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April 19, 1993 | JIM MURRAY
It used to be said, if you wanted a baseball player, you checked with Branch Rickey. He could spot a 20-game winner from the window of a moving train, so the legend went. If you wanted a football player, you went with Knute Rockne. He could get George Gipp out of a pool hall. Needing a fighter, you would go to Cus d'Amato and tell him whether you wanted a Patterson or a Mike Tyson. A Louis B. Mayer could find star quality in a guy parking cars at the studio lot.
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April 12, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Juan Pablo Montoya leaned his back against a wall, adjusted his sunglasses and waited for the next reporter to put a camera or voice recorder in front of him. It was media day for drivers in Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. And though it's been 14 years since Montoya raced in the event, he was the center of attention. Montoya is the prodigal son who has returned with fanfare to the Verizon IndyCar Series after stints in Formula One and, for the last seven years, NASCAR stock car racing.
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September 26, 1995 | From Associated Press
Kmart Corp. is selling its money-losing auto service centers to Detroit entrepreneur Roger Penske, who runs a winning Indy car racing team, a truck leasing business and car dealerships. The $112-million deal will convert 860 auto service centers at U.S. Kmart outlets into Penske Auto Centers. "It takes us out of a business that we didn't, perhaps, know as well as we should have," Kmart Chairman Floyd Hall said Monday at a news conference to announce the divestiture.
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September 17, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
If you're a race-car driver in search of a job, it helps to know a billionaire. Racing mogul Roger Penske hired Juan Pablo Montoya to join his IndyCar team next year even though Penske doesn't yet have a single sponsor to help finance Montoya's car for even one race. No matter. Penske is willing to take a chance on Montoya, who won the Indianapolis 500 in 2000 with owner Chip Ganassi but hasn't raced Indy-style cars since then. "The bottom line for us is that Juan has been a winner," Penske President Tim Cindric told reporters Monday.
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November 24, 1992 | SHAV GLICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Has it really been 40 years since the first Corvette rolled off the assembly line in Flint, Mich., to mark America's entry into the world of sports car racing? Apparently so. Rick Cole and Marty Yacoobian made a birthday party out of the eighth annual Palm Springs Road Races last weekend by dedicating the sports car happening to Chevrolet's prized offspring. Roger Penske was there.
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June 20, 1997 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The sun still occasionally does set on the Penske empire, an operational flaw its founder and chairman is sure he could fix if he could just buy a piece of the obstinate star, or find a way to assume controlling interest. Until then, Roger Penske does what he can to outwork the sun, rising before it does, laboring long after it sets, shuttling between time zones on his own jet as he oversees businesses on three continents worth $5 billion--and counting.
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January 27, 1993 | From Associated Press
Roger Penske made it official that his team's drivers will be former IndyCar and Formula One champion Emerson Fittipaldi and Canadian Paul Tracy.
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June 20, 1989 | From Times wire services
Danny Sullivan will take his doctor's advice and skip the next two races on the Indy schedule--this weekend's $650,000 Budweiser-G.I. Joe's 200 in Portland and the July 2 Cleveland Grand Prix. Sullivan, the defending Budweiser-G.I. Joe's 200 champion, is nursing a broken right forearm injured in a May 11 crash during a practice run for the Indianapolis 500. Team leader Roger Penske is considering Geoff Brabham, John Andretti and Al Unser Sr. as relief drivers for Sullivan, spokesman John Love said.
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June 2, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Rick Mears had a record lap of 162.276 m.p.h. to win the pole for today's Miller 200 at Milwaukee's Wisconsin State Fair Park Speedway. Mears, who last Sunday won his fourth Indianapolis 500, broke the record of 160.822 he set in 1989. Mario Andretti was a distant second at 158.907. His son and teammate Michael was third at 158.802 and Danny Sullivan fourth at 157.477.
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June 2, 1994 | JIM MURRAY
One of the aftermaths of the 78th Indianapolis 500 is something I find distressing and can only refer to as "Roger bashing." It goes like this: Break up Roger Penske or his team. Hogtie him with rules. Make him tee it up next year in a stock '54 DeSoto. Ban him. Exile him. Get a restraining order against his getting within 25 miles of Indianapolis in May. Hold him in custody. What did he do? He won his 10th Indy 500 in 26 years and his third in the last four.
