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#101 SKL

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 19:28

IMG_6226_zpss8pgkdzp.jpgIMG_6228_zps2g2twvnq.jpgThis fascinates me.  Would love to pick Tracy's and/or Mear's brain (or Danny Sullivan who I think is the one to far left)  on that day!!!   (zoom in on picture on stand)...



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#102 B Squared

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 11:14

SKL, I don't think that's Sullivan in the photo (I could be mistaken), but Emerson is sitting on the sidepod of the car, so he'd be a good source too.

The highly respected Nigel Beresford, who occasionally posts here, recounts the story at Motorsport.com:

https://www.motorspo...ndy-car-666926/

This link is the same article, but includes a photo that I think shows it is not Danny.

https://www.auto123....ar?artid=147013

An LA Times article from when it happened:

http://articles.lati...3409_1_indy-car

From YouTube:



#103 E1pix

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 15:27

Absolutely extraordinary. What a moment to witness!

Thanks for all the efforts.

#104 Nigel Beresford

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 19:48

Hi Brian, you're right that it is not Danny Sullivan at far left in that photo - it is Dan Luginbuhl, one of RP's closest long term lieutenants and about the nicest guy you could ever meet. Next to him is Rick, then one of Emerson's pilots and then Paul.


Edited by Nigel Beresford, 23 March 2017 - 20:15.


#105 SKL

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 20:21

Thanks for clearing that up Nigel.    That was quite a moment in history!   Wish that one video wasn't in Portugese! 



#106 E1pix

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 23:15

I thought that might have been Dan Luginbuhl.

You're right, very nice guy! IIRC, he also lived in Aspen like the "other" Danny.

#107 B Squared

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 11:25

Good to see you checking in here Nigel. I'd appreciate you correcting any mistakes I may make, and of course, adding in to the details as you see needed. I hope all is well. :up:

A Champion ad featuring Mr. Penske from his driving days and touting his accomplishment as the first triple event winner in Nassau Speed Week history. From a March 1965 Road & Track, if I'm not mistaken.
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#108 Marc Sproule

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Posted 28 March 2017 - 01:41

from the wayback machine.....

 

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#109 B Squared

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Posted 30 March 2017 - 11:28

When one legendary figure drove for another. Mario and Mr. Penske:

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#110 E1pix

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Posted 30 March 2017 - 14:08

Trying to remember... 1975?

#111 B Squared

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Posted 30 March 2017 - 14:19

Trying to remember... 1975?

1976 through 1980.

#112 Andretti Fan

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Posted 30 March 2017 - 16:18

I've never been a big Penske Racing fan. I've always rooted for the underdog and Penske always seemed too big, too well funded, and too successful. Watching qualifying at Indy last year made me a real fan. After Sam Schmidts driver won the pole, the tv crew showed Sam headed down pit lane. Penske walked over to him, just himself, no followers or entourage, leaned down, put his hand on Sams shoulder, and briefly spoke to him, congratulating him. A real class act by a real classy competitor. :up:



#113 SKL

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Posted 30 March 2017 - 19:01

Penske may be big, well funded, etc etc, but I don't think there is anyone with more class in racing than the Captain  (and many of his drivers and crew, especially Mears)



#114 Marc Sproule

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 02:55

forgot i had a penske  album in my flickr stuff.....

 

https://www.flickr.c...157646203178670



#115 B Squared

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 10:11

Some great shots in there Marc, thanks for posting.

#116 B Squared

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 11:17

Roger Penske and John Watson in 1976 with the Penske PC4 Formula 1 car:

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#117 Marc Sproule

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 16:31

Some great shots in there Marc, thanks for posting.



thanks brian

#118 SKL

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 22:05

Always found it so ironic that they won at Austria in '76 (their only F1 win) at the very track that took Mark's life the year before...    would think it was hard to "celebrate" that win...



#119 B Squared

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 11:23

From Mark Donohue: Technical Excellence At Speed by Michael Argetsinger, page 302:

"Roger Penske was so shaken by Mark's death that he considered withdrawing entirely from racing and focusing his attention on other areas of his business. ' I realized after a time though, that Mark would have wanted me to continue in racing,' he told Harvey Duck. 'He knew like all good drivers, that racing is a risky thing, and things can happen that over which you have no control. And Mark was always aware that you have an obligation to your sponsors to continue, no matter how badly you may feel, So the decision was made to go ahead.'"

