July 25, 2024

Penske bounces back from IndyCar scandal with impressive winning streak in NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — If you come for The Captain, you better not miss your shot.

Under fire at a level perhaps never seen before in his 87 years, Roger Penske has rebounded with a truly remarkable display of strength and determination. His IndyCar team in April was found to have an illegal advantage in a cheating scandal that threatened lasting damage to the Penske brand.

Since IndyCar discovered the illegal push-to-pass software, Team Penske has won three of five IndyCar races. That stretch includes grabbing the front row in qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, which Josef Newgarden won for the second consecutive time; and a podium sweep in Wisconsin, where Will Power ended a two-year losing streak and took over the IndyCar championship standings.

His sports car program picked up a win at Laguna Seca and the pole at Spa. And even though Penske didn’t win the 24 Hours of Le Mans over the weekend, one of his three cars started from the pole — the first time a Penske car had been on pole at the world’s most prestigious endurance race since 1963, when Penske himself was in the driver lineup.

His NASCAR team is now leading the way for Ford in figuring out the new Mustang Dark Horse. Joey Logano won the exhibition $1 million All-Star race in May, and after coming up empty in the first 15 races of the season, Team Penske has wins in two of the last three events.

Austin Cindric won outside St. Louis, his first victory since his 2022 rookie season-opening Daytona 500 surprise, Logano followed with the pole at Sonoma and Ryan Blaney added a win Sunday night in the Cup Series debut at Iowa Speedway.

In early May, Penske concluded his investigation into the scandal, took decisive action in issuing team suspensions, and told his drivers to go be “Penske Perfect” on the racetrack.

Wow, have they delivered.


1. What actions did Roger Penske take in response to the cheating scandal?

2. How has Team Penske performed since the scandal?

3. What new television deal did Penske secure?


Penske has shown resilience and determination in the face of adversity, leading his teams to multiple victories across different racing series. His leadership and commitment to excellence have been instrumental in overcoming challenges and maintaining the integrity of the Penske brand.

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