When Josef Newgarden’s No. 2 PPG Chevrolet made a daring sweep around the outside of teammate, Scott McLaughlin, to take a final corner win at the NTT IndyCar Series event at Texas Motor speedway, on 20th March 2022, it was far more than just another dramatic moment in motorsport.
Although the result saw Team Penske secure three of the top four places (1st Newgarden, 2nd McLaughlin and 4th Will Power), the far bigger news was that this latest win propelled the organisation to the incredible milestone of 600 victories!
The journey started back in 1966. At its very first race, the newly-formed Roger Penske Racing took out a GT Class win at one of the most prestigious sports car races on the planet – the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Over the following 56 years, Team Penske steadily racked up wins in 14 different motorsport categories, including NASCAR, IndyCar and Supercars. No other American motorsports organisation has visited victory lane more than Team Penske, with over 50 different drivers winning at least one race. Brad Keselowski leads the list on 67 wins, followed by Mark Donohue on 59 win and Kiwi ace, Scott McLaughlin, actually sits third with a running tally of 49 wins so far for Team Penske.
After kicking off in 1984, the partnership between Team Penske and PPG has gone on to become one of the most enduring in all of motorsport. Today, PPG supplies refinish coatings to Penske Corporation’s truck leasing and automotive collision repair subsidiaries, as well as the company’s racing operations. For 2022, two-time IndyCar champion, Josef Newgarden, will be behind the wheel of the PPG liveried Team Penske No. 2 Chevrolet and he was super excited to snare the 600th win.