Keselowski To Drive Miller Lite Dodge Starting in 2011
April 21, 2010
Photo courtesy of Autostock
CHICAGO, Ill. (April 21, 2010) - The tradition of great drivers in Penske Racing's No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge will continue as Brad Keselowski takes the wheel of the Blue Deuce beginning in 2011. The 26-year-old Keselowski is currently in his first full year on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 12 Penske Dodge.
"Brad is one of the hottest young drivers in NASCAR and we're thrilled to welcome him to the Miller Lite Racing family," said Andy England, chief marketing officer at MillerCoors. "Rarely in this sport are you presented with the opportunity to build a relationship with a top-tier driver at the start of his career. We look forward to ‘tasting greatness' with Brad and Penske Racing in the years ahead."
Keselowski finished third in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings in 2008 and 2009 and was voted by the fans as the most popular driver on the circuit both seasons. This year, he sits second in the Nationwide Series point standings, with six top-10 finishes in seven races. He recorded his first Sprint Cup victory last spring at Talladega.
"We're extremely proud of our long-standing partnership with MillerCoors and are excited to extend this successful relationship," said Roger Penske. "Brad is a tremendous talent with a bright future and I look forward to watching him continue the great tradition of the Blue Deuce."
For Keselowski, a third-generation driver, the move to the Miller Lite Dodge is a milestone moment.
"To follow champions like Rusty Wallace and Kurt Busch in the legendary Blue Deuce is a dream come true," Keselowski said. "The Miller Lite Racing team is accustomed to winning on and off the track, and I can't wait to do my part to build on that tradition."
Busch, currently ninth in the Sprint Cup standings, will continue to chase the Cup championship in the Miller Lite Dodge throughout the 2010 season. He then moves to Penske Racing's newly formed No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Dodge in 2011.
"Kurt is a champion, a great driver and has been an enthusiastic ambassador for Miller Lite over the past four years," England said. "We want to thank him for that, and we look forward to chasing the 2010 Sprint Cup championship with Kurt and the whole team at Penske Racing."