Ryan Blaney To Make Cup Debut in2014

Sam Hornish, Jr.

(WOMR file photo)

Team Penske announced that 20-year-old Ryan Blaney will expand his driving duties beginning in 2014.

The third-generation driver will compete in 15 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races with Team Penske in 2014 and will also make his debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS), running at least two events behind the wheel of the #12 SKF Ford Fusion with the first coming at Kansas Speedway in May. Blaney’s first Nationwide Series start of 2014 is scheduled to come at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 22. The remainder of his NNS schedule will be announced at a later date.   In addition to Kansas, Blaneys other scheduled Sprint Cup Series start will come at Talladega Superspeedway in October.

“I am excited to continue my racing career with Team Penske”, said Blaney, who has earned one win, two top-five and eight top-10 finishes in 10 starts behind the wheel of the #22 over the last two years. “I’m really 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. I want to thank Roger Penske, our team sponsors, and everyone at Team Penske for this opportunity and for believing in me”, Blaney continued.

In addition to his expanded schedule for Team Penske this season, Blaney will also continue to race full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR), the team owned by Blaney’s Team Penske teammate.

Blaney, the son of Sprint Cup Series driver Dave Blaney and the grandson of Lou Blaney, has produced two wins, one pole and 16 top-10 finishes in 28 Truck Series races for the BKR team over the last two seasons. He finished sixth in the series point standings last season.  He finished sixth in the series point standings last season.

”We believe Ryan is one of the most promising young drivers in NASCAR, and we want to continue his growth and development with Team Penske. Ryan’s win at Kentucky in the #22 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”, said Roger Penske.(Team Penske)

So this third generation driver has caught on with Team Penske, and they have made a huge investment in this young gun’s future.  Team Penske, more than likely, is footing the bill to put Blaney in the Camping World Truck team of the 2012 Sprint Cup champion, and Penske employee, Brad Keselowski.  Nevertheless, it is a great match for both companies.


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