Mark N. Donohue
Mark N. Donohue
Hometown: Summit, NJ
Team: Special

Mark N. Donohue '59
Hometown:
 Summit, NJ
Sport:
Special
Year Inducted:
1972

Mark N. Donohue ’59, voted the racing driver of the year in 1971, won the grand daddy of them all last May when he roared from behind to capture the Indianapolis 500 in record-breaking time, and with it $218,767.90 in first place money. His biggest victory in championship racing came less than a year after he won the second jewel in auto racing’s triple crown, the Schaefer 500 at Pocono, PA. The engineering graduate raced six years as an amateur after leaving Brown, winning two Sports Car of America championships driving a Mustang and a Lotus 20B. Turning professional, he joined Roger Penske in 1966 and placed third in the Can-Am. He won six of eight races in 1967 and became United States Road Racing Club champion. The moon-faced Donohue repeated in 1968, a year in which he won the Trans-Am Sedan championship for Chevrolet, took the Daytona 24-hour endurance race, and received the Martini and Rossi Driver of the Year award. The native of Summit, NJ, first raced in the Indianapolis 500 in 1969, finishing fourth and being named Rookie of the Year. Donohue was second at Indy in 1970, finishing behind Al Unser, and in 1971 he was voted Driver of the Year by the American Auto Racing writers and broadcasters, taking 152 of the 169 votes cast. Extremely modest, soft spoken, and articulate, Donohue has the reputation of being an intense, no-nonsense person for whom winning on the track is absolutely essential.