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September 12, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The cloud of controversy hanging over the start of NASCAR's Chase for the Cup title playoff continues to linger. Three days after NASCAR slammed Michael Waltrip Racing with massive penalties for allegedly cheating at Saturday's race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway to help an MWR driver get in the Chase, another issue surfaced from that race involving Chase contender Joey Logano. Associated Press and some other media outlets suggested that the teams of Logano and David Gilliland might have conspired to let Logano pass Gilliland near the end of the race to ensure Logano would make the Chase.
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March 27, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
NASCAR's Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano have exchanged text messages in the aftermath of their crash last weekend that sidelined Hamlin with an injured back, Logano's team owner Roger Penske said Wednesday. Penske said he's also sent text messages to Hamlin, a driver for Joe Gibbs Racing who's expected to miss about six weeks after suffering the injury Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. "I've texted back and forth with him and said that we're thinking about him," Penske told Associated Press in Humble, Texas, where Penske and Logano were playing in the pro-am leading up to the PGA Tour's Houston Open.
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November 19, 2012 | By George Diaz
HOMESTEAD, Fla. — NASCAR's future and its old guard etched their way into NASCAR history Sunday with a dash of champagne, a trickle of tears, and a little bit of a beer buzz. Brad Keselowski, a 28-year-old who rose from the abyss of a family bankruptcy, and owner Roger Penske, a 75-year-old motorsports icon, rose together as NASCAR's wonderful odd couple. A kid who feels naked without his cellphone, who tweets incessantly, coupled with a man who has spent a good portion of his life on a rotary phone.
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May 29, 2011 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from Indianapolis What happened to Team Penske? Roger Penske's team has won an unprecedented 15 times in the Indianapolis 500 and his current drivers were favorites again Sunday, but Indy's 100th anniversary race was one for them to forget. Helio Castroneves , seeking his fourth Indy 500 victory, finished 17th after a tire came off his car at one point. "We were trying to get back on the lead [lap] and then we had that flat tire" that shredded, Castroneves said.
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May 28, 2010 | By Jim Peltz
Reporting from Indianapolis -- Dario Franchitti not only is among the top drivers in the Izod IndyCar Series, he's an avid student of motor racing's history and heritage. So Franchitti is keenly aware that rival Helio Castroneves of Team Penske would make history Sunday by becoming only the fourth driver to win a fourth Indianapolis 500, and Franchitti is just as focused on trying to make sure it doesn't happen. "As far as I'm concerned Helio can wait until I'm retired" to win another race, Franchitti, 37, said with a smile after topping the speed charts in final practice Friday.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2009 | By Ben Fritz
It's tough to talk to Bonnie Fuller without getting an earful of Hollywood gossip. "This is similar to what went on between Jen[nifer Aniston] and John [Mayer]," she says casually in conversation. Later on: "Look what's going on with Cindy Crawford and her nanny experience. . . . When Miley [Cyrus] was slamming the 'New Mooners,' we disagreed." Fuller isn't name-dropping, though. She's talking business. The former editor of celebrity, fashion and lifestyle magazines such as Star, Us Weekly, Marie Claire and Glamour is shifting from print into the hyper-competitive realm of online celebrity news in one more effort to create a media brand for women -- this time as a digital venture.
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May 18, 1995 | SHAV GLICK
Last year, when Bobby Rahal's Honda-powered Lola was in danger of being bumped from the Indianapolis 500 field, Roger Penske lent Rahal a Penske-Ilmor for emergency use. Rahal needed it. He qualified the car at the last minute and drove it to third place. On Wednesday, Rahal returned the favor, lending Penske a '94 Lola-Mercedes Benz for use in practice and possible qualifying. Emerson Fittipaldi will practice with it when the weather clears, while Al Unser Jr.
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May 24, 2008 | Bill Dwyre
INDIANAPOLIS -- Roger Penske would be on the short list of billionaires with whom you'd like to hang out. Despite having more money than God, Penske is remarkably normal, infectiously friendly and open. Penske's companies sell cars and trucks, rent them, repair them, make parts for them and race them. They generate about $18 billion in annual revenue. Just one segment, Penske Automotive Group, announced first-quarter earnings that more than doubled over last year, from $14.9 million to $33.
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