Jayski's Mark Donohue Tribute

Born: Mark Donohue Jr.
March 18, 1937, Summit, NJ
Died: August 19, 1975, Graz, Austria

Racing Hometown: Newtown Square, PA

Mark Donohue was my first ever favorite race car driver. I started following him in the late 1960's when I was a tyke. When he won the Indy 500 on May 29, 1972 with an average speed of 162.962mph, I was in heaven. I met Mark in the Pocono's at the Split Rock Lodge not far from the Pocono International Raceway, where I was attending time trials for the now defunct Indy Pocono 500. He and Roger Penske stopped by to have dinner at Split Rock, where my family was staying. My Dad bought Mark and Roger a drink and they motioned me to come over. Mark signed my Pocono 500 brochure. It was very cool and he talked to me for a few minutes. It was ironic that I was staying at Split Rock a few years later when he died after practicing an F-1 car for the Austrian Grand Prix on August 19, 1975. TV Auto Racing being sketchy at best in 1975, I hadn't even known he had an accident until after my Dad broke the news of his death. Mark Donohue was 38 and a sports car champion and 1972 Indianapolis 500 winner. He died from severe head injuries sustained August 16 in practice for the Austrian Grand Prix at Graz, Austria. I never saw any of Mark's Winston Cup races as not many NASCAR races were seen on TV up here in NJ, except on ABC's Wide World of Sports in small tape delayed segments.

So this is my tribute to Mark Donohue.....my all time favorite driver

Mark's Autograph Brochure
The autograph I got from Mark Donohue at Split Rock (near Long Pond, PA), the first and only time I met him and Roger Penske. The other image is the brochure the autograph is on.

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The Mark Donohue Tribute Reuion Poster
by Paul Powell of the former Unfair Advantage Racing website

Winners circle at Riverside
January 21, 1973
- Mark Donohue in winners circle at Riverside International Raceway after winning the Winston Western 500, his only Winston Cup win(in six tries). With him in the photo is Miss Winston Marilyn Newsome(L) and Miss Winston Noneen Hulbert(R).(Photo form the UMI Publication - NASCAR Winston Cup 1973 Yearbook)

The 53rd running of the Indianapolis 500 was held on Friday, May 30, 1969.
It was an event that would go down in Penske history as the start of an IndyCar dynasty.
For the first time, Roger Penske would field a car for the event with legendary driver, Mark Donohue.
Image from Team Penske Facebook page (2-26-2016)

#16 AMC Madador
The #16 AMC Matador owned by Roger Penske and driven to victory at Riverside International Raceway in the Winston Western 500. The first Winston Cup race ever won by AMC.(Photo form the UMI Publication - NASCAR Winston Cup 1973 Yearbook)

1972 Indy 500 Winners Circle
Mark Donohue in the Winners Circle after winning the 1972 Indy 500.(Photo From the 1973 Indianapolis 500 Program)

Mark and His Mom
Mark Donohue and his Mom at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after he won the 1972 Indy 500.(Image used with permission from former Unfair Advantage Racing website)

1972 Indy 500 Dinner
Mark Donohue with IMS owner Tony Hulman at the 1972 Indianapolis 500 Awards Dinner.(Photo From the 1973 Indianapolis 500 Program)

The #66 Sunoco Indy Car
Mark Donohue and his 1972 Sunoco Special McLaren owned by Roger Penske.(Photo From the 1973 Indianapolis 500 Program)

#16 AMC
Taken by Glenn Miller (email: Millstok@aol.com) at Riverside, CA.
Glenn Miller, Automotive Sports Photographer from 1958 through today. Glenn spent much time during those early years at numerous - and now legendary tracks in the Southern California area, including: Colton, Riverside, Pomona, Fontana, Carlsbad, Orange County International Raceway, Bakersfield, and Irwindale Ascot & Elsinore. During this period, Glenn was one of the EMPI Photographers.
As a result Glenn has accumulated over 5 thousand automotive images, including numerous photos from the original EMPI, Revmaster, Bug-Ins, and Drag Days at OCIR, and Sports Car Racing, SCCA, SCTA, Bonneville, NASCAR and Trans-Am, Can-Am Racing, and currently Madras Speedway, to name a few.
Glenn has some great vintage photographs . These fabulous photos document the start of the RIR Scene from the early, formative days of the 1960s to the heyday of the mid 1980s. These photographs are nothing less than treasures from a bygone era.
Glenn Miller, VW Guy, EMPI Historian Bonneville Photographer ( Al Teague.com) ( Cal-look.com Historian ) 1320 Group History Photographer (Nitroparts.com) Hot SpringsEvaluation Expert ! Resource Management Specialist (old Cars ) Racer, Motor Man.

