Part 2: Before becoming a winner in Indy Car and NASCAR competition, Penske Racing dominated the American sports car scene. In this installment, Roger Penske laid the foundation for his race team by hiring Mark Donohue. The pair won the 1969 Rolex 24 At Daytona and captured USRRC, Trans-Am and Can-Am championships, paving the way for Penske Racing's move into Indy Car and NASCAR. 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 www.alltelracing.com
A visit at the Penske Racing Facility in Moresville NC
Penske History 5: The Road to NASCAR
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.
Jim Hall Chaparral 2F
Jim Hall drives the Chaparral 2F from the shops of Chaparral Cars at Rattlesnake Raceway to the new Chaparral exhibit at the Petroleum Museum, April 2005.
Sports Car Race, Pacific Raceways 1963
8mm film of the 1963 United States Road Racing Championship, July 20-21 1963. Features lots of shots of vintage race cars including Ferrari GTOs, some of the first Cobras and others. This was shot by a friend of my parents, Tex Steere, who asked me to help convert it for him and has graciously allowed me to post it on YouTube.
Mark Donohue Tribute - Take 2 (Edited and Produced by Robert Lavigne. Footage via Paul Powell)
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Mark Donohue Reunion 2010 to be celebrated at Road America -- July 15-18
Mark Donohue: Technical Excellence at Speed by Michael Argetsinger
Unfair Advantage Racing and Road America, announce the Mark Donohue Reunion 2010, to be held at Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, on July 15-18 in conjunction with the Koehler International Classic vintage event.
The Reunion will celebrate the cars and career of an American racing legend, with a paddock display of many of the most famous cars raced by Mark Donohue. Confirmed cars include: the 1972 Indy-winning McLaren-Offy; the '73 Eagle- Offy Indy car; the 1972 Can-Am dominating L&M Porsche 917-10; the 1973 Can-Am champion Sunoco Porsche 917-30; all of the Donohue-driven, Penske Racing, Camaros and Javelins from the Trans-Am in the 1960s and early 1970s; the Ferrari 275 LM that Donohue co-drove with Walter Hansgen in the 1965 Sebring 12 hour; the Sunoco Lola T70 coupe that won the 1969 Daytona 24 Hour race driven by Donohue and Chuck Parsons; and the Lola T70 Spyder which brought Donohue the 1967 United States Road Racing Championship.
Many of Mark's teammates from Penske Racing will be attending, including Karl Kainhofer, Indy Hall-of-Fame crew chief; John "Woody" Woodard, crew chief on the Porsche 917-10 and 917-30; Ron Fournier, Trans-Am builder; Chuck Cantwell, team manager; Don Cox, Penske engineer; and Judy Stropus, Penske timer and scorer.
Another highlight will be a release of a new book from David Bull Publishing, "Mark Donohue: His Life in Photographs," by Michael Argetsinger. Argetsinger will be Master of Ceremonies at a Mark Donohue Tribute breakfast on Sunday morning, July 18.
- Unfair Advantage Racing, Press Release
Mark Donohue Reunion at Road America 2010
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Trans Am racing 1970
Recently restored footage of a film called Trans Am Countdown made in 1970 showcasing the Javelin AMC race team with Mark Donohue and Rodger Pensky
Look at the clarity and color of this film even with major compression on the web this looks fantastic like it was shot yesterday this come from the original NEG and he complete film is available at www.carfilms.com on DVD
Can-Am 1972 Road America race
Some footage from the CAN-AM Race in Road America and there were some impresive cars and there was a car called the Shadow with 1,300 HP V8 Engine
The Road America Can Am race at Elkhart Lake, 1972 won b y George Follmer in the Penske L&M Porsche 917
The Cars of Mark Donohue
Some of the cars that Mark Donohue made famous. Included in the video are several of his Trans Am Camaro's, his Championship Trans Am Javelin, and the last car he ever won a race in, his IROC Porsche 911. Filmed the Mark Donohue Reunion at Road America during the Kohler International Challenge with Brian Redman, July 15, 2010.
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1966 Can Am Stardust part 1
Highlights from the last race of the first season of Can-Am, 1966. Drivers include: Mark Donohue, Chris Amon, John Surtees, Phil Hill, Dan Gurney, Parnelli Jones, Jackie Stewart, Bruce McLaren and Jim Hall. Love those big wing Chaparrals.