Brad Keselowski 2014 driver profile
January 27, 2014, NASCAR.com
Almost any NASCAR driver would consider a season consisting of one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory and seven NASCAR Nationwide Series wins a pretty darn good year. Only 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski might consider it a bit of a letdown after his magical previous season. Keselowski’s sole NASCAR Sprint Cup victory came in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October, which was too late to forge a Wild Card entry into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Ironically, in a non-statistical way, Keselowski’s 2013 should also be measured a success having recommended Joey Logano to Roger Penske to be his teammate in the No. 22 Ford Fusion. Although the No. 2 Ford’s season started strong with a pair of fourth-place finishes followed by two third-place finishes, the reigning champ failed to regain his 2012 form.
In 2012, the public perception of the Michigan native was changed forever from the brash youth to the driver who beat Clint Bowyer and the future “six-time” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson in a furious, 10-race Chase. With five wins, including two in the Chase, he was a popular champion. He also became only the second NASCAR driver to win both NASCAR Sprint Cup and NASCAR Nationwide Series (2010) championships, joining Bobby Labonte. After spending four seasons under the Team Penske, few remember that the Hendrick Motorsports and JR Motorsports gave Keselowski his first steady drives in NASCAR’s premier series. His big breakthrough came in 2009 winning the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega for Phoenix Racing with Hendrick-provided equipment.
Team: Team Penske
Car: No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion
Birthdate: February 12, 1984
Hometown: Rochester Hills, Mich.
Team Owner: Roger Penske
Crew Chief: Paul Wolfe