Ryan Blaney Gets Chance to Prove Talent

NASCAR young gun Ryan Blaney has the ride that most drivers typically dream’s about. Penske Racing has teamed up with Blaney for several races this year. The 18-year-old rookie is the son of current Sprint Cup Series driver Dave Blaney, and will be making his first start at Iowa Speedway.

In only his 4th career start in the Nationwide Series, Ryan Blaney is slated to drive for a proven winner, #22 Discount Tire Dodge for Penske Racing. Brad Keselowski was the pilot of this car last weekend and drove it to victory lane in the Inaugural Indiana 250.

Blaney will also drive for the team in at least two other races this season. He will race the #22 Snap-on Dodge at Richmond and he’ll drive the #22 Discount Tire Dodge at Kentucky. “Ryan is a driver with a great racing pedigree and we believe he has a very bright future in NASCAR,” said Tim Cindric, President of Penske Racing. “We’ve been keeping an eye on Ryan’s development and we feel he’ll be a great addition to the #22 Nationwide Series team.”

Ryan Blaney has had a variety of different rides ranging from Quarter Midgets, Bandolero and Legends cars. Blaney has also raced successfully in Super Late Models and the ARCA Series as well as the NASCAR K&N Pro Series. Continuing his development in 2012, Blaney has made three Nationwide Series starts this season for #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing and he was impressive in a seventh-place finish at Richmond earlier this year.

“I’m very excited about the opportunity to drive for Penske Racing for the rest of this season,” said Blaney.”With the team’s strong tradition of success and the winning program they’ve established in the Nationwide Series, I believe I can learn a lot and hopefully we can produce some strong finishes in the #22 car.”

Dave Blaney is not on the entry list for the Sprint Cup series this weekend and it is not known nor confirmed that he will be in Iowa this to watch his son race.

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