Wolfe moved seamlessly from his role as a driver to that of a crew chief and showcased just how well suited he was to the job in 2010. That season, he led Keselowski to six wins, five poles, 26 top-five finishes and the Nationwide Series title. It was the first NASCAR championship at any level for team owner Roger Penske. He then topped that in the 2012, leading Keselowski to the Sprint Cup title — a first for all three of the major players.
Behind the scenes
Brad Keselowski (left) isn't the only guy who walked away from Homestead-Miami Speedway with his first NASCAR Sprint Cup title. Crew chief Paul Wolfe engineered the title with the star driver. Wolfe may not be the best-known crew chief in the garage — but it's certain people will get up to speed on him now. Here's a primer on his road to the top.
Wolfe: 2012 season
Wolfe (left) certainly has gained the attention of the Sprint Cup garage this year. He's changed the game when it comes to fuel-mileage racing and shown the ability to keep his cool under pressure. He led Keselowski to five wins this season — and the 2012 title. He and Keselowski earned 23 top-10 finishes, 13 of them top fives.
It should be pretty easy to pick a top season when one only has two to choose from, but both of Wolfe's years in Cup have been excellent. Clearly this is his top year as he took the championship, but last season Wolfe led Keselowski to three victories and fifth in the standings. Not too shabby for a debut year.
Wolfe debuted in the NASCAR ranks in the 2003 Nationwide Series as a part-time driver. He would compete at that level for parts of the next three seasons, then concentrate his expertise on being a crew chief. He worked in the Nationwide Series with Jason Leffler in 2008 and Mike Bliss in 2009 before beginning his career with Keselowski. He joined Keselowski on the Cup side in 2011 — and the success immediately began.
Wolfe (left) began his winning ways with Keselowski in the Nationwide Series, where they won six races together in 2010. Overall, they've continued to find new levels of glory together. Wolfe has led Keselowski to 14 of his career wins.