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Former Penske Racing President and LongTime Team Executive Honored in North Carolina

Don Miller, Roger Penske, and Dan Luginbuhl — Photo courtesy of LAT

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (September 9, 2019) –Team Penske inducted two long-time team leaders and executives into the Team Penske Hall of Fame this morning, as former Penske Racing South President Don Miller and Dan Luginbuhl, one of the pioneers of motorsports marketing and public relations, were honored in a special ceremony at the team’s Mooresville, North Carolina facility.

Miller met team owner Roger Penske in the early 1970s during his time as a sales manager for National Engines and Parts, Co. in St. Louis. Miller joined Penske Racing in 1972, working on the team’s stock car and IndyCar programs. A former racer himself, Miller brought a wide range of experience to the team and he worked in many capacities on his way to becoming Vice President of Penske Products.

Miller was instrumental in bringing Penske Racing back into full-time NASCAR competition in 1991 with driver and fellow Team Penske Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace. Miller then became President of Penske Racing South, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the team’s stock car program. Under Miller’s leadership, Penske stock car teams produced a total of 69 victories in NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series andARCA competition until his retirement in 2007. The Chicago native was also an innovator in the sport, helping to design and develop several car safety advancements in NASCAR while leading the Penske team.

“When I first started at Team Penske there were 29 of us,” said Miller. “The population’s grown significantly since, but there is no place I’d rather be. I always tried to do the very best, not only for this team, but for Mr. Penske. When you’re a member of this team, he will always have your back. I really appreciate this award. I’m honored to be a part of this organization and Team Penske Hall of Fame.”

When Luginbuhl joined Penske Racing in 1969, he helped chart the course for the team’s innovative and successful partnership model. He also helped pioneer modern motorsports public relations and marketing.  Early in his tenure with Penske Racing, Luginbuhl cultivated the relationship with key team sponsor Sunoco, before he helped foster partnerships with some of the other top brands in motorsports including Pennzoil, Marlboro, Miller, Goodyear, Mobil, Mercedes-Benz and many other Fortune 500 companies.

Under his guiding hand, Team Penske became the industry leader in American motorsports media relations, sponsorship and hospitality – a standard that continues today. Over his 35-year career with Team Penske, Luginbuhl distinguished himself in numerous roles within the organization as he helped define and refine the Penske brand. He served as Vice President of Communications when he retired in 2002 and he continues to be a valued resource for Team Penske.

“I am very honored to receive this special honor. And I am humbled to be in the company of some amazing people,” said Luginbuhl. “It’s been my privilege to work with many a great people over the years.  We have come a long way since 1969 and our team of 10 working at the four-bay truck garage in Pennsylvania. But the mission today is still the same – work together, get the job done, keep building the Penske brand worldwide and of course, ‘effort equals results.’”

Inductions into the Team Penske Hall of Fame occur annually. Each year, two inductees are chosen from current and former drivers, employees and partners that have made a significant impact on the team and its history. The Hall of Fame class members are honored both at an event and within the walls of the Team Penske facility in Mooresville, NC.

Miller and Luginbuhl join past Team Penske Hall of Fame inductees: Roger Penske (2016), Mark Donohue (2016), Rick Mears (2017), Karl Kainhofer (2017), Rusty Wallace (2018) and Walter Czarnecki (2018).

Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Cars owned and prepared by Team Penske have produced more than 540 major race wins, over 600 pole positions and 34 Championships across open-wheel, stock car and sports car racing competition. Over the course of its 53-year history, the team has also earned 18 Indianapolis 500 victories, two Daytona 500 Championships, a Formula 1 win and overall victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Team Penske currently competes in the IndyCar Series, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The team also races in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, in a partnership with Dick Johnson Racing, as DJR Team Penske. For more information about Team Penske, please visit www.teampenske.com. 

11LVMSbc04500-lgRoger Penske, one of the most renowned figures in auto racing, will be inducted into the Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame later this month during the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma Verizon IndyCar Series season finale, Aug. 28-30.

