|Ryan Blaney in...|
“Ryan is a driver with a great racing pedigree and we believe he has a very bright future in NASCAR,” said Tim Cindric, President of Penske Racing. “We’ve been keeping an eye on Ryan’s development and we feel he’ll be a great addition to the No. 22 Nationwide Series team.”
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to drive for Penske Racing for the rest of this season,” said Blaney. “With the team’s strong tradition of success and the winning program they’ve established in the Nationwide Series, I believe I can learn a lot and hopefully we can produce some strong finishes in the No. 22 car.”
|...Kligerman out at Penske.|
Kligerman was scheduled to run between five and seven more NASCAR Nationwide Series race for the team this season, and could have been in line to replace Sam Hornish, Jr., in Penske’s full-time Nationwide lineup, if AJ Allmendinger does not return and Hornish replaces him in the No. 22 Sprint Cup car.
“I found out about it yesterday,” said Kligerman. “It was obviously a big surprise. I can’t really say much about how it came about, because I don’t what led up to it. I think I’ve done a good job for them, so I can’t really comment on the reasons for it.”
Kilgerman has three career Nationwide starts for Penske Racing, finishing eighth at Iowa Speedway and 12th at Dover this season. He finished ninth for the team at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2011.
“At this point, I still have my Truck Series deal with Brad Keselowski Racing, and my goal right now is to win that Truck Series championship,” he said.
Kligerman is currently fifth in NCWTS points, with one Top-5 and five Top-10 finishes in nine starts. His best finish was a second behind winner Todd Bodine in the Lucas Oil 200 at Dover International Speedway on June 1. He finished 10th in last weekend’s American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway.
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