Keselowski Will Give Dodge His All
By: Pete Pistone - @PPistone | MRN.com on March 2, 2012 | 4:54 P.M. EST
Penske Racing's switch from Dodge to Ford for 2013 leaves Keselowski certain that the team will remain focused on success in 2012.
Penske Racing is switching from Dodge to Ford next year, but Brad Keselowski is certain the team will focus on having a successful year with its soon-to-be-former manufacturer.
Despite some calling Penske’s current alignment with Dodge a lame-duck situation, Keselowski believes the effort to win and take the championship will not subside even as the organization readies to join the Ford camp in 2013.
“I don’t have any concerns about it, to be honest," Keselowski said Friday at Phoenix International Raceway. "There are a lot of reasons and it’s hard to answer that question without getting into some of the proprietary things that it takes to get support from a manufacturer.
“But the things that I do see, I’m not worried about or concerned about. I think the reset that the whole field is going to go through for 2013, with the new body style, keeps us from falling behind and actually makes the timing of the change as good as it can be. For those reasons, I’m not concerned.”
While Keselowski won’t let up in his quest to get to Victory Lane or bring home a Sprint Cup Series championship this year, he’s excited about what lies ahead with the new Ford program.
The positive things both on and off the racetrack that the company is doing as part of its NASCAR program has Keselowski looking forward to wheeling a Fusion in next year’s Sprint Cup Series.
“The easiest way to explain why I’m encouraged by the decision is that I think you just look no further than a month ago, or a month and a half ago, when Ford made their announcement on their ’13 car,” Keselowski said. “That’s at least a month and a half, two months ahead of every other manufacturer. I think that shows the spirit they have for this sport and the commitment they have for NASCAR. I want to be aligned with someone that wants to be the first one out of the gate. That shows me they want it that bad.”
Ford’s aggressive approach to developing its new Sprint Cup Series car and releasing its design to the public was a key component in Keselowski jumping on the manufacturer’s bandwagon.
“I thought that was a key moment for me in drinking the Kool-Aid, so to speak, of why that’s going to be the right way for our company to go,” Keselowski said of the unveiling.
As for the alignment between Roger Penske and Jack Roush, as both team owners get ready to be in the same manufacturer’s camp, Keselowski isn’t sure how it will unfold but is positive it will be for the best.
“I don’t know much about how Roger and Jack get along," he said. "I’ve never really asked them about that. I would imagine they’re both big supporters of the Detroit community. There’s got to be some common ties there. I guess we’ll see how that works, we’ll kind of play that as it goes. But I’m pretty open-minded.”
The bottom line for Keselowski is trying to help bring a title to Penske Racing and doing whatever it takes for that to happen.
“The goal we all have is to win the Sprint Cup Series championship at Penske Racing and to be able to do that, we have to have the best people possible,” Keselowski said. “It’s a team sport. And in order to have the best people possible, we have to have a consistent platform of resources around them. That means having a platform that they know for years on end is going to be there, from finances to pay for their house at home or whatever, their kids going to school. All those ducks have got to be in a row.”