PENSKE F1™

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Team Penske (formerly Penske Racing) is an American professional motorsports organization which has teams involved in open wheel, stock car, sports car, and touring car racing. Penske entered the Formula One World Championship from 1974 to 1976. Although the cars were built at the British base in Poole, the team held an American licence. In 1971, Penske had sponsored the second McLaren entry in the 1971 Canadian and US GP, entering Mark Donohue, who took the car to a podium finish. The team returned three years later, in the 1974 Canadian GP, with their own chassis, the PC1, a standard tub built around a Cosworth DFV engine and a Hewland gearbox. The team recorded a 12th Place finish on debut courtesy of Mark Donohue. In 1975, Roger Penske mounted a full season attack with the PC1, with varying success. The season was overshadowed by Donohue's accident at the Austrian GP, with proved to be fatal. 

 

For 1976, Penske signed a sponsorship deal with Citibank and entered a brand new PC3 for  Northern Irishman John Watson. In spite of a fifth place scored at the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami, the PC3 was evolved into the PC4, which was much more competitive, allowing Watson to score two podiums in France and Britain. Then, in the Austrian Grand Prix, the team scored their only F1 win. So far this has been the last time an American constructor won a F1 race. Still, at the end of the year, Penske decided to withdraw from the sport to concentrate solely on Indycar racing, selling the remains of his European operations to Günter Schmid of Germany.

NOTABLE DRIVERS:

* John Watson

* Mark Donohue

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