Brad Keselowski Sheds Light on Roger Penske’s Pivotal Role in His Career Ahead of his Penske Exit

Published 11/04/2021, 6:53 AM EDT
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA – SEPTEMBER 11: Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Western Star Ford, waves to fans during pre-race ceremonies prior to the NASCAR Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 Salute to First Responders at Richmond Raceway on September 11, 2021 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


This weekend marks the final race for Brad Keselowski in Team Penske colors. In 2022, he will race for Roush-Fenway Racing in the #6 car. Ahead of his last race for his long-time team, the #2 driver talked about a variety of subjects. This includes his boss, Roger Penske, and the role he played in his career.

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He said, “Roger Penske’s willingness to work with me through that process was really pivotal to our success. I will never forget that time period. There were several key moments for me of self-realization at Team Penske, that this is going to become a dynasty. When we won the Bristol night race in 2011, it was a huge moment for me. When I got out of the car, he made the comment, ‘champions win this race.'”

According to the driver, there are times when people forget that NASCAR is a team sport. Despite that, every member of the organization plays an important role in making the race car fast. Keselowski confessed that he always gets a reminder of how important his team is.

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What else did Brad Keselowski say about the Team Penske outfit?

The driver acknowledged that 12 years is a long time in a single organization. However, he insisted that the success he enjoyed was everything he could have ever imagined. In the end, he thanked his team, his fans, and everyone who helped him on his journey in NASCAR with Team Penske.

LOUDON, NH – JULY 18: Brad Keselowski, driver of the (2) eCascadia Ford Mustang, before the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on July 18, 2021, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Brad Keselowski revealed that before he signed for the team, he knew Roger Penske by reputation. His first memory of the team was when the Xfinity team enjoyed a lot of success, but the opposite was true for the Cup side. During that time, there was the elation of winning the Xfinity race, but the disappointment of a poor Cup race. Since then, he and the outfit have grown in leaps and bounds. Eventually, their efforts were rewarded with the 2012 Cup Series championship.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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