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Penske Promotes Gordon To Crew Chief Of No. 22 Team

[1]Penske Racing announced that Todd Gordon will be crew chief for the No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Dodge in 2012. Gordon served as crew chief for the No. 22 Discount Tire Dodge and driver Brad Keselowski in the Nationwide Series. Gordon guided the team to six wins and six poles last season.

Team owner Roger Penske said:

Our first priority is always to look within the walls of Penske Racing when making personnel decisions. 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:

I can’t thank Roger and everyone at Penske Racing enough for this vote of confidence. 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.

Gordon replaces Steve Addington, who left the team [2] at the end of the season to join Stewart Haas Racing [3] as crew chief for Tony Stewart, after SHR let go of Darian Grubb. Grubb has since moved on to Joe Gibbs Racing [4].

Penske is still seeking a driver for the No. 22 team, as Kurt Busch and Penske mutually agreed to part ways [5], after a series of high-profile outbursts, including a video in which Busch berated respected media member Dr. Jerry Punch.

Candidates are said to include Sam Hornish, David Reutimann, David Ragan, and Brian Vickers.