"Penske Racing did continue in Formula One. They brought John Watson into the team as driver and finished the 1975 season. For 1976 a new Penske chassis - the PC3 - was developed, based on the knowledge and experience gained in their first year. During the season the team became increasingly competitive with the introduction of the more-sophisticated PC4. At the Austrian Grand Prix in August, the team scored their first and only Grand Prix victory with Watson at the wheel - poignantly just a year after Mark's death. At the end of the season Penske Racing withdrew from Formula One."

I (B²) feel that Mark was probably well-remembered on that victorious day in Austria.

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 11:38

In case it was missed in teegeefla's current 1970 Dallas Trans-Am Rainout thread, plenty of Penske Racing/Javelin photos included in this Dave Freidman, Henry Ford set:

https://www.flickr.c...57632998151945/

#121 B Squared

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 09:51

John Watson celebrates his first Formula One win at Austria 1976 for Team Penske. Jacques Lafitte and Gunnar Nilsson join him on the podium:

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#122 B Squared

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 10:20

Mr. Penske talking with Mark Donohue in the Ferrari 512. Thanks to Phigr7 for the correction.

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Edited by B Squared, 17 April 2017 - 10:18.


#123 E1pix

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 04:09

Roger did some driving, too, of course:
https://m.youtube.co...h?v=8KUOqC28VGI

#124 D28

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Posted 08 April 2017 - 16:03

Roger did some driving, too, of course:
https://m.youtube.co...h?v=8KUOqC28VGI

Great stuff, thanks for posting. I like the paddock interviews, Walt Hansgen and others. A lot of these guys go largely unmentioned today.



#125 Kenzclass

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 08:09

Not yet nostalgia, I guess, except for fans of the once dominant Dick Johnson Racing (DJR) team, which had fallen on lean times in Supercars.

Since Mr Penske involved himself, initially via a cautious one-car foray under the DJR Team Penske banner, the two car team now finds itself and its Falcons as the team to beat in 2017.

Obviously no-one's ever been game to tell Roger that he's too old to conquer new arenas of the sport. 

So, again, kudos to the unstoppable Mr Penske.



#126 B Squared

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 11:38

My now deceased friend, Peter Andersen, took this shot of Mr. Penske and Mark Donohue at Road America in 1968 during Can-Am weekend:
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#127 SKL

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Posted 16 April 2017 - 20:35

I'm guessing at the old Pagoda...   I would have been at that race too.  Just some dumb crazy teenager  (who was staying a house in Elkhart Lake-  if I remember correctly, we had to have a sticker on our car to get into town because of riots the year before!)



#128 Phigr7

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 09:59

Mr. Penske talking with Mark Donohue in the Lola T70

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This is the 1971 Ferrari 512M ;-)



#129 B Squared

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:17

This is the 1971 Ferrari 512M ;-)

Correct you are. Thanks for the note.

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:20

I'm guessing at the old Pagoda...   I would have been at that race too.  Just some dumb crazy teenager  (who was staying a house in Elkhart Lake-  if I remember correctly, we had to have a sticker on our car to get into town because of riots the year before!)

Yes, on the steps of the old pagoda. Many were sad to see it go.

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 13:58

Yes, on the steps of the old pagoda. Many were sad to see it go.

Not me! It was dirty, rickety, windy, and a very unpleasant place to try to do reporting work.  Frankly, I was glad to see it go.



#132 E1pix

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Posted 19 April 2017 - 03:08

Oh, I don't know, I worked in that sexy old shack, too.

Any discomforts were made up for in nostalgic brilliance. Granted, my eyes were young and wide so comfort mattered not at all.

But for me, a faIr bit of RA's original and grandest atmosphere died when it came down.

Edited by E1pix, 19 April 2017 - 04:07.


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Posted 19 April 2017 - 10:32

As I was going through some old On Track magazines looking for some Alonso Indy 500 thread on the Racing Comments side, I came across this Senna interview with Jeremy Shaw regarding his Penske Indy Car test - On Track Vol 13, No 1 January 29, 1993:

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 14:58

An AMC friend of mine just sent me this photo that I'd not previously seen with Mark Donohue and his Javelin Trans-Am car behind him. I'm pretty sure that's Bernard Cahier in the red cap. I should know the other gentleman, as he looks familiar, but would appreciate any help. I don't know the venue either.

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Posted 21 April 2017 - 16:03

I may be wrong, but I do not think that is Bernard. Too young, face too fresh and narrow. In the early 1970s Cahier would have been in his early to mid forties. 

