Blaney has driven for the team since 2012
Ryan Blaney has signed a multi-year extension with Team Penske. The 28-year-old drivers the No. 12 car in the NASCAR Cup Series.
Blaney first signed with the team as a development driver in 2012. He climbed from the NASCAR Xfinity Series to the Cup Series with the organization, claiming 14 wins along the way, 7 in the Cup Series.
Blaney won three races in 2021. He remains winless in the regular season but he did grab a win in the NASCAR All-Star Race and he sits on the edge of the playoff cutline.
Ryan Blaney comments
“It’s really nice to get something done. Me and [Roger Penske] got talking this year that it’s hard to believe that I signed with them in summer or fall of 2012,” Blaney told NASCAR.com. “So it’s been 10 years, which is pretty unreal, blew my mind to be honest with you. So they’ve been just amazing to me.”
“It just really means a lot that they’ve believed in me for 10 years and looking forward to continue that hopefully for a really, really long time,” Blaney said. “So they’ve been a family of mine, and I owe them a lot, that’s for sure.”
Blaney last renewed with the team in March 2020. He first signed with the origization in 2012.
“To be just, on one hand, noticed by a big team like Penske, and having me out there and meeting with Brad, meeting with Tim Cindric and everybody, it really meant a lot to me,” Blaney said, recalling his initial move to the organization.
“I grew up around racing, just watching Dad do it, and, you know, he never really got a shot like that with a big team. I mean, he was able to drive for RCR and Bill Davis, which were amazing teams, but not like, you know, a Penske or a Hendrick or a Gibbs.”
“Dad never really got that shot, so it made me appreciate it even more, in that aspect of like, ‘Man, I’m really getting a great chance here, something that that Dad, you know, never got the opportunity to do.’ So just really thankful to be able to be a part of such a big group and then to be able to stick with them for so long and for us to extend it, definitely means a lot.”
Roger Penske comments
“Ryan has become one of the top competitors in the NASCAR Cup Series and we are excited for him to continue his career and build on his success with Team Penske,” said Roger Penske.
“He has been a key part of our team for more than a decade and we have seen him grow and develop, both on and off the track. He has become a consistent winner behind the wheel of the No. 12 Ford, and he also does a great job representing our team partners. We look forward to what the future holds with Ryan and Team Penske.”