Crew Chief, No. 22 MoneyLion Ford Mustang
In his 17th season at Team Penske in 2020, Brian Wilson returns as crew chief of the No. 22 MoneyLion Ford Mustang, competing with driver Austin Cindric in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS).
Last season, Wilson and Cindric teamed up to produce two victories, four poles, 14 top-five and 24 top-10 finishes in 33 starts. Wilson led the No. 22 team on its championship quest as Cindric raced his way into the NXS Playoffs and finished a career-best sixth place in the final point standings.
Wilson and Cindric developed a bond while working together during the 2018 season when Cindric captured three NXS poles, six top-five and nine top-10 finishes in 16 starts. Wilson also led the team to six race victories among drivers Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney.
Prior to working as crew chief with the Team Penske NXS program, Wilson spent five consecutive seasons as the race engineer for the No. 2 Team Penske Ford driven by Keselowski in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS). During his second stint as the No. 2 race engineer, Wilson played an invaluable role in vaulting the team to the highest levels of the sport. Wilson engineered Keselowski and the No. 2 team to the 2012 NCS Championship and he also helped the No. 22 Discount Tire team win the 2010 NASCAR Xfinity Series title.
In 2014, Wilson's engineering expertise contributed to Keselowski earning a series-leading six NCS victories, five poles, 17 top-five and 20 top-10 finishes. During the 2015 season, Wilson helped the team once again earn a spot in the Cup Series Playoffs behind 25 top-10 finishes and he earned the opportunity to lead the Team Penske NXS championship-winning team during the 2016 season.
A second-generation race engineer, Wilson is a native of Detroit, Mich. He grew up around racing and began competing in go-karts at age eight. His father, Steve, was also a racer and in 1995 served a race engineer for the No. 33 Skoal Bandit Cup car.
Wilson started working part-time at Frank Kimmel's championship ARCA team while attending North Carolina State University. After receiving his degree in mechanical engineering, Wilson joined Kimmel's operation full time as the team's shock specialist. Wilson's father, who retired from engine research and development for Richard Childress Racing, put his son in contact with Team Penske in 2004. Wilson worked on the No. 77 car before joining the No. 2 Miller Lite team as a shock specialist in 2006. He was named race engineer prior to the start of the 2007 season.
In 2009, the NC State graduate transitioned to the No. 12 car with David Stremme behind the wheel and helped the team earn 11 top-20 finishes along with eight top-15 starting spots.
Wilson teamed with crew chief Paul Wolfe in 2010 to give the newly-formed No. 22 Discount Tire team some veteran leadership during its first season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Wilson, Wolfe and the team built fast racecars that Keselowski drove to the 2010 NXS Championship, the first NASCAR title for Team Penske. Wolfe then kept Wilson by his side after he was named crew chief of the No. 2 Miller Lite entry in the NASCAR Cup Series for 2011.
The combination once again proved successful, this time on NASCAR's biggest stage. Producing three wins and five top-five finishes during the summer months, the "Blue Deuce" qualified for the 2011 Playoffs finished fifth in the final series standings. An even brighter horizon dawned in 2012 as the Miller Lite team won five races - including two during the Playoffs - as it captured the first Cup Series Championship for Roger Penske.
Ready to build on a productive 2019 season with the talented Cindric, Wilson hopes to lead the team and its young driver to a series championship this season and secure the fifth NXS Owner title for the No. 22 team and Roger Penske in 2020.
Wilson resides in Mooresville, N.C.