Mazak Corporation (Florence, Kentucky) a technical sponsor of Penske Racing, congratulated owner Roger Penske, driver Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Team on a winning season and on earning Penske Racing’s first-ever Cup series title.
On November 18, Mr. Keselowski secured a 15th place finish at the Ford EcoBoost 400 season finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, all that was needed to clinch the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Championship for himself and his team.
After a sixth-place finish at the AdvoCare 500 race in Phoenix on November 11, Mr. Keselowski had 2,371 points and a 20-point advantage over the leader in the NSCS points standings. With the championship, Mr. Keselowski beat five-time champion Jimmie Johnson to bring Roger Penske his first NSCS Championship since his first stock car race 40 years ago.
Mr. Keselowski's NSCS Championship comes in his third full-time season, and he is the third driver to win his first NSCS Championship within their first three full-time seasons. He finishes the 2012 season with five wins, 13 top-five finishes and 23 top-ten finishes.
“I want to thank Mazak for providing us the machines that make the parts we need to build winning race cars,” Mr. Keselowski says. “It’s sponsors like them that make this (Penske Racing) a championship organization.”
Penske Racing and Mazak have been strong partners since 1994. In fact, Mazak is one of the original group of Penske Racing South sponsors dating back to when Roger Penske founded his NASCAR racing organization. As the Penske organization has grown over the years, so have Mazak applications and involvement with the team. The team credits Mazak machines’ multi-tasking capability and other technology for its ability to manufacture parts ranging from basic suspension brackets to complex engine components.
“All of us at Mazak are proud to be associated with Penske Racing and offer our hearty cheers and congratulations to Brad and the Team on a truly well-deserved championship title,” said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation.