ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Team owner Roger Penske revealed Friday morning to a small group of reporters that he had a kidney transplant with his son, Greg, as the donor.
The operation at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, occurred about a few days after Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden won the championship Sept. 17, 2017 at Sonoma Raceway.
Team Penske president Tim Cindric recently had hip replacement surgery at the Mayo Clinic. After Cindric discussed his recovery from the procedure in the media session at Team Penske at-track offices, Penske volunteered that he also had an operation at the Mayo Clinic.
“When I did that transplant, we were up at the end of the day. They said ‘Would you get up and walk over to the window?’” Penske said. “Next day, I’m over in my son’s room. They get you going. It’s amazing. It’s a good spot, good spot.”
The Associated Press reported the timeframe and confirmed with the team that it was a kidney transplant for Penske, who turned 82 last month.
In a Feb. 2013 story for AutoWeek by Brant James, it was disclosed that Penske had lost a kidney after being diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2005.
MONTEREY, Calif – Rinus VeeKay may have won the first race of the weekend’s Indy Lights doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Saturday afternoon, but all all eyes post-race were all on the driver who finished the race in the fourth position.
That driver was Oliver Askew, who by simply starting the 30-lap event at the famed road course won the 2019 series title, along with the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series scholarship that guarantees a minimum of three races next season.
“It’s all sinking in,” Askew told NBC Sports following the race. “I’m really happy to be part of this team. They’re back to back champions now in Indy Lights, and I feel very fortunate to be driving in this car this year.
“This is what we worked for all year. I’m very happy to be in this position and I can’t wait to celebrate with my team.”
With the championship in Askew’s possession from the get-go, the best VeeKay could do for in race 1 was to win in dominant fashion. He went on to do just so.
After starting the race from the pole position, VeeKay led every lap from start to finish en route to his fifth victory of the season.
“We managed the car well and kept the car consistent throughout the whole race,” VeeKay said. “I got a great car from the team so I want to give a big shout out to them for giving me a winning car.”
Behind VeeKay, Portland race 2 winner Toby Sowery finished the race in the second position, while Robert Megennis finished third.
Live streaming coverage of race two of the Indy Lights doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca begins tomorrow afternoon at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold.
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