Brad Keselowski Makes It Official: Penske, Here I Come

Sal Sigala Jr.Senior Analyst ISeptember 1, 2009

Whenever the name Penske is mentioned around the various racing venues throughout this great country of ours, and even more so beyond our borders then eyes start to light up, along with the usual conversation on how one man can become so powerful in a sport that has so many different organizations.

It’s easy to say that a man whose net worth exceeds almost an infinite amount of zero’s, and whose love for the automobile has catapulted him into a realm that no other team owner can even come close to, will more than likely be the talk of the town.

Roger Penske, who can easily boast of over 300 major race wins, over 350 pole positions, and 22 National championships have all come from the various racing venues around the world.

Penske has built his own empire throughout the years, by putting some of the best and most famous drivers behind the wheel of his racecars.

The list of who’s who can only be measured by the amount of success that they have shown, while Penske continues to give his drivers some of the best equipment to compete in.

Now following those same lines means there are always the failures, or for a better way of putting it, the ones who just never had any type of success.

But that has never deterred Penske from putting his money up, to see which one of his many ventures, or drivers for that matter, will actually take off.

So here is Penske once again making headlines with his newest prospect. Now it’s not like secrets can be kept around the teams’ headquarters or even the garages on NASCAR race weekends.

The biggest non-rumor that has been floating around for the past week or two, was where Brad Keselowski would find his place in the sun and set up camp?

Keselowski as we all know is ready to make the transition from the Nationwide series, to the Sprint cup level after spending the last two years running a full-time schedule in the lower series for JR Motorsports.

Keselowski, first got his feet wet in the NASCAR series when he took his first green flag back in 2004 while competing in the Camping World truck series where he only picked up two top 10 finishes.

After spending two years in the truck series, it was then that Keselowski made the transition to the Nationwide series in 2006 where he found much of his success, picking up five wins along the way.

After weeks and months of wondering where the 25-year-old native of Rochester Hills, Mich. would be continuing his NASCAR career, it has been revealed.

Penske have made it official that Brad Keselowski will start another chapter in his life as a NASCAR series driver, while taking over the wheel of the No. 12 Penske Dodge in the NASCAR Cup Series next season.

Keselowski will also run a full-time schedule in the Nationwide series, where he will be competing for the 2010 championship.

“We are very excited to welcome Brad to the Penske Racing family,” said Roger Penske. “Brad has shown terrific success on track the past several years and has quickly established himself as one of the top young stars in racing. "

"He comes from an impressive family background in motorsports. He is a proven winner and a welcome addition to our team," added Penske.

Keselowski who made his cup debut in Texas last season while finishing 19th, picked up his first Cup Series win in April at Talladega.

Keselowski, who also picked up an additional three win in the Nationwide series' at Dover, Iowa, and Michigan this season, was one of the most sought-after talents in NASCAR this season.

With all the suspense and waiting the fans had to endure while waiting for the final decision, few have wondered what going to Penske actually means to Keselowski?

He said: "Penske Racing is one of the top teams in all of motorsports and I am honored to join Roger Penske’s organization and compete for wins with his Cup and Nationwide Series teams."

“This is a great opportunity for me to continue competing in the Nationwide Series and to run my first full season in the Cup Series with a strong and experienced team."

So now that all the lingering questions have been put to rest about Keselowski’s future, which driver will be the next to step up to the podium and put his name in the hat to see where his future will end up?


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