That is a degree not misplaced on 2012 Cup champion Keselowski, who at an official presentation asserting his long-anticipated crew swap for 2022 on Tuesday went out of his solution to evaluate his new driver/proprietor position at Roush to Tony Stewart’s transfer into an identical 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 Collection (35) when he left Joe Gibbs Racing on the finish of 2008 to type 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 proficient individuals who got here to work on the organisation as a result of Stewart had now made it his new NASCAR dwelling, 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 state of affairs performs out of their case.
“First off, hat’s off to Tony – what he did over there was wonderful 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 crew 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 likewise 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 crew co-ownership position at SHR
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These elements, in addition to the change to the Subsequent Technology automobile within the Cup Collection subsequent season – the place each crew will principally be beginning on a degree enjoying area – 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 feel we’re all the time expertise. Issues will change, groups change, corporations change over time and folks go totally different locations and issues like that occur.
“I feel our eyes and ears are open as expertise turns into out there 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 reason why we’re right here at the moment is to point out the world that right here’s what we’re doing and to make it possible for we’re attracting the most effective expertise because it comes up.”
Crew 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 might in order that we’d have the chance to speak with individuals who is likely to be contemplating a change that might be drawn to us and we’d be enticing to them,” Roush stated. “So, we undoubtedly have our shingle out.
“We’re within the enterprise to remain and we’re trying to reset and to maneuver ahead with probably 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 take a look at making enhancements and ambitions to our organisation out of individuals which are at a degree of their profession the place they’re prepared for a change as Brad was.”
Ryan Newman, Roush Fenway Racing, Ford Mustang Assured Charge
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Keselowski’s further deal with the competitors facet of the brand new organisation will put him in a key position to determine who’s added and who’s saved at Roush.
The expertise he has in his profession, from having owned his personal Truck Collection program in addition to driving for profitable organisations resembling JR Motorsports and Penske, ought to profit him nicely.
“It’s a important position for me and it’s a important position for me in becoming a member of the crew, little doubt,” Keselowski stated.
“It actually comes right down to the type of administration that you’ve got. I’m an enormous believer in servant management
“A whole lot of my intention is, sure, to carry folks accountable as any chief does, however extra so to serve the crew in serving to them get what they must be the most effective they are often, and which means being an lively listener as a lot as setting route, however serving to them obtain their objectives and serving to them inform us what to do.
“There’s the previous Steve Jobs saying, ‘We rent good folks to allow them to inform us what to do, not so I can inform them what to do.’ And I’m an enormous believer in that, so there’s actually some work to be achieved in that space.”
Keselowski is beneath no illusions of a straightforward path forward, however plans to carry everybody to the identical customary as himself in working for fulfillment.
Brad Keselowski, Crew Penske, Ford Mustang Low cost Tire
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“This can be a large problem, however it’s an enormous dream of mine to be an proprietor and a associate on the NASCAR degree with the appropriate possession group, and I feel that is it – however it’s scary,” he stated.
“I’ve an incredible crew proper now. I’m not going to say something otherwise, and I’ve been very privileged to drive for Crew Penske and to have the success we’ve had.
“It’s robust to depart that, and I don’t need to deny that in any form or type, however this can be a large dream of mine that was price leaving it for.
“It’s not a straightforward transition. I do know the work goes to be laborious and that’s scary. It’s scary to depart one thing the place you understand you may be profitable to go to a brand new alternative, however I consider on this alternative, however we have now to go do the work.
“No one goes to offer something to us. Now we have to go work for it.”