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Roger Penske, Jack Roush inducted into NASCAR Hall of Fame

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Posted at 9:41 PM, Feb 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-01 21:41:36-05

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Roger Penske has been inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The icon of motorsports last year celebrated Team Penske's 500th victory as an organization, won the Cup championship with Joey Logano and the Indianapolis 500 with Will Power. He was introduced by Logano, Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney, and inducted by his son, Greg.

"He's known as "The Captain" but to us, he's also known as a mentor, fierce competitor, role model and friend," Logano said.

Penske in 2016 celebrated his 50th season in racing. He built the two-mile speedway in Fontana, California, in 1996, and at one time owned Michigan International Speedway.

"He's a true titan of industry and a leader in advancing the popularity of American motorsports for more than 50 years as a team owner, track owner and even a driver," said Blaney.

Penske credited motorsports with building his corporation and setting the pace for all his success.

"Racing is simply who we are," he said. "The lessons we learn in racing help drive our success in business and the exposure provided by NASCAR is a source of pride that builds our brand and our entire organization."

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Jack Roush has been inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

The championship-winning team owner was introduced by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., one of his current drivers, and inducted by 2017 Hall of Fame driver Mark Martin. Roush wore his trademark Panama hat for his induction.

Roush teams have won a record 322 races across NASCAR's three national series and the organization has five NASCAR national series owner championships. Roush is a graduate-level mathematician, engineering entrepreneur and a strong supporter of the Detroit automotive scene and Ford Motor Co., as well as a pilot.

He noted during his speech that he wasn't expected to succeed when he launched his NASCAR team in 1988.

"Few if any knowledgeable fans and even fewer Cup team personnel would have given me favorable odds of surviving for more than three decades, as I stand before you tonight," Roush said.

Roush gave credit to Martin, who the team was built around, and Ford for its longtime support to his program.