Silly Season is heating up on the off week in Cup.
It was announced earlier this morning that Ryan Blaney, who made his Nationwide debut earlier this year, would run three races for Penske Racing in the #22. The third generation driver will run Iowa, Richmond, and Kentucky later this season.
In a press release on Penske’s site, Tim Cindric, president of Penske Racing, stated, “Ryan is a driver with racing pedigree, and we believe he has a very bright future in NASCAR. We’ve been keeping an eye on Ryan’s development, and we feel he’ll be a great addition to the No. 22 Nationwide Series team.”
Now, with the AJ Allmendinger situation going on, I wouldn’t be surprised if Sam Hornish Jr., who currently runs the #12 for Penske in the Nationwide series, would move up into Cup again if Allmendinger tests positive. In light of this change, Blaney would fill the #12.
It seems like Penske is preparing for the future, and he has pick an impressive driver to do it. Congrats to Ryan and his family, who I know is behind him the entire way.
But, don’t relax yet, folks. Since this is an off week for the Cup guys, expect more news to be announced, like Carl Edwards’ news this morning. (Edwards’ crew chief, Bob Osborne, has stepped down, citing medial reasons. Chad Norris will fill in.)
Get ready for some changes.