Team Penske owner Roger Penske said that the organization wanted to tie Brad Keselowski to a multi-year contract.
It has now officially been confirmed that Keslowksi will depart Team Penske to join Roush Fenway Racing in an owner/driver position. However, it was not that Keselowski, who was on his contract year, wasn’t offered an extension by Team Penske.
In fact, as per the owner, they wanted to keep the 2012 champion for more than a year and had some discussions regarding it since last year.
“We were talking with Brad [Keselowski] during COVID and it was at the end of 2020,” Penske said. “We wanted him to do a multiple-year contract with us. His interest has been, to be quite honest, we talked about being interested in the team. He wanted to have ownership and we turned out structured, the way we are today. We talk back and forth and that gave him a chance to see what the field is about. Quite honestly, this was brewing early in the year.”
Despite their attempts, Keselowski decided to seek a new challenge elsewhere. So, Team Penske have decided to replace him with the 2020 Xfinity Series champion driver Austin Cindric.