After wide speculation, it has been confirmed that Brad Keselowski will move to Roush Fenway Racing in a driver/owner role starting from the 2022 season.
After the news, Keselowski compared his move to a new team as a driver/owner to that of Tony Stewart who moved to Haas CNC Racing in 2009 in a similar role.
There are a lot of similarities in the two drivers’ decision to go for a driver/owner position in sports. Both drivers were of the same age, 37 and had the same number of Cup Series race wins, 35.
And the target for the future is the same as one set by Stewart back then. He took a team that had never won a race and won a championship with the team. Keselowski would certainly love to be in that position.
“First off, hat’s off to Tony. What he did over there was amazing and I don’t know if he’s ever gotten the credit that he rightfully deserves,” Keselowski said. “He took that company that had never won a race and, again, in 2½-to-3 years’ time won a championship with it. That was so impressive.”
The exception to the comparison is that Keselowski is moving to a team with a lot of history in sports.
When Stewart joined the team, it saw an influx of talents to the organization. Keselowski is expecting that his move to the team will gather a similar response.
“One of the key things is Tony did an amazing job of bringing in key talent. I think we’re always looking at talent. Things will change. Teams change. Companies change over time and people go different places and things like that happen,” Keselowski said.
“I think our eyes and ears are open as talent becomes available at all times, and I’m hopeful that we’ll continue to have an influx of talent with this announcement. It’s one of the key reasons why we’re here today is to show the world that here’s what we’re doing and to make sure that we’re attracting the best talent as it comes up.”
The 2012 Champion is contenting for his second title with Team Penske this season and has one win to his name.