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Phoenix — By Heather Wright Schlichting on May 21, 2010 at 6:04 am
Filed under: featuredarticle, museum, race cars, Scottsdale

Start Your Engines at the Penske Racing Museum

Get up to speed on the fast and famous racecars of Indy and NASCAR lore at the Penske Racing Museum in North Scottsdale.

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The museum, one of the area’s best-kept secrets, is located within the Scottsdale 101 Auto Collection, between the Jaguar and Bentley dealerships. It contains a collection of Indy 500 winning cars surpassed only by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. And according to Pat Hozza, the museum curator, gives speed car fans an up-close and personal experience with automobiles that are ordinarily just a blur as they barrel around the track.

Indy, race car, penske, auto, museum, NascarWhen I learned of this museum I decided to check it out for myself.  The two-story, 9,000-square-foot museum features a vast array of cool and colorful cars.  For someone who doesn’t care what she drives, I found this collection impressive.  The 20-car, world-class Penske collection features several cars, some with their tops opened so car lovers can drool over the high-tech interior.

Among the cars on display are:
• The 1974 Penske PC-1 – the first car designed and built by Penske Racing at its plant in England.
• The 1963 NASCAR Pontiac Catalina – which was driven to victory by Roger Penske at the NASCAR Riverside 250 in 1963.
• The Cosworth Ford DFX V8 – Rick Mears drove this sleek car in 1986, setting what was then the closed-course speed record of 223 mph. Driver Al Unser Sr. also won his fourth and Penske Racing’s sixth Indy 500 driving this car in 1987.

race car, penske, museum, cars, pace car, Indy, NASCARThe museum is owned by Penske, an icon in the racing industry, with the most successful Indy-car racing team in history with 134 race wins. Banners feature team drivers, including Sam Hornish Jr., Ryan Newman and Helio Castroneves. A video of competitions helps museum-goers relive their favorite races.  For true fans, visit the second-floor boutique to purchase autographed, die-cast cars, miniature driving helmets and other racecar memorabilia.

The museum is a great opportunity to learn more about racing or if you’re already a fan than the experience will fulfill your need for speed.  And before you leave make sure to ogle the Maseratis, Lamborghinis and other beauties in the surrounding auto mall.

Penske Racing Museum
7125 E. Chauncey Lane (map)
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Admission is FREE
Phone: 480-538-4444

Photos from personal collection.

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