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Roger Penske on contract talks: ‘No reason we wouldn’t renew’ with Brad Keselowski

Roger Penske expressed optimism Monday about Brad Keselowski’s future with Team Penske, saying that contract talks were headed down a positive path.

Penske’s remarks came in a Monday video conference, one day after Ryan Blaney scored Team Penske’s first NASCAR Cup Series win of the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The 84-year-old team owner discussed Keselowski’s status within the context of his overall racing organization, with IndyCar drivers Will Power and Simon Pagenaud also reported to be nearing the end of their contracts.

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“We’re in discussion with all of them,” Penske said from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which he agreed to purchase in November 2019. “I think that with COVID, we haven’t been able to get together, but we’ve had conversations with Brad before. I think that we’re moving in the right direction. There’s no reason we wouldn’t renew, for sure. I mean, I guess it’s just a matter of us sitting down and putting it together, but with everybody not being able to move around, you don’t do that over the phone and you don’t do it by Zoom, so we want to do that face-to-face with all of them.”

Keselowski, who claimed the 2012 Cup Series championship and has 34 career wins, re-signed with Team Penske’s No. 2 Ford team last August. Terms were not disclosed, but the Associated Press reported the agreement as a one-year extension.

Blaney re-signed with the No. 12 Ford team in March 2020 with a multiyear agreement. Teammate Joey Logano re-upped in February 2017 with a contract that keeps him in Penske’s No. 22 Ford through at least the 2023 season.