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March 17, 2010
Bristol's Food City 500 is the last time this season that last season's top 35 results are locked into a race. Starting next week, the cutoff will be based on this year's standings and there's potential danger for two Penske teams. Kurt Busch is the only Penske driver who is safe in points standings at 10th. Brad Keselowski's No. 12 Dodge is in 33rd place and Sam Hornish Jr.'s No. 77 Dodge is in 31st place. Both cars fell after last week's race - Keselowski because Carl Edwards wrecked him for revenge.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2012
Many years ago, longtime NASCAR crew chief Harry Hyde said a stock car is "like an egg. You have to handle it gently or it will break. " Though at its heart it was true, it was a shocking statement. Who compares a stock car — a big, brute of a car — to such a thin-shelled egg? That philosophy may have found its match during a Grand Prix of Baltimore interview with Helio Castroneves when he compared driving an Indy car to dancing. "There are no secrets," Castroneves said, when asked how competitors on Dancing with the Stars are able to perform intricate moves so quickly.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 15, 2005
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Rusty Wallace has always run well at Martinsville, Va., and as the laps dwindled there last autumn, he was in a position to win. That is, until his Penske teammate, Ryan Newman, crossed him up on a restart, pushed him up the track and then refused to give way and let Wallace back in line. Wallace fell back in the field and finished 10th. Newman came home third. After the race, Wallace ran his car into Newman's on pit road. It was the most visible display of long-running animosity between the two. Feuds in NASCAR are as old as the sport, but seldom do they become as obvious among teammates as the one currently simmering between Wallace and Newman.
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Baltimore Sun reporter | September 4, 2011
Roger Penske looked out his window in the Hyatt Hotel at the Inner Harbor and didn't believe was he was seeing. It was Saturday and the grandstands along the Baltimore Grand Prix course were packed solid with fans. "I was amazed at the turnout," said the owner of Team Penske. "To see huge crowds like that on a Friday and a Saturday shows this event has great potential. " Penske, sitting in the team trailer and waiting for the racing to begin Sunday morning, was ebullient for a team owner who just watched his premier driver's car sheared by a flying competitor during morning practice.
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By MILTON KENT | May 26, 1995
ABC auto racing host Paul Page said he was looking for an analogy from another sport that could compare to the shock of the failure of Roger Penske's race team to land a spot in Sunday's Indianapolis 500, and he couldn't."
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By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,SUN STAFF | November 3, 2001
Penske Truck Leasing Co. said yesterday that it will close its Leaseway Auto Carrier terminal in Southeast Baltimore by the end of the year and lay off 127 workers. The terminal, at 5900 Holabird Ave., transports vans produced at the nearby General Motors Corp. assembly plant to 15 East Coast states. Leaseway's van-carrying contract with the plant expires Dec. 31 and Penske will not seek to renew it, said Louise Moyer, a spokeswoman for Penske in Reading, Pa. "We are getting out of that business," Moyer said.
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September 11, 2006
JOLIET, Ill. -- Sam Hornish's strategy was simple: Stay out of trouble and avoid mistakes. He did just that yesterday and claimed his third Indy Racing League series championship. While Dan Wheldon beat Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon by 0.1897 seconds to win the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, Hornish finished third, 0.2323 of a second behind. But he celebrated a championship. "I can't think of how next year could be any better, but hopefully, it is," said Hornish, the series winner in 2001 and 2002 for Panther Racing.
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By Sandra McKee | May 14, 1994
INDIANAPOLIS -- Paul Tracy, driving a powerful Penske/Mercedes Benz V8, crashed during afternoon practice yesterday and was admitted to Methodist Hospital.Tracy sustained a concussion, a bruise to his left foot and a sore neck during practice for the 78th Indianapolis 500.Dr. Tom Leipzig, a neurosurgeon, said Tracy is in good condition. He will be examined today to determine if he can take part in Pole Day qualifying, which begins at noon EDT.Before the crash, the Penske cars of Tracy, Emerson Fittipaldi and Al Unser Jr. were favored to battle for the pole and sweep the front row.The back end of Tracy's car, whose best run yesterday was 228.698 mph, broke loose coming out of the third turn.
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July 16, 1994
TORONTO -- Robby Gordon broke the Penske stranglehold on the Indy-car series, at least temporarily, setting a track qualifying record on the way to winning the provisional pole for tomorrow's Toronto Molson-Indy.Gordon, 25, earned his first Indy-car pole of any kind with a lap of 110.191 mph, breaking the year-old mark of 109.998 set by Emerson Fittipaldi.Nigel Mansell took the other front-row position on the tentative grid, despite hitting a tire barrier early in the 30-minute session. His fast lap, only moments before his incident, was 109.924.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2011
Penske driver Will Power won his series-high seventh pole of the season Saturday with a last-lap surge that beat Chip Ganassi driver Graham Rahal by 8/100ths of a second. Power turned the 2.03-mile course in 1:20.2447 at an average speed of 91.520, while Rahal came in at 1:20.3238 in 91.430 mph. The performance put Power in the No. 1 starting position for Sunday's IZOD IndyCar's Baltimore Grand Prix. It is also Rahal's first front row starting position since 2009. Penske drivers Ryan Briscoe and Ganassi driver Dario Franchitti took positions 3 and 4, respectively, while Sebastien Bourdais, qualified fifth for his best start of the season.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2011
As his fellow competitors bounced over man-made curbs and bumps, and sometimes bumbled their way through tight turns on the temporary street course at the inaugural IndyCar Baltimore Grand Prix, Will Power drove like a man out for a Sunday drive -- only faster. Power took his Team Penske Dallara on the smoothest ride of the afternoon. He didn't brush a wall, run over a curb or make contact with anyone else's fenders. "I didn't have any near misses," he said after averaging 75.046 mph and beating Oriol Servia to the finish of the 75-lap race by 10.2096 seconds.
