Keselowski, Miller Lite signed extensions through 2017

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The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will be staying in place for another few seasons.

Per the Associated Press’ Jenna Fryer on Wednesday, Brad Keselowski has signed a contract extension with Penske Racing through 2017. Additionally, sponsor Miller Lite will stay through then as well.

“I feel like together, Roger and I have done some great things. I have a lot of confidence in him, I like the way he treats me and hopefully he would say the same about me,” Keselowski told the AP. “It makes me feel very comfortable to go the extra mile to sign a long-term deal.”

The deal for Miller Lite is an interesting one because it will no longer sponsor the iconic “blue deuce” for all 36 Sprint Cup races. Miller Lite will sponsor for 24 of the 36, with the additional 12 left aside as another area to increase revenue stream.

“We looked at going into markets twice, in fact, it was my idea, let us have those markets we got into a second time and give us a chance to bring in another world-class company. We have a number of people very interested in getting on with Brad,” Roger Penske told the AP.

This should leave just Menards (Paul Menard) and GoDaddy (Danica Patrick) as full-season sponsors for the entire 36-race slate.

SMP Racing unveils BR1 LMP1 car in Bahrain ahead of WEC entry

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SMP Racing has publicly unveiled its new BR1 LMP1 car that will enter the FIA World Endurance Championship from 2018.

SMP Racing opted to pull out of racing full-time in the WEC for 2017 in order to focus on its preparations for an LMP1 entry the following year, with the decision being taken long in advance of Porsche’s exit announcement.

Officials from the Russian-backed SMP Racing, as well as drivers including recent IndyCar racer Mikhail Aleshin (sporting a broken arm in a sling), Vitaly Petrov and Sergey Sirotkin were all on hand to unveil the car on Friday in the Bahrain International Circuit paddock ahead of this weekend’s WEC finale.

The BR Engineering BR1 features a Dallara chassis and an AER engine, and has completed over 2,000 km in private testing, with further running set to be completed in the coming weeks.

SMP Racing plans to field two cars in the WEC’s LMP1 class next year, and is keen to get as many Russian drivers as possible in the seats from its wide pool of talent.

Even with Porsche’s departure from LMP1, the class is set to feature a bigger field thanks to the increased number of privateers moving up, with Toyota set to remain the sole manufacturer in the class.