Earlier today, it was announced that Team Penske and 2012 Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski will remain together in the near future.
It could not have and should not have been done any differently. Team Penske and Brad Keselowski reached an agreement on a multiyear contract extension today. Crew chief Paul Wolfe also had his contract renewed last month, so this keeps the duo together.
In recent years, Brad Keselowski, his crew chief Paul Wolfe and the entire #2 team have been one of the most efficient groups of people in NASCAR. They are fast, they run up front most of the time and when they don’t, they still manage to get up there when it counts (see Indy last week). So why would one of the most experienced owners like Roger Penske want to split up such a formidable team?
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Keselowski came through the ranks in the Xfinity Series driving for JR Motorsports, but success came when he moved over to Team Penske Series 2010. He won the Xfinity championship that year and the Cup championship in 2012, and he has amassed a total of 23 career Cup Series wins and 35 career Xfinity series wins.
This season, the Team Penske organization has struggled, showing less speed than in the previous years, but Keselowski has still managed to win two races to lock himself into the playoffs, proving how consistent of a driver he is.
Of course, a big part of a team’s success is provided by who stays behind the driver: the crew, and particularly, the crew chief. That’s why the Captain decided to extend not only Keselowski’s contract, but also the contract of Paul Wolfe, which was done last month. This driver/crew chief duo began their cooperation in 2010, and they are widely regarded as one of the best working duos in the Cup Series, a fame similar to that surrounding Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus or Kevin Harvick and Rodney Childers.
Penske’s policy with his employees was already made clear back in February, when the other talent of the team, Joey Logano, had his contract renewed through 2023. On that occasion, the procedure was similar to this one with Todd Gordon, the clever mind that sorts out the setups and strategies for the #22, having his contract renewed as well.
The contract extension announced inside Team Penske today for Keselowski should come as no surprise to the fans. Keselowski and Wolfe are two of the best, and Penske knew that he better not let one get away from the other.