“I Hate to See Him Go” – Tim Cindric on Brad Keselowski Departing Team Penske

Published 07/20/2021, 9:14 AM EDT
Apr 18, 2021; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) races during the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports


Brad Keselowski recently announced his departure from the Team Penske organization. Obviously, the team was saddened to see the 2012 Cup Series champion. Penske president Tim Cindric admitted that he spoke to Keselowski and talked about the decision again.

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He said, “I hate to see him go, but I understand as a driver that his aspirations are beyond being a driver. He and Roger [Penske] had discussions about that, kind of on and off over the years.

“It seemed like it was more of an aspiration than something that would come between him driving for us or not”

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Naturally, the loss of a driver of Keselowski’s calibre will be gutting. On the bright side of the argument, the Team Penske organization is getting an excellent driver in the form of Austin Cindric, who is currently competing in the Xfinity Series championship and looks like one of the favorites.

What lies ahead for Brad Keselowski?

Although he is leaving Penske, this isn’t the last we will see of him. This is because reports have linked him with the Roush Fenway Racing team. As it turns out, the move is part of a re-branding and Brad Keselowski is a key figure; in fact, he could compete in the 2022 season as driver and owner.

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Mar 7, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Brad Keselowski (2) during the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Until then, the 2012 Cup Series champion will be savoring his final season with Team Penske. After that, he will unseat Ryan Newman at Roush Fenway and hand the reins of Penske to Cindric. Without a doubt, Cindric is a hugely talented driver, but he has big shoes to fill in the #2 Penske Ford.

All these moves are part of a massive shift in the driver market, as some drivers are left out in the cold. Meanwhile, others are jumping ship to other teams or are being promoted from the Xfinity Series.

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