Keselowski, has been supplied a full-time Cup spot with Roush Fenway Racing starting subsequent season in a deal that may additionally embody part-ownership in a renamed staff known as RFK (Roush-Fenway-Keselowski) Racing, a number of sources with data of the deal have confirmed.
Keselowski would turn out to be the motive force of the #6 Ford, nevertheless it stays unclear how a lot of an possession proportion he would have within the renamed staff. Nonetheless, Keselowski could be anticipated to play a big function on the competitors facet of the organiszation, sources mentioned.
Additionally unclear is whether or not the present driver of the #6, Ryan Newman, will transfer to a 3rd staff at Roush or depart the organisation.
Keselowski’s most up-to-date multi-year contract with Group Penske expired on the conclusion of the 2020 season and the 2 sides agreed to a one-year deal protecting this season solely.
An official announcement of Keselowski’s cope with Roush might be held up till September to fulfill a clause in Keselowski’s present contract with Group Penske, sources mentioned.
Group Penske officers supplied no remark when requested by Autosport on Tuesday about Keselowski’s future with the organisation.
Officers with Roush Fenway Racing declined on Tuesday to reply to a number of makes an attempt for remark.
As soon as the deal is accomplished, Keselowski would turn out to be the second high-profile Cup driver in two years to maneuver right into a driver/possession function.
This season, Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin became part owner of 23XI Racing along with NBA legend Michael Jordan. That staff fields the #23 Toyota this season within the Cup for driver Bubba Wallace.
As well as, Justin Marks, a veteran sportscar and NASCAR driver, joined forces with Grammy Award-winning rapper Armando Christian “Pitbull” Perez to create the startup Cup staff Trackhouse Racing this season with driver Daniel Suarez.
Keselowski has been a NASCAR proprietor beforehand. His Brad Keselowski Racing staff within the Truck Collection competed in 190 races and gained 11 occasions earlier than he closed it down following the 2017 season.
After shutting down BKR, Keselowski began Keselowski Superior Manufacturing, a sophisticated engineering and manufacturing firm.
“I’ve by no means made it a secret that I might finally prefer to be an proprietor on the prime degree of the game,” Keselowski mentioned on the time. “And, whereas that is a few years down the road, I need to begin to put together for that chance now.”
Keselowski started his 12th season with Group Penske within the prime class in NASCAR this season.
Since becoming a member of Group Penske, he has gained 67 races mixed in Cup and Xfinity sequence competitors, together with the staff’s first Cup championship in 2012, an Xfinity Collection driver’s title in 2010 and he has been part of 4 Xfinity Collection proprietor championships.
Up to now this season, Keselowski has one win within the Cup and is all-but locked within the playoffs. He’s presently ranked ninth within the sequence standings heading into this weekend’s inaugural race on the Circuit of the Americas.
Keselowski’s departure from Penske on the finish of the 12 months may create a much-coveted high-profile trip opening. As of now, Penske driver and reigning Xfinity Collection champion, Austin Cindric, is scheduled to maneuver to the Cup sequence in 2022, however to drive the #21 Ford for Wooden Brothers Racing, a Penske-affiliated staff.
The present driver of the #21, Matt DiBenedetto, is scheduled to depart the staff on the finish of the 2021 season. Penske additionally fields Cup groups for drivers Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano.