Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Penske Racing has two raising stars in NASCAR with Justin Allgaier and now Brad Keselowski in 2010.

In 2008 Penske Racing signed the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series Champion Justin Allgaier to drive a few races in the Nationwide Series later that year and full-time in the Nationwide Series in 2009 where he is currently 6th in Nationwide points, 3 top 5’s and 10 top 10’s in 25 starts.

Earlier today, Brad Keselowski and Penske Racing put the rumors and speculation on Brad’s future to rest when Penske Racing announced that Brad would be joining Penske Racing in 2010. According to the Penske Racing press release, Brad Keselowski, 25, will compete for the team full-time, beginning with the 2010 season. He will drive the No. 12 Penske Dodge in the Sprint Cup Series and also will run a full-season schedule in the Nationwide Series.

"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."

"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," said Keselowski. "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."
Last week in a five wide article, I wrote on Brad’s options including whether or not Penske Racing or EGR was a good option:

“Personally the idea of Brad going to Penske Racing doesn’t sound too good to me, yes Penske is big, but that’s in IndyCars, not NASCAR. Brad needs a veteran driver to coach him a little bit like Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Tony Stewart or Ryan Newman, but at Penske while they have the resources, they lack that “professor” driver. The only options I see is one, run part-time in Cup while running full-time in Nationwide, two, Stewart-Haas Racing, three, Harvick leaves RCR and Brad into the #29 Shell-Pennzoil Chevy.

In my eyes, the same that I said for Penske is the same for Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing (EGR), yes the #1 car is open, but no real help. I hope if Brad goes to Penske which is still unconfirmed, he gets the time he needs to succeed.”
While I do stand behind what I said above, I still do wish Brad the best of luck in his new full-time ride at Penske Racing, I believe so long as Penske gets him the time he needs to succeed (within reason of course), he will do well in the #12 Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger.

Brad is a very talented racecar driver and even though I would prefer to see him racing under the Chevrolet banner and Hendrick Motorsports banner, I can understand why he choose to join Penske Racing.

Wow, for the first time since Rusty Wallace retired back in 2005, I will be watching a Penske Dodge in Cup Series race, of course when it comes to the NASCAR Nationwide Series, I already watch a Penske Dodge with driver Justin Allgaier.

One question, what is going to happen to David Stremme, considering he has another year on his contract? I wonder if Stremme’s actions at Pocono Raceway with Robby Gordon a few weeks played any role at all in replacing him or will Stremme in a Penske Dodge next season either in Nationwide Series or Cup Series. If Stremme is gone from Penske Racing, will Rusty Wallace (RWI) put a third car in the Nationwide Series next season?

With every announcement comes more questions, however one question that for the second time in a few months that has been answered is Richard Childress Racing saying that Kevin Harvick and Shell-Pennzoil will be back in 2010 at RCR.