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Who is Roger Penske? A look at the Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient
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President Trump awards Roger Penske with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday – here's a look at the man receiving the honor.
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The 82-year-old owner of Team Penske is only the second person involved in auto racing to receive the highest civilian honor. In 1992, George H.W. Bush honored racing driver Richard Petty with the award.
Penske started racing cars in the late 1950s and retired from driving in 1965.
During his career, he won several awards including Sports Illustrated’s Driver of the Year award in 1961 and the Sports Car Club of America’s Presidents Cup in 1960, 1962 and 1963.
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Penske was also inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2015 and the NASCAR Hall of Fame earlier this year, according to AutoNews.com.
After he retired, Penske started his own racing teams in 1965 and in 1969, he founded Penske Corporation, which has its headquarters in Bloomfield Township, Mich.