Alejandro Alvarez | NASCAR Digital Media
Concord, N.C. — Brad Keselowski was Usually acknowledged as “the spark” pretty A pair of events Tuesday all by way of Roush Fenway Racing’s rebrand unveil at Charlotte Motor Speedway. If that’s the case, group proprietor Jack Roush stored the embers scorching and burning Through the years.
Collectively, they hope to recreate a full-fledged hearth with What’s now acknowledged as RFK Racing come the 2022 NASCAR Cup Collection season.
“I really feel on the floor, Everytime You are taking A look On them, You will not assume That they are aligned and comparable,” president Steve Newmark said. “However I really feel Chris Buescher characterised it biggest, I’ll share with you, when he said Brad Keselowski is extra like Jack Roush than Ancompletely different driver Inside the storage.”
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Buescher is now Keselowski’s sole groupmate. Keselowski and Roush introduced their partnership again in July, And since the 2021 season concluded two weeks in the past, they’re formally a duo. Keselowski is now The driving strain of the No. 6 Ford and An factor proprietor of RFK Racing. Buescher will pilot the No. 17 automotive.
Whereas Keselowski acquired here into the group prepped with ideas for change – For event, the current facility updates – he has additionally completely match into the mould Roush has constructed. As quickly as extra, comparable traits at play.
“They’re terribly cerebral,” Newmark said. “They are very element-oriented and considerate. They will immerse themselves in every thing. They don’t think about that hey, This stuff is under me. …
“(Brad) additionally acknowledges That every particular person Inside The agency issues. And that was On A daily basis Important to Jack. He said, ‘Everyone contributes and We ought to always deal with everybody with respect Regardless of the place They’re Inside the hierarchy.’ And that i’ve seen that Immediately from Brad.”
Roush is 79 years previous and held possession Inside the Cup Collection since 1988. Keselowski, now 37, had his first Sort of Cup rivals in 2008 And commenced full-time racing in 2010.
The prime boss jokes he hasn’t made up his thoughts Regarding the teenager but.
“We’re nonetheless circling Each completely different,” Roush said. “Haven’t acquiredten The complete measure of The measurement of The completely different canine.”
In the meantime, Keselowski is properly Aware of who he has joined — a NASCAR Hall of Famer.
“I’ve acquired A lot of wins to Make amends for,” Keselowski said. “He’s acquired, I really feel we said The completely different day, 300-plus NASCAR wins. I haven’t acquiredten to 100, I would like to get to 100 as a driver. However Whilst quickly as I do, I’ll nonetheless be 200 behind him. So, A lot Of labor to do.”
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Roush has tallied 325 NASCAR nationwide series wins as an proprietor. That breaks down into 137 On the Cup Collection diploma, 138 Inside the Xfinity Collection and 50 Inside the Tenting World Truck Collection.
Keselowski hpreviouss 75 victories as a driver. He has gained 35 races Inside the Cup Collection, together with one this previous season, 39 Inside the Xfinity Collection and one Inside the Tenting World Truck Collection. He does have prior Vans possession expertise, the place he added 11 wins.
“I’ll Be In a place to again away some and to not go to All of the races And by no means be The primary one on prime of the pit area and the final one in my automotive to go house as I’ve been Prior to now For Lots of my time,” Roush said. “I take pleasure in passing the baton to Brad. Steve questioned me if I used to be actually prepared To Do this and I said, ‘Well, As prolonged as I can primarytain one hand on it for A while, It is going to work for me.’ ”