Take a tour of Wood Brothers Racing's new shop
Ever wanted to take a tour around one of the race shops of one of NASCAR's most storied teams? Well, now you can -- thanks to Wood Brothers Racing , formed in 1950. While the team is old, the shop is new. The organization recently moved headquarters to Mooresville, North Carolina to be closer to their Ford-affiliated counterpart, Team Penske . Now separated by just seven miles, expect the technical alliance between the pair to grow considerably in 2017 as the Wood Bros. attempt to put a driver in the Chase for the first time in its history with talented Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series sophomore Ryan Blaney . Watch the video below to see the Wood Brothers' new digs.
@nascarcasm: Yelp reviews of Joey Logano's 'mustache'
RELATED: Top NASCAR mustaches Team Penske driver Joey Logano has certainly enjoyed his offseason -- so much that he decided to let it all loose and let the facial hair flow. Fun times in Nashville to kick off the new year. @WheelsUp back home to get back to work! pic.twitter.com/1mjeLQt2DO — Joey Logano (@joeylogano) January 3, 2017 Turns out, not everyone was thrilled with Logano's upper lip addition. Before its apparent demise , plenty of opinions were expressed on popular review site Yelp. RIP Loganostache (2016-17).
Team Penske , Discount Tire renew partnership for 2017
MOORESVILLE, NC (November 7, 2016) -- Team Penske and Discount Tire, the world’s largest tire and wheel retailer, announced today that the two companies will continue their partnership into the 2017 season. Discount Tire will return as the primary sponsor of Team Penske ’s No. 22 Ford Mustang in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) next season. Discount Tire will also continue as an associate sponsor on both the No. 2 and No. 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford Fusions and -- new for next season -- the company will join Team Penske ’s Verizon IndyCar Series program as an associate sponsor. A long-time supporter of NASCAR, Discount Tire joined the Team Penske family just prior to the start of the 2010 NASCAR XFINITY Series season. That year, the No. 22 Discount Tire team and driver Brad Keselowski earned a series-record 26 top-five finishes en route to the first NASCAR championship for owner Roger Penske . "Discount Tire is proud of its winning relationship with Roger and Team Penske . We have a shared desire of being the best at what we do, by caring for our wonderful people, teamwork and the pursuit of getting better every day." said Michael Zuieback, President of Discount Tire. "We look forward to sharing more success together." Since joining Team Penske ’s XFINITY Series program, Discount Tire has been a key part of four championships for the No. 22 team , following up Keselowski’s 2010 driver title with back-to-back-to-back NXS Owners’ Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In all, four different drivers have won races for Discount Tire at Team Penske , including Keselowski, Joey Logano , Ryan Blaney and AJ Allmendinger . Discount Tire has made the most of its partnership with Team Penske and continues to leverage its sponsorship as one of the company’s key marketing platforms. Discount Tire engages its employees and customers at the race track and the company features all Team Penske drivers in exclusive autograph sessions at its stores across the country. In addition to an extensive showcar program that tours key markets, Discount Tire and Team Penske will continue to work on various cross promotions, including the creation of point of sale and collateral materials and the production of television commercials featuring Team Penske and its drivers. "When you think about companies that have made a commitment and helped the grow the sport, especially in the XFINITY Series, there is no question that Discount Tire is one of the first ones that comes first to mind," said Roger Penske . " Team Penske has developed a great relationship with Bruce Halle and the entire group at Discount Tire. They enjoy all of the success we have had together in racing, but they also maximize their partnership with our team away from the track. We are pleased to have Discount Tire back with us in 2017 and we look forward to winning more races and championships with them." Keselowski, Logano and Blaney are all scheduled to race the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang in 2017. The 2017 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season begins in February with the running of the non-points Unlimited and Daytona 500 on February 26. The NASCAR XFINITY Series also begins at Daytona on February 25.
Team Penske expands XFINITY Series team
RELATED: Road to 100: All of Team Penske's Sprint Cup wins MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Coming off of their first NASCAR XFINITY Series win of the season last weekend at Watkins Glen International with driver Joey Logano , Team Penske today announced plans to return their XFINITY Series operation to a two-car Ford Mustang effort in 2017. The second Team Penske entry also clears the way for Ford Performance to use this entry as an extension of their new driver development program as both organizations continue to build for the future. "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 's NXS program ran sparingly between 2001 and 2008, winning nine races with drivers Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch . The team began competing full-time in 2009 and earned the NXS Driver's Championship with Brad Keselowski in 2010. Since joining Ford in 2013, Team Penske has earned 29 XFINITY Series wins and has won back-to-back-to-back NXS Owners' 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. Since its inception, Team Penske has earned 55 NASCAR XFINITY Series wins, 53 pole positions and four championships. Newman, Busch, Justin Allgaier , Keselowski, Sam Hornish Jr ., Logano, AJ Allmendinger and Ryan Blaney have all visited victory lane for Team Penske in the XFINITY Series.
Team Penske's No. 2 team assessed P2 penalty after Michigan
The team for No. 2 Ford driver Brad Keselowski in the Sprint Cup Series was assessed a P2-level penalty after the car failed post-race inspection at Michigan International Speedway . NASCAR on Wednesday fined crew chief Paul Wolfe $15,000 and docked the team 10 championship driver points and 10 championship owner points after the No. 2 failed post-race laser inspection. The No. 2 Team Penske squad also received a written warning for failing pre-race laser inspection twice. NASCAR also gave written warnings to several other teams on Wednesday following last weekend's action at Michigan International Speedway and Road America . Twelve of the warnings were issued to Sprint Cup Series teams, while the XFINITY Series had one. The teams of drivers Regan Smith , Ryan Newman and Michael McDowell each received a written warning for failing pre-race laser inspection twice. The teams of drivers Josh Wise and McDowell received written warnings and a loss of 15 minutes of practice time after failing pre-qualifying laser inspection three times. The teams of drivers Kasey Kahne , Chase Elliott and Michael Annett received written warnings for failing pre-qualifying laser inspection twice. Trevor Bayne , Smith and Kyle Larson all received written warnings for failing pre-qualifying template inspection twice. As for the XFINITY Series, the only written warning given out was to Owen Kelly for failing pre-race laser inspection twice. Camping World Truck Series wheelman Spencer Gallagher received a behavioral penalty and was fined $5,000 for approaching the racing surface or apron during the event.
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Logano celebrates Team Penske's first NXS win of 2016
Joey Logano celebrates in Victory Lane after grabbing Team Penske's first NASCAR XFINITY Series win of the year in the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen International.
Keselowski: Team Penske's safety changes worked during Watkins Glen wreck
Brad Keselowski speaks to several changes Team Penske made following a 2011 testing wreck, which help Brad walk away from his No. 2 Ford following a crash during testing at Watkins Glen International on Tuesday.
Team Penske's history, rosters for Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano's teams