It has been a good two days for Brad Keselowski. Less than 24 hours after scoring his third win of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, he signed a contract extension with Team Penske on Monday. Specifics of the deal were not disclosed, but it will keep him in the #2 Ford Mustang beyond at least 2021.
“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 organization is exactly where I want to be,” Keselowski said in a team announcement. “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.”
Keselowski joined Penske in 2010 and quickly enjoyed success. The 2010 now-Xfinity Series and 2012 Cup Series champion has scored 31 premier series victories with the organisation, and is the team’s winningest driver. With three victories in 2020, he is currently third in the standings.
Prior to the announcement, he was set to become a free agent at the end of the season. With team-mate Ryan Blaney signing an extension in the spring yet no news from the #2 camp, rumours arose about his future with Penske as the summer loomed. Some had speculated he might return to Hendrick Motorsports, where he began his Cup career, and replace the retiring Jimmie Johnson in the #48.
“We are pleased that Brad will continue to be a part of our organization,” Penske commented. “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 organization 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.”