Roger Penske's NASCAR drivers react to his Hall election
Several current and former Team Penske NASCAR drivers shared their thoughts on owner Roger Penske’s election Wednesday to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019
Penske, Jeff Gordon, Jack Roush, Davey Allison and Alan Kulwicki comprise the newest five-member class.
Rusty Wallace (third-winningest Penske driver, 37 Cup Series wins)
“I don’t know of anyone that has accomplished as much across all levels of motorsports as Roger Penske. I don’t know of anyone in motorsports that is as respected among all levels of racing and business as Roger. He’s my personal mentor and my personal hero. He has helped me immeasurably, both in racing and in business. I can’t say enough about Roger; he’s just an all-around fantastic person.”
Sam Hornish Jr. (2006 Indianapolis 500 Champion, 2006 IndyCar champion, three Xfinity Series wins)
“For me, driving for Roger Penske was the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. You know he’s going to give you the tools to win and you want to hold up your end of the bargain. There’s a great amount of desire that takes place for someone to be a NASCAR team owner and it takes an even larger commitment of the most precious resource: time. There shouldn’t be a Hall of Fame that doesn’t have him in it and it’s without question that he should be in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.”
Brad Keselowski (2012 Cup champion, 2010 Xfinity champion, 54 total NASCAR wins)
“Roger’s contributions as a car owner combined with his contributions as a track owner put him in an elite category. There are many car owners who have won races in the series and a lot of car owners who’ve won championships, which he’s done, but what he was able to do for the sport, professionally from a sponsorship and track perspective, really put him in a unique category to me. When you drive for Roger Penske, you are driving for someone that has raised the bar and challenges you to do the same. You just learn a level of professionalism that he’s brought to everything he touches.”
Joey Logano (2015 Daytona 500 champion, 18 Cup wins, 11 Xfinity wins)
“It’s an amazing accomplishment to be in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. It’s one of, if not the biggest thing you can do in our sport. The reasons why Roger is in there are very much deserving, not only from the competition side, but also as a track owner and the way he’s helped build our sport into what it is. I think a lot of that is hidden; a lot of people don’t know Roger was a driver or that he saved Michigan International Speedway from bankruptcy and built Auto Club Speedway. His success across the board in all forms of motorsports is incredible. It’s always been an honor for me to race for him and to be part of the amazing legacy he’s created for himself.”
Ryan Blaney (Cup Series driver, seven Xfinity wins)
“Roger has been a tremendous influence not only in my racing career, but for the motorsports industry worldwide. The Penske name has become a symbol of success on and off the race track. I cannot think of anyone more deserving of this honor. Without his leadership and knowledge, I wouldn’t be where I am now.”
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