NASCAR: Brad Keselowski’s Truck Series team lost $1 million in 2014

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Brad Keselowski’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series squad took the series championship down to the final race of the 2014 season.

But that didn’t cushion the team from taking a big financial hit.

In an interview last night during the ongoing Motorsports Marketing Forum in Las Vegas, Keselowski revealed that his Brad Keselowski Racing team lost $1 million this past year – which saw Ryan Blaney run full time in BKR’s No. 29 Ford F-150 and Tyler Reddick run a majority of events in the sister No. 19 Ford.

Keselowski himself ran three Truck Series events, taking a win at Bristol. It can be argued that he could help BKR’s finances by taking part in more events himself, which would likely draw more sponsors.

But the former Cup champion said it would go against his central belief of re-investing in the sport.

“I refuse to run more than [three races],’’ Keselowski told Motor Racing Network’s Dustin Long. “That’s my breaking point. It’s about feeling right about my level of involvement. I don’t want to run 10 races and the question becomes ‘What am I doing here? Am I doing this because I want to win races as a driver or I want to win races as an owner?’

“If I’m doing it to just to win races as a driver, quite honestly, it doesn’t make any sense because essentially I’m paying to win a Truck race or to run a Truck race. Why would I want to do that? That’s not reinvesting in the sport.”

Keselowski certainly understands how tough it can be for a race team. In his early years, he ran for his own family’s Truck Series outfit from 2004 to early 2006, when it was forced to shut down due to lack of funds.

Still, he feels that giving back to the sport is important enough to continue operating BKR despite the losses.

But he admits that it’s a delicate balance to keep the team competitive in the Truck Series without running it into the ground.

“…I’d love to be able to have my Trucks in the wind tunnel every week, and I’d love to be able to have a bunch of things for competition that it’s going to take, but it would just run the business broke,” he added. “I’m not interested in being involved in the Truck Series if I don’t feel like we can be competitive.

“My breaking point is two areas – it’s going broke and not being competitive. We have to walk that line every day with every decision we make.”

Sergio Perez wins rain-delayed race in Singapore over Leclerc; Verstappen seventh

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SINGAPORE — Max Verstappen’s Formula One title celebrations were put on hold after the Red Bull driver placed seventh at a chaotic Singapore Grand Prix, won by his teammate Sergio Perez on Sunday.

Perez’s second win of the season saw him finish 7.6 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, with Leclerc’s teammate Carlos Sainz Jr. in third place.

Perez was investigated for a potential safety car infringement but still kept the win after a 5-second time penalty for dropping too far back after being warned.

Verstappen had won the past five races but needed to win here and finish 22 points ahead of Leclerc to be crowned champion for a second straight season. That could happen next weekend at the Japanese GP.

Verstappen made a mistake after the second safety car restart, following AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda’s crash on Lap 36. When Verstappen tried to overtake Lando Norris’ McLaren, he locked his tires and needed to pit again.

Leclerc started from pole position with Verstappen going from eighth after a team blunder in qualifying.

The race start was delayed by more than an hour to clear water off the Marina Bay Circuit track following heavy rainfall. Drivers had to finish the 61-lap race within a two-hour window; 59 laps were completed.

Tricky conditions saw the virtual safety car deployed three times and DRS was allowed with about 30 minutes remaining.

Perez made a good start and jumped past Leclerc while Verstappen dropped several places. The first safety car was on Lap 8 when Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was cut off by Nicholas Latifi’s Williams.

Perez got away cleanly at the restart, while Verstappen climbed into seventh behind Fernando Alonso – whose 350th F1 race ended disappointingly when his engine failed on Lap 21, bringing out the first VSC.

With the track still damp, drivers decided against changing to quicker tires – apart from Mercedes’ George Russell, who struggled for grip.

Hamilton made a rare mistake on Lap 33 and thudded into the crash barrier. Soon after, the leading drivers changed tires in a flurry of stops. They did so just before the safety car was deployed again following Tsunoda’s error.

Verstappen overtook Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin right at the end for seventh place.