Brad Keselowski and Roger Penske. (Nigel Kinrade/NKP via AP)
LONG POND, Pa. -- Brad Keselowski knew the longer he waited to sign his contract extension with Team Penske, the longer questions about his future would linger.
Is he close to a deal?
Does he want to drive for Rick Hendrick?
Is he unhappy at Penske?
Turned out, Penske was right where Keselowski wanted to race and he reached a deal on a mutliyear extension this week.
"Seems like on these deals that if they're not done by February, twelve months ahead, everybody starts to panic," Keselowski said. "So when you get a deal done in July, everybody looks at you and asks what took so long. In some respects, yeah, I wish it would have gotten done sooner and in other respects you say time out, I still have six months until it really matters."
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The 33-year-old Keselowski, the 2012 NASCAR Cup champion, said he wanted to race in his 40s. Team owner Roger Penske did not announce the contract length but Keselowski said it would not take him to 40.
"There's no guarantees that I'll be at Team Penske for the rest of my career," he said. "Hopefully when the next process comes up, I'll be able to have that opportunity to do so."
Keselowski has driven for Penske throughout his 10-year career in NASCAR's top series, winning 23 races and the series title five years ago. His crew chief with the No. 2 Ford, Paul Wolfe, agreed to a multiyear extension with Penske.
Keselowski has two Cup wins so far this season, at Atlanta and Martinsville, and is sixth in the points standings.
He also denied he talked with anyone at Hendrick Motorsports about taking over for the retired Dale Earnhardt Jr. next season in the No. 88.
"I never personally reached out to anyone else," Keselowski said. "I think there might have been some opportunities elsewhere. I'm a big believer that Roger gave me a great opportunity seven or eight years ago and I wanted to continue to see that play out."
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Keselowski joined Penske near the end of the 2009 season and Wolfe joined him prior to the 2010 Xfinity Series season. They won the 2010 Xfinity drivers' championship with six wins and a series-record 26 top-five finishes. Wolfe then joined Keselowski on the No. 2 and they have earned six trips to the NASCAR playoffs.
"Those things are tough and they never go easily or smoothly as you want them to go. The most important thing is that it's done," Keselowski said. "We look forward with a lot of stability."