Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski

2012 Sprint Cup Champion

 
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Keselowski, 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, grew up in an environment where spending time at the race shop and the track was just a way of life. His father, Bob Keselowski, was a 1997 race winner in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. His uncle, Ron Keselowski, competed at the Sprint Cup Series level in the early 1970s.

After establishing himself as one of NASCAR's rising stars with his success in both the Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series, Keselowski officially joined Penske Racing in September of 2009. He was named to drive for the team full-time beginning in 2010 behind the wheel of the No. 12 Penske Dodge in the Cup Series and the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge in the Nationwide Series.

At the age of 14, Brad Keselowski made the transition from turning wrenches for his family-owned team, K Automotive Motorsports, to racing. He started competing in the Senior Honda 120 Quarter Midget division in 1998. In his first season, he earned six feature wins. The next year, he moved up to the Senior Honda 160 Quarter Midget division, where he won eight feature races and the championship. In 2000, Keselowski began racing stock cars in the Factory Stock division. That season, he collected nine feature wins as well as Rookie-of-the-Year honors at two Michigan tracks – Auto City Speedway and Dixie Motor.

During the next three years, Keselowski balanced his budding racing career with his full-time job working for his family's Camping World Truck Series operation. He advanced to the Limited Late Model and Super Late Model divisions, and continued to rack up wins, despite competing on a limited basis. Keselowski graduated to Camping World Truck Series competition in 2004 as he drove the truck operated by his family's team for eight races. The following season, he ran the full Truck Series schedule.

In 2006, Keselowski continued to gain more NASCAR experience as he ran a partial schedule in both the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series. He earned valuable seat time as he competed in 13 combined races – seven in the Nationwide Series and six in the Truck Series. That experience prepared him for 2007, when he caught the eye of Dale Earnhardt Jr., owner of JR Motorsports.

When asked about his relationship with Gargoyles® Performance Eyewear, Brad responded, "It's important to me to be connected with brands that are authentic to who I am as a driver and as an individual. Gargoyles® is about performance and hard work, and those are two things on which I pride myself, so it's natural fit."

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