Penske, the founder of Penske Corporation, owns multiple teams competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR XFINITY Series under the Team Penske banner. Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Competing in a variety of disciplines, cars owned and prepared by Team Penske have produced 416 major race wins, over 478 pole positions and 27 National Championships. 

Penske also holds an impressive record at Sonoma Raceway, including the record for winningest IndyCar Series team owner with five victories (2008, 2010-2013). His team has a total of 11 IndyCar Series podium finishes and five pole positions on the challenging road course, and Team Penske driver Will Power has led the most laps at 250. Team Penske also completed an impressive podium sweep in 2011, when Power, Helio Castroneves and Ryan Briscoe swept the top-three spots in the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma.

Penske has also earned two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories in Sonoma, with Rusty Wallace in 1996 and Kurt Busch in 2011.

“Everyone at Team Penske is proud of our accomplishments at Sonoma Raceway,” said Penske. “It is a fantastic venue for both INDYCAR and NASCAR, and they are first-class in everything they do. I’m honored to go into the Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame to represent everyone at Team Penske who has contributed to our success.”

Penske will be inducted into the Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame during a ceremony in the Wine Country Winner’s Circle on Saturday, Aug. 29. at 1:15 p.m. He will become the 20th member of the raceway’s Wall of Fame, joining the likes of Jeff Gordon (NASCAR), Rick Hendrick (NASCAR) and John Force (NHRA). The recognition joins the list of many accolades for Penske, including his induction into the Automotive Hall of Fame in July.

The Wall of Fame is designed to honor those who have excelled not only in their form of motor racing, but more importantly, in Sonoma.  Each inductee is recognized during a ceremony with a marble plaque engraved with his/her likeness.  All of the plaques are placed onto the Wall of Fame, which is located behind the main grandstand.

“Roger Penske’s touch is evident in virtually every segment of our industry, as a competitor, team owner, promoter and as an overall catalyst for the advancement of motor racing,” said Steve Page, Sonoma Raceway president and general manager. “In honoring Roger on the Sonoma Raceway Wall of Fame, we recognize not only the terrific record of success he has had at this facility, but also a lifetime of contributions to our sport.”

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SIMON PAGENAUD TO JOIN TEAM PENSKE IN 2015
Winning Racer Will Drive Team’s Fourth Car in Verizon IndyCar Series Beginning Next Season

MOORESVILLE, NC (September 29, 2014) – Team Penske announced today that race-winning driver and perennial championship contender Simon Pagenaud will join its ranks beginning with the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series season.

The 30-year-old Pagenaud is a four-time race winner in the Verizon IndyCar Series and one of the most sought-after talents in open-wheel racing. Under the terms of a multi-year agreement with Team Penske, Pagenaud will drive the Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet beginning next season. With today’s announcement, the most successful program in the history of North American open-wheel racing will field a formidable four-car lineup moving forward.

SimonPAfter finishing among the top five in the championship standings each of the last three seasons, Pagenaud has established himself as one of the top drivers competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series. The native of Poitiers, France earned two wins, one pole, three podium finishes and eight top-five results in 2014 while finishing fifth in the title chase.

“Simon Pagenaud is a very talented, focused and determined driver,” said Roger Penske, whose team won the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series title with driver Will Power. “We know how tough he has been to compete with over the last few seasons and we are very happy to welcome him to Team Penske starting in 2015. With Simon coming on board to join Will, Helio (Castroneves) and Juan (Montoya), we feel we have four drivers very capable of winning on any given weekend and four guys who are legitimate championship contenders.”

Pagenaud joins Team Penske with a championship history. He won the Champ Car Atlantic Series open-wheel title as a rookie in 2006 and he produced four wins en route to the American Le Mans Series sports car LMP1 crown in 2010. With a diverse background that includes racing in the European Formula Renault series, Pagenaud has also excelled in sports car competition with starts at the 24 Hours of Le Mans as well as the Rolex 24 at Daytona on his resume.

“Getting a chance to race for Team Penske is almost like a dream to me,” said Pagenaud. “I have always admired the team and everything that Roger Penske has accomplished in racing. I am so excited to become a part of Team Penske and I can’t wait for the 2015 season to start.”