Supersports’ Ben Edwards is ‘wonderful’ as he joins team in NASCAR
Ben Edwards has joined the #4 car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after signing a two-year deal with Penske Racing.
The 33-year-old Edwards, who previously drove for Penske in the Xfinity Series, was previously a full-time IndyCar driver for Penskes and previously competed in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series.
Edwards will now drive for Penskel for the second consecutive year and has a record of 23 wins, nine poles, five top-5s and one top-10 finish in 19 starts.
Edwards was a member of the Penske team for the entirety of its existence, and was the only driver on the team to win a NASCAR Sprint Series title.
He won his first race at the 2009 Daytona 500 and was a champion in the IndyCar series before his IndyCar debut at the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Edwards won a championship in the Cup Series in 2016 with Penskes, and will race in the championship for the third consecutive season.
Penske’s other full-timer, Scott Dixon, has also signed a two year deal with the team, and he has a winning streak of four races.
Edwards is expected to compete in the No. 12 car.
The announcement comes a day after the Penskes team announced it will not compete in next year’s Rolex 23 at Daytona, the race that has become the No.-2 and No. 3 events in the series.
Edward joins a growing list of drivers who have entered the sport with Penskis, including former IndyCar drivers Matt Kenseth, Tony Kanaan, James Hinchcliffe, Joe Gibbs and Chase Elliott.