PRIMARY SPONSORS LINKS
PPG (6 races)
PPG (Pittsburgh Plate Glass)
DEX Imaging (3 races)
Rev Group (2 races)
Fitzgerald Glider Kits (1 Races)
Menards (14 races)
Menards partners featured on the hood at various races
Richmond Water Heaters
Races (14) that Menards is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Daytona - 2/17
Las Vegas - 3/4
Martinsville - 3/25
Texas - 4/8
Talladega - 4/29
Dover - 5/6
Pocono - 6/3
New Hampshire - 7/22
Michigan - 8/12
Darlington - 9/2
Richmond - 9/22
Charlotte - 9/30
Martinsville - 10/28
Homestead - 11/18
Races (6) that PPG is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Auto Club - 3/18
Charlotte - 5/27
Sonoma - 6/24
Watkins Glen - 8/5
Las Vegas - 9/16
Phoenix - 11/11
Races (3) that Dex Imaging is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Atlanta - 2/25
Richmond - 4/21
Kentucky - 7/14
Races (2) that REV Group is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Bristol - 4/15
Talladega - 10/14
Races (1) that Fitzgerald Glider Kits is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Bristol - 8/18
Races (1) that BODYARMOR is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Daytona - 7/7
Contract Status: Driver: multi-year deal signed for 2018 and beyond; Sponsors: announced as multi-year deals;
#12 Team / Driver News
BODYARMOR to sponsor Ryan Blaney at Daytona: Team Penske announced today that BODYARMOR Sports Drink will be featured as the primary sponsor on the No. 12 Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney for the NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, July 7. This marks the first-ever race team partnership for BODYARMOR, which began working with Blaney last season. BODYARMOR Sports Drink will also be an associate sponsor on the No. 12 Ford Fusion for four additional Cup Series races during the 2018 season, beginning with the event at Kansas Speedway on May 12.[More](3-2-2018)
Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott triumph in Can-Am Duel at Daytona: Ryan Blaney held off Team Penske teammate Joey Logano to win Thursday night's first 150-mile qualifying race in the Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway, but the story of the race was the list of prominent cars that did not survive until the checkered flag. In the second Duel, Chase Elliott grabbed the lead on Lap 27 of 60 and held it the rest of the way, beating Kevin Harvick to the finish line by .081 seconds. Erik Jones survived an early spin to run third, followed by Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch.[More](2-15-2018)
Dex Imaging to sponsor Ryan Blaney: DEX Imaging will be featured as a primary sponsor for three 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) races this season on Team Penske's #12 Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney, including events at Atlanta Motor Speedway in February, Richmond Raceway in April and Kentucky Speedway in July. The Florida-based company will also serve as a full-season associate sponsor on the #12 MENCS Ford Fusion in 2018.[More](1-15-2018)
Roush Fenway sells charter to Penske: Roush Fenway Racing confirmed it has sold a charter to Penske Racing, which needed one for the addition of the #12 NASCAR Cup car with driver Ryan Blaney to its stable for 2018. Roush Fenway sold the charter - NASCAR's form of a franchise that guarantees a spot in each race plus accompanying revenue -- of its former #16 car, a charter it leased in 2017 to JTG Daugherty Racing.[More](1-2-2018)
Dave Blaney still racing: When it comes to Ryan Blaney, he definitely has followed in his father Dave's footsteps as a race car driver. While Ryan spent his youth growing up watching his father racing first in sprint cars and then in NASCAR, their roles are now reversed. Now it's Dave who spends much of his time watching his son develop into one of NASCAR Cup's rising young stars.[More](1-1-2018)
PPG builds on long-standing partnership with Team Penske for 2018: Bringing new opportunities to one of the most enduring partnerships in racing, Team Penske announced today that PPG is expanding its relationship with the organization in 2018. Team Penske and PPG will celebrate their 34th season together in 2018 with the company reaffirming its commitment by becoming a primary sponsor of the team's #12 Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney in six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) races next season. As part of the enhanced program, PPG will also serve as an associate sponsor for Blaney [More](12-1-2017)
Rev Group to sponsor Blaney on the #12 in 2018 Team Penske announced an enhanced partnership agreement for 2018 with REV Group, a leading manufacturer of specialty vehicle brands serving the commercial, fire and emergency and recreational markets. REV, a Team Penske partner in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) and the Verizon IndyCar Series since 2016, will showcase its brands as the company steps up to become a sponsor for the team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) in 2018. REV will be the primary sponsor of the #12 Ford Fusion and driver Ryan Blaney for two races next season, including the spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway and the fall race at Talladega Superspeedway. REV will also be featured as an associate sponsor on the #12 Ford Fusion for the rest of the team's 2018 MENCS races.(Team Penske)[Read More Here](11-17-2017)
