Earlier this week reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski accused Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing of cheating and stealing former Penske Racing employee’s who were giving away team notes.
Keselowski became a fan favorite last year by simply challenging and then beating five-time champion Jimmie Johnson in the point standings. This year is a different story. Keselowski’s mouth has become a lot bigger and more absurd and he has been known to say some very absurd things.
“Gibbs stole the Roush aero director and took all the information,” said Keselowski. “And Hendricks took three employees from our Chase-winning team last year.”
Hendrick Motorsports Statement
“The comments Brad reportedly made were misinformed,” Hendrick said. “The truth is that we hired one tire changer, who was a backup for Penske and whose contract was up. We also brought over one mechanic from their Nationwide program and, when the Penske engine shop was closing, added a few of those people. What Brad left out was that his organization also hired one of our tire changers. All of this was above board and is part of doing business in a competitive environment. I take no issue with any of it, and I expect Roger [Penske] would say the same. Brad misrepresents the facts and spends a lot of time making insinuations and accusations about other teams when he should be focused on his own program and competing at a high level. I hope he figures that out and begins representing himself and the sport with more class.”
Joe Gibbs Racing Statement
“We were surprised to read the recent comments and accusations made by Brad Keselowski. Clearly those comments are misguided and irresponsible. Brad’s candor is well documented, but he would do well to only speak to subjects on which he is properly informed. Obviously NASCAR is a very competitive environment and we take our hiring processes seriously at JGR. The individual he referenced in his comments was working outside of the sport of NASCAR at the time we hired him. We have a great deal of respect for Roger Penske and his organization and I feel like I have always had a good personal relationship with Roger. We look forward to competing with Brad on the racetrack, but hope that he will use better judgment in the future before making such misinformed claims and accusations.”