The 2012 Cup sequence champion, who gave Penske its first title in NASCAR’s premier division, has pushed for the staff because the finish of 2009 following his breakthrough victory at Talladega earlier that yr with Phoenix Racing.
However following hypothesis that he’ll change into a co-owner in a brand new Roush-Fenway-Keselowski Cup staff, it was announced earlier today that Keselowski will depart Staff Penske on the finish of the season, with reigning Xfinity Sequence champion Austin Cindric changing him within the #2 Ford in 2022.
In a press release, Keselowski stated his time driving for Penske was a “super alternative” and that he was “proud” of their success collectively, which additionally included the 2010 Xfinity title.
As regards to the explanation of why he’s leaving Penske now, the 2020 championship runner-up stated it was to “embrace a brand new alternative”, with out elaborating additional.
He stated: “Making the choice to half methods with Staff Penske to embrace a brand new alternative and problem was a tough one, and one I didn’t take flippantly. I do know that I’m leaving in a great place although, and I’m each excited and desirous to share the small print of what’s subsequent for me quickly.
“Proper now, my focus stays on successful extra races in 2021 and giving it my all to take down our second championship.”
Brad Keselowski, Staff Penske, Ford Mustang Low cost Tire
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The 37-year-old has run his personal staff earlier than. Brad Keselowski Racing was a daily within the NASCAR Truck Sequence between 2007 and 2017, when Cindric completed third within the standings. It is best championship end was second in 2015 with Tyler Reddick.
On the level of closing his Truck staff, Keselowski remained hopeful that he would in the future personal a automotive within the Cup Sequence, and a collaboration as a staff co-owner with Roush Fenway Racing is predicted to be confirmed shortly.
The staff initially based by Jack Roush received back-to-back Cup titles with Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch in 2003 and 2004, however hasn’t mounted a powerful title problem since Carl Edwards misplaced to Tony Stewart on countback of wins after the pair completed degree on factors in 2011.