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Will Penske switch to Porsche to achieve LeMans win?
Dumas in the Penske Porsche RS Spyder at St. Pete in 2008
Roger Penske still has one goal to achieve in motorsports - the 24 Hours of LeMans.
He has won the Indy 500 18 times, numerous IndyCar championships, the Daytona 500, the NASCAR championship, Trans-Am championships, and even a Supercars championship in Australia.
Penske, as well as several other IMSA owners including Wayne Taylor, are hoping the ACO and IMSA’s new common LMDh formula will allow them to compete in the race and fight for overall victory.
Penske, who made one start in the race as a driver in 1963, spoke on his ambitions in an interview with Allan McNish during last weekend’s virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans, where a Team Penske-entered Oreca 07 LMP2 car took part.
“One of the things for us as a team is to be amongst the greatest people we’ve seen in motorsports,” he said. “For anyone that’s had a chance to be a winner at Le Mans and it’s certainly a goal for us.
“We all need goals and I’ve been very fortunate over the years racing with our teams to win championships, great wins.
“There’s always that one you want. I think that’s one of the things that Le Mans would mean to us as a team.
“Certainly for me personally. It’s a goal that we want to [achieve].”
Team Penske’s current contract with Acura in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is understood to be through the end of this year. Will Acura want to have a go at the LMDh formula, or will Penske switch to Porsche, who has expressed a strong interest in the formula? Let's not forget that Team Penske win three LMP2 title with Porsche with the RS Spyder program.
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