Team Penske Expands NASCAR Team To Three Drivers
MOORESVILLE, NC -- Team Penske is shaking things up in their NASCAR ranks for the 2018 season.
In a statement released this morning, the team has announced that they are expanding their NASCAR team, in adding 23-year-old driver Ryan Blaney to run in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Team owner Roger Penske says that the move has been in the works for sometime now.
"We have wanted to bring Ryan in to run a third car for us, but things just needed to make sense from a timing and business perspective,” Penske said. “We have been working on making this a reality and 2018 is the right opportunity to make this move and return our organization to a three-car team."
Blaney will join current drivers Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski. He's no rookie in being brought up in the Penske ranks, making his debut for the team at Kansas in 2014, and has competed full-time for the Wood Brothers, a Penske affiliated team, since 2015. His best finish in two seasons with the Wood Brothers is 2nd in the 2017 Daytona 500.
Since 2012, Blaney has also been a regular in the NASCAR Xfinity Series where he has won five races.
“This is a huge opportunity for me and my career,” said Blaney, a third-generation driver from High Point, NC. “I’ve always enjoyed racing whatever car I was in and trying to win each and every race."
In making the move, the team also says that Keselowski has re-upped his contact with Team Penske, signing a multi-year extension. Logano did the same at the beginning of the 2017 season. Keselowski has won 51 career races with Penske.
This will be the first time since 2010 that Team Penske will compete as a three-car team in NASCAR.
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