NASCAR

Keselowski extends contact at Team Penske into 2021 NASCAR Cup season

One-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski has renewed his contract with Team Penske into 2021, ending speculation that he would leave upon the expiry of his current deal.

The 2012 champion, whose third victory of the 2020 season last weekend at New Hampshire followed wins in the big ticket Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte and at Bristol, has raced for Penske since 2010 after a part-time schedule for Hendrick Motorsports and Phoenix Racing in 2009.

Amid speculation that the 36-year-old could return to Hendrick or join Chip Ganassi Racing, the latter having called up retired 48-year-old Matt Kenseth to fill in after Kyle Larson was fired for using a racist slur, it was revealed that Keselowski will continue his Penske allegiance into the 2021 season.

He has scored 32 of his 33 Cup Series victories and won the 2010 Xfinity Series title with the team.

Team Penske currently has all three of its cars inside the top 10 in the standings, with Keselowski second, Talladega winner Ryan Blaney fourth and Joey Logano sixth.

“We are pleased that Brad will continue to be a part of our organisation,” said team owner Roger Penske (pictured below with Keselowski in 2017).

“Brad not only demonstrates talent and skill on the track, but his leadership away from it and his dedication to our partners have had a huge impact in making our organisation one of the best in NASCAR.

“I am proud that we will be able to able to keep the continuity we have with Brad, Ryan and Joey and look forward to competing for more wins and championships together.”

Keselowski added: “I have been racing for Team Penske for the vast majority of my NASCAR career and to continue to represent Roger Penske, our partners and his organisation is exactly where I want to be.

“We’ve accomplished a lot of things together over the years, including winning both the Cup and Xfinity Championships, the Brickyard 400, the Southern 500 and the Coca-Cola 600.

“Now, my goal is to win the Daytona 500, another championship and continue to build Team Penske into the best NASCAR team in the garage area.”

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