Blaney Gets Busy in 2014
By: MRN Staff on January 29, 2014 | 3:50 P.M. EST
Blaney will expand his driving duties in 2014, running 15 Nationwide Series races and two Sprint Cup Series events for Team Penske. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Team Penske announced Wednesday that 20-year-old Ryan Blaney will expand his driving duties in 2014.
Blaney will compete in 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series races and will also make his debut in the Sprint Cup Series, running at least two events behind the wheel of the No. 12 SKF Ford with the first coming at Kansas Speedway in May.
Blaney’s initial Nationwide Series start of the year is scheduled to come at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 22. The remainder of his NNS schedule will be announced later. Blaney’s other scheduled Sprint Cup Series start will come at Talladega Superspeedway in October.
"I’m looking forward to racing more in the Nationwide Series and it will be a dream come true for me to race in the Sprint Cup Series," said Blaney, who's earned one win, two top fives and eight top-10 finishes in 10 Nationwide starts for Team Penske. "I want to thank Roger Penske, our sponsors and everyone at Team Penske for this opportunity and for believing in me."
In addition to his expanded schedule for Team Penske, Blaney will continue to race full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Brad Keselowski Racing. Blaney is the son of veteran Sprint Cup Series driver Dave Blaney. Over the last two seasons in the Truck Series, he produced two wins, one pole and 16 top-10 finishes in 28 starts; and finished sixth in points last season.
"Ryan is one of the most promising young drivers in NASCAR, and we want to continue his growth and development," said team owner Roger Penske. "Ryan’s win at Kentucky in the No. 22 (Nationwide) car last year showed what he is capable of and we hope to experience many more moments in Victory Lane with him in the coming seasons."
Blaney was one of four drivers to win races behind the wheel of the No. 22 entry last season en route to earning the team’s first Nationwide Series owner’s championship.