Team Penske, which owns more Indy car wins (178) and Indianapolis 500 victories (16) than any team in the sport’s history, has unveiled plans for a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary in motorsports this year.
The commemoration kicks off Jan. 20 with a gathering of current and past Team Penske drivers in all disciplines in Charlotte, N.C., and will include a special Team Penske exhibit at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum to debut in February in conjunction with the 100-day countdown to the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
The year-long Penske celebration “will be a multi-faceted program that includes media and fan engagement, sponsor partnerships, special events and more,” team owner Roger Penske said.
The IMS museum display will feature cars representing each Team Penske driver’s first win at the Speedway but will also include vehicles, artifacts and trophies from Penske’s past triumphs.
“The 2016 season will be a special one in our history as we have the opportunity to reflect back on our heritage while continuing to produce and win at a high level each week on the racetrack,” Penske said in a statement.
Beginning as Roger Penske Racing in 1966 and competing in sports car and endurance events, Team Penske has grown into one of the most successful racing teams in the world.
Team Penske has produced a combined 424 wins, 487 pole positions and 28 national championships in Indy cars, NASCAR, Formula One and sports cars.