1991 Rick gets his shootout
Ask Rick Mears for the most satisfying of his
four Indy 500 wins and he’ll tell you it’s the
final one. Why? Because that’s when he finally
gets the late-race duel he’d always prepared for.
His head to head with Michael Andretti becomes
an instant Brickyard classic.
2001 Back to the Brickyard
Penske returns to the Indy 500 after a
five-year absence. Rookie Helio
Castroneves heads teammate Gil
de Ferran in a 1-2 finish – the first of three
wins at the Brickyard for the Brazilian.
1993 Rusty’s 10
Penske returned to
NASCAR in 1991 with
Rusty Wallace. Two
seasons later, he takes
a career-high 10 race
wins and finishes second
in the final Cup points.
Racing is full of teams
named after their
founders, but the depth
of Roger Penske’s
involvement is rare
among operations of
this scale. He remains
actively engaged at
the track during race
weekends, and with
routine date clashes
between his various
programs, he probably
has the hardest-working private jet in
all of motorsports.
JUST A NAME
BREAKING THE CLASS SYSTEM
nderdog. It’s a title that sits awkwardly
alongside the Penske name, even on
the rare occasions that conventional
wisdom dictates otherwise.
In sports car racing, the more powerful
LMP1s are supposed to be faster than
LMP2s. But the P2 Porsche RS Spyder, with
which Penske helped usher in Porsche’s
return to prototype racing in 2006 after
a seven-year break, clearly didn’t get the
memo. Light and nimble, the team’s two
cars combined for eight overall wins during
the ’07 American Le Mans Series season,
beating an LMP1 field led by a couple of
factory-run, Le Mans-bred Audis.
Although developed in-house by
Porsche, the RS Spyder was run out of
UBriscoe, who shared one of the Spyders with Sascha Maassen, told RACER at the
time that the internal rivalry helped to
make the entire operation stronger.
“We all want to be the best squad at
Penske Racing,” he said. “It’s a healthy
sense of competition at the shop. At the
end of the year, one team wants to have
In 2008, a weight increase for the
P2 cars made putting one over on the
P1 posse more challenging, but Timo
Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Emmanuel
Collard still combined for an outright win
at the 12 Hours of Sebring enduro classic.
That year would prove to be the
program’s last, and the team redirected its
resources toward adding a third IndyCar
for 2009 to accommodate Will Power.
(ABOVE LEFT) The
Porsche RS Spyder
couldn’t match Audi’s
LMP1 cars for
outright power, but
the fight to them.
Bernhard and Dumas
celebrate their 2008
Sebring overall win.
P1 Audis ruled in the ALMS – but Penkse’s P2 RS Spyder had other ideas.
“It’s a healthy competition in the
[Penske] shop. At the end of the year,
one team wants to have bragging rights”
2006-2008 ALMS P2