At 25-years old, third-generation racer Ryan Blaney is a key pillar of NASCAR’s youth movement. Full of exuberance and passion, Ryan competes at NASCAR’s highest level with the stability and full support of one of motorsports’ most storied organizations, Team Penske.
Coming from a family with rich racing history, Ryan is the grandson of modified dirt track legend, Lou Blaney, and the son of former NASCAR driver and sprint car standout, Dave Blaney. Much like his Team Penske teammate, Joey Logano, Ryan forged his path to the top by starting out in quarter midgets before moving to legend cars and then pavement late models.
In 2012, Blaney made his way into the stock car ranks and began competing part-time in the NASCAR Gandor Outdoors Truck Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series, immediately finding success in both cars. He made his Xfinity debut at Richmond with a 7th-place finish for Tommy Baldwin Racing, and later that year made his Trucks debut at Bristol with a 6th-place finish for Brad Keselowski Racing.
In the fall of 2012, Blaney had surfaced as one of NASCAR’s most-watched and anticipated young racers. He won in his third Truck Series start at Iowa and began racing for Team Penske in the Xfinity Series, becoming a threat at the front. After earning Truck Series Rookie of the Year honors in 2013 and then finishing runner-up in the points In 2014, Blaney moved forward to NASCAR Cup racing in 2015 with NASCAR’s longest tenured team, Wood Brothers Racing.
The Ohio native went through two rocky seasons in 2015 and 2016, but broke through for a career-year in 2017. He won his first-career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Pocono and finished ninth in the point standings, a career-best.
The 2018 season saw Blaney join forces with Team Penske, driving the Menard’s No. 12 full-time. He concluded the year tenth in points with eight top-five finishes and a victory at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL.
In 2019, his fulfillment as one of NASCAR’s most promising young racers will continue behind the wheel of the Team Penske No. 12. With his eyes set on more victories and more consistency, Blaney will look to contend for the championship hopes he desires.