2019 NASCAR Season Preview
After a championship 2018 NASCAR season, Team Penske looks to add to its recent stock car success in 2019.
In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS), Joey Logano will look to defend his championship in 2019, but he will face fierce competition from drivers throughout the series - including his own teammates Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney.
Logano had a dream 2018 season as he produced the second MENCS championship in the history of Team Penske. Crew chief Todd Gordon returns to lead the No. 22 Ford team this season as he'll work with Logano to adapt to the new Mustang while building on the success of last season. Shell-Pennzoil will continue as the primary sponsor of the No. 22 Mustang, along with AAA/Automobile Club of Southern California and Autotrader as Logano fights to defend his crown in his seventh season with Team Penske.
After falling just short of a second consecutive Championship 4 Playoffs run in 2018. Keselowski will be focused on securing his second MENCS title in his 11th season with Team Penske. Keselowski and No. 2 Ford team crew chief Paul Wolfe form one of the most successful combinations in NASCAR and they welcome back Discount Tire and Miller Lite as primary sponsors for the new Ford Mustang, along with Wurth, Alliance Truck Parts, Autotrader, REESE/Draw-Tite, Wabash and Snap-on.
Blaney had a successful first MENCS season with Team Penske in 2018 as he raced his way into the Playoffs and produced a postseason victory before ending the season ranked 10th in the championship standings. With Jeremy Bullins back on board as crew chief, Blaney hopes to take it to the next level in 2019 driving the No. 12 Menards/PPG/DEX Imaging/BODYARMOR/REV Group/VF Wrangler/MoneyLion/Wabash National Ford Mustang.
Austin Cindric will race the full NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) season with Team Penske in 2019, after a strong rookie season in the series. Cindric competed with three different NXS teams in 2018 - including a Playoff push with the No. 22 Team Penske Ford team. Running the full season with Team Penske and working with crew chief Brian Wilson will give Cindric the consistency and opportunity to compete for the NXS championship and try to secure a fifth Owner title for Roger Penske while driving the No. 22 MoneyLion/Discount Tire Ford Mustang. A second entry for the team will be driven by Paul Menard, Keselowski, Logano and Blaney at select NXS events this season featuring the No. 12 Discount Tire/REV/Fitzgerald/Snap-on/PPG/Menards Ford Mustang.
Team Penske is well positioned to add to its winning tradition and legacy in 2019 as the organization is prepared to race for wins and fight for championships across all levels of competition.