Blaney's last race in the famed #21 Wood Brothers Ford The Ryan Blaney chapter in Wood Brothers history comes to a close this weekend with the running of the season-ending Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Beginning next season, Blaney and crew chief Jeremy Bullins will return to Team Penske, and the iconic #21 Fusion will be driven by Paul Menard, with Greg Erwin serving as crew chief. The three "Blaney Years" have seen a resurgence in performance for NASCAR's oldest continuously operating race team. Their 2017 season has been a break-out year with a win at Pocono Raceway, poles and Kansas Speedway and Phoenix Raceway, four Stage wins and a nine-week run in the Monster Energy Cup playoffs. All told, Blaney and the #21 Motocraft/Quick Lane team, taking advantage of their technical alliance with Team Penske, have run 87 races together, with eight top-five and 25 top-10 finishes, 49 lead-lap finishes and 317 laps led.(Wood Brothers Racing)[Read More Here](11-17-2017)
Fitzgerald Glider Kits to sponsor Blaney for a race in 2018: The partnership between Team Penske and Fitzgerald Glider Kits will continue to grow in 2018, as the team announced that Fitzgerald will become the primary sponsor on the championship-winning #22 Ford Mustang for the majority of next season's NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) races. As part of the enhanced agreement with Fitzgerald Glider Kits, a Team Penske partner since 2016, Fitzgerald will also serve as the primary sponsor for the team's #12 Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) race at Bristol in August of 2018.(Team Penske)[Read More Here](11-15-2017)
BodyArmor considering sponsorship of Blaney: BodyArmor is considering a move to become a primary sponsor next year of the Team Penske Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car driven by Ryan Blaney, according to sources.[More](11-9-2017)
Menards to sponsor Blaney for 14 races: Team Penske and Menards announced today that the industry-leading home improvement store company will sponsor driver Ryan Blaney and the #12 Ford Fusion for 14 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) races in 2018. The partnership follows the recent announcement that Blaney will race a third Team Penske entry in the Cup Series beginning next season. Menards will also be a sponsor on the #21 Wood Brothers Racing entry (14 races), which will be driven by Paul Menard, starting next season.[More](8-30-2017)
Team Penske/Wood Brothers Teleconference: A transcript of Wednesday's teleconference following the news that Ryan Blaney will move to Team Penske next year and Paul Menard will move to Wood Brothers Racing.[More](7-26-2017)
Team Penske to expand to three car team in 2018..with Blaney Team Penske announced that Ryan Blaney will join the organization as a full-time driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) beginning in 2018 as the team returns to a three-car operation in NASCAR's premier series. The 23-year-old Blaney, who also signed a multi-year contract extension with the team, will pilot the #12 Ford Fusion, beginning with the annual non-points "Clash" event at Daytona International Speedway in February. Team Penske has not competed as a full-time, three-car team since the 2010 season with Keselowski, Kurt Busch and Sam Hornish Jr. More details surrounding the #12 team, including sponsorship and crew chief, will be announced in the near future.(Team Penske)[Read More Here](7-26-2017)
Race Recap: Ryan Blaney captures first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup victory in dramatic Pocono 400: Dogged by Kevin Harvick for the final eight laps of Sunday's Axalta presents the Pocono 400, Ryan Blaney held off the 2014 series champion in a breathtaking battle to claim the first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory of his career. After a restart on Lap 148 of 160, Blaney grabbed the lead from polesitter Kyle Busch on Lap 151, with Busch on older tires, doing everything he could to block Blaney's #21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford. Racing side by side with Busch's #18 Toyota down the Long Pond straightaway, Blaney stayed in the gas through the Tunnel Turn and cleared Busch's Camry off the corner.[More](6-11-2017)
Blaney wins at Pocono: #21-Ryan Blaney won the Pocono 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono Raceway for his 1st career win. He took the lead from #18-Busch with 9 laps to go and held off #4-Harvick to get the first win for Wood Brothers Racing since Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500 in 2011.
#4-Harvick finished 2nd followed by #77-Jones (career-best finish), #41-Busch, #2-Keselowski, #78-Truex, Jr., #42-Larson, #24-Elliott, #18-Busch, and #20-Kenseth.
Pole sitter #18-Busch won the first stage and finished 2nd in the second stage. He led a total of 100 laps but did not pit under the final caution and could not hold the lead on older tires. He finished 9th.
#43-Darrell Wallace, Jr., making his Cup debut, was caught speeding on pit road three times during the race. He finished 26th.
The second caution of the day came with 5 laps left in stage 2 when Johnson lost the brakes on his car and made hard contact with the outside wall hard. Behind Johnson, McMurray also lost brakes and slid into the wall. McMurray's car caught fire, but he got out quickly. Both drivers were ok. The race was red flagged for 23 minutes for track cleanup.
#78-Truex Jr. maintains the driver points lead by 1 point over #42-Larson.
Stages 1 & 2 were won by #18-Busch and #42-Larson.
