From the start of his career as an Ohio teen-ager selling old used cars he’d fixed, Roger Penske has built a successful empire in racing and auto dealing unique in American history. Once the SCCA’s Driver of the Year in 1961, Penske’s racing team has won 23 national championships, 12 Indy Car titles, 15 wins at the Indianapolis 500 and last year, its first championship in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing. On the track, the team calls him “The Captain”; in the 340 Penske Automotive dealerships and offices known for Disney-like order and cleanliness, there’s usually his motto: “Effort Equals Results.” Here’s a rare video of Penske behind the wheel, racing in the 1962 Grand Prix Riverside. Look for him in the #6 car, finishing where you’d expect him to:
Happy Birthday Roger Penske!