Brad Keselowski seems to be on his technique to Roush Fenway Racing for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Collection season, leaving Workforce Penske after 12 seasons.
As a full-time NASCAR Cup Collection driver, 2012 champion Brad Keselowski has solely recognized one staff: Workforce Penske. However that seems slated to alter for the 2022 season.
Final month, reports emerged that the 37-year-old Rochester Hills, Michigan native had been supplied a deal by Roush Fenway Racing to not solely drive the #6 Ford for the staff in 2022 however to develop into a staff co-owner of what would develop into Roush-Fenway-Keselowski Racing.
Keselowski entered the 2020 season as a pending free agent earlier than signing a one-year extension with Roger Penske’s staff in August, making him a pending free agent coming into the 2021 season as nicely.
Now Sports activities Enterprise Journal‘s Adam Stern has reported that Roush Fenway Racing have already knowledgeable companions that they’ve “a carried out deal” to convey Keselowski to the staff for subsequent 12 months, and other sources have reported this information as having been confirmed as nicely.
This deal has not yet publicly been made official, as neither Roush Fenway Racing nor Keselowski have launched any kind of assertion. So Keselowski can technically nonetheless be labeled as a “pending free agent”.
Nevertheless, that is merely believed to be out of respect for Workforce Penske, which have made clear that they plan to announce their plans for what’s presently Keselowski’s #2 Ford at a later date. So for all intents and functions, it’s, the truth is, a carried out deal.
However how a lot of a “carried out deal” was this transfer even earlier than these latest studies emerged?
It was labeled as a “rumor” after the studies emerged that the 35-time Cup Collection race winner had been supplied the deal and was prone to settle for, and justifiably so, given the truth that Penske had said that they wanted Keselowski back in the #2 Ford for subsequent 12 months, the truth that he stated there was no cause why a deal wouldn’t get carried out, and the truth that Keselowski had not stated something to recommend in any other case.
However even with all of that being stated, it was fairly clear what was coming subsequent after this risk went public. It was no secret, and now what was coming has arrived.
Keselowski has all the time been attention-grabbing in NASCAR possession; he used to personal Truck Collection staff Brad Keselowski Racing. Changing into the co-owner of a Cup Collection staff will give him the glimpse of what Cup Collection possession might seem like nicely past his driving days. He’s considering long run, huge image right here.
Moreover, the 2022 season is about to mark the debut of the Subsequent Gen automobile, so there isn’t any higher time to become involved as a Cup Collection staff proprietor than subsequent 12 months.
Plus, in Keselowski’s case, he doesn’t want to fret concerning the headache of looking for a constitution to buy and all the things else that alongside comes with what a number of different groups try to do forward of the brand new automobile’s launch subsequent 12 months, whether or not that be increasing their present efforts or taking groups from decrease collection to the Cup Collection.
His seat and staff are able to go, and he will get to affix as not solely a driver however as a partial proprietor.
The studies of Keselowski probably making the swap solely emerged after he was supplied this deal, and it was all the time going to be fairly exhausting for him, at this level in his profession, to show down that chance. And he seems to have gone for it.
However what comes subsequent? Naturally, this transfer, when it’s formally confirmed by staff(s) and driver, will flip eyeballs to the #2 Ford and to Ryan Newman, the present driver of the #6 Ford who’s a pending free agent. Who will get Keselowski’s experience, and the place will Newman find yourself for the 2022 season? And what groups and drivers will probably be impacted by these choices? Time will inform.