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No. 22 Dodge Fetches 600K for Paralyzed Veterans of America at Barrett-Jackson

No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger
No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger
No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger

On Thursday January 19, 2012 Penske Racing’s No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger was auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Scottsdale, AZ. The car that won the Aaron’s 312 at Talladega Superspeedway in 2010 hauled in a total of $600k from 3 separate donors. All of the proceeds were donated to Paralyzed Veterans of America. Team owner Roger Penske and Brad Keselowski were both in attendance to see the car that helped Keselowski win his first race at Penske, sold to the highest bidder. Paralyzed Veterans of America is an organization dedicated to helping veterans live full and rich lives by providing them with the resources they need. PVA assists veterans with everything from obtaining healthcare and jobs to engaging in adaptive sports and recreational activities. Here is what Roger Penske had to say about working with the PVA organization:

“The Paralyzed Veterans are not only good partners of Penske Racing, but they are partners of America’s service men and women.” Penske continued,  “They are a group of people that provide our freedom. After their service, serious injury shouldn’t stop them from living the full, rewarding lives they deserve.”

The Penske Automotive family is proud to have the opportunity to contribute to such a great cause.

Click here to support Paralyzed Veterans of America today!

Information contained in this article courtesy of:

http://www.penskeracing.com/news/index.cfm?series=n&cid=50928

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Brad Keselowski In a New Role

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The only guy dressed in jeans and a trendy button-down shirt, Brad Keselowski stood out among his impeccably-suited fellow NASCAR top-12 drivers as they posed on stage during an awards luncheon at the grand Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas last week.

With a major shake-up on his Penske Racing team this week, Keselowski is standing out and standing tall — ready or not — to assume the leadership position with the legendary organization only one full season into his Sprint Cup career.

The announcement this week that Penske Racing and Keselowski’s veteran teammate, 2004 Cup champ Kurt Busch, are parting ways immediately puts the 27-year-old Keselowski on center stage. And judging by his effort on the track and his evolving persona away from it, he’s ready.

Keselowski won three races — including two with a broken ankle — and finished fifth in the Sprint Cup championship in his first full year of competition driving Roger Penske’s famed No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge. His candor and humor on the social network Twitter has garnered a large following from fans and even a secret fine from NASCAR, which practically makes him a bona fide star these days.

“I’m having fun,’’ Keselowski said while taking his seat at the luncheon last week, dismissing the smirks and head-shakes from his fellow competitors over his casual clothing choice. Tech-savvy, fan- and media-friendly, and wildly talented, Keselowski is exactly the kind of driver fitted for NASCAR’s new generation and, just perhaps, the guy to land Penske its first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship among 12 IndyCar crowns. Keselowski’s 2010 Nationwide Series championship was Penske’s first NASCAR title. And the fact that he has already established himself among NASCAR’s elite talents will serve him well, as will his ability to prove himself a capable leader on the team. His Twitter adventures serve as good examples of that. He was handed a $25,000 “secret fine” by NASCAR for criticizing — via Twitter — the electronic fuel injection that will be introduced next year.

But when asked about his opinions by Twitter, later conceded, “I think you can continue to have the same candor and continue to be authentic, but . . . you can use a little discretion, absolutely.’’ This week he showed the kind of discretion and professionalism more aptly associated with the Penske organization — traits that ultimately cost Busch his job.

 

“Kurt has been a great teammate and friend to me over the last 2 seasons. I truly do wish him the best, wherever and whatever he does,’’ Keselowski posted on his Twitter account Monday.

 

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And just like that, Keselowski is about to have the blessing and the challenge of leading one of the most respected teams in auto racing history. He is “the guy.”

One with a strong season under his belt as he prepares for that new role. “I don’t think anyone really expected that (fifth-place championship finish) out of us, but I never stopped believing that we could be a contender and have a lot of fun and do well as a team,’’ Keselowski said after the Homestead-Miami season finale.

 

 

“I think we have a lot to build off of.’’

Source: Fox Sports

 

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Kurt Busch wins pole for today’s race at MIS

Pennzoil Dodge, stands on pit road during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 at Michigan International Speedway

BROOKLYN, Mich. — Kurt Busch upstaged everyone again in Sprint Cup qualifying Saturday.

The Penske Racing speedster claimed his third consecutive pole for today’s Cup race at Michigan International Speedway with a blazing run in his No..22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge.

Busch, the 2004 Cup champion, ripped off a lap at 188.699 m.p.h. It gave Penske its fourth Cup pole in a row this season, with Busch’s teammate, Brad Keselowski, starting first at Charlotte in May. Busch has 15 career poles in 379 Cup races.

