Report: Penske not interested in Carl Edwards
June 08, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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Roush Fenway Racing driver Carl Edwards is not on Team Penske's radar for 2015, according to a report.
Roger Penske, owner of Team Penske's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series two-car team with Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, does not plan to add a third car at the premier series level. Penske reportedly made the comment Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.
"There's no interest," Penske told Catchfence.com. "We don't have the sponsorship to do a third full-time team, and he's under contract with Roush Fenway Racing. It doesn't make sense."
Edwards and teammate Greg Biffle remain unsigned for next season. Roush Fenway has already announced that Trevor Bayne will have a full-time Cup ride in the No. 6 AdvoCare Ford Fusion.
Team Penske has three wins this year with Keselowski and Logano likely clinching spots in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Fellow Ford organization, Roush Fenway Racing, has one win this season.
On Friday at Pocono Raceway, Edwards discussed how RFR is attempting to improve its program.
"Yeah, I feel like there have been a bunch of moves internally -- there definitely will be changes at Roush Fenway Racing," Edwards said. "Chip Bolin (long-time team engineer) moving on is a huge change and shows you the magnitude -- I guess we understand where we are at.
"We know we have to be faster and there are big changes trying to address that. Robbie (Reiser), Bob Osborne, Jack (Roush), everyone is working as hard as we can and we just have to hope that we work on the right things and are able to implement the findings and be better. We have everything there, we just need this much more speed and we would be really good."
Edwards acknowledged Ford's efforts are helping Team Penske, and that Roush Fenway needs to catch up.
"As far as (Ford's) contribution to NASCAR, it is immense and right now yielding great results from the Penske side," Edwards said. "I think as a group we have to step up our performance at Roush Fenway to be representative of Ford's contribution."