Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Discount Tire and Penske Racing today share a historic milestone with the win of their first NASCAR championship, and congratulate Brad Keselowski for driving the No. 22 car to victory in the 2010 NASCAR Nationwide Series this year. Keselowski clinched the Nationwide points title with his third place finish at Texas on Nov. 6.
Discount Tire's involvement with NASCAR began in 2003. Since the onset, NASCAR has helped elevate the Discount Tire brand across the country as well as the excitement level among the company's approximately 13,000 employees working at more than 780 stores in 22 states. NASCAR has helped extend Discount Tire's brand awareness throughout the NASCAR community and is a rallying point for all who work at the company, which celebrated its 50th year in business in 2010.
Michael Zuieback, executive VP who leads Discount Tire's NASCAR program, stated:
"We brought the best of NASCAR together to help us achieve 'The Dream' of the Nationwide Series championship. The team we assembled as well as the No. 22 car have come to represent the winning culture of our company. Penske Racing and Discount Tire share the winning ideals that keep our companies growing, and our newly won NASCAR title is another example of how we deliver our best to our customers and employees alike."
Discount Tire, the world's largest tire and wheel retailer, is the primary sponsor on the Penske Racing No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger driven by Brad Keselowski in the Nationwide Series this year. Discount Tire began a multi-year agreement with Penske Racing for the 2010 Nationwide season.
"Discount Tire is delighted to be a partner with Penske Racing, and with our shared NASCAR championship, we will forever be a part of the winning heritage associated with Roger Penske," said Bruce T. Halle, founder and chairman of Discount Tire.
"I couldn't be more proud of our driver Brad and the No. 22 team led by crew chief Paul Wolfe," said Roger Penske. "They have been a model of consistency throughout the season and were able to bring a NASCAR championship to Penske Racing and Discount Tire."
During his championship run, Keselowski and the Penske Racing No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger team were atop the leader board in the Nationwide Series for much of the year. Keselowski earned six wins in 32 starts this season and compiled a record that includes 24 Top 5 finishes and 27 Top 10 finishes, while extending his overall Nationwide Series record of consecutive finishes without a DNF (Did Not Finish) to 99 races. (Denotes racing stats thru Texas race Nov. 6)
"Winning a NASCAR championship is the culmination of a dream and is the result of hard work and sacrifice by the entire No. 22 team. I'll always take great pride in knowing we earned a place in motorsports history," said Brad Keselowski, No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge Charger driver and 2010 Nationwide Series champion.
About Penske Racing
In 2010, Penske Racing competes in the NASCAR Cup Series with former Cup Series champion Kurt Busch and the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge, former three-time IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. in the No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge and Brad Keselowski in the No. 12 Penske Dodge. The team also races in the Nationwide Series with Justin Allgaier, the 2009 series Rookie of the Year, in the No. 12 Verizon Dodge and multiple race-winner and current series points leader Keselowski driving the No. 22 Discount Tire/Ruby Tuesday Dodge. Competing in a variety of disciplines, cars owned and prepared by Penske Racing have produced more than 320 major race wins, over 390 pole positions and 22 national championships. For more information about Penske Racing, please visit www.penskeracing.com.
About Discount Tire
Discount Tire, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is the world's largest tire and wheel retailer. Also known as America's Tire in Oregon and some parts of California, Discount Tire currently operates more than 780 stores across the country. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Discount Tire serving customers as their trusted tire retailer in local markets across the U.S. Discount Tire also sponsors NASCAR Nationwide Series and Formula D racing. News, driver appearances, show car schedules and racing schedules can be found at www.discounttiremotorsports.com. For more information about Discount Tire and America's Tire visit www.tires.com.
SOURCE Discount Tire