Keselowski Says Toyota Way Ahead

Brad Keselowski

"As to what will happen for 2018, you know, I don't know. I would assume that Chevrolet will be allowed to design a car the same way that Toyota was for this one, but Ford doesn't have any current plans for that. If that's the case, we're going to take a drubbing next year, so we'll have to see." (Photo: Getty Images)

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HOMESTEAD, Fla. – Brad Keselowski believes Toyota’s advantage was too much to overcome in this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
 
The Team Penske driver finished seventh in Sunday’s Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and fourth in this year’s championship behind Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick.
 
But Keselowski, who has been outspoken about Toyota’s dominance this year, said it was nearly impossible for he and fellow Ford stable mate to run down race winner and second place finisher Truex Jr. and Busch’s Camrys.
 
"When that car rolled out at Daytona, and I think we all got to see it for the first time, I think there was two reactions," Keselowski said. "One, we couldn't believe NASCAR approved it; and two, we were impressed by the design team over there.
 
"You know, with that said, I don't think anyone ever had a shot this year the second that thing got put on the racetrack and approved. It kind of felt like Formula 1 where you had one car that made it through the gates, heads and tails above everyone and your hands are tied because you're not allowed to do anything to the cars in those categories that NASCAR approves to really catch up."

While proud of his effort to make the Championship 4 and run for a second career Cup title, Keselowski is hoping some ground can be made up over the off season for the other manufacturers to catch up with Toyota.
 
“As to what will happen for 2018, you know, I don't know,” he said. “I would assume that Chevrolet will be allowed to design a car the same way that Toyota was for this one, but Ford doesn't have any current plans for that.  If that's the case, we're going to take a drubbing next year, so we'll have to see.”
 

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