 

Tom



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Posted 21 April 2017 - 17:30

I think you are likely correct Tom. I found a picture of Mr. Cahier with Steve McQueen during the filming of Le Mans which would place the two photos in a similar timeframe. Bernard had some large sideburns and his hair is much thinner than it would seem the gentleman in the red hat would have. Thanks for the clarification. I'd still be interested in any ideas of who the two men are who are engaged with Mark.

#137 SKL

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 20:22

Speaking of the Kirk White/Penske Ferrari et al, a friend found a fascinating website by Kirk White-   there are HOURS of reading here:  www.dontwashmine.com 



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Posted 24 April 2017 - 05:25

Post #134...looks like the 1971 Javelin to me.  From the trees in the background, could be Donnybrooke ?  Road America ?  St. Jovite ?

 

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 09:56

Definitely the Javelin in 1971 Vince, thanks for the track suggestions - you can see "Javelin" on the back of the jacket on the crew member between Mark and the gentleman in the red hat. You can also see "71" on the credential of the same red hatted gent.

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#140 Jerry Entin

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Posted 25 April 2017 - 16:22

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Roger in action at Hilltop in Louisiana in 1962
 
The July/August issue of Vintage Motorsport will have Willem Oosthoek's article on Roger Penske's own career as a race driver, focusing on the six Coopers that made his a household name..
 
 
 
 
 

 

Photo credit: Bob Jackson

Edited by Jerry Entin, 25 April 2017 - 16:25.


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Posted 26 April 2017 - 04:36

"Photo credit: Bob Jackson"

 

He of Pulitzer Prize fame for his stunning photographs of Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas lo those many years ago. He also shot great photos of the early GT350 racers at Green Valley, Texas. Today he lives in Colorado Springs.

 

Frank



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Posted 26 April 2017 - 14:58

Jerry and Frank, thanks to you both for the great contributions. I'll be looking forward to seeing Mr. Oosthoek's article.

#143 SKL

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Posted 30 April 2017 - 04:34

Nice interview with the Captain after the Indycar race tonight at PHX.  When he was being interviewed all I could hear was his voice describing his lap at RA in the 'vette.  They don't make 'em like him anymore...   



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Posted 28 September 2017 - 11:36

Guys,

 

A few article links;

 

https://primotipo.co...-zerex-special/

 

https://primotipo.co...retty-boy-then/

 

https://primotipo.co...he-91710-turbo/



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Posted 29 October 2017 - 14:29

SKL, I don't think that's Sullivan in the photo (I could be mistaken), but Emerson is sitting on the sidepod of the car, so he'd be a good source too.

The highly respected Nigel Beresford, who occasionally posts here, recounts the story at Motorsport.com:

https://www.motorspo...ndy-car-666926/

This link is the same article, but includes a photo that I think shows it is not Danny.

https://www.auto123....ar?artid=147013

An LA Times article from when it happened:

http://articles.lati...3409_1_indy-car

From YouTube:

 

a little more on the subject

 

(English subtitles are available on the parts of the video that aren't in English)



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Posted 28 July 2018 - 06:17

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#147 E1pix

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Posted 28 July 2018 - 06:23

Wow James, what a find!


(Jerry Titus, RIP)

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Posted 28 July 2018 - 18:56

Thanks James, for the Penske Cooper-Chevy article, I believe that was from Sports Car Graphic May '63 ?  Didn't that car become Bruce McLaren's "Jolly Green Giant" for '64 ?

 

Michael



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Posted 28 July 2018 - 21:21

Thanks James, for the Penske Cooper-Chevy article, I believe that was from Sports Car Graphic May '63 ?  Didn't that car become Bruce McLaren's "Jolly Green Giant" for '64 ?

 

Michael

The Cooper-Oldsmobile, Jolly Green Giant was based on the original single seater Penske Cooper Xerox Special purchased from John Mecom, the car that began life as a Cooper F1 car. Heavily modified the Cooper-Oldsmoblie won the Players 200 in June 64.

This Cooper-Chevrolet would be a different car, built from a modified  Monaco chassis.


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 11:35

I was lucky enough to be in the DJR Penske corporate space for last weekend's Newcastle Supercars event and got to meet Roger Penske.  What an amazing man. 16 of us had a tour through the garage and he shook every one of our hands and thanked each of us for our support. He was happy to take photos and made each of us feel important. Then after the race on Sunday, after they clinched the Supercars driver's title with Scott McLaughlin, I was out the front of their garage in pitlane and watched him go around the corner from their garage by himself and shake hands with a group of volunteer event officials who had finished their duties and thank each one of them for their efforts. He could not have made a bigger impression on me on what sort of person he is. 

 

Mark