On Thursday, July 15, Group Penske introduced that Brad Keselowski will half methods with the crew on the finish of the 2021 season to pursue “different alternatives” inside NASCAR. In the future later, Roush Fenway Racing seemingly confirmed that he’ll be part of the group in a driver-owner function. The race crew arrange a “main announcement” that includes unnamed company.
According to motorsports reporter Dustin Albino, the announcement will happen on Tuesday, July 20, on the NASCAR Corridor of Fame. RFR’s proprietor Jack Roush and crew president Steve Newmark will converse to the media, as will Fenway Sports activities Group’s Ed Weiss. Moreover, “others” shall be current for the key announcement.
Adam Stern of the Sports Business Journal reported in late June that Keselowski’s transfer to Roush Fenway Racing was a “achieved deal.” Neither the driving force nor RFR confirmed this report however organising a significant announcement in the future after Keselowski’s departure from Group Penske seemingly supplied the long-awaited reply.
Keselowski Referenced ‘New Alternatives’ in His Goodbye Assertion
Following Group Penske’s announcement on July 15, Keselowski launched an announcement reflecting on his time with the championship group. He defined that crew proprietor Roger Penske made him a greater driver and competitor, leading to them serving to propel the group from 65 wins to greater than 130 and two championships — together with Joey Logano’s 2018 championship run.
Keselowski additionally referenced the brand new alternatives on the horizon, albeit with out offering concrete details about his final vacation spot. He merely stated that he would share extra particulars about his subsequent cease within the coming future.
“Making the choice to half methods with Group Penske to embrace a brand new alternative and problem was a tough one, and one I didn’t take frivolously,” Keselowski said in his statement. “I do know that I’m leaving in a great place although, and I’m each excited and desirous to share the small print of what’s subsequent for me quickly.”
Keselowski Will Reportedly Observe within the Footsteps of Tony Stewart
Whereas Keselowski’s transfer to RFR is a “achieved deal,” there aren’t as many particulars obtainable concerning the new setup. Motorsport.com’s Jim Utter reported in mid-Could that the provide from RFR included an possession stake within the group.
In keeping with Utter’s sources, Keselowski would take over the No. 6 Ford Mustang that Ryan Newman at the moment drives. Moreover, the crew would tackle a brand new title, RFK (Roush-Fenway-Keselowski) Racing. Utter’s sources didn’t present a precise possession proportion however stated that the 2012 Cup Sequence champion would “play a big function” on the competitors aspect of the group if he accepted the provide.
If Keselowski does certainly turn out to be an owner-driver, he’ll partially observe a path set by Tony Stewart. The NASCAR Corridor of Famer spent appreciable time (1999-2008) driving for Joe Gibbs Racing, however he agreed to a deal in 2009 with Haas CNC Racing founder Gene Haas that introduced him into the fold. Stewart acquired 50% possession within the firm, setting him up for his post-racing profession.
The previous driver of the No. 14 continued racing for his crew till the tip of the 2016 season. Stewart turned the Ford over to Clint Bowyer and moved right into a full-time proprietor function. He has since helped information the four-car steady to a number of wins and appearances within the playoffs. Now Keselowski might be the subsequent driver to observe this path whereas persevering with to compete for a championship.
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