“Incredible — a lot of hard work by everyone on the No..22 team,” said Busch after the run. “Our Dodge is fast. It feels great to find good results now. I think we just got back to basics, and the results are showing on the track.”

David Reutimann in the No..00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota qualified second at 188.684, and Matt Kenseth was third in the No..17 Crown Royal Ford at 188.620. Cup points leader Carl Edwards managed only 23rd best at 186.601.

Crew chief Steve Addington made some quick changes to Busch’s car before he qualified after Keselowski missed the setup of the car, which resulted in his No..2 Miller Lite Dodge being too tight. Fighting an ill-handling car, Keselowski managed just 41st.

“It’s nice we have confidence in each other right now to know exactly how much air to put in the tires,” said Busch, whose pole Saturday was his second at MIS in 21 Cup starts. “We were sitting there on pit road the whole time wondering, ‘Do we add air? Do we take out air?’ We watched Brad’s run, and we were in a panic because we really didn’t know where Brad set his car up exactly. It was cool to call the team engineer on the radio back at the truck; he analyzed Brad’s setup versus ours … just a quick check of basically one thing that we gauged, and we saw that he was quite a percentage tighter than us on that check.

“If he was that tight and we were set up that loose, we didn’t need to go any looser with our setup. It was nice to have that correction of watching your teammate go out just a fewcars ahead and still make an adjustment in time.”

Keselowski was understandably not pleased with his performance.

“Not the lap we were looking for,” he said. “We’re not where we want to be with the handling of our Dodge. But if you have a good car, you’ll find your way up (to) the front in the race.”

Busch said he was in favor of awarding points for winning a pole.

“It would be nice to see one point for a pole,” said Busch, who is sixth in Cup points. “But that’s all you could award with this new (points) system.”

Reutimann, who drives for Michael Waltrip Racing, was a little upset he didn’t win the pole.

“It wiggled in the middle down there, and that’s where we lost our time, I think,” said Reutimann of his car in the turns. “I just let it wiggle, and it cost us just enough.”

Roush Fenway Racing’s Kenseth was happy enough with his day.

“I thought it was a great lap,” said Kenseth, a two-time Cup winner at MIS. “We aren’t really known for qualifying, and to qualify third is really good for us. When you look at the times and are only a couple hundredths off, you maybe wish you could do it again. But I felt we got everything we could out of the car.”

[Source: Freep.com]

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No. 22 America’s Tire Dodge Preview-Royal Purple 300

2011 NASCAR Natiowide Series, Daytona

Brad Keselowski
No. 22 America’s Tire Dodge Challenger
Royal Purple 300
Auto Club Speedway
March 26, 2011

No. 22 America’s Tire Dodge Challenger News and Notes
• The No. 22 America’s Tire Dodge Challenger in 2011…
After four events, Brad Keselowski and the reigning champion No. 22 America’s Tire Dodge Challenger team sit 17th in the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) owner point standings.
• This Week’s Challenger… The Penske Racing America’s Tire Dodge Challenger team will use chassis PRS-214 during Saturday’s Royal Purple 300 at the two-mile Auto Club Speedway (ACS) oval. This is a brand-new chassis to the No. 22 fleet.
• 3, 2…1?… Since moving to Penske Racing in 2009, Keselowski has not finished outside the top-three in both of his NNS races at ACS. The Rochester Hills, Mich. native finished third in the 2010 spring race and second in the fall event. If the pattern holds true, Keselowski will be looking for the first victory of his career at ACS.
• New Car Smell… Penske Racing and the No. 22 Dodge team proved to be the class of the field in the four NNS races where the new Dodge Challenger was used in 2010. With two wins, four top-five finishes and one pole it was clear that the new car suited Keselowski and the team. With full implementation of the Challenger for 2011, Keselowski has plenty of confidence that he can improve upon the banner year he enjoyed last season.
• Keselowski Speedway Stats… In 83 speedway starts in the Nationwide Series, Keselowski has accumulated five wins, 36 top-five finishes, 50 top-10 results and four pole awards. In addition, he has led the field for 970 laps at tracks between one and two miles in length.
• See Brad at Speedzone… Keselowski will make an appearance at the Speedzone located at 17871 Castleton Street in City of Industry, Calif., on Friday, March 25 at 6:00 pm PT.

