The long-awaited news of Brad Keselowski joining Roush Fenway Racing as a driver and co-owner in the NASCAR Cup Series is now official.
Keselowski will pilot the No. 6 Ford in 2022, while also having a leadership role on Roush’s competition team, the organization announced July 20.
“I’m truly excited about this partnership with Brad,” Jack Roush said in a team release. “I think it will bring a lot to the organization, from not only Brad’s ability behind the wheel, but a rejuvenation and fresh perspective across our teams. I’ve had the opportunity to watch Brad for a number of years, as he has fought and clawed his way up the ladder, molding himself into a champion and one of the top drivers in our sport. I’ve always admired his resolve and determination. I’m very pleased that he has chosen to be a part of our organization and I’m proud to partner with him moving into the future.”
“I’ve been asked to say I’m passing the baton onto him — which I am — but I’ve still got one hand on the thing,” Roush said in a press conference.
Keselowski joined Team Penske fulltime in 2010 and won the 2012 Cup championship. He has 35 career Cup victories, including 34 with Penske.
“I am thrilled to be able to share the news about this next venture with my fans, peers, and the industry,” Keselowski said in the release. “This presents an opportunity to continue my on-track success with a strong team and a long-term commitment, but also dive into my passion of team ownership where I know I can be an asset to the future of the team. I am optimistic about what Jack, John (Henry, Fenway Sports Group owner) and I can accomplish together, especially with a new era for our sport on the horizon (with the Next Gen car). Our goal is to win races and compete for championships at NASCAR’s top level, and we plan to do just that.”
Ryan Newman, who’s driven the No. 6 car since 2019, has 18 Cup victories throughout his career. Since joining RFR he has four top fives and 19 top 10 finishes. Newman’s 2022 plans are yet to be announced.
— NASCAR (@NASCAR) July 20, 2021
Roush president Steve Newmark explains the talks the team has had with Ryan Newman about future opportunities with the organization as Brad Keselowski replaces Newman in the No. 6 car next year. pic.twitter.com/X1JRMXWqOv
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