March 21, 2019

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Another series, another racing championship for Roger Penske.

With its drivers Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard finishing 1-2 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, on Saturday, the DJR Team Penske’s V-Power Shell Racing Team clinched the V8 Supercars team championship over runner-up Red Bull Holden Racing Team. The Holden team had won the previous seven season championships in the Supercars series.

The series wraps up on Sunday (Saturday, U.S. time), and McLaughlin can wrap up a series championship by finishing 11th or better. McLaughlin could finish even lower and still bring home the title if top challenger Jamie Whincup fails to win. Whincup entered the weekend seeking his seventh consecutive drivers‘ title, but he crashed out in the first lap in Saturday’s race en route to losing the points lead.

Bathurst 1000: Behind the scenes with Roger Penske's V8 Supercars team

The team title for Penske — his first in the Supecars series — is his third as a team owner in 2017. His teams also won the Verizon IndyCar Series title and the owners‘ title in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. 

Penske, 80, and Team Penske president Tim Cindric are in Australia this weekend for that series‘ championship weekend.

“We came into today thinking about what was at stake Saturday and Sunday, knowing that we had to really execute with both cars,” Penske told „The good news is we’ve got one thing behind us and now Scotty will have to finish 11th or better tomorrow for the drivers’ and that’s the focus.

“We’ve come a long way since we showed up here three years ago, and I think it’s a credit to all the people and the sponsors that have supported the team.“

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Mike Pryson

Mike Pryson – Mike Pryson covered auto racing for the Jackson (Mich.) Citizen Patriot and M-Live Media Group from 1991 until joining Autoweek as online motorsports editor In 2012. Promoted to motorsports editor in 2015.
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