Penske Racing announced that Todd Gordon has been named crew chief for the defending Nationwide Series championship-winning No. 22 Dodge team for 2011.
Gordon, who most recently served as race engineer for Diamond-Waltrip Racing in the Nationwide Series, will take control of the team that earned Penske Racing's first NASCAR championship last season with Brad Keselowski claiming six wins, five poles and a series single-season record 26 top-five finishes. Gordon will be paired with Keselowski as the No. 22 team will once again pursue the Nationwide Series title in 2011.
"The chance to join Penske Racing and lead the championship-winning team with Brad next season is the opportunity of a lifetime," Gordon said. "The No. 22 Dodge team had a special year in 2010 and I'm looking forward to coming on board and hopefully building on that level of success as we move forward."
Gordon, who graduated from Clemson with a mechanical engineering degree, has served as a crew chief several times throughout his 12-year career in racing. Prior to working with Diamond-Waltrip Racing, he was crew chief at Baker Curb Racing in the Nationwide Series and he also helped build the CJM Racing Nationwide Series program from the ground up, serving as both team manager and crew chief. This will also mark Gordon's second stint as crew chief of the No. 22 Nationwide car as he actually led the "double deuce" team when it was part of PPC Racing in 2006.
"We are excited to welcome Todd to Penske Racing," said Michael Nelson, vice president of operations for Penske Racing. "With his strong engineering background and experience as a crew chief in the Nationwide Series, he will be a great addition to the No. 22 Dodge team."
Paul Wolfe, who helped lead the No. 22 team to the championship this season, was named recently as crew chief of Penske Racing's No. 2 Dodge in the Cup Series beginning in 2011, which created the opportunity for Gordon.