Detroit: Roger Penske - Michelin spotlight

THE CAPTAIN: EFFORT EQUALS RESULTS In 1961, the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine featured a talented young driver named Roger Penske, the SCCA Driver of the Year. SI had the right idea but despite his driving skills, ...

THE CAPTAIN: EFFORT EQUALS RESULTS

In 1961, the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine featured a talented young driver named Roger Penske, the SCCA Driver of the Year. SI had the right idea but despite his driving skills, Penske was not to become a legendary driver. He parked himself shortly thereafter to buy his first car dealership.

His leadership skills and passion for racing have made "RP" the most successful team owner in American motorsports history with 14 Indy 500 wins and more than 400 wins in Indy cars, sports cars, NASCAR and Formula One.

The most recent additions to the Penske Racing effort are a pair of Penske Porsche RS Spyders in the American Le Mans Series. The team debuted with a victory in the final race of the 2005 season. After capturing the 2006 Series team and driver championships in the LMP2 class, the Penske Porsches have dominated much of the 2007 season, taking the outright, overall race wins at Long Beach; Houston; Salt Lake City; Lime Rock; Mid-Ohio and Road America.

After knocking everyone's socks off with his tireless leadership of the 2006 Super Bowl XL host committee, Penske is renewing his commitment to the community by bringing racing back to Belle Isle Park with this weekend's Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix featuring the ALMS and the IRL IndyCar Series.

And, yes, thank you for asking; the car dealership thing seems to be working out pretty well, too. Penske Automotive Group now operates 311 dealerships. His mantra: "Effort Equals Results" can be found in every business, dealership and race transporter.

-Courtesy Michelin

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Series ALMS
Drivers Roger Penske
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