Brad Keselowski never intended to leave Team Penske.
While his teammate Joey Logano wrapped up his contract extension before the season began, Keselowski’s negotiations dragged on until July.
There was no splashy press conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last weekend. There was no teleconference to discuss the sentiments of the driver, the owner or the sponsor. Team Penske simply sent out a one-page release on Tuesday announcing the renewal of the only driver to win the company a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.
Wanting to stay with Penske
Clearly times have changed when it comes to sealing deals in NASCAR.
“The whole time I wanted to get a deal done there,” Keselowski said at Pocono Raceway on Saturday. “I never personally reached out to anyone else. I think there might have been some opportunities elsewhere. I’m a big believer that Roger (Penske) gave me a great opportunity seven or eight years ago and I wanted to continue to see that play out. I kind of wanted to water my own grass and I felt like I had that opportunity it’s a matter of working out all the pieces of the puzzle to do so.
“It also seems like on these deals that if they’re not done by February, twelve months ahead, everybody starts to panic. So when you get a deal done in July everybody looks at you and asks what took so long. In some respects, yeah, I wish it would have gotten done sooner and in other respects you say, ‘Time out, I still have six months until it really matters.’ I can so both sides of that. At the end of the day I feel like I have a great group. I’ve won races, usually multiple races every season I’ve been part of the 2 car. I think we’re going to have that opportunity for years to come and as a driver I think that’s a good…