The Penske PC1 was the first Formula One developed by Penske Racing and was used during the 1974 and 1975 Formula One Season. It was primarily driven by Mark Donohue, although it was driven by John Watson for one race after the death of Donohue.
The car made its debut at the 1974 Canadian Grand Prix driven by Donohue, finishing 12th. At the season finale a couple of weeks later at Watkins Glen International, the car suffered a rear suspension failure.
The following year, the car was entered for a full season, with Donohue again behind the wheel. That year, the car finished some respectable top 10 finishes in Argentina, South Africa and the Netherlands, even scoring two points at the Swedish Grand Prix. The car retired twice due to mechanical failures and twice due to crashes.
After the 1975 French Grand Prix, the car was retired in favour of the March 751, which Donohue used in the next three rounds of the championship. During practice for the Austrian Grand Prix, Donohue and track marshal were killed in a heavy crash.
John Watson was hired to replace Donohue and the team entered the final race of the season in the United States. By this time, the team had already finished development of their new car, the Penske PC3, which Watson used for both practice and qualifying. However, prior to the race the car suffered a mechanical issue and Watson was forced to start the race in the PC1. He finished the race in 9th and the PC1 was then permanently retired.
Complete Formula One Results
|Complete Formula One Results|
|Penske Cars||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8||66||Donohue||12th||Ret|
|Penske Cars||Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8||28||Donohue||7th||Ret||8th||Ret||Ret||11th||5th||8th||Ret|
|3rd||DNQ||Did not qualify|
|5th||Points finish||DNPQ||Did not pre-qualify|
|14th||Non-points finish||TD||Test driver|
|Italics||Scored point(s) for Fastest Lap||DNS||Did not start|
|18th†||Classified finish (retired with >90% race distance)||NC||Non-classified finish (<90% race distance)|
|4thP||Qualified for pole position||[+] More Symbols|
- Perkins, Chris (21 February 2018). "Roger Penske's Nearly Forgotten American F1 Team". Road & Track. https://www.roadandtrack.com/motorsports/a28236/penske-f1-history/. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
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