Question: After your studies, you almost immediately joined Penske Motorsport. What have so far been your greatest personal successes and emotional moments in motorsport with Team Penske?
Jonathan Diuguid: I have had the privilege of working at Team Penske for the entirety of my professional career, starting with the Porsche RS Spyder Factory Program. Following this, I was able to be challenged for many years in IndyCar and IMSA. If I had to pick specific events from this period, I would highlight the 2007 Sebring 12 Hours overall win, 2012 Indy 500 pole, 2017 Iowa Speedway win, and the consecutive DPi championships we won in 2019 and 2020.
With each different program, I have found success with marque wins and championships, which have all been fulfilling. With each of these triumphs it was rewarding to share the victories with all the team members I worked with to achieve these milestones. There is always the thrill of victory, but being able to celebrate as a team makes all the effort worth it.
Question: This year, you’re participating in the WEC with Porsche Penske Motorsport. What makes Le Mans such a special race – for you personally and for Penske Motorsport?
Jonathan Diuguid: Team Penske and Roger Penske have been highly successful both domestically in North America but also internationally in Formula 1 and Australian V8 supercars. The WEC, as a full FIA World Championship, allows Penske to compete for this world championship and an overall win in the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans. That, combined with the fact that an overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is one triumph that has eluded Roger and the team thus far, makes it all the more desirable.
The opportunity to represent Porsche and Team Penske, as Porsche Penske Motorsport, is the pinnacle of my career. If our group delivers an overall victory at the 24 hours of Le Mans for Porsche Penske Motorsport, it would add to the history of both groups.
Over the past two years this team has put in extraordinary effort to get the program to the first race and, through the first races in both the WEC and IMSA, we have all been focused on preparation for Le Mans.
Question: What seems most formidable to you about this legendary 24-hour race?
Jonathan Diuguid: At Le Mans, you are not only racing the other competitors on track; you are racing yourself as well. Having a reliable car that you can push for 24 hours is a formidable task. Endurance racing has turned into 24 hours of sprint racing; you can no longer sit back and "take care of the car."
For the centenary running of the race, 16 entries are battling for the overall win, making this the most entries in the top class that the race has had in decades. Combined with the challenges of just finishing the race, we are competing against world-class manufacturers that will be pushing for the win as much as we will.