New man in charge of the 22 for 2012, although its driver remains unknown. (LAT photo)
Penske Racing's No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger may still be without a driver for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, following the abrupt dismissal of Kurt Busch on Dec. 5, but the team has at least solidified its crew situation. Penske announced that Todd Gordon has been promoted to the crew chief role for the car. He replaces Steve Addington, who announced he was leaving Penske prior to Busch's departure. Addington has since signed on with Stewart-Haas Racing as Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart's new crew chief.
Gordon ran Brad Keselowski's No. 22 NASCAR Nationwide Series car this year – his first with Penske – and the combo scored six wins and six pole positions.
“Our first priority is always to look within the walls of Penske Racing when making personnel decisions,” said Roger Penske. “We want to reward success. The path we are taking with Todd mirrors what we did with Paul Wolfe who led the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge to a Chase berth in 2011. We think Todd can get the job done in the same manner.”
Gordon joined Penske Racing in January of 2011. He and Keselowski quickly developed a driver-crew chief rapport that resulted in another successful season, helping make the No. 22 Dodge one of the premier entries in NNS competition.
“I can't thank Roger and everyone at Penske Racing enough for this vote of confidence,” said Gordon. “It's an honor to step into a race-winning team. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but this is an organization full of talented people who know how to get the job done. I look forward to getting the Shell/Pennzoil Dodge back in Victory Lane.”
The team said that it "continues to evaluate drivers to fill the seat" of the Shell/Pennzoil Dodge.