Briscoe to drive for Brad Keselowski Racing
Reigning ARCA champion Chase Briscoe is moving on to NASCAR national series competition in 2017.
Brad Keselowski Racing on Thursday announced that Briscoe would drive one of its entries in the Camping World Truck Series this season and the effort will be a part of a new multi-tiered NASCAR driver development program initiated by Ford Performance.
Briscoe, 22, is an Indiana native who is coming off a 2016 championship in the ARCA series, where he won six times. He has been racing since 2001 in a variety of series, including quarter-midgets, sprint cars, the Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge and K&N Pro Series West.
“This is a big day in the history of BKR," said team owner, Brad Keselowski. “To be recognized as a true partner to Ford and Ford Performance and what they are trying to do speaks directly to the hard work our team has put in over the last several years.
It's an honor, frankly, and it is really what BKR is all about - providing young, talented drivers with championship-caliber equipment to continue to hone their craft and showcase their talents.
BKR owner Brad Keselowski
“We have been fortunate to have had a lot of success together with Ford across the three major NASCAR touring series and to now elevate that relationship in an official capacity is a testament to what we set out to do.”
Two full-time teams in 2017
BKR currently fields two full-time entries in Trucks with the Nos. 19 and 29 Ford F-150s. BKR had previously announced that Austin Cindric would drive its other full-time entry in 2017.
BKR also fields the No. 2 Ford in select Truck races during the season.
In addition to their role within the BKR program and related marketing efforts, drivers in the new Ford program will also assist the company as test drivers within the Ford product development program.
“Starting this program with BKR makes sense since it has made a significant investment in its NASCAR Camping World Truck Series operation and it is reflected in its success on the track," said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance.
“As we at Ford look to develop new winning drivers for, ultimately, our Cup Series teams, the BKR model is a proven step in that ladder. We are enthusiastic about the role BKR will play in our efforts and we look forward to working very closely with the team in driver selection, engineering, and other mission critical areas.”
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