By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Brad Keselowski has announced plans to shut down his intentions to close his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series following the end of the 2017 season. The full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver has had trucks racing in his team since 2008.
“The Truck Series is truly special to me given my family’s ties to the history of the sport, and this decision comes with much contemplation,” he said. “But, for a number of reasons, and as I plan for the long-term future, I’ve decided not to field a team in 2018.”
Since 2008, the organization has worked with many of the top young drivers. The team has also had nine Camping World Truck Series wins – and twice even contended for the championship at the final race of the season.
“My goal with BKR was to create a top-tier team, which would allow me to give back to the sport by creating opportunities and quality experience for others, whether they be drivers, mechanics, engineers, or support personnel,” he added. “With outstanding leadership from BKR’s GM Jeremy Thompson, assistance from Team Penske, and the support of our long-time partners Cooper Standard and Horizon Global, we were able to successfully achieve this goal. I am very proud of this and intend to do my best to help my BKR team members stay and grow in the sport. I am also incredibly appreciative of the great relationships we have developed with our partners over the years.”
The team will finish the final few months of the season. Then, the future is murky if the team returns.
“The team has also provided me with [a] meaningful experience as a team owner,” Keselowski said. “I’ve never made it a secret that I would eventually like to be an owner at the top level of the sport. And, while this is many years down the line, I want to start to prepare for that possibility now. Part of that preparation is seeking to develop an advanced engineering and manufacturing company that would be housed out of our 78,000-square-foot facility in Statesville and ultimately help to support this vision.”
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