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In 2012, the team hit their highest point with a young Brad Keselowski breaking through and winning the then NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. In the offseason, Roger Penske added young and unproven driver Joey Logano to their lineup. The two drivers only combined for two premier series wins in their first year as teammates. Though they didn’t perform to the expectations people put on them, it was learned early on that they would be quick friends and work well together.
In 2014 the two drivers combined for 11 victories in the NSCS, and then 7 in 2015. Entering the 2016 season, many people around the sport pointed at Team Penske as the team that could rival Joe Gibbs Racing for wins and the championship. Keselowski broke through early, winning at Las Vegas and punching his ticket to playoffs. Joey Logano would add his name to chase list with a dominating victory in the Irish Hills of Michigan.
When the Chase for the Sprint Cup began, the Penske cars weren’t necessarily pointed at as the favorites, or even the ones to rival Joe Gibbs Racing. Both drivers, however, would get through the Round of 16 pretty easily. Sitting 1st and 3rd at Talladega in the late going of the final race of the Round of 12, it looked like both drivers would punch their tickets into the Round of 8. All of that went out the window when then race leader, Brad Keselowski, blew up in front of the field and his chase hopes were out of the window.
Joey Logano would go on to win at Talladega and then again at Phoenix to setup an opportunity to win his first career Sprint Cup Championship. The 22 team would fall short of a title, but 2016 proved to be another successful season.
In 2017, Team Penske will need to find the next level of performance and will look to take the next step, to maybe return to championship form