The Early Years
In the 1950s and early 1960s, sports car racing legend Augie Pabst Jr. enjoyed a very successful racing career. During these years, he won numerous races and two national championships driving a variety of legendary cars such as the Birdcage Maserati, Cunningham, Lola Coupe, Ferrari, and the ever popular Meister Brau Scarab.
Going back 60 years, the Oconomowoc, WI based Pabst Racing workshop prepared and campaigned some interesting cars for Augie. First was a Triumph TR-3 built for his first foray into SCCA Club Racing. The Triumph eventually led to a McLaren Elva and the one of a kind, Mid Engine Scarab sponsored by Robert Bosch in 1965 for the USRRC.
Since the inception of Pabst Racing Team, top level preparation has always been our focus. This focus has continued to the next generation. Countless racecars have been prepared and maintained under management of Augie Pabst III who took over the team in 1991. A wide variety of cars that have been prepared and raced out of the Pabst Racing stable includes Formula Enterprises, Spec Racer, Shelby Can-Am, Lola T165, Lola T600, Formula Continental, Porsche GT3-Cup, IMSA Prototype Lites, USF Pro 2000, Daytona Prototype, Formula Atlantic, USF2000 and Indy Lights.
Over the last 10 years, Pabst Racing has proven to be a team to beat. As a whole, the team has won the Cooper Tire USF2000 team championship four times and earned more than 60 wins, 150+ podiums and 50+ pole awards in the USF Pro Championships ladder system (formerly Road To Indy). With a team environment unlike any other in the paddock, the crew brings decades of experience that spans (Formula Atlantic, Formula 1 , Indy Lights, INDYCAR, IMSA Sports Cars) . At Pabst Racing, car preparation is next-level and the on-track results speak for themselves.
Pabst Racing is proud to have played a role in the career paths of its former drivers. Tim Cindric (Team Penske) chose Pabst Racing for his son, Austin (2022 Daytona 500 Winner) to drive in the 2014 USF2000 Series. Retired Formula 1 driver, Rubens Barrichello chose Pabst Racing for his son, Eduardo to drive in the 2020 USF2000 Series. Former INDYCAR driver, Dalton Kellett drove for Pabst in 2012 and 2013. Current INDYCAR driver Rinus Veekay began his journey to INDYCAR with Pabst in 2017. Current INDY NXT drivers, Rasmus Lindh, Josh Pierson, Yuven Sundaramoorthy, Colin Kaminsky and Hunter McElrea launched their careers in a Pabst car. We build our program specifically with our drivers futures in mind. We’re looking forward to seeing our current crop of drivers advance their way to the top levels of motorsport.