Roger Penske could have been a contender as a race car driver.
As a young man, he bought, raced and sold race cars and did well enough on the track to be named Sports Car Club of America's Driver of the Year by Sports Illustrated in 1961. With his movie-star looks and unflappable demeanor, his future looked bright. But Penske soon would make a decision that would change his life, that of another driver and indeed the history of auto racing. "I was asked to take a driver's test to race in the Indianapolis 500 around 1965, and I couldn't do that because I had a job, and I had to pass on it," Penske told Automotive News. That job was as a Chevrolet dealer in Philadelphia -- the start of his automotive career. more...
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