside pole and finishing 13th. His next race was Montreal, where he scored a strong 8th place finish. He then finished 15th at Richmond. At Charlotte in October, Parker qualified 8th, but crashed after only 3 laps and finished last. Sam Hornish, Jr. ran the season finale in the 26, finishing 21st.
Penske first fielded a Blue Sunoco 1967 Camaro driven by Mark Donohue in this series designed for Pony cars like the Ford Mustang. Penske entered Camaros won the series championship in 1968 and 1969. Later they  switched to a red/white/blue American Motors backed 1970 AMC Javelin, and later the restyled 1971 AMC Javelin AMX which had an aerodynamic tail spoiler and other features suggested by Donohue. The Javelin took the series championship in 1971, 1972, and 1976. Alongside the Camaros, Penske also entered a Chevrolet Corvair with identical livery.
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Penske Racing entered a Lola T70 in the 1966 Can-Am Series for Mark Donohue, resulting in one win at Mosport. In 1967, Penske Racing entered two Lolas, one for Mark Donohue and one for George Follmer. 1968 saw Penske switch to a McLaren M6, which had won the series in 1967. Donohue won one race that year in Can-Am at Bridgehampton. With the McLaren domination of the Can-Am, Penske switched back to Lola Cars for his 1969 Can-Am efforts, but only entered the car in one race at Mid-Ohio.
From 1972 to 1974, Penske was Porsche's official partner in the CanAm Series. In late 1971, Penske and Mark Donohue helped to develop the tubocharged version of the Porsche 917. George Follmer won the series in 1972, and Donohue dominated CanAm in 1973 with the ultimate evolution of the 917, the 917/30. The rules were changed for 1974, and Penske raced only once this year.
During the 1970 season the competition between the 5-liter sportscars of Porsche and Ferrari turned to the advantage of the Porsche 917. In 1971, Ferrari decided to give up any official effort with the 5-liter Ferrari 512. In order to prepare the 1972 season, the new works prototype Ferrari 312PB was presented and engaged by the factory in several races.
Roger Penske bought a used 512 M chassis that was totally dismantled and rebuilt. The car was specially tuned for long races receiving many unique features, among them were a large rear wing and an aviation inspired quick refueling system. The engine was tuned by CanAm V8 specialist Traco, and was probably able to deliver more than 600 hp (450 kW). As of today it's unknown to what extent Penske's initiative was backed by Ferrari works. This 512M was painted in a blue and yellow livery and was sponsored by Sunoco and the Californian Ferrari dealer Kirk F. White. The car made the pole position for the 1971 24 Hours of Daytona and finished second despite an accident. For the 12 Hours of Sebring the "Sunoco" made the pole again but finished the race at the sixth position after making contact with Pedro Rodrigez's 917. Despite this misfortune the car had proved to be a serious opponent for the 917. Not only this car was the fastest on track in Daytona and Sebring but it was also the car that had the shortest refueling time.
The presence of the 512 M "Sunoco" forced Porsche to pursue his effort of research and development on the 917: The 917K short tail was modified, and the 917 LH aerodynamics received further improvements. New Magnesium chassis were developed. An entirely new car, the 917/20 was built as test-bed for future CanAm parts and aerodynamic "low-drag" concepts.
In Le Mans the "Sunoco" Ferrari was unable to break the 200 mph (320 km/h) barrier on the straight while the Porsche 917 LH were lightning quick at speeds of over 240 mph (380 km/h). Mark Donohue qualified fourth anyway, which was obviously the result of an aerodynamic configuration that favored downforce over drag, which helped in the twistier sections. The car did not have much luck in the race though.
American Le Mans Series
In April 2005, it was announced that Porsche would build an Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) sanctioned LMP2 Class Prototype that would be entered by Penske Racing in the American Le Mans Series. The Porsche RS Spyder made its successful debut at the ALMS season final race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The "Porsche Junioren" factory drivers Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr finished 1st in LMP2 Class and 5th Overall in the 4–Hour Endurance Race.
In 2006, Penske Motorsports fielded two LMP2 Porsche RS Spyder in the American Le Mans Series, but did not run the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. The Penske cars combined to win seven class victories and the overall win at Mid-Ohio. Penske Racing won the LMP2 team championship. Drivers Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr tied for first place in the driver's championship, while Timo Bernhard finished fifth, Romain Dumas finished sixth, and Emmanuel Collard finished tenth.
2006 Team Lineup:
- LMP2 Porsche RS Spyder No. 6: Sascha Maassen, Lucas Luhr (with Emmanuel Collard for endurance events)
- LMP2 Porsche RS Spyder No. 7: Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas (with Patrick Long for endurance events)
In 2007, Penske Motorsports fielded two LMP2 Porsche RS Spyder Evo in the American Le Mans Series. Penske Motorsports for the 2nd year in a row did not compete in 2007 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. Penske's two cars combined for eleven class victories and eight overall victories during the twelve race season. Penske won the LMP2 team championship, and team drivers Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard finished tied for first in the LMP2 driver's championship, while Sascha Maassen and Ryan Briscoe tied for third place.
2008 Team Lineup:
- LMP2 Porsche RS Spyder No. 6: Sascha Maassen, Patrick Long
- LMP2 Porsche RS Spyder No. 7: Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas (with Emmanuel Collard for endurance events)
In 2009, the No. 6 and No. 7 ALMS teams were used for Penske's No. 12 Indycar, driven by Will Power in five races. The team announced in late 2009 that the ALMS teams would be dissolved and turned into the new No. 12 Verizon sponsored Indycar for Will Power to run full-time in 2010.
