Penske names crew chief for Cup team

BY foxsports • November 14, 2011

While Penske Racing says that it "continues to evaluate drivers to fill the seat of the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge," a crew chief was named for the team Wednesday.

Nationwide Series crew chief Todd Gordon will take over the role with the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge Charger in the NASCAR Cup Series.

Gordon joined Penske in January of 2011, working with Brad Keselowski in the Nationwide Series ranks. Gordon led the team to six wins and six pole positions this past season.

“Our first priority is always to look within the walls of Penske Racing when making personnel decisions,” team owner Roger Penske said. “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 said that he is looking forward to the move. He replaces Steve Addington, who moved to Tony Stewart's championship team at season's end. Driver Kurt Busch and Penske parted ways following the season as well.

“I can’t thank Roger and everyone at Penske Racing enough for this vote of confidence,” Gordon said. “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 that know how to get the job done. I look forward to getting the Shell/Pennzoil Dodge back in Victory Lane.”

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