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New driver for #29 RAM - Ryan Blaney Announced but still TBD for remaining Reese Towpower race

09-Aug-2012

Announcement from Brad Keselowski Racing:

RYAN BLANEY TO DRIVE FOR BRAD KESELOWSKI RACING
Driver to Compete in Select 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Races Starting at Bristol

MOORESVILLE, NC (Aug. 9, 2012)Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) announced today that third-generation race car driver Ryan Blaney will pilot the BKR Cooper Standard / Draw-Tite / Reese Towpower entry in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for select races in 2012.  Blaney’s first race with BKR will be at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 22nd and he will compete in other select races during the duration of the 2012 Truck Series schedule as the BKR team pursues the Owners Championship.  As previously announced, Brad Keselowski will drive the No. 29 BKR Cooper Standard RAM in the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway on August 18th.  

Blaney, the 18-year-old son of current Sprint Cup Series driver Dave Blaney, recently made his Nationwide Series debut for Penske Racing at Iowa Speedway where he finished 10th in the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger.  In addition to his driving for BKR this season, Blaney is currently scheduled to participate in select Nationwide Series races for the Penske organization in the No. 22 entry. 

“Ryan is undoubtedly one of the top up-and-coming driver talents in NASCAR and, with his being a part of Penske Racing, is a natural to run with us at BKR,” said BKR owner and Penske Racing driver Brad Keselowski.  “He has been around the sport for virtually his entire life and is a pure racer.  I believe Ryan will do a great job for the Team and our sponsors as we continue to focus on the 2012 Truck Owners Championship.” 

With a winning junior developmental track record established in Quarter Midgets, Bandolero and Legend Cars, Blaney has also raced successfully in Super Late Models and the ARCA Series as well as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. 

“This season just keeps getting better and better for me,” said Blaney.  “To first join Penske Racing and now get to drive the BKR Truck is a terrific opportunity.  Hopefully, we can wheel the BKR Truck along with Cooper Standard, Draw-Tite and Reese Towpower to victory lane this season.”

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Additional news includes:

****Blaney replaces Parker Kligerman in the #29 RAM who was relased from the BKR team officially on Monday as the team and Parker parted ways just a few dyas ago. Kligerman drove the BKR No. 29 RAM in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for the past year and a half and is currently sixth in the standingsread more here. Kligerman also announcing today that he signed with Camping World Series team Red Horse Racing. Reese Towpower had one remaining race with Kligerman as driver of the #29 Ram in the sponsorship contract, September 29th Las Vegas Speedway. Brad Keselowski Racing has yet to name the driver for this truck. As previously scheduled, Brad Keslowski will drive the Reese Towpower RAM August 22nd at Bristol.

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About Brad Keselowski Racing

Based in Mooresville, North Carolina and led by NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series driver Brad Keselowski, Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) fields the No. 19 and the No. 29 RAMs in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. BKR, with the aim to provide young talented drivers the opportunity to improve their skills with a professional, competitive team, has also fielded entries in the ARCA Series and other developmental motorsport series. For more information, please visit www.bradracing.com

About Cooper Standard

Cooper Standard, headquartered in Novi, Michigan, is a leading global supplier of systems and components for the automotive industry. Products include body sealing systems, fluid handling systems and anti-vibration systems. Cooper Standard employs more than 21,000 people globally and operates in 19 countries around the world. For more information, please visit www.cooperstandard.com.  

About Draw-Tite and Cequent Performance Products

Cequent Performance Products, Inc. is the industry's largest manufacturer of aftermarket/ OE towing and trailer accessory products. Each is engineered then tested to meet and frequently exceed the industry's highest standards. Product focuses include vehicle specific trailer hitches, electric trailer brake controls, trailer breakaway systems, fifth wheel hitches, gooseneck hitches & couplers, trailer weight distribution systems, cargo management, custom designed and standard electrical harnesses, trailer jacks, couplers and more. Key brands include: Bargman, Bulldog, Draw-Tite, Fulton, Hidden Hitch, Pro Series, Reese, ROLA, Tekonsha, Tow Ready and Wesbar.  For more information, please visit http://www.trimascorp.com/performance.htm.

About Reese Towpower and Cequent Consumer Products

Cequent Consumer Products, Inc. is the industry's leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative consumer products for the automotive aftermarket industry. For more than 85 years, Cequent Consumer Products has produced some of the most dependable products in today’s market including superior-quality towing and hitch systems, trailer components and accessories, as well as electrical, brake, cargo carrying and rack systems for cars and trucks. Its established brands are sold through leading automotive retailers nationwide and are leaders in the industry including: Reese Towpower, Reese Carry Power, Highland, Rola, Fulton, and Bulldog. Cequent Consumer Products is part of the Recreational Accessories business segment of TriMas Corporation headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. For more information, please visit www.CequentConsumerProducts.com.

 

For more information contact 
Tony Caponigro
248.462.1949
tc@sportsmanagementnetwork.com


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