Brad Keselowski on racing this weekend at Auto Club Speedway
“Auto Club Speedway was a really good track for us last year in the Nationwide Series. To come out of there with a second- and third-place finish in the two races was very critical to our run to the championship. I’d never considered it to be one of my better tracks, but now I’m confident we can go there and win the race. It’s really all about momentum at Fontana. With the carburetor spacer that we run on these Nationwide cars, you want to be able to roll the center of the turns quickly so that you can carry momentum off the corner and down the long straightaways. If we can do that, I feel good about our chances with the No. 22 America’s Tire Dodge Challenger.”

Crew chief Todd Gordon on Auto Club Speedway
“Fontana is a track that is very aero-sensitive. You need to keep the car ‘clean’ if you want to have a chance to win. We know that we have a driver that will give us everything he has and we’re going out there with one thing on our mind – winning the race. We haven’t started the season like we wanted to and a lot of that has just been bad luck. There is one thing that can cure all of that and that is to go to Victory Lane.”

[Source: Penskeracing.com]

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No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger Phoenix Preview

2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Daytona

Brad Keselowski
No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger
Subway Fresh Fit 500
Phoenix International Raceway
February 27, 2011

No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger News and Notes
• This Week’s Charger…
The No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-736 during Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500 at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR). This is a brand-new chassis to the No. 2 team.
• No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge in 2011… After one event, Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger team sit 27th in the Cup Series driver standings and 29th in the owner standings after an accident ended the team’s day early in last Sunday’s Daytona 500.
• Keselowski at Phoenix International Raceway… In addition to his three career Cup Series starts at PIR, Keselowski has raced in eight career NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) events at the one-mile oval. In those races, he has recorded four top-five finishes and he has completed all 1,576 of 1,609 (97.9%) laps contested, with 68 laps led. Keselowski has also made two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts at PIR, with his best result of sixth coming in 2008 while driving his own Brad Keselowski Racing entry.
• The Rest is History… In the first start for Penske Racing at the one-mile PIR oval in 1991, Rusty Wallace qualified 10th and finished fifth. The organization has made a total of 56 starts at PIR with one win (Wallace – 1998), six poles and 13 top-five finishes.
• Follow Brad on Twitter… Fans can now follow Keselowski on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/keselowski. Followers can get a glimpse inside his everyday life while keeping up-to-date on the latest news for the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge team.

Brad Keselowski on Phoenix moving to the second race of the season
“I think we are in the middle of a pretty big evolution of the NASCAR schedule. It will probably continue over the course of the next several years. The people in Fontana are great and I’m sure that the track will work to make their date in late March a very successful one. NASCAR has a history in Southern California and we need to be in that region. That being said, it’s exciting to go to Phoenix for the second race of the season. The fans have continued to embrace our sport after they were awarded a second date a few years ago. At the end of the day, no matter where we race after Daytona, it’s important that we don’t have a letdown after our biggest race of the season. I’m confident that everyone on the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge team is focused on this weekend.”

Brad Keselowski on how the “Blue Deuce” will perform this weekend at PIR
“I enjoy the challenge that Phoenix provides. It’s a very unique layout that has little – if any – grip. The track is worn down and it sits in that Arizona sun and just bakes, so it’s hard to get your car hooked up. But that’s part of the reason it’s so much fun to race there. It just seems like you are sliding around the entire race because it doesn’t take long for your tires to wear out. You really have to be smooth.  That’s what I focus on when I get there and I think anyone that runs well there does the same thing. It’s also really important to work with your crew chief to come up with a setup that is balanced and will work well with the asphalt at Phoenix.”

Crew chief Paul Wolfe on PIR
“Phoenix is a ‘compromising’ track because the two ends of the track are different. The main area we’ll work on is the exit of Turn 4. You need to have good forward bite off that corner so that you can beat everyone to the start/finish line and down into Turn 1. It’s a tough, old racetrack. It can be tough on driver and equipment, so you need to make sure you take care of both. But after this race we can pretty much throw out all of our old setup notes. The new repaving, which will include the addition of some variable banking in the corners, will basically make this a new racetrack. I like it how it is so I hope they don’t change it too much.”

[Source: Penskeracing.com]

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Busch Posts 11th-Fastest Lap in Daytona 500 Qualifying

2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 13, 2011) – Kurt Busch and the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger team led the Penske Racing NASCAR Cup Series qualifying effort for the 53rd Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday afternoon.

Busch recorded the 11th-fastest lap during the qualifying session that only sets the front row for the Daytona 500. He toured the 2.5-mile oval in 48.676 seconds, or 184.896 miles per hour. Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski posted the 24th-fastest time in the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge.