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By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2011
Penske driver Will Power won his series-high seventh pole of the season Saturday with a last-lap surge that beat Chip Ganassi driver Graham Rahal by 8/100ths of a second. Power turned the 2.03-mile course in 1:20.2447 at an average speed of 91.520, while Rahal came in at 1:20.3238 in 91.430 mph. The performance put Power in the No. 1 starting position for Sunday's IZOD IndyCar's Baltimore Grand Prix. It is also Rahal's first front row starting position since 2009. Penske drivers Ryan Briscoe and Ganassi driver Dario Franchitti took positions 3 and 4, respectively, while Sebastien Bourdais, qualified fifth for his best start of the season.
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By Sandra McKee and Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2011
Two of the most important car owners in the IZOD IndyCar Series, Roger Penske and Chip Ganassi, sat beside each other Saturday afternoon to discuss the rivalry between their teams as the IndyCar season heads toward its finish. Penske's Will Power and Ganassi's Dario Franchitti are locked in another tight points battle. Franchitti has the 26 point lead going in to Sunday's Baltimore Grand Prix, but Penske said that might be the key to Power winning the title. "We've had the lead in the past two seasons and lost both of them," he said.
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By Tania Ganguli | April 28, 2010
One driver's gain could be another's loss at Penske Racing. Despite that, last week's biggest winner in the garage was the Penske organization as a whole. It didn't win the Sprint Cup race Sunday at Talladega but showed signs of a solid and bright future. Last week Penske Racing acquired Shell/Pennzoil sponsorship from Richard Childress Racing beginning next season. At the sponsor's request, it will move Kurt Busch to the new car and shift Brad Keselowski to the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge.
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March 17, 2010
Bristol's Food City 500 is the last time this season that last season's top 35 results are locked into a race. Starting next week, the cutoff will be based on this year's standings and there's potential danger for two Penske teams. Kurt Busch is the only Penske driver who is safe in points standings at 10th. Brad Keselowski's No. 12 Dodge is in 33rd place and Sam Hornish Jr.'s No. 77 Dodge is in 31st place. Both cars fell after last week's race - Keselowski because Carl Edwards wrecked him for revenge.
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By Ken Bensinger and Ken Bensinger,Tribune Newspapers | October 1, 2009
General Motors Co.'s deal to sell Saturn to the Penske Automotive Group has fallen through, forcing the automaker to shutter the brand altogether. The sale had been expected to be completed as soon as this week. "Penske Automotive Group ... has decided to terminate discussions with General Motors to acquire Saturn," GM Chief Executive Fritz Henderson said in a statement. As a result, "we will be winding down the Saturn brand and dealership network." The news is a blow to GM, which had made selling three of its brands, along with shutting Pontiac, a key component of its post-bankruptcy restructuring efforts.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | October 29, 2004
Ricky Hendrick had wanted to be a race-car driver, and he was for a while. But then he decided it was time to get out of harm's way. His friend, Adam Petty, had died in a racing accident four years ago, and Hendrick had endured his own share of crashes. Last January, he stood in the garage at Hendrick Motor- sports, the business his father had built into one of the best in the history of stock car racing, and talked about his decision. He said that he realized there were better drivers than him and that he was giving up his driving dreams to learn more about his dad's business and be an asset, not just the son of the boss who would one day run the place.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer | May 30, 1994
INDIANAPOLIS -- It had been a quiet moment, a father and son talk. Al Unser Jr. asked his father, four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Sr., what he wanted for his birthday."
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September 11, 2006
JOLIET, Ill. -- Sam Hornish's strategy was simple: Stay out of trouble and avoid mistakes. He did just that yesterday and claimed his third Indy Racing League series championship. While Dan Wheldon beat Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon by 0.1897 seconds to win the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway, Hornish finished third, 0.2323 of a second behind. But he celebrated a championship. "I can't think of how next year could be any better, but hopefully, it is," said Hornish, the series winner in 2001 and 2002 for Panther Racing.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | February 15, 2005
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Rusty Wallace has always run well at Martinsville, Va., and as the laps dwindled there last autumn, he was in a position to win. That is, until his Penske teammate, Ryan Newman, crossed him up on a restart, pushed him up the track and then refused to give way and let Wallace back in line. Wallace fell back in the field and finished 10th. Newman came home third. After the race, Wallace ran his car into Newman's on pit road. It was the most visible display of long-running animosity between the two. Feuds in NASCAR are as old as the sport, but seldom do they become as obvious among teammates as the one currently simmering between Wallace and Newman.
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