Penske Racing announced that Ryan Blaney will drive their No. 22 Nationwide Dodge “at selected events,” over the remainder of this year.
The 18-year-old Blaney made his Nationwide Series debut in Richmond this year starting eighth and finishing seventh for Tommy Baldwin Racing.
“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.”
Brad Keselowski, Penske’s Sprint Cup driver has driven the No. 22 Nationwide Dodge 14 times this year and has two wins and one pole. Last Saturday he won at New Hampshire Motor Speedway from the pole.