That is some extent not misplaced on 2012 Cup champion Keselowski, who at an official presentation asserting his long-anticipated staff change for 2022 on Tuesday went out of his method to evaluate his new driver/proprietor function at Roush to Tony Stewart’s transfer into the same place at Haas CNC Racing in 2009.
As Keselowski famous, Stewart was the identical age (37) and had the identical tally of profession wins within the NASCAR Cup Sequence (35) when he left Joe Gibbs Racing on the finish of 2008 to kind Stewart-Haas Racing.
However when Stewart joined forces with Gene Haas, the most important acquire wasn’t simply in including Stewart the completed driver – then a two-time champion. It was additionally all of the distinctive and gifted individuals who got here to work on the organisation as a result of Stewart had now made it his new NASCAR house, duly leading to Stewart taking a 3rd title for SHR in 2011 after a nail-biting decider to beat Carl Edwards on countback.
Keselowski, in addition to the executives at Roush Fenway, are hoping the identical situation performs out of their case.
“First off, hat’s off to Tony – what he did over there was superb and I don’t know if he’s ever gotten the credit score that he rightfully deserves,” Keselowski stated.
“He took that firm that had by no means received a race and in two-and-a-half-to-three years’ time received a championship with it. That was so spectacular.”
Roush Fenway, the staff that ran Edwards in that thrilling 2011 season, has a for much longer historical past and much more success in NASCAR than Haas did on the time of Stewart’s addition. It claimed consecutive titles with Matt Kenseth (2003) and Kurt Busch (2004) and in addition completed runner-up 4 instances with Mark Martin (1990, 1994, 1998, 2002) and with Greg Biffle in 2005.
Tony Stewart received his third Cup title in 2011 after taking up staff co-ownership function at SHR
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These elements, in addition to the change to the Subsequent Technology automobile within the Cup Sequence subsequent season – the place each staff will principally be beginning on a stage enjoying discipline – ought to present for a neater transition.
“One of many key issues is Tony did a tremendous job of bringing in key expertise,” Keselowski stated.
“I believe we’re all the time taking a look at expertise. Issues will change, groups change, firms change over time and other people go totally different locations and issues like that occur.
“I believe our eyes and ears are open as expertise turns into obtainable always, and I’m hopeful that we’ll proceed to have an inflow of expertise with this announcement. It’s one of many key the explanation why we’re right here right this moment is to indicate the world that right here’s what we’re doing and to be sure that we’re attracting one of the best expertise because it comes up.”
Group co-owner Jack Roush echoed Keselowski’s ideas.
“One of many challenges that we had was getting this press convention moved up as far again in the summertime as we may in order that we’d have the chance to speak with individuals who may be contemplating a change that will be drawn to us and we’d be engaging to them,” Roush stated. “So, we positively have our shingle out.
“We’re within the enterprise to remain and we’re trying to reset and to maneuver ahead with essentially the most aggressive assault on the guidelines modifications and the modifications that the Subsequent Gen automobile has and to re-evaluate the talent units and have a look at making enhancements and ambitions to our organisation out of individuals which might be at some extent of their profession the place they’re prepared for a change as Brad was.”
Ryan Newman, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Mustang Assured Price
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Keselowski’s further concentrate on the competitors facet of the brand new organisation will put him in a key function to resolve who’s added and who’s stored at Roush.
The expertise he has in his profession, from having owned his personal Truck Sequence program in addition to driving for profitable organisations similar to JR Motorsports and Penske, ought to profit him properly.
“It’s a essential function for me and it’s a essential function for me in becoming a member of the staff, little doubt,” Keselowski stated.
“It actually comes all the way down to the fashion of administration that you’ve. I’m a giant believer in servant management
“Lots of my intention is, sure, to carry individuals accountable as any chief does, however extra so to serve the staff in serving to them get what they should be one of the best they are often, and which means being an lively listener as a lot as setting route, however serving to them obtain their targets and serving to them inform us what to do.
“There’s the outdated Steve Jobs saying, ‘We rent good individuals to allow them to inform us what to do, not so I can inform them what to do.’ And I’m a giant believer in that, so there’s definitely some work to be performed in that space.”
Keselowski is underneath no illusions of a simple path forward, however plans to carry everybody to the identical commonplace as himself in working for achievement.
Brad Keselowski, Group Penske, Ford Mustang Low cost Tire
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“This can be a massive problem, however it’s a giant dream of mine to be an proprietor and a accomplice on the NASCAR stage with the best possession group, and I believe that is it – however it’s scary,” he stated.
“I’ve an incredible staff proper now. I’m not going to say something in a different way, and I’ve been very privileged to drive for Group Penske and to have the success we’ve had.
“It’s robust to go away that, and I don’t need to deny that in any form or kind, however it is a massive dream of mine that was value leaving it for.
“It’s not a simple transition. I do know the work goes to be onerous and that’s scary. It’s scary to go away one thing the place you understand you might be profitable to go to a brand new alternative, however I consider on this alternative, however we now have to go do the work.
“No one goes to provide something to us. We’ve to go work for it.”