June 20, 2019 / 4:50 PM / in a month

Trump says will present Medal of Freedom to former race car driver Penske

FILE PHOTO: May 25, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; 2018 Indy 500 winning car owner Roger Penske speaks at the drivers meeting for the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he would present the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the highest U.S. civilian honors, to former race car driver Roger Penske, chairman of Penske Automotive Group Inc.

Penske began racing in the late 1950s and won the Sports Car Club of America’s Presidents Cup in 1960, 1962 and 1963. He won Sports Illustrated’s Driver of the Year award in 1961.

After retiring from driving in 1965, Penske started his own race teams. Over the years he has built an automotive company with one of the most recognizable names in American motorsports and employs more than 50,000 people worldwide.

He is the most successful owner in the Indianapolis 500 race, with 18 victories, including this year when driver Simon Pagenaud won the race.

Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Frank Pingue; Writing by David Alexander; Editing by Richard Chang

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