Penske owner on the verge of first Sprint Cup

Thursday, November 15, 2012

In NASCAR news today, Roger Penske, owner of Penske Racing, took a chance signing the young Brad Keselowski four years ago that seems to be paying off. Apparently he saw beyond the inexperienced kid who only had one cup win at the time.

"One of Roger's great attributes is his ability to relate to people regardless of age, social or professional position, and to engage in real dialogue with them even if he may not subscribe to everything that he hears at the moment," said Walt Czarnecki, the executive vice president of Penske Corporation and one of Penske's closest friends, told ESPN. "It was not only the vision that was outlined, but also the passion and honesty with which it was delivered. Roger saw a talented young person who had begun the process of thinking through where he wanted to go with his career, and one who was single-minded and passionately invested in the process to get him there."

Penske, known to many as the Captain, has earned countless titles, including 15 Indianapolis 500 wins, but he has never won a Sprint Cup championship. The humble owner doesn't see it as a need to fulfill some void in his long résumé of accolades, but it seems his wish will be fulfilled with just one race remaining and Keselowski's nearly insurmountable lead over five time champion Jimmie Johnson.