Biography

At just 23-years old, third generation racer and son of veteran NASCAR driver Dave Blaney, Ryan Blaney is a key pillar of NASCAR’s youth movement. Full of enthusiasm and passion, Blaney will return for his sixth season with Team Penske in 2017 running a limited NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) schedule. Through an alliance between Team Penske and the Wood Brothers, Blaney will also return behind the wheel of the iconic No. 21 Ford in his second full-time season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.   

With four top-five finishes and six top-10 results in eight NXS starts for Team Penske in 2016, Blaney once again proved he could race with NASCAR’s best. Recording three top-five and nine top-10 finishes, Blaney completed his first full Cup Series season ranked 20th in series points after posting an average starting position of 14.0 and an average finishing position of 18.5. Blaney ended up second in the Cup Series Rookie of the Year standings to highlight a strong debut season.

With a strong pedigree in racing, it was clear from an early age that Ryan Blaney had a bright career ahead of him on the track.

Blaney was a multi-time winner in Bandalero cars at Concord Motor Sports Park and Young Guns Winter-Heat Points Champion. In Quarter Midgets, Blaney won over 100 races in three classes and won multiple class and series titles, including the 2009 Eastern Grand National Championship in the Heavy AA Series, the 2009 Eastern Grand A-Main Qualifier in World Formula and Junior Half, 2008 Eastern Grand A-Main Qualifier in Light AA and was the 2007 World Formula Gasoline Alley National Champion.