Biography

Ryan Blaney enters the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) season looking to build on the momentum generated by the most successful year of his NCS career. Racing the No. 12 Team Penske Ford Mustang, Blaney produced a single-season career-high three wins in 2021 as he advanced to the Round of 8 in the NASCAR Playoffs for the second time in his career. An early-season victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway locked Blaney and the No. 12 Ford team into the 2021 Playoffs and they continued to produce with wins at Michigan International Speedway and Daytona International Speedway to close out the regular season. In addition to the race victories, Blaney and the team delivered consistently-strong results throughout the season as the third-generation racer posted a career-best 20 top-10 finishes.

As the Cup Series begins the Next Gen era in 2022, Blaney and the No. 12 Menards/Discount Tire/BODYARMOR/DEX Imaging/Advance Auto Parts/WURTH Ford Mustang team expect to once again contend for the NCS championship. This season, Blaney will team up with a new crew chief who is no stranger to Team Penske. Jonathan Hassler takes the reigns of the No. 12 Ford Mustang team in 2022 as he begins his 15th season working with the organization. After a successful run as an NCS race engineer with Team Penske, Hassler served as crew chief last season for the No. 21 Ford Mustang with the team’s technical alliance partner – Wood Brothers Racing.

Blaney first joined Team Penske as a talented but raw 18-year-old racer, competing in select NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) races for the team in 2012. He earned his first victory for Team Penske with an NXS win at Kentucky in 2013 and over the last eight seasons, Blaney has produced a combined 13 victories and seven poles for the team across Xfinity Series and Cup Series competition.