There were 13 lead changes among 9 drivers and 4 cautions for 18 yellow flag laps
The average speed of the race was: 142.292mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results (pdf)
Cumulative Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf)
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(6-11-2017)
Penske wants to add Ryan Blaney as team's third driver: Roger Penske said he would like to bring Ryan Blaney into the Team Penske fold as soon possible, which would entail adding a third car to his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team. Asked if it could happen next year, he responded: "Could be."(USA Today)[Read More Here](6-3-2017)
Roger Penkse no fan of shorter race weekends: The latest trend in NASCAR is trimming race weekends, with three speedways announcing they have scheduled qualifying and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup racing on the same day this year. How fans will react remains to be seen, but at least one NASCAR team owner - Roger Penske - has concerns about the concept.[More](3-12-2017)
Roger Penske says NASCAR is in good shape: Ahead of Sunday's big Daytona 500, racing legend Roger Penske dismissed claims that his sport is faltering. "I see the sport as stronger than ever from a competitive standpoint," he said on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street."[More](2-25-2017)
Team Penske formes technical partnership with Stratasys: Team Penske announced that it has formed a technical partnership with Stratasys Ltd., the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company.[More](2-22-2017)
Edwards getting paid to sit out? to Penske in 2018? Denied: when NASCAR star Carl Edwards announced last month that he too is retiring there was no such clarity. Edwards said only that he wanted to spend more time with his family but his press conference left most people unconvinced. Meanwhile I'm [Motorsports writer Gordon Kirby] told that Edwards is being paid more than $15 million to sit-out this year and that he will return to action next year at the wheel of a third Penske Racing Ford. Penske runs two cars for Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano and has been planning to expand to three cars. Penske currently runs a third car for Ryan Blaney in partnership with the Wood Brothers, one of NASCAR's longest-running teams, so RP's team is entirely prepared to run Edwards next year.(gordonkirby.com)
UPDATE: per Motorsports writer Lewis Franck's Twitter: "OFFICIAL Just got off the phone with a senior @Team_Penske official who said no truth to Kirby's Carl Edwards story."(2-13-2017)
Penske receives Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award: More than 400 members of the motorsports industry gathered Tuesday night to honor Roger Penske during the 11th annual North Carolina Motorsports Industry Awards Ceremony at the Embassy Suites Hotel. With his wife, Kathy, and current team Penske drivers Brad Keselowski, Will Power, Simon Pagenaud, Helio Castroneves and Josef Newgarden among those in attendance, Penske was this year's recipient of the Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award, which has been presented annually since 2007 by the membership of the North Carolina Motorsports Association. Previous winners of the Achievement in Motorsports Tribute Award are Bill France Jr., Benny Parsons, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Richard Childress, Junior Johnson, O. Bruton Smith, H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, the Ned Jarrett family, Mike Helton and Jeff Gordon. Among the others in the room to honor Penske on this night were NASCAR Hall of Famers Rick Hendrick and Bobby Allison, four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears, NASCAR Vice Chairman Mike Helton and Team Penske President Tim Cindric. Earlier in the program, longtime racing announcer Ken Squier, who was unable to attend, was presented with the Jim Hunter Memorial Media Award. Motorsports Industry Awards went to the Cabarrus Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bojangles, SRI Performance, B.R.A.K.E.S. and Max Papis Innovations.(Speed Sport)(2-2-2017)
Team Penske and Nikon Metrology form technical alliance: Team Penske announced that it has formed a technical alliance with Nikon Metrology, a market leader in metrology instrumentation and technological innovation. The announcement expands upon an already existing relationship between the two companies.
Under the terms of the new multi-year agreement, Brighton, Michigan-based Nikon Metrology will help enhance Team Penske's manufacturing process of its racecars competing in NASCAR, working closely with the organization's fabrication department. Team Penske will also rely on Nikon Metrology's superior optical instrumentation and resources to support its overall technical processes at its headquarters in Mooresville, N.C.
"Team Penske is continuously looking for opportunities to further develop the processes involved in building fast, consistent and reliable race cars," said Tim Cindric, Team Penske President. "By expanding our partnership with Nikon Metrology, we now have an industry leader that is committed to taking the quality of our race cars to another level."
After working closely with Penske Technology Group in the past, Nikon Metrology is looking forward to the new challenge of partnering with the winning Team Penske racing program, which celebrated its 50th anniversary season in 2016.
"Manufacturing better, faster, and with optimum usage of resources is the demand of manufacturers today, and the Team Penske racing program demands running at the cutting edge of technology," says Robert Martin, vice president of sales (Americas) at Nikon Metrology. "Better matters, and we're inspired to continually prove it together with Team Penske through applying state-of-the-art metrology solutions and the expertise of our people." Nikon Metrology plans to incorporate the new partnership with Team Penske into the company's future marketing and promotional efforts. Through specific case studies, Nikon Metrology will highlight how its equipment and support continue to raise the level of performance of Team Penske's racing programs.(Team Penske)(1-16-2017)