Brad Keselowski Racing Ending Operations at Season’s End
Brad Keselowski Racing announced on Thursday that they would cease operations at the end of the 2017 race season.
“The Truck Series is truly special to me given my family’s ties to the history of the sport, and this decision comes with much contemplation. But, for a number of reasons, and as I plan for the long-term future, I’ve decided not to field a team in 2018,” Brad Keselowski said.
Since making their debut in 2008, BKR has fielded trucks for 17 different drivers, scoring nine series victories and a pair of runner-up championship standings finishes. They ran a partial schedule for the first three years, before a full slate for the first time in 2011.
This season, BKR has a pair of trucks running full-time in the series, with Chase Briscoe and Austin Cindric. Following Wednesday night’s UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway, Briscoe is fourth in points with Cindric 10th. The team will run the remainder of the schedule, with their focus set on contending for the series championship.
“My goal with BKR was to create a top-tier team which would allow me to give back to the sport by creating opportunities and quality experience for others, whether they be drivers, mechanics, engineers, or support personnel,” Keselowski said. “With outstanding leadership from BKR’s GM Jeremy Thompson, assistance from Team Penske, and the support of our long-time partners Cooper Standard and Horizon Global, we were able to successfully achieve this goal. I am very proud of this and intend to do my best to help my BKR team members stay and grow in the sport. I am also incredibly appreciative of the great relationships we have developed with our partners over the years.”
But this may be the end of one chapter, and the beginning of another.
“And, while this is many years down the line, I want to start to prepare for that possibility now,” he continued. “Part of that preparation is seeking to develop an advanced engineering and manufacturing company that would be housed out of our 78,000 square foot facility in Statesville and ultimately help to support this vision.”
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