(September 25, 1998) -- As the 1998 Fedex Championship Series moves to Houston for Inaugural Texaco Grand Prix, Marlboro Team Penske drivers Andre Ribeiro and Al Unser Jr. will attempt to score the 100th Indy car race victory for team owner ...
(September 25, 1998) -- As the 1998 Fedex Championship Series moves to Houston for Inaugural Texaco Grand Prix, Marlboro Team Penske drivers Andre Ribeiro and Al Unser Jr. will attempt to score the 100th Indy car race victory for team owner Roger Penske. Currently, Penske Racing holds the record for most race wins with 99 victories in 405 races (24.4%) for a total of 840 starts (11.7%).
Newman-Haas Racing, the second winningest team in Indy car racing has 53 victories, followed by Patrick Racing with 39.
Unser Jr. and Ribeiro join such legendary drivers as Rick Mears, Al and Bobby Unser, Emerson Fittipaldi, Danny Sullivan, Mario Andretti, Paul Tracy, Tom Sneva, Gary Bettenhausen and Mark Donohue in achieving the record-setting victories. The Team's first win came in 1971 when Mark Donohue won the Pocono 500 in his Sunoco Special McLaren/Drake Offenhauser.
Following are the number of wins and starts for each of Penske Racing's drivers:
DRIVER WINS STARTS RICK MEARS 29 203 AL UNSER JR. 12 81 DANNY SULLIVAN 12 91 PAUL TRACY 11 73 EMERSON FITTIPALDI 11 109 BOBBY UNSER 11 37 AL UNSER 3 58 TOM SNEVA 3 54 MARK DONOHUE 3 29 MARIO ANDRETTI 2 23 GARY BETTENHAUSEN 2 27 This is what it took to get there....
RACE STARTS: 840 WINNING PERCENTAGE: 11.7% OVAL TRACK WINS: 58 ROAD COURSE WINS: 41 WINNING DRIVERS: 11 CHASSIS/ENGINE COMBINATIONS: 22 PRIMARY SPONSORS: 9 WINNING TRACKS: 29 LAPS COMPLETED WINNING RACES: 12,820 MILES COMPLETED WINNING RACES: 24,988
In addition to most Indy car victories, Penske Racing, holds the following records -- 9 National Championships, including three consecutive in 1977-79 and from 1981-83; 10 Indianapolis 500 victories; 11 Indianapolis 500 poles; 12 wins in a season; 119 pole positions and 21 500-mile race wins.