The Roger Penske Race Shop is really something to see. I tried to show in my pics just how immense this place is; but I'm not sure even these convey how big it really is. It takes some imagination to "assemble" this place in your mind. Check out the video link further down the page.
Because of it's immense size and latest technology, it has been given the name "The Garage Mahal".
The building has over 420,000 square feet under one roof. What you can see is not nearly all of it.
I also added some pics of the trophies his teams have won; both from NASCAR and Indy car.
The main entrance looks simple enough. Never expect what you are about to see.
Here is a shot at the far end where several recently raced cars were at. This is part of the way down the overhead cat walk. Notice you can see about seven race cars spots here.
In these two photos above I stood in the same spot and took photos in two different directions; trying to give an idea of the length of the building. On the pic on the left you can see the race haulers backed into the building. From left to right is an Xfinity Series hauler; a Indy Car Series hauler and two Cup Series haulers.
The photo on the right is standing in the same spot looking the other direction. You can see a very long line of race cars. It think there is about 20 spots side by side here. Compare those seven spots shown above to this long line of cars here. Here is a video that shows it in better detail
Italian tiles line the floor ready for some of the best mechanics in the business to work on the race machines. The facility is immaculate. Despite all of the cars, there is not a drop of oil or speck of dirt to be found. By early 2007, all of Penske's race teams called the massive structure home. The IndyCar Series team, located in Reading, Penn., since the early 1970s, completed its move to Mooresville in late 2006. The IndyCar Series teams occupy 55,843 square feet in the facility. The consolidation of Penske Racing made Roger Penske the first owner competing in three different major auto racing series to place all of his teams under one roof, and the first to base his IndyCar Series team in North Carolina.
A couple photos here of work in process on the race cars. It's a bee hive of activity; but as you can see all the work areas are spotless.
As mentioned above; Penske has three major race teams under the same roof. Here is one ofhis Grand Am cars.
Many amenities provided here. Here is one of the work out rooms I am sure gets a lot of use by the pit crews.
This is the souvenir area. It's a lot bigger than it appears in the photo. It's almost 5,000 square feet. If you are in the area at the end of the season; they have lots of great mark-downs on all their stuff.
This is the reception area. On the left you can see the Cup Championship trophy and also Indy 500 Borg Warner trophies. Better pictures of them are below.
In addition to what has been mentioned; the organization's NASCAR teams occupy 240,781 square feet. That's equivalent to eight acres under roof. Also contained in the building's NASCAR section are 17 surface plates, three paint booths, three body prep stations, a Rapid Prototyping Department and an aero scale model shop. The facility also has a 138-seat cafeteria where employees may enjoy a catered lunch during the work week plus a 150-seat auditorium. Men's and women's locker rooms exist on each side of the training room. Outside the structure there's a one-mile nature trail and two lighted baseball fields. A separate entrance exists for the IndyCar Series teams, which had its facilities constructed in the main building behind the NASCAR shop.
These pictures from here on down are race trophies that have been won. I made them large so folks could see them clearly. I know it is rare someone gets close to a race winners trophy.
The trophy on the left is the Cup Championship trophy that Brad Keselowski won for Penske in 2012.
The trophy on the right is from when 2008 when Ryan Newman won the Daytona 500.
Joey Logano has won FOUR of these trophies in a row at Dover Delaware in the Xfinity series. This trophy is pretty awesome. Just to get an idea of it's size, that's a 1/24 scale diecast that Miles the Monster is holding in his hands.
Below is some pictures that various drivers have won for Penske when they won the Indy 500. Each one has the drivers helmet and the miniature Borg Warner Trophy the winner gets. You can also see the victory lane photos. The ACTUAL Borg Warner trophy is shown below left.
This is the actual Borg Warner Trophy. It has the faces of every driver that has ever won it on it.
Mark Donahue gave Penske his first Indy 500 victory. It came in 1972. Donahue also raced Formula 1 for Penske and in 1975 Donahue crashed in practice, and didn't appear to have any serious injuries. He developed a severe headache, and after going to the hospital in Graz, Austria the next day, Donohue lapsed into a coma from a cerebral hemorrhage and died.
Danny Sullivan was behind the wheel of Penske's machine for the famous "spin and win" in the 1985 Indy 500. Sullivan spun out racing for the lead didn't hit anything and come back to win.
As of the end of 2018 Penske lays claim to 17 Indy 500 wins; along with 17 Indy 500 poles. For his Indy 500 competition; he has won almost 35 percent of the Indy 500's he had fielded cars in.
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