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1972 Winner

Driver: Mark Donohue

Roger Penske’s first “500” win came in 1972, when Mark Donohue triumphed with a McLaren M-16B, powered by a turbocharged Offenhauser engine. This was the first year in which “bolt-on” rear wings were permitted, and with very generous specifications allowed to begin with, the speeds skyrocketed, Bobby Unser raising the single-lap mark from 179 to 196 mph in just one year. Donohue, who started third, qualified at 191.403 mph and he went on to establish a new record for 500 miles at 162.962, a speed which held up for 12 years.

Adoption benefits:

  • A vintage photo of your adopted car
  • Recognition signage with the car and on the Museum’s website
  • A certificate of adoption

Adoptions are for a period of one year with the option to renew annually.

Adopted by: Amy and William Ladow