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Old 08-20-2011, 06:07 PM   #1
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Default Roger Penske for president -- not such a bad idea?



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Not a bad suggestion. In honoring racing legend and auto executive Roger Penske last night at posh dinner Pebble Beach, Calif., Mercedes-Benz host Geoff Day tossed out the idea as a tribute, not so much of a campaign kick off. But as far as we know, no one yelled back "Bachmann," "Obama" or "Romney" in protest.Penske is a model of brains and steely resolve. It wouldn't be the first time he was urged into politics. A couple years ago, Penske, a dashing, silver-haired Mr. Fix-It, was being pushed to run for mayor of Detroit, a city that could truly use his executive talents. He declined.

Last night in presenting the "star driver" award, Day called Penske "a hero, a legend...an icon." His team has won 15 Indianapolis 500s. Penske, among his many businesses, operates some of the biggest U.S. Mercedes dealership.

Penske, who grew up in Cleveland, said his father took him to the Indy race for the first time in 1951, and "from that point on i was hooked."
Day asked Penske, the 1961 US Auto Club champion the perennial question: is it the car or the driver. Penske said qualifying is dependent on the car but over the length of the actual race, driving skill makes all the difference.

Mercedes gives the award each year to a person who is "driving the industry," Day said. Maybe Penske should be driving the country.
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Old 08-20-2011, 08:59 PM   #2
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Yes it is a bad idea. I have had some dealings with the man over the last 20+ years...Good for racing, otherwise not impressed.
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Old 08-21-2011, 12:24 AM   #3
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Yes it is a bad idea. I have had some dealings with the man over the last 20+ years...Good for racing, otherwise not impressed.
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Old 08-21-2011, 08:00 AM   #4
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PP to say the least.
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:00 AM   #5
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I have worked in TV for 35+ years. I live in Indy and have been part of the 500/CART/IRL coverage for most of that time. Have been part of crews doing interviews and profiles of drivers, owners for national and local broadcasting. More than once(and not twice) during that time I have been involved doing interviews/profiles with Mr. Penske. I have followed him around for days at a time. He, obviously, is a great team owner, and a successful businessman, but he didn't show me much that would make me want to vote for him. BTW in my time in the TV industry I have been involved in many interviews with several presidential candidates.
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Old 08-21-2011, 09:25 AM   #6
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Yes it is a bad idea. I have had some dealings with the man over the last 20+ years...Good for racing, otherwise not impressed.
I have met the man a few times and have a friend that works for him(engineer)..... Both my experience and that of my friend both confirm... great business man, but otherwise not so much
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Just because he's been a huge success in racing doesn't mean he would be a success as a president. One has very little to do with the other.

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Now Dan Gurney...
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Danica for President!

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