While Penske Racing is currently one of the leading NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series operations with drivers Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch, team owner Roger Penske has a long heritage in NASCAR. Penske won in his only NASCAR race as a driver, in 1963, and he also won NEXTEL Cup Series races with drivers Mark Donohue and Bobby Allison. After leaving stock cars in 1977, Penske Racing returned for two races in 1980, with Rusty Wallace finishing second in his first NASCAR race. That set the foundation for Penske South and Wallace joining NASCAR in 1991.
A visit at the Penske Racing Facility in Moresville NC
NASCAR Racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
This is a compilation video from a day of racing at Las Vegas Motor
Speedway with the Richard Petty Driving Experience. After a brief
classroom training and a van tour around the track, they strapped each
driver into a 700 horsepower NASCAR race car
and let him rip around the track solo behind a pace car instructor. I was
doing 136MPH in the turns.
NASCAR All Star Race 2009
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart won his first race as a team owner
Saturday night, breaking through for a $1 million payday with a victory in
the annual All-Star race.
Stewart passed Matt Kenseth with two laps to go of a thrilling final 10-lap
shootout to win his first All-Star event in 11 previous starts. It was the
first victory since he left Joe Gibbs Racing at the end of last year, after
two championships and 10 successful seasons, to become co-owner of
In just six months, Smoke has turned his new toy into a championship
contender. It was the first win for the organization, which was known as
Haas CNC Racing for its first seven seasons.
The win at Lowe's Motor Speedway was in front of co-owner Gene Haas, who
was at the track for the first time since the completion of a 16-month
federal prison term for tax fraud.
"Man, he's not going to miss a week now," Stewart said. "He gets here and
we win a race."
Stewart became the second driver/owner to win the All-Star race, joining
Geoff Bodine, who won in 1994.
His crew urged him to the climb the fence in celebration — a tradition he
started several years ago — but the driver who turns 38 next week
His crew climbed for him.
Kenseth finished second and was followed by Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin and
The format of the Sprint-sponsored event was once again changed, this time
to cut the 100-lap race into four segments that culminated with a 10-lap
sprint to the finish. It was a nod to races past, which had a history of
dramatic dash-for-the-cash finishes.
It didn't disappoint.
Penske History 4: An Indianapolis Legend
While Mark Donohue returned to run only one more Indianapolis 500 after his
victory in the 1972 classic, car owner Roger Penske was hooked. He went on
to build the greatest legacy in the history of the Memorial Day weekend
race. Following in Donohue's footsteps were Tom Sneva, Rick Mears, Al and
Bobby Unser and Danny Sullivan. Penske Racing enjoyed the greatest showing
by a team in the 1988 classic, when the team put three of its drivers on
the front row, and then scored a 1-2-3 sweep in the race after leading 192
of the 200 laps. See more at www.alltelracing.com
Penske History 3: The Road Leads to Indy
After enjoying success in various sports car series, Roger Penske's
attention turned to Indy Cars when driver Mark Donohue was invited to drive
in a race by a leading team. While Penske made Donohue decline, he
purchased an Indy Car. Donohue went on to win Rookie of the Year honors at
Indianapolis in 1969 and won the 1972 Indianapolis 500 — the first of 14
triumphs at the Brickyard for Penske Racing. See more at
NASCAR Talladega lap
A lap with a driving school around Talladega on the OLD surface. Rough ride
at 170 mph in a Nextel cup car.
This is another Trans-Am video clip (out of 4) I got at the 2008 Amelia
Island Concours d'Elegance