Monday, August 06, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Kligerman Out At Keselowski Racing

Kligerman looking for new ride
Parker Kligerman has made his final start for the Brad Keselowski Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team, and hopes to have a new ride in time for the series’ next race at Michigan International Speedway on August 18.

BKR spokesman Tony Caponigro confirmed the change today, saying, “Parker will not be in the No. 29 Truck at Michigan. What happens beyond that is still being discussing internally, but my understanding is that he will probably be looking for a new ride going forward.” 

Kligerman finished seventh in Saturday’s Pocono Mountains 125 at Pocono Raceway and is currently sixth in points, 35 behind leader Timothy Peters. He recently had his part-time schedule of Nationwide Series races trimmed by Penske Racing in favor of youngster Ryan Blaney, however, and said both he and Keselowski have been unhappy with the recent direction of the No. 29 team. He hinted that a change is imminent last weekend when he tweeted, “I've enjoyed the last year and a half. Things you'll see soon, r 4 the better 4 everyone!”

"Brad and I sat down after the race Saturday and talked,” said Kligerman. “There were no hard feelings, I think we both knew (a split) was imminent. At end of day, we just weren’t winning races. We were falling back on speed and the resources we needed to contend for the championship were simply not there. Brad couldn’t commit to getting those resources and Penske is not in a position to help us.

"I’ve invested an awful lot of time and effort into winning the 2012 Truck Series championship, and I’m not willing to give it up," he said. "When it became apparent that we were not going to be able to win it together, Brad and I both agreed to go our separate ways.”

Kligerman said there is no truth to rumors that he was fired for talking to other teams.

“It has nothing to do with that,” he insisted. “I never really made a concerted effort to talk to other teams. One team approached me recently to ask about my availability, but that’s about it.”

Kligerman said he appreciates everything Keselowski and Penske have done for him, and thanked them for their support. He also promised to be back on track with a new team at MIS in two weeks, saying, “I hope to have something to announce by the end of today, or tomorrow at the latest. I’m ready to move forward.”

A release from Brad Keselowski Racing said the team “has elected to make a driver change for the Team's No. 29 RAM in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. For the series' next race, scheduled for August 18, 2012 at Michigan International Speedway, Brad Keselowski will pilot the No. 29 BKR RAM. Driver information relating to BKR's continued pursuit of the Series' 2012 Owners Championship will be forthcoming.”

Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR


  1. I wish Parker luck wherever he ends up, he has a lot of talent any maybe breaking awaay from Bad Brad is the best thing for him

  2. Anonymous11:16 AM

    Good luck to Parker in his new venture. BK sure did make a mistake on this decision

    1. Is this based on your plethora of background knowledge?

  3. Pk will be alot better off away from BK . When I read that he had been replaced for some of the races in NW my first thought was nice guys do not seem to survive at Penske. Good Luck moving on to bigger and better things Parker!!

  4. Too bad. Maybe he can compete for some wins on a better team. BKR cant even win when Brad drives

  5. Replies
    1. Anonymous8:39 AM

      i think he will and probably do something with Red Horse racing since Bodine is his buddy.

  6. Anonymous4:11 PM

    The writing is on the wall with Penske leaving the Dodge camp at the end of the 2012 season! RAM isn't even technically a part of Dodge and hasn't been for some time. Special arrangements were made to allow them to work in tandem to support the BKR truck team. With the season winding down and knowing the team probably isn't running in 2013 no new money is going to step in to help thru the end of this season. This is my opinion. They've operated on a shoestring budget this season and it's amazing how well Parker has run with those limited resources. I am glad BK gave him the opportunity both to run this season and showcase his talent. This will not be the last we see of him.

    1. Anonymous9:55 PM

      What? You mean this isn't because of some evil conspiracy? But I want to blame it on the damn rooskies, or those damn {insert political party here}.

  7. hehehe...Plethora...I think a lot will have to google that term...Good Luck to Parker, and Good Luck to Brad as well....

  8. Anonymous8:41 PM


    Cool story bro

    your loss, PK's gain

    At least PK has a real sense of humor

    Doug from NJ

  9. Surprising but not a total mind blower. Parker was on with Claire the other week and you kind of got the impression from his voice that things probably weren't too great at BKR. Tough situation since Dodge has had no factory backing in the series for close to 5 years now. Hope Parker lands in a good ride. I can envision that KBM scenario since LefTurn has really been a disappointment.

    1. Anonymous8:15 AM

      short term deal with red horse and full time with KBM is my guess?

  10. Anonymous8:37 AM

    he will land on his feet.

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