“It was a good, solid run for our Shell/Pennzoil Dodge in qualifying.  We actually exceeded the lap time that we were going to run and that gives us great optimism knowing that this is our primary car with a better motor than what we had in the Shootout last night.  Things are definitely thumbs up.”

The Daytona 500 will air live at 1:00 p.m. ET on the FOX network on Sunday, February 20th. Race coverage will also be broadcast live on the Motor Racing Network and Sirius Satellite Radio.

NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying Results
Pos Car Driver Team Reason
1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet 48.364 186.089 0.000 0.000
2 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 48.396 185.966 0.032 0.032
3 21 Trevor Bayne(i) Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford 48.532 185.445 0.168 0.136
4 27 Paul Menard Menards/Peak Chevrolet 48.538 185.422 0.174 0.006
5 33 Clint Bowyer Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet 48.590 185.223 0.226 0.052
6 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet 48.630 185.071 0.266 0.040
7 39 Ryan Newman U.S.Army Chevrolet 48.648 185.002 0.284 0.018
8 5 Mark Martin GoDaddy.com Chevrolet 48.651 184.991 0.287 0.003
9 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 48.672 184.911 0.308 0.021
10 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 48.672 184.911 0.308 0.000
11 22 Kurt Busch Shell/Pennzoil Dodge 48.676 184.896 0.312 0.004
12 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 48.711 184.763 0.347 0.035
13 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 48.715 184.748 0.351 0.004
14 29 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet 48.717 184.740 0.353 0.002
15 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe’s/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet 48.731 184.687 0.367 0.014
16 6 David Ragan UPS Ford 48.751 184.612 0.387 0.020
17 * 09 Bill Elliott Phoenix Construction Chevrolet 48.772 184.532 0.408 0.021
18 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 48.787 184.475 0.423 0.015
19 43 A J Allmendinger Best Buy Ford 48.836 184.290 0.472 0.049
20 * 38 Travis Kvapil(i) Long John Silver’s Ford 48.841 184.271 0.477 0.005
21 * 87 Joe Nemechek(i) AM FM Energy Toyota 48.854 184.222 0.490 0.013
22 17 Matt Kenseth Crown Royal Black Ford 48.886 184.102 0.522 0.032
23 00 David Reutimann Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota 48.908 184.019 0.544 0.022
24 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 48.911 184.008 0.547 0.003
25 * 15 Michael Waltrip NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 48.922 183.966 0.558 0.011
26 * 36 Dave Blaney Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet 48.968 183.793 0.604 0.046
27 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet 48.997 183.685 0.633 0.029
28 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet 48.998 183.681 0.634 0.001
29 4 Kasey Kahne Red Bull Toyota 49.019 183.602 0.655 0.021
30 18 Kyle Busch M&M’s Toyota 49.021 183.595 0.657 0.002
31 47 Bobby Labonte Kroger/USO Toyota 49.026 183.576 0.662 0.005
32 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota 49.031 183.557 0.667 0.005
33 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Toyota 49.058 183.456 0.694 0.027
34 20 Joey Logano Home Depot Toyota 49.125 183.206 0.761 0.067
35 * 60 Todd Bodine(i) Tire Kingdom/Valvoline Toyota 49.165 183.057 0.801 0.040
36 * 97 Kevin Conway(i) Extenze Toyota 49.194 182.949 0.830 0.029
37 * 13 Casey Mears GEICO Toyota 49.216 182.867 0.852 0.022
38 34 David Gilliland Taco Bell Ford 49.262 182.697 0.898 0.046
39 77 Steve Wallace(i) 5-hour Energy Toyota 49.295 182.574 0.931 0.033
40 * 66 Michael McDowell HP Racing LLC Toyota 49.333 182.434 0.969 0.038
41 7 Robby Gordon SPEED Energy Dodge 49.418 182.120 1.054 0.085
42 * 32 Terry Labonte U.S. Chrome Ford 49.589 181.492 1.225 0.171
43 37 Robert Richardson Jr.(i) North Texas Pipe Ford 49.596 181.466 1.232 0.007
44 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota 49.637 181.316 1.273 0.041
45 * 46 J J Yeley Red Line Oil Chevrolet 49.730 180.977 1.366 0.093
46 71 Andy Lally Adobe Road Winery Chevrolet 49.771 180.828 1.407 0.041
47 * 64 Derrike Cope Sta-Bil Toyota 50.592 177.894 2.228 0.821
48 * 92 Brian Keselowski K-Automotive Dodge 50.681 177.581 2.317 0.089

[Source: penskeracing.com]

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