Fort Worth, Tex. — Defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion says his Penske Racing organization has overcome initial reluctance to share information with fellow Ford organization Roush Fenway Racing, and he expects the alliance to benefit both teams.
“There’s definitely going to always be some hesitancy to share information,” Keselowski told the NASCAR Wire Service during a Thursday interview session behind his transporter. “We’re still competing for the same trophy at the end of the day, but I think it’s wise for both of us to acknowledge that we’d rather run first-second… I’d rather run second to a Roush car than finish 14th and be the best Ford.
“I think it’s that spirit that will carry us to be the best we can be.”
Keselowski said the cooperation between Penske and Roush Fenway has accelerated as the season has progressed.
“We’ve been sharing a lot of information, and I think the trust factor is just really now starting to build, and I think there’s been more sharing of the last few weeks, really, than ever before,” Keselowski said. “We had some issues with our cars at (Fontana) California that were manufacturer-related that the (Roush cars) didn’t have, so we thought, ‘Well, we must be doing something wrong.’
“We were able to lean on them and find a solution, and hopefully that’ll carry over to this weekend. That’s the kind of things we hope to be able to help each other out with, and if we can reciprocate that back to them, we’ll certainly do so.”