Racing with Roger Penske

A History of a Motorsport Dynasty


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About the Book

Auto racing legend Roger Penske began as a successful sportscar driver before transitioning to owning a race team and opening a car dealership. Within eight years, Team Penske won the Indianapolis 500. Today, the team boasts more than 580 victories, including an unparalleled 18 Indianapolis 500 wins and two at the Daytona 500. Penske’s efforts on the track have been intertwined with his business ventures. Penske Corporation, with $32 billion in revenues, includes Penske truck leasing and rentals, retail automotive centers and logistics. In 2019, he bought the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and related assets, including IndyCar, and led both through the coronavirus pandemic, when racing continued with no fans in the stands. This book chronicles more than 50 years of Roger Penske’s racing history, with an overview of his business career, including the turnaround of Detroit Diesel.

About the Author(s)

A native of Indianapolis, Sigur E. Whitaker, is the great-great-niece of James Allison, one of the founders of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A retired banker, she lives in Norfolk, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Sigur E. Whitaker

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 280
Bibliographic Info: 35 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2022
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8786-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4665-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction 3
Chapter  1. The Beginning 5
Chapter  2. From Racer to Team Owner 10
Chapter  3. Chasing Indy Victory Number 2 32
Chapter  4. Dominating CART 53
Chapter  5. Effort Equals Results 74
Chapter  6. Racing to the Mountain Top 93
Chapter  7. To the Depths of the Valley 107
Chapter  8. Resurgence 119
Chapter  9. Road Course Racing 134
Chapter 10. Champions Again 159
Chapter 11. A New Day Dawns at IMS 183
Chapter Notes 193
Bibliography 235
Index 271