Veteran driver Brad Keselowski is jumping back into NASCAR ownership again while keeping up his love of driving.
Roush Fenway Racing team president Steve Newmark announced Tuesday that the driver would switch teams for 2022. The switch means a dual owner/driver role. Newmark made the announcement at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
The Michigan native and 2012 Cup champ will be leaving Team Penske where he has won 34 Cup wins and his championship for 11 seasons.
“I am thrilled to be able to share the news about this next venture with my fans, peers, and the industry,” the 37-year-old racer said in a team release. “This presents an opportunity to continue my on-track success with a strong team and a long-term commitment, but also dive into my passion of team ownership where I know I can be an asset to the future of the team. I am optimistic about what Jack (Roush), John (Henry) and I can accomplish together, especially with a new era for our sport on the horizon (with the Next Gen car).”
Keselowski will take over from Ryan Newman in the No. 6 ride in 2022. The new role also means a leadership position within the organization on the competition committee.
“Making the decision to part ways with Team Penske to embrace a new opportunity and challenge was a difficult one, and one I did not take lightly,” Keselowski posted.
Owner Roger Penske revealed the driver’s ownership interest during talks in 2014, but lamented that opportunity was not possible.
“He wanted to have ownership and the way we’re structured, that wasn’t available,” Penske said.
NASCAR: Keselowski Joins the Driver-owner Club
Keselowski joins Denny Hamlin as drivers who are part owners in current Cup teams. Hamlin started a venture with NBA owner Michael Jordan in 2020. Tony Stewart, Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are among other past NASCAR driver-owners who have found success.
Interestingly, this is the second time ownership opportunities have come for Keselowski. From 2008-2015, he headed up Brad Keselowski Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with Tim Cindric, Tyler Reddick, Chase Briscoe, and Penske racer Ryan Blaney. That team put together 11 race wins, with the owner-driver taking a 2014 victory at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Coming into the Cup Series in 2008, Keselowski drove in two races with Rick Hendrick’s team. Then, In 2009, he found rides with Hendrick, James Finch, and Roger Penske in Cup action. His first Cup win that year for Finch in April at Talladega Superspeedway.