Team Penske announced Tuesday that it has signed Brad Keselowski to a multi-year contract extension. The team also announced that crew chief Paul Wolfe has agreed to a multi-year extension.
“In the time that Brad has driven for Team Penske, he has risen to the top echelon of stars in NASCAR,” said team owner Roger Penske in a statement. “Brad and Paul have established a terrific, winning combination and they are both real leaders within our team. More than just wins and championships, Brad is an important part our relationship with Ford Performance and his work with the Checkered Flag Foundation shows what kind of person he is away from the track. There is no question he continues to be a great fit for our organization.”
Dave Pericak, Global Director, Ford Performance said: “We are extremely happy to secure Brad’s renewal with Team Penske. Brad is an integral part of our Ford NASCAR program, and we appreciate his leadership within the team and among the drivers in this sport. We look forward to helping him take Ford and Team Penske to victory lane many more times in the years ahead.”
Keselowski has been with the organization since 2009, scoring 22 of his 23 career Cup wins with the team and the 2012 title. Keselowski has two wins this season and is sixth in the points heading into this weekend’s race at Pocono Raceway.
“Roger and everyone at Team Penske have given me everything we need to win championships at the highest levels of NASCAR,” Keselowski said in a statement. “As I have said all along, Team Penske is where I want to be and I am thrilled to continue with the organization well into the future. I have a lot of years left in the sport and I truly feel our best years are ahead of us.
“There is no one I want helping make my racecars go fast more than Paul Wolfe. We have a lot of continuity between the two of us, and really the entire No. 2 Ford team, which is so important in today’s NASCAR. With partners like Miller Lite, Alliance Truck Parts, Wurth, Autotrader, Fitzgerald Glider Kits, Discount Tire and Ford Performance in our corner, I feel like we have the strongest overall program in the sport.”
Terms of the deal were not announced other than the 33-year-old Keselowski will remain with the team “well into the future.”
“He’s an outside-the-box thinker, which you’ve got to have a few of those in the mix,” Logano said Tuesday during a Goodyear tire test at Dover. “We get along great, I consider him a good friend of mine. So to have him as a teammate, we can keep bouncing things off of each other, keep growing that relationship and understanding what makes each other tick at certain race tracks.”
Penske also has stated that he would like add a car for 23-year-old Ryan Blaney, who drives for the Wood Brothers – which is aligned with Team Pensnke.