NASCAR & Auto Racing

Michigan winner continues Penske tradition, honors team owner

In keeping with a Penske Racing tradition begun by now-retired Rusty Wallace, Kurt Busch named his winning car after reaching Victory Lane last Tuesday in the rain-delayed race at Michigan.

The name of the No. 2 Dodge: Roger, in honor of team owner Roger Penske.

“Rusty started the tradition many years ago for the Penske teams to name their cars after their first trips to Victory Lane and we’re continuing that by naming this car Roger,” Busch said. “Roger Penske is the best car owner of them all and is an icon in the business world.

“But the biggest determining factor for naming this car Roger is the fact that this is our first race win that we’ve been able to celebrate face to face with The Captain in Victory Lane,” Busch added. “He wasn’t able to make it to our win at Bristol last year and he couldn’t be at Pocono last month.”

Busch replaced Wallace at Penske for the start of the 2006 season.

Wallace, the 1989 Cup champion, began naming his winning race cars in the late ’80s while running for the Blue Max team. When Penske began fielding stock cars again in 1991, Wallace and crew chief Buddy Parrott continued the tradition.

“We just continued the tradition that those famous guys started,” Busch said.

“... (Penske) believed in me at the end of 2005 when he put me in the seat of the Miller Lite Dodge. He has been steadfast with his support through all the ups and downs.”