2013 Sprint Cup Team Preview: Penske Racing
By David Morgan On Fri, Jan. 25, 2013
We’re down to our final 2013 Sprint Cup team preview today and we’ll be previewing the efforts of the 2012 championship team of Penske Racing, which will be fielding Ford Fusions for 2012 Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano. Penske made the announcement to move over to Ford in 2012 after failing to come to an agreement with Dodge, which left the sport after the 2012 season.
After a 2012 season that included five wins and a championship battle that saw Keselowski and crew chief Paul Wolfe go head to head against five time champion Jimmie Johnson and win the championship, the #2 Miller Lite team heads into the 2013 season looking to repeat as champions. However, for Keselowski to accomplish that, his team will have to adjust to running in the Ford camp and the new Gen6 car. With the team now getting engines from Roush-Yates engines instead of producing their own in house, that is another hurdle Keselowski will have to clear if he hopes to repeat. Considering the depth and knowledge at Penske Racing, clearing those hurdles to win races and make the Chase, as well as contending for the championship once again should be no problem for this team.
After winning one race at Joe Gibbs Racing in 2012, Logano moves over to Penske Racing in 2013 to take over the #22 that was driven by AJ Allmendinger and Sam Hornish Jr in 2012. The young Logano is sure to thrive at Penske Racing under the leadership of team owner Roger Penske and being able to learn from 2012 champion, Keselowski. Logano will be sponsored by Pennzoil for the majority of the season and by new sponsor Hertz Rent-a Car, which will be featured on Logano’s car for the fall Charlotte race. Logano will be teamed up with crew chief Todd Gordon and barring any extended growing pains in establishing chemistry between the two, should be able to get this #22 car to Victory Lane and will be among the favorites to make the Chase.