Fresh off the heels of Joey Logano’s win last weekend at Watkins Glen, Team Penske announced today they would be returning their XFINITY Series program to a two car effort next season. The second Penske entry will serve as a Ford Performance driver development program as both Penske and Ford continue to build upon their futures.
“Our NASCAR XFINITY Series program has been one of the best in the series since we started running full-time in 2009,” said team owner Roger Penske. “For several years, we ran it as a two-car operation and then decided to focus primarily on the No. 22 for the last few years. Along the way, we developed a lot of people that have moved into our Cup programs, including all of our current NASCAR Sprint Cup crew chiefs. We want to win another XFINITY Series Championship while continuing to utilize our program to build human capital.”
Team Penske began competing in the XFINITY Series full time in 2009 and won the 2010 NXS Driver’s championship with Brad Keselowski in 2010. Since joining Ford in 2013, Penske has amassed 29 XFINITY Series wins and back to back NXS Owner’s championships.
“Obviously, we’ve really enjoyed our relationship with Team Penske and the success that they’ve brought to the Ford family in the NASCAR XFINITY Series,” said Dave Pericak, Director of Ford Performance. “The addition of a second Team Penske XFINITY Series car will allow all of us to work on developing talent behind the wheel and across the board.
A driver and sponsorship on the second Ford Mustang will be announced at a later date.