Mazak Congratulates Brad Keselowski and Penske Racing on Championship Win
Florence, Kentucky, November 19, 2012 — Mazak Corporation, a Penske Racing technical sponsor, offered congratulations to owner Roger Penske, driver Brad Keselowski and the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Team on a winning season and on earning Penske Racing's first-ever cup series title. Keselowski secured a 15th place finish at the Ford EcoBoost 400 season finale race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 18, 2012, all that was needed to clinch the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Championship for himself and his team.
After a sixth-place finish at the AdvoCare 500 race in Phoenix on November 11, 2012, Keselowski had 2,371 points and a 20-point advantage over the leader in the NSCS points standings. With the championship, Keselowski beat five-time champion Jimmie Johnson to bring Roger Penske his first NSCS Championship since his first stock car race 40 years ago.
Keselowski's NSCS Championship comes in his third full-time season, and he is the third driver to win his first NSCS Championship within their first three full-time seasons. He finishes the 2012 season with five wins, 13 top-five finishes and 23 top-ten finishes.
"All of us at Mazak are proud to be associated with Penske Racing and offer our hearty cheers and congratulations to Brad and the Team on a truly well-deserved championship title,” said Brian Papke, president of Mazak Corporation.
Penske Racing uses Mazak machines to manufacture various critical car components and maintains that "the team couldn't do what it does on the racetrack without Mazak machine tool technology."
Mazak has been a proud Penske Racing sponsor since 1994, and the Mazak logo can be seen on the nose of the team's IndyCars, as well as on the B-pillars of NASCAR Series cars.
About Mazak Corporation
Mazak Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of productivity-improving machine tool solutions. Committed to being a partner to customers with innovative technology, its world-class facility in Florence, Kentucky recently increased its production capacity to 135 machines per month in 2011. Continuous training and development of the workforce has created a "lean" culture, which has created opportunities for continuing growth in America. Mazak maintains eight Technology Centers across North America to provide local hands-on applications, service and sales support to its customers. For more information on Mazak's products and solutions, visit www.mazakusa.com or follow us on Twitter at @MazakCorp and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MazakCorp.