Biography

At 26-years-old, Ryan Blaney remains a key pillar of NASCAR’s youth movement and an important part of Team Penske’s championship-winning NASCAR program. Full of enthusiasm, passion and talent, Blaney begins his ninth season with Team Penske in 2020 and his third season racing full-time for the team in the NASCAR Cup Series (NCS).

Blaney earned a victory in NASCAR’s premier series for the third consecutive season in 2019 as he also raced his way into the NCS Playoffs for the third straight season, posting the best championship finish of his career. Blaney produced a thrilling victory at Talladega Superspeedway in October that propelled him into the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Playoffs. As he finished a career-best seventh place in the final championship standings, Blaney recorded career-highs in top-five (11) and top-10 (18) finishes.

The native of High Point, N.C. and third-generation driver returns to the No. 12 team this season racing the Menards/Advance Auto Parts/DEX Imaging/BODYARMOR/MoneyLion Ford Mustang. Following Team Penske’s realignment of its Cup Series personnel for the 2020 season, Blaney will work with experienced series crew chief Todd Gordon and race engineer Miles Stanley this season, both of whom won the 2018 NCS championship in 2018 with the team and driver Joey Logano.

Blaney first joined Team Penske as a talented but raw 18-year-old racer, competing in select NASCAR Xfinity Series races for the team in 2012. He earned his first victory for Team Penske with an NXS win at Kentucky in 2013 and Blaney has generated a combined nine wins and seven poles for the team over the last eight seasons.