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Roger S. Penske 1959


Roger S. Penske was a member of the Lehigh University Class of 1959 and studied business administration before becoming an accomplished racecar driver and businessman. He retired from driving at age 28 and dedicated his professional life to his passion for cars and motorsports and to building

Penske Corporation and Team Penske. While a student at Lehigh, he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta, played freshman football, and was a member of the honorary marketing fraternity Lambda Mu Sigma.

Penske Corporation is an on-highway transportation services company whose subsidiaries operate in a variety of industry segments, including retail automotive, truck leasing, transportation logistics, and professional motorsports. The highly diversified corporation manages businesses that operate worldwide.

Celebrating 50 years in motorsports in 2016, Team Penske began as Roger Penske Racing in 1966 and has grown into one of the most successful racing teams in the world. The team has captured a record number of Indianapolis 500 victories and national championships.

In all of his endeavors, Roger has brought to life his philosophy of “Effort Equals Results.” He has integrated this belief into the challenge of renewal in the City of Detroit, where he has led major civic initiatives, which have resulted in transformational improvement to one of the historic cities of our nation. 

Roger has commented that he values the high-level of integrity and work ethic of Lehigh University alumni whose no-nonsense, problem-solving nature is “unique.”

Roger’s generosity to his alma mater has impacted the university in many areas, including athletics programs and facilities, Mountaintop programming, and Linderman Library. In 1992, the Lehigh Athletics Hall of Fame was established in Taylor Gym to recognize those who have made substantial contributions to the university through athletics and in their lives after Lehigh. Fittingly, the Hall of Fame is named for Roger S. Penske, whose extraordinary career reflects those characteristics.

Roger and his wife, Kathryn, live in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.