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Wood Brothers Racing Announce Ryan Blaney as Driver for 2015 Season, Forms Alliance with Team Penske

August 14th, 2014 at 7:38 PM
By Clayton Caldwell

Ryan Blaney has been named as the driver of the #21 Ford for Wood Brothers Racing in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Blaney, a development driver for Team Penske, has spent the last two and a half seasons at Brad Keselowski Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The team also announced an alliance with Team Penske for the 2015 season and beyond.

"Wood Brothers Racing is excited to align with Roger Penske and his team and we couldn’t be more pleased to put Ryan Blaney in the No. 21 Ford Fusion,” said Eddie and Len Wood, co-owners of Wood Brothers Racing, in a joint statement. “Ryan is a third-generation racer and one of the best young drivers out there. He has been a winner in many different kinds of cars since he started racing at a very young age and we fully expect that to continue while he is with us.”

The team will run at least 12 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in the 2015 season with the new alliance. The team has been in an alliance with Roush Fenway Racing since the 2011 season with Trevor Bayne behind the wheel for the partial schedules.

Blaney is the current points leader in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series currently holding a seven point lead over second place driver Johnny Sauter. Blaney has two career wins in the series in 42 starts. Blaney has also made 23 career NASCAR Nationwide Series starts and has one victory to his credit which came at Kentucky Speedway last October for Team Penske.

Wood Brothers Racing has been in business since the 1953 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and have been a staple in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ever since. The legendary team has 98 career wins to their credit in over 1,400 career races in the series.

In addition to driving the #21 Ford for the Wood Brothers, Team Penske also announced that Blaney will run a partial schedule in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for the team. No word yet on whether he'll return to the #29 Ford F-150 at Brad Keselowski Racing in the Truck Series.

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