“There is no one in this sport who’s better known for his high standards of car preparation, presentation and development than Roger Penske,” said Bobby Rahal, RRDC president. “He set the bar high early on for his competitors, and many are still trying to reach those heights. We are privileged to honor the ‘Captain’ [Penske] at the RRDC’s Evening with Roger Penske in Long Beach.”
Penske began racing in 1958 but retired in 1965 to focus on building the Penske Corp., the multibillion-dollar business, and Penske Racing.
He began fielding cars in endurance events in 1966. Penske teamed up with Mark Donohue to compete in the United States Road Racing Championship, Can-Am and Trans-Am. The pair won two USRRC titles, two Can-Am championships and three Trans-Am crowns.
Penske Racing made the move to Indy-car racing in 1968 with Donohue behind the wheel. The duo won the 1972 Indy 500.
Since then, Penske Racing has claimed 15 Indy 500 victories, 153 wins, 196 poles and 12 national championships–all in Indy-car racing.
The team has won 23 national championships overall, including three in the American Le Mans Series LMP2 championship.
The proceeds from the dinner will go toward the Team USA Scholarship, which the RRDC has supported since 1997.