Detroit Museum Hall of Fane
Mark who maintains a Mark Donohue/Mark Martin tribute page, My Two Marks Webpage sent this image to me. This picture was taken at The Motorsports Hall of Fame just outside of Detroit, MI.

73 Indy 500
Unkown what this is all about. The 1973 Indy 500 Front Row, from left, Johnny Rutherford, Mark Donohue and Swede Savage. See a young Tony George in the background walking. Image sent to me by the folks who run the Swede Savage - My Hero.

Thanks to Rhonda Norman for the scan of the cards.

Taken summer of 2001 where a Porsche Rennsport reunion was held. There were two 917/30 Porsche's that Donohue drove. Roger Penski drove one and Mark's son David drove the other. Thanks to Kyle Booth for the images.(1-23-2002)

Bronze Busts
"Race Faces"
A Tribute To The Champions of Speed

Left to right: Mark Donohue, Bruce McLaren, Ayrton Senna de Silva, Jim Clark
Each 3/4 life-size, 15 lbs.
From the Warbird Central site.

Taken at Riverside during the CanAm in 1972, Donohue in a Porsche 917
From Bill Wood of The Racing Report

Mark with Lori's Dad, Lori runs the War Wagon Cartoon site.
Picture taken at Mosport in Bowmanville, Ontario

Image of Mark's 917-30 from Michael

Image of Mark's Indy Car AAR Eagle that he raced in at Indy, Pocono, and Ontario in 1973. Taken at the Wisconsin Automotive Museum by Jacques N. Dresang. Jacques also sent a scan of a poster [by UEMSI] of Mark in the Cam-Am 917. The posters were made for the Donohue Reunion in 2003.


The late Mark Donohue won three of the four events in IROC 1, a series contested on road courses in Porsche Carrera RSR cars. Emerson Fittipaldi was the fastest qualifier for the first race at Riverside, but he and George Follmer had to start from the rear of the field after missing a mandatory pre-race drivers' meeting. Donohue led from start-to-finish while Follmer charged from last to fourth place. In Race 2, Follmer came from ninth on the grid to win, as Donohue retired early. In Race 3, Donohue started on the pole and led all the way, as Follmer went from 12th to fifth. The field was then cut in half, with the top six points leaders from the first three events qualifying for the finale at Daytona. Again, it was a Donohue-Follmer battle, until Follmer spun. That victory was Donohue's last, as he then retired as an active driver, only to return to competition later that year. Donohue was killed the following season after a Formula One practice accident.

Mark Donohue's Winston Cup Stats

  Date Track Start Finish Laps Winnings
1 1/23/72 Riverside 3 39 13/149 $1,515
2 2/20/72 Daytona 10 35 18/200 $1,375
3 3/5/72 Ontario 7 44 45/200 $1,615
4 3/26/72 Atlanta 11 15 314/328 $1,325
5 1/21/73 Riverside 4 1 191/191 $15,170
6 4/1/73 Atlanta 12 30 202/328 $950
Totals     3 1 783/1396 $21,700

USRRC Champion 1967-68
Trans-Am Champion 1968-69-71
Daytona 24 Hour Winner 1969
Indy 500 Rookie of the Year 1969
Indy 500 Winner 1972
Can-Am Champion 1973
1st IROC Champion 1974

Mark Donohue Related News

Other Mark Donohue Pages/Links/Stories

Order Donohue's book at:

The Unfair Advantage - Hardcover
The Unfair Advantage - paperback
by Mark Donohue, Paul Van Valkenburgh / Hard Cover / September 2000
Jayski Review: What can I say, my all time favorite driver from whan I was a kid,
great book and great insight in the greatness of Mark Donohue.

Mark Donohue Driver Suit
The AMX-perience/Trans-Am Javelin Mark Donohue Tribute
American GP - Mark Donohue
Car and Driver: John Phillips: For Mark Donohue, 1100 hp was 'Far From Too Much'
Mark Donahue Jr. - International Motorsports Hall of Fame Member
Mark Donohue - Indianapolis 500
1972 Indy 500 Results

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