Adoption benefits:

* One-year Teammates membership

* Recognition signage with the car during the run of the exhibit

* Recognition and on the Museum’s website under current exhibits

* Listing on the Adopt-an-Exhibit donor wall in the Museum

* A certificate of adoption

Norton Penske PC7

Year Built: 1979

Chassis: Penske PC-7

Engine: 161-cubic-inch turbocharged Cosworth V8

Driver: Bobby Unser (1979), Larry Cannon (1981)

Livery Year: 1979

Sponsor: Norton Spirit

Adoption cost: $750

Driving the newly designed Penske PC-7 chassis, 1979 was the first of three years Bobby Unser drove for car owner Roger Penske. Unser captured seven pole positions and six victories during the 1979 Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) season. The chassis was constructed at the Penske Cars factory in Poole, Dorset, England, and paired with a 161 cubic-inch turbocharged Cosworth V8.

This PC7 was the “backup” car, and identical to the Norton Spirit Unser drove in the 1979 Indianapolis 500. After losing the highest gear in the transmission late in the race, Unser lost the lead and finished fifth.

This car returned to the “500” in 1981 with Larry Cannon driving but was bumped from the field and did not qualify.