DEDICATION, ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES CHART WINNING COURSE FOR PENSKE RACING NASCAR PROGRAM MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 12, 2009) -- Moments after his impressive victory Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, driver Kurt Busch delivered a message that...
DEDICATION, ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES CHART WINNING COURSE FOR PENSKE RACING NASCAR PROGRAM
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (March 12, 2009) -- Moments after his impressive victory Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, driver Kurt Busch delivered a message that summarized the key changes and re-dedication to success experienced by the Penske Racing organization over the last six months -- Penske Power is back.
With three top-10 finishes in the first four Cup Series races of 2009, highlighted by the dominant performance Sunday in the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger, Busch has demonstrated the significant improvement in the team's NASCAR program. With the continued hard work of its staff, important additions in the off-season and some organizational restructuring, Penske Racing is returning to championship form.
While the Miller Lite team's success has provided the most dramatic example of the organization's turnaround from last season, Penske Racing has also seen promising production early in the year from both the No. 12 Penske Dodge team and driver David Stremme as well as the No. 77 Mobil 1 squad with Sam Hornish Jr. at the wheel. With rising star racer Justin Allgaier and the No.12 Verizon Wireless Dodge emerging as contenders in the Nationwide Series, Penske Racing is also well positioned for the future.
"Roger Penske's success has come from human capital -- having the right people in the right places," said Tim Cindric, President of Penske Racing. "It's that capital that has been a key part of our 40-plus year history and continues with our restructuring, new additions and the dedication of everyone on the team. The credit often goes to those in the limelight, however, we understand that it is also those that have stuck with us through the good times and bad that contribute so much to the team's success."
While many teams were forced to downsize this season due to the economy, Penske Racing was able to remain focused, thanks to the support of a dedicated corps of valued sponsor partners. The team went to work on improving its weaknesses and streamlining its operations, restructuring its engineering, design and aerodynamics departments during the off-season. The following key changes have Penske Racing on course for current and future success:
* Thomas German, who has been with Penske Racing's successful IndyCar Series operation since 1997 -- most recently as a Technical Director and Race Engineer for the No. 6 Team Penske Indy car -- was named Technical Director for NASCAR operations in the fall of 2008. In this position, German oversees all of Penske Racing's NASCAR engineering efforts, with a primary focus on research and development.
* After several winning seasons helping to guide Penske Racing's championship sports car teams, Jeff Swartwout joined the NASCAR program this season as Team Manager. Working in conjunction with Vice President of Operations Michael Nelson, Swartwout has helped in the organization and day-to-day management of all Penske NASCAR teams.
* The team has enhanced its engineering capabilities and improved communication between its engine and race shops. Working closely with Dodge engineers on the development of the new R6 racing engine and the new nose design on the Dodge Chargers, Penske Racing engineers have ensured that they're putting the most competitive package possible on the race track each week.
* Penske Racing's design and assembly departments have made changes to improve efficiency, communication and on-track performance.
* With new leadership overseeing the transportation and strength and conditioning programs, the team has shored up other key areas as well.
These are just a few of the new pivotal parts of the Penske Racing NASCAR machine. Everyone has had a hand in the turnaround and the team's overall commitment to excellence never wavered. It was just a matter of working harder and working smarter.
"Our ability to succeed is really due to the commitment of the people within our organization," said Roger Penske. "We have some great new additions to the team this year but we also have an existing corps of experienced and dedicated individuals who know how to work together as a team for the common goal."
While the results have begun to show the progress, the team knows there's plenty of work left to be done. As it strives for its goal of returning to the Chase in the Cup Series and fighting for the Nationwide Series title and top rookie honors, Penske Racing is more committed than ever to winning races and pursuing championships at the highest levels of motorsports.
Penske Racing is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Competing in a variety of disciplines, cars owned and prepared by Penske Racing have produced 307 major race wins, 363 pole positions and 22 National Championships.