14 October 2013
Brad Keselowski, Penske Racing - Q&A
You mentioned that the hardest part of this year has been the adaptation to the Gen-6 car and obviously tonight speaks to the fact that you're finally getting on top of it, but there's discussion, there's a test tomorrow, there's some other things that NASCAR is talking about possibly changing the car. They said they were going to leave it alone but next year they're probably going to make some tweaks. When you are obviously behind some of the other organizations as far as getting a handle on this car, how frustrating is it to you to know that they're probably going to be changing this car and you haven't totally figured it out at this point?
Well, I wouldn't say we're much farther behind than some other teams. We haven't executed but as far as figuring out the speed in the cars, I don't think we're very far off on that. It was a challenge for us, but I feel like as a company we've done a good job at adapting to the new car and having speed. I mean, obviously with the #22 group making the Chase and getting a win, they've shown great speed, and we have, as well.
I feel good about that. You've just got to continue to work hard. We're going to do this test on Monday and be ready for whatever they throw at us and be able to adapt. I mean, that's what it's all about, and the sport changes so fast and you have to have great people in place that can continue to move forward and find ways with new rules to get a jump on the competition.
Roger, earlier this month you were able to lock up Brad through 2017. But Miller has cut back to 24 races. What does this win and securing a win in a season where you don't make the Chase, what does this win do to help secure and fill those final 12 races?
Well, I think it's obvious. The relationship we've generated with Miller for many, many years, with Rusty and Danny Sullivan going all the way back, and they committed to us even when we didn't have the best season because it's not about one season or one driver; it's about a relationship. And certainly as I went to them and said could we look at a little different format going forward, it was a business discussion between the two organizations. I think we have been able to put together a sponsorship when you think about our team going forward with sponsorship with Shell-Pennzoil through '17 and then also with Miller, and then we have the great associates there with us, we're in great shape right now, with two good drivers, great drivers, and I think with Paul and Todd and the rest of the team, certainly that's important to us.
But the relationship with Miller is outstanding, and I think that Brad has been a great leader with them. They like him. They like what he does out in the public, a lot of the things they have him do around their customers is important, and I think that's one of the reasons they signed up with us.
Congratulations to the #2 Miller Lite Ford, crew chief Paul Wolfe, driver Brad Keselowski and owner Roger Penske for tonight's win.
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