Team Penske will again be a two-car Xfinity Series team in 2017, the organization announced Friday.
In a press release, the team said the effort will allow Ford Performance to use the entry as an extension of their new driver development program. Penske has been running one full-time car, the No. 22, the last few seasons with a focus on the owner’s championship. Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, and Ryan Blaney have been the primary drivers.
Occasionally, however, Team Penske would field a second car, such as last weekend at Watkins Glen when Logano piloted the No. 12 to victory lane. It was Team Penske’s first win of the season.
“Our NASCAR Xfinity Series program has been one of the best in the series since we started running full-time in 2009,” team owner Roger Penske said in a team release. “For several years, we ran it as a two-car operation and then decided to focus primarily on the No. 22 for the last few years. Along the way, we developed a lot of people that have moved into our Cup programs, including all of our current NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chiefs. We want to win another Xfinity Series championship while continuing to utilize our program to build human capital.”
Keselowski earned Team Penske their first driver’s championship in 2010 with the organization collecting the owner’s championship in 2013, ’14, and ’15. Since joining Ford in 2013, Team Penske has earned 29 of their 55 Xfinity Series wins.
“Obviously, we’ve really enjoyed our relationship with Team Penske and the success that they’ve brought to the Ford family in the NASCAR Xfinity Series,” said Dave Pericak, director of Ford Performance, in the team release. “The addition of a second Team Penske Xfinity Series car will allow all of us to work on developing talent behind the wheel and across the board.”
A driver and sponsor will be announced at a later date.