It was a big Wednesday for Penske Racing. First off they announced a new driver for the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge, A.J. Allmendinger, and then they announced a new crew chief for the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Challenger in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Jeremy Bullins, who served as the race engineer for the No. 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup car for Richard Childress Racing, joins the team. He will join a team that has already had a lot of success in the series.
“It is an honor to have the opportunity to join Penske Racing and lead this successful program,” said Bullins, the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge team is one of the premier teams in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Not many people get the opportunity to work with a driver of Brad’s caliber in their first crew chief position. I am excited to get to work and get ready for the 2012 season.
Since 2010, the No. 22 has scored 12 wins with Brad Keselowski as the driver. Also in 2012, the team won the NASCAR Nationwide Title, the first ever NASCAR championship for the organization. Bullins takes over for Todd Gordon, who last week as promoted to crew chief of the Penske Racing No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge Challenger in the Cup Series.
In a press release, Roger Penske said “Bullins experience and engineering background will allow him to integrate well with our approach to preparing our race cars and executing at the track.” Penske went on to say that he is “excited to have Bullins led the No. 22 team and to continue the winning tradition that has been established over the last two seasons.”
Brad Keselowski will share the driving duties with Parker Kligerman, who is with Penske Racing’s development team, in the No. 22 in 2012. With five more victories, Keselowski will enter the top 1o in career wins.
“I am very proud of what we have been able to build over the last two seasons with the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge team,” said Keselowski. “I am confident Jeremy can continue to build on that. He brings an impressive resume from a solid organization. It is also good that we were able to move quickly to bring Jeremy aboard Penske Racing so we can all start working together to prepare for 2012.”