Team Penske, Brad Keselowski reach agreement on contract extension

Team Penske locked up one of the NASCAR Cup Series’ top free agents Monday, reaching a contract agreement to keep Brad Keselowski in the No. 2 Ford.

Terms of the contract extension were not disclosed. The deal keeps Keselowski with the Roger Penske-owned organization that has been his home since late in the 2009 season.

“I have been racing for Team Penske for the vast majority of my NASCAR career and to continue to represent Roger Penske, our partners and his organization is exactly where I want to be,” Keselowski said in a release provided by the team. “We’ve accomplished a lot of things together over the years, including winning both the Cup and Xfinity Championships, the Brickyard 400, the Southern 500 and the Coca-Cola 600. Now, my goal is to win the Daytona 500, another championship and continue to build Team Penske into the best NASCAR team in the garage area.”

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Keselowski has scored 32 of his 33 career NASCAR Cup Series wins while driving Penske’s No. 2 Ford. That includes a convincing triumph in the series’ most recent race just one day ago at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He has also carried Team Penske to championships in the Cup Series (in 2012) and the Xfinity Series (2010).

Keselowski was among the most sought-after targets in NASCAR free agency. The 36-year-old driver had insisted that his contract status for 2021 did not pose a distraction, even as the uncertainty pushed into half of this season. Now Keselowski has resolution that meshes with his rise into a stronger-still championship contender.

“It’s good to get it done and not have to worry about next year,” Keselowski said in a Monday afternoon appearance on NASCAR’s Instagram Live. “It can really wear on you quick, I can tell you that. Really happy to check that box and get that one out of my head so I can just focus on winning races and doing the best I can do on the race track. So hopefully it’ll just keep taking care of itself as I go, but I’m glad. I’ve got a great team that’s really coming together, and to not have to worry about that, I’m very thankful for.”

The move solidifies Team Penske’s three-driver lineup on the Cup Series side for 2021 and possibly beyond. The organization announced March 6 that it had signed Ryan Blaney to a multi-year extension, and Joey Logano — Keselowski’s other teammate — re-signed with Penske in February 2017, reaching a deal that is set to run through at least the 2023 season.

“We are pleased that Brad will continue to be a part of our organization,” said team owner Roger Penske. “Brad not only demonstrates talent and skill on the track, but his leadership away from it and his dedication to our partners have had a huge impact in making our organization one of the best in NASCAR. I am proud that we will be able to able to keep the continuity we have with Brad, Ryan and Joey and look forward to competing for more wins and championships together.”