Keselowski reflects on past days of driving for Dale Jr.

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We have a new blogger in the NASCAR ranks, and it’s none other than 2012 Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski.

The outspoken Team Penske driver has already shown to be quite adept with social media, but now he’s turned his sights on blogging at his official web site.

His first post is a neat one, a reflection on his past days as a driver for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his Nationwide Series team.

Prior to joining JR Motorsports mid-way during the 2007 season, Keselowski had been battling to maintain his place in the sport. He had moved into the Nationwide Series that year but the small team he was driving for went bankrupt.

But in June of that year, everything aligned for him. He suited up for Germain Racing in a Camping World Truck Series event to replace a suspended driver.

As it turned out, Dale Jr. – who had met Keselowski earlier that year and recently released his previous Nationwide driver – was watching. We’ll let Brad explain the rest:

The night I ran the truck race for the suspended driver, it went well. I had qualified us on the pole. I was running really well and was winning the race until I was wrecked from behind late. As Dale later told it to me, he was actually watching the race on TV. He needed a driver for his car, he saw me, and he thought, “This is easy. Let’s put him in.”

He called me up the next day when I was flying back to Michigan. “I’d like you to drive my car,” he said. “Come on down here and check it out.”

So I did.

And the rest was history. Keselowski would remain with JRM through the 2009 season before moving up to Sprint Cup full-time – and also winning the Nationwide title – in 2010 with Team Penske.

Two years later, he’d bring Roger Penske his first Cup championship.

We suggest you click the link above for the full story – and then bookmark Keselowski’s blog for future tales. Surely, he’s got more good ones to tell.

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.