Brad Keselowski Moves to Penske Racing
New blood is the future of any sport and NASCAR is no different than any other form of mass entertainment. The future is the new drivers who are burning up the pavement of NASCAR, along with the fans they have garnered. Brad Keselowski has been a new driver on the NASCAR circuit who has been drawing the attention of teams and owners around the industry. His victory in a Sprint Cup race at Talladega earlier in the 2009 NASCAR season definitely got noticed by everyone in the industry, but especially those interested in drafting the best new talent NASCAR has to offer.
Penske racing has recently made note of Brad Keselowski on the track and they have made their move by signing Keselowski to a multi-year contract that will see Keselowski race for Penske Racing in the 2010 NASCAR season. This deal will put Keselowski behind the wheel of Roger Penske’s no. 12 Sprint Cup car for the upcoming season, where he’ll take the place of the current driver David Stremme. In addition, Penske Racing has decided to put Keselowski behind the wheel of a new Nationwide Series ride that will see him complete as a teammate for Justin Allgaier.
This opens up the way for Keselowski to try to get Penske their first NASCAR championship in the coming years and with what we have seen from this young racer he’s very capable of achieving this goal.
The decision to take Penske Racing’s offer and step away from Earnhardt’s JR Motorsports Nationwide team wasn’t an easy one for Keselowski. He felt a certain bond with the team that had him trying to work out away for him to achieve his racing dreams and still keep his ties to Hendrick Motorsports. Unfortunately, his wait turned out to be in vain and he eventually decided to take the offer from Penske Racing.
He apparently reached out to Dale Earnhardt to tell him of his torn decision and has received the backing of this classy organization and its owner to go ahead and follow his dreams. Penske Racing’s courtship of Keselowski certainly hasn’t been a well-kept secret around the industry and it certainly isn’t a surprise to Earnhardt that Keselowski was talking with other parties interested in putting him behind the wheel of their race car.
The 2010 NASCAR season is going to be an exciting one with all the new and fast drivers coming onto the NASCAR-scene and Brad Keselowski is definitely one to be on the look out, if you’re on a race track.
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