ROGER PENSKE SAID, “MARK WAS A THINKING DRIVER.
He knew when to go and when not to go. He wasn’t going
to win it on guts, he was going to win it on using his head.”
Mark Donohue (March 18, 1937-August 19, 1975) was one
of the most talented and valuable drivers of his era. Besides
being a brilliant “wheel man,” he also had a bachelor’s
degree in mechanical engineering and his ability to bring
an engineer’s approach to car design and setup gave him
“the unfair advantage” over his competitors at every venue
he entered (along with some acid and a few buckets of ball
bearings). And he entered a broad range of venues in his
career, including the Can-Am and USRRC, endurance racing
at Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring, SCCA Class racing, the
TransAm, Indy 500, Formula 1, NASCAR, and IROC.
With Roger Penske’s assistance, Mark was successful at
everything he did. His foray into Formula 1 racing ultimately
cost him his life when a tire failure during test laps in Austria
caused him to have a fatal crash.
Here is a comprehensive collection of Mark’s cars done
in 1: 18 scale. All are diecast except the resin Spark IROC
Porsche. With a little patience, most of these cars can
be found on the secondary market. In the case of the
modified 917/10 Can-Am Porsche, you'll need to add a few
decals from author Bill Bennett. Email us at DCX@airage.
com and we'll put you in touch.
Winning with ;e Unfair Advantage
BY BILL BENNETT
Donohue's book ;e
details his journey as a
racer and gives a road
map for the aspiring
competitor that can
be summed up in two