Penske entered theFormula OneWorld Championship from1974to1976. Although the cars were built at the British base inPoole,the team held an Americanlicence.In 1971, Penske had sponsored the second McLaren entry in the 1971 Canadian and US GP, enteringMark Donohue, who took the car to a podium finish. The team returned three years later, in the 1974 Canadian GP, with their own chassis, the PC1, a standard tub built around aCosworthDFV engine and aHewlandgearbox. Donohue took the car to 12th place on its debut. In 1975, Roger Penske mounted a full season attack with the PC1, Donohue managing to score a fifth place in the Swedish GP. However, the car was retired after the French GP and Penske entered aMarch 751for the next three races, scoring another fifth in the British GP. However, Donohue crashed the car in the final practice session of the1975 Austrian Grand PrixatSpielbergand later died from his injuries. Penske missed the Italian race, returning only for the US GP, abandoning the March 751 in favor of the PC1 with Northern Irish driverJohn Watson.
For 1976, Penske signed a sponsorship deal withCitibankand entered a brand new PC3 for Watson. In spite of a fifth place scored at theSouth African Grand PrixatKyalami, the PC3 was evolved into the PC4, which was much more competitive, allowing Watson to score two podiums in France and Britain. Then, in theAustrian Grand Prix, the team scored their only F1 win. So far this has been the last time an American constructor won a F1 race.Still, at the end of the year, Penske decided to withdraw from the sport to concentrate solely on Indycar racing, selling the remains of his European operations toGünter SchmidofGermany.
Activity: 1974 - 1976 Grand Prix: 41 Victories: 1 Best Grid Position: 2nd - J. Watson (Austria 1976) Fastest Laps: 0 Championship Points: 23