For the past several weeks there has been a great deal of speculation over Team Penke driver Brad Keselowski’s future. Lapst week, Keselowski cleared up a bit of that speculation when he announced that he would not bereturning to Team Penske for the 2022 season.
On Tuesday, Keselowski ended all speculation with the announcement that he will be joining Roush Fenway Racing.
Not only will Keselowski be taking over the driving duties of the number six car, which is currently being driven by Ryan Newman, he will alsp be a part owner of the team. Keselowski will also be a part of the competition committee.
Roush Fenway stated that the remaining driver lineup and so forth will be announced later.
Via a team release, Keselowski said, “I am thrilled to be able to share the news about this next venture with my fans, peers, and the industry. This presents an opportunity to continue my on-track success with a strong team and a long-term commitment, but also dive into my passion of team ownership where I know I can be an asset to the future of the team. I am optimistic about what Jack (Roush), John (Henry) and I can accomplish together, especially with a new era for our sport on the horizon (with the Next Gen car). Our goal is to win races and compete for championships at NASCAR’s top level, and we plan to do just that.”
The 79 year old Roush has 137 owner wins and has fielded two championship drivers – Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch. Keselowski also has a championship title while drving with Team Penske.
Keselowski has made the playoffs in 10 of the past eleven seasons and is posed to be one of the 16 drivers in the playoffs this season after his win in Talladega. He is currently ranked ninth in the point standings.
Jack Roush also spoke on the new deal saying, “I’m truly excited about this partnership with Brad. I think it will bring a lot to the organization, from not only Brad’s ability behind the wheel, but a rejuvenation and fresh perspective across our teams. I’ve had the opportunity to watch Brad for a number of years, as he has fought and clawed his way up the ladder, molding himself into a champion and one of the top drivers in our sport. I’ve always admired his resolve and determination. I’m very pleased that he has chosen to be a part of our organization and I’m proud to partner with him moving into the future.”
With Brad Keselowski taking over the number six car, current driver Ryan Newman is out of a ride. Roush Fenway has stated that the remaining driver will be announced at a later date. Currently Chris Buescher drives the second RFR car. There is some speculation that Ryan Newman could remain as a part of Roush as a part time driver.
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