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Roger Penske - Chronology

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1937 Born February 20 in Shaker Heights, Ohio
1958 Drives first official race in the SCCA National at Marlboro Motor Raceway, Maryland
1959 Wins first race at SCCA Regional at Lime Rock, Connecticut
1963 Wins NASCAR Grand National race
1964 Wins Nassau Trophy, Nassau Tourist Trophy, and Governor's Trophy
1965 Retires from race-car driving to run dealership in Philadelphia
1966 Launches Penske Racing; debuts as team owner at Sebring
1969 Penske Racing wins 24 Hours of Daytona
1972 Penske Racing wins first Indianapolis 500
1973 Team Penske wins first NASCAR race at Riverside, California
1974 Penske Racing enters Grand Prix Formula One racing
1975 Mark Donohue, Penske's driver, dies in crash during Formula One practice; Penske Racing wins both NASCAR races at Darlington
1976 Penske Racing wins Austrian Grand Prix with driver John Watson
1976 Penske abandons Formula One to focus on IndyCar racing
1979 Penske driver Rick Mears wins pole position for every ovaltrack in IndyCar racing as well as wins Indianapolis 500
1981 Penske driver Bobby Unser wins Indianapolis 500
1984 Mears wins second Indianapolis 500 of career, fourth for Penske Racing
1985 Penske driver Danny Sullivan wins team's fifth Indianapolis 500
1987 Al Unser wins Indianapolis 500 with car chassis taken from a hotel-lobby display
1988 Mears wins Penske Racing's seventh Indianapolis 500
1991 Mears becomes one of three drivers to win four Indianapolis 500s
1993 Penske driver Emerson Fittipaldi posts team's ninth Indianapolis 500 win
1994 Al Unser, Jr., wins pole position and wins Indianapolis 500; Penske drivers post top-three finishes in five races, win twelve of sixteen races, and earn ten pole positions
2001 de Ferran wins second CART FedEx Series Championship; Penske drivers Helio Castroneves and de Ferran post top-two finishes at Indianapolis 500; Penske announces this will belast year Penske Racing will compete in CART
2002 Racing in the Indy Racing League (IRL), Castroneves wins Penske Racing's twelfth Indianapolis 500
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almost 11 years ago

I remember Roger as the Race Chairman of the Philadelphia Region of the SCCA when I was Race Chairman of the South Jersey Region. Roger and I met Bill Nocco, owner of the Vineland Speedway in South Jersey to negotiate our joint racing calendar. I also recall being on the track when Roger and Mark Donahue were also practicing at Vineland. I drove a Lister Jag in that practice session.
My best to you, Roger.
Bill Steagall