Penske entered the Formula One World Championship from 1974 to 1976. Although the cars were built at the British base in Poole, the team held an American licence. In 1971, Penske had sponsored the second McLaren entry in the 1971 Canadian and US GP, entering Mark Donohue, who took the car to a podium finish. The team returned three years later, in the 1974 Canadian GP, with their own chassis, the PC1, a standard tub built around a Cosworth DFV engine and a Hewland gearbox. Donohue took the car to 12th place on its debut. In 1975, Roger Penske mounted a full season attack with the PC1, Donohue managing to score a fifth place in the Swedish GP. However, the car was retired after the French GP and Penske entered a March 751 for the next three races, scoring another fifth in the British GP. However, Donohue crashed the car in the Austrian GP at Zeltweg and later died from his injuries. Penske missed the Italian race, returning only for the US GP, abandoning the March 751 in favor of the PC1 with Northern Irish driver John Watson.
For 1976, Penske signed a sponsorship deal with Citibank and entered a brand new PC3 for Watson. In spite of a fifth place scored at the South African GP at Kyalami, the PC3 was evolved into the PC4, which was much more competitive, allowing Watson to score two podiums in France and Britain. Then, in the Austrian Grand Prix, the team scored their only F1 win, "forcing" John Watson to shave his trademark beard. So far this has been the last time an American constructor won a F1 race. Still, Roger Penske was tired of Europe and at the end of the year decided to concentrate solely on Indycar racing, selling the remains of his European operations to Günther Schmidt of Germany. As of the end of the 2013 Formula One season, Penske remains the last team to win a Formula One Grand Prix using an American licence.
For 1977, the car was entered by Schmidt's ATS Wheels business and run under the name of ATS Racing Team. The ATS-Penske PC4, now painted yellow, debuted in the 1977 United States Grand Prix West with Jean-Pierre Jarier at the wheel, where the Frenchman scored the team's single point of the season. A second PC4 was eventually entered for Hans Heyer and Hans Binder but the team's fortunes sunk and Schmidt quit after the Italian GP, before returning in 1978 with his own chassis. A third PC4 was built by Penske for Interscope Racing, who entered the car in the United States and Canadian Grands Prix, driven by American Danny Ongais with no results.
In 1979 Penske designed and built the HR100 for wealthy Mexican 'gentleman driver' Héctor Rebaque. The car was entered for the final three races of the season, but either failed to qualify or to finish in each case.
Penske Racing Museum
Opened in 2002, the Penske Racing Museum in Scottsdale, Arizona, is located within a complex of Penske Automotive Group car dealerships at the Scottsdale 101 Auto Collection. The two-story, 9,000-square-foot (840 m2) museum houses approximately 20 historically significant Penske Racing cars, along with trophies, artwork, engines and other memorabilia dating from Penske Racing's earliest origins up to the present day. Displays are rotated on a regular basis, but the museum focuses primarily on the team's successes in the Indy 500 and NASCAR, with lesser emphasis on F1 and sports car racing.
CART FedEx Championship Series results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)
|Al Unser Jr.||2||27||27||4||3||7||18||20||8||25||4||20||20||22||7||5||11||22|
|Al Unser Jr.||2||22||2||29||15||16||19||3||24||5||17||17||22||6||27||5||6||7||22||27|
|Al Unser, Jr.||2||26||24||12||12||19||16||5||9||9||13||15||25||25||25||Wth||15||22||7|
|Gil de Ferran||2||6*||7*||17||9||1||12||9||1||14||6||18||3||2||25||5||2||8||3*||23||3|
|Gil de Ferran||1||2||3||23||13||7||6||13||4||14*||24||3||2||5||2||8||1*||1*||3*||4||6|
Complete IndyCar results
|Gil de Ferran||66||24||2|
|Gil de Ferran||6||2||2||4||3*||10||16||1*||2*||5||2||5||21||1||23|
|Gil de Ferran||6||2*||14||1||8||3||3||3*||1||7||3||9||4||12||15||1*|
|Sam Hornish, Jr.||6||1||15||19||26||4||11||8||2||3||4||14||18||11||6||4||17|
|Sam Hornish, Jr.||6||2||1||15||7||23*||2||18||12||2||1*||5||7||2*||17||3||7||5|
|Sam Hornish, Jr.||6||3*||8||4||1||12||4||1*||1*||14||2||19||1||9||3|
|Sam Hornish, Jr.||6||3||7||5||6||4||9||1*||14||15||2||4||14||9||18||5||12||3*|
|A. J. Allmendinger||2||19||23||7||25||25||16|
|Juan Pablo Montoya||2||15||4||21||16||5||12||13||3||2||7||1||16||18||19||11||2||5||4|
Complete Formula One World Championship results
Penske Racing results
|1974||Penske PC1||Ford V8||G||ARG||BRA||RSA||ESP||BEL||MON||SWE||NED||FRA||GBR||GER||AUT||ITA||CAN||USA||0||NC|
|1975||March 751||Ford V8||G||ARG||BRA||RSA||ESP||MON||BEL||SWE||NED||FRA||GBR||GER||AUT||ITA||USA||2||12th|
Results of other Penske cars
|F&S Properties||Penske PC3||Ford V8||G||Boy Hayje||39||Ret|
|ATS Racing Team||Penske PC4||Ford V8||G||Jean-Pierre Jarier||34||6||DNQ||11||11||8||Ret||9||Ret||14||Ret||Ret|
|Interscope Racing||Penske PC4||Ford V8||G||Danny Ongais||14||Ret||7|
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