Roger's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Technicians

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Phoenix, AZ

ROGER PENSKE

Chairman
Penske Corporation

“The most important thing is effort—you’re not lucky, you make your own luck.”

INTERESTS:

Action Sports Engineering

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Hard Work Hobbies & Pastimes Family Support & Encouragement Struggle Education Opportunity Dedication Passion Inspiration Character Success Values

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

automotive industry, car, cars, committed, dad, dealerships, environment, family, family support, helping others, innovation, letting people down, mentors, opportunities, racing, risks, school, technicians, trucks, work

BIOGRAPHY:

  • He is one of America’s most famous entrepreneurs, best known for his ownership of Team Penske, DJR Team Penske, and the Penske Automotive Group.
  • In 1951, his dad took him to the Indianapolis 500 race, which first sparked his interest in cars.
  • At an early age, he started working at a gas station—eventually he began working on engines and taking cars apart.
  • As a teenager he bought older cars, repaired them and sold them at a profit from his family's home in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Says he always wanted to “do more”; emphasizes working hard and putting in an effort to get where you want to go.
  • Believes his biggest accomplishment has been building a company that has employed over 50,000 people and provided them with “a safe, honest, and high integrity workplace.”
  • Says he is a natural risk-taker and that it is a common thread throughout the auto industry to continue innovating and pushing things forward.
  • He has created one of the most successful teams in IndyCar Series and NASCAR racing—has the most victories as an owner in the Indianapolis 500 with 16 owner victories.

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