CHAMPCAR/CART: Fontana Roger Penske Still Looking for 100th Win

As the 1998 Fedex Championship Series moves to the California Speedway for the season-ending Marlboro 500, Marlboro Team Penske drivers Andre Ribeiro and Al Unser Jr. will attempt to score the 100th Indy car race victory for team owner Roger ...

As the 1998 Fedex Championship Series moves to the California Speedway for the season-ending Marlboro 500, 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 407 races (24.3%) for a total of 844 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 Teams 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      83
 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                        844
 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.

MRN

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Al Unser Jr. , Mario Andretti , Rick Mears , Bobby Unser , Tom Sneva , Danny Sullivan , Emerson Fittipaldi , Roger Penske , Andre Ribeiro , Mark Donohue
Teams Team Penske , Team Penske