From the photo vault: Roger Penske

Published On April 24, 2016 » 1540 Views» By John Schwarb » Blogs, IMS, IMS History, Indy 500, Photography

We’re chronicling 100 days of Indy 500 history on #SpeedRead leading up to the historic 100th Running. With 35 days to go, we’re digging deep into the IMS photo vault.

More from the vault: The Unser family | The “day-after” shots | Can I get a word? | Drinking the milk | Henderson/Nabors | The Snake PitSelling the 500 | Going to the dogs | More 100 days blogs

There’s dominance in the annals of the Indianapolis 500 – Billy Arnold leading 198 laps in his 1930 win, Arie Luyendyk winning by nearly 11 seconds in 1990, and of course Foyt/Unser/Mears and their exclusive four-timers club.

But how about Roger Penske and his 16 Indy 500 wins as an owner? Put it this way: If Chip Ganassi wins in each of the next 10 years on Memorial Day weekend, he’ll still be one shy of “The Captain.”

Now that’s dominance.

Penske is marking his 50th year in racing in 2016, and this year of celebrations got kicked up considerably with his appointment to drive the Indy 500 Pace Car. (This video of him taking a test drive is a must-see.)

Let’s take a spin through some classic Penske photos at Indy over the years.

Talking to Dan Gurney in 1962.

Talking to Dan Gurney in 1962.

WIth Mark Donohue in 1970. Donohue would win in 1972, Penske's first title.

WIth Mark Donohue in 1970. Donohue would win in 1972, Penske’s first title.

With IMS owner Tony Hulman in 1971.

With IMS owner Tony Hulman in 1971.

With his 1973 rookie, Bobby Allison.

With his 1973 rookie, Bobby Allison.

Getting a word with A.J. Foyt in 1982.

Getting a word with A.J. Foyt in 1982.

Count the fingers: Rick Mears won his fourth "500" in 1991, which was Penske's eighth.

Count the fingers: Rick Mears won his fourth “500” in 1991, which was Penske’s eighth.

Celebrating with Tim Cindric and Sam Hornish Jr. in 2006.

Celebrating with Tim Cindric and Sam Hornish Jr. in 2006.

With Helio Castroneves in 2015. Might Helio get his fourth win this year and give Roger his 17th?

With Helio Castroneves in 2015. Might Helio get his fourth win this year and give Roger his 17th?

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I joined the Indianapolis Motor Speedway communications team in July 2014 and love sharing stories from the World Capital of Racing, particularly its rich history. Most of my professional career has been in racing or golf, so if I'm not in the IMS media center, the office at 16th and Georgetown or milling around Gasoline Alley, maybe I'll be standing over a birdie putt at Brickyard Crossing. Follow us at @IMS or drop me a line at @JohnSchwarb and come back to the blog often for more stories.
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