The MIA and UK motorsport industry honours Roger Penske
11 Sep 2013
Motorsport legend and global business entrepreneur, Roger Penske, is to be honoured by the Motorsport Industry Association (MIA) and the UK motorsport industry this week, during an exclusive dinner for 200 guests at the magnificent home of the Williams Formula One team, in Oxfordshire.
The MIA has organised this prestigious event to both recognise Penske’s valuable contribution to the British and global motorsport industry over many years, and also to raise funds for the Motorsport Foundation. On Thursday 12th September, an after dinner interview with Chris Aylett, CEO of the MIA, will offer a rare insight into the extraordinary life of this motorsport and business icon, as well as detailing his long standing links to the UK.
Penske is the founder and chairman of Penske Corporation, a global business with revenues exceeding $19 billion, from over 3,300 worldwide locations and having 39,000 employees. In the UK alone its Sytner Group employs 5,000 employees at its 150 car dealerships.
For more than 30 years Penske built race cars and supported its race teams from Poole in Dorset, and ha become one of the most successful teams in world motorsport history.
The Penske team is the current NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion and competes in the IZOD IndyCar, NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series in the USA. Penske Corp has also been racing and winning since 1958, taking, to date, 364 major race wins and 423 pole positions. Team Penske has won the world-famous Indianapolis 500-mile race a record 15 times, the most successful Indy team of all time with 165 race wins.
Guests will see the stunning Penske PC-26, designed by Nigel Bennett and manufactured in Poole by Penske for the 1997 CART Championship, driven by Al Unser Jr. and Paul Tracy. Also on display will be the winning engine designed and developed for Mercedes by Ilmor in Brixworth, Northamptonshire, of which Roger Penske was a part-owner at the time.
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