DEARBORN - Roger Penske has raced everywhere around the world. And won.
So, it’s no surprise to find him being inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, but this year couldn’t be more fitting as it comes on the heels of his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship with Ford and second overall.
Penske, who won his 500th race in all forms of motorsport when Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag at Las Vegas in September, has 111 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victories in his career with 65 of those coming in a Ford. Since returning to Blue Oval at the start of the 2013 season, Penske has put together a three-car operation that has won 38 times on the Cup side, and a NASCAR XFINITY program that has 40 wins and four owner’s championships.
“He has a legacy that’s harder to define than most everyone else in the Hall of Fame because of his background – not just as a team owner, but his background in owning the tracks and his background of owning businesses that can help sponsor the sport,” said Keselowski of Penske, who has also made his mark in IndyCar with a record 17 victories in the Indianapolis 500. “He has such a diverse background and there’s really not a part of this sport that I can think of that he hasn’t touched. So, I think he deserves a lot of credit for that and it’s great to see him get the recognition of the Hall of Fame.”
Penske, who also won the Australian V8 Supercars championship with Ford and driver Scott McLaughlin last season, joins his former driver, Rusty Wallace, in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Wallace was inducted in 2013 and drove 15 full-time seasons for Penske (1991-2005), winning 37 times.