ARCA Champ Chase Briscoe to drive for Brad Keselowski Racing in 2017

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Fresh off of a six-win championship campaign in the ARCA Racing Series, Chase Briscoe is set to move up the ladder to NASCAR courtesy of Ford Performance and Brad Keselowski Racing.

BKR confirmed on Thursday that Briscoe will join the team in the Camping World Truck Series as part of a new, multi-tiered driver development system being implemented by Ford Performance in 2017.

Briscoe, 22, joins fellow rookie Austin Cindric to complete BKR’s announced driver lineup to date. The company fielded two full-time entries in the No. 19 and No. 29 in 2016, with a No. 2 Ford designated for select races.

The Mitchell, Ind., native burst on to the scene in 2016, piloting an ARCA entry from Cunningham Motorsports to victory in more than a quarter of the series’ 20 races en-route to a dominant championship performance. Briscoe had previously made a name for himself in the dirt ranks, where he was known for driving sprint cars. The 22-year-old is currently competing in the Chili Bowl Nationals in Tulsa, Ok.

BKR is planned as the first of a select group of team highlighted to serve in Ford’s driver development program, which will see drivers contractually obligated to Ford.

“This is a big day in the history of BKR,” team owner Brad Keselowski said.  “To be recognized as a true partner to Ford and Ford Performance and what they are trying to do speaks directly to the hard work our team has put in over the last several years.  It is an honor, frankly, and it is really what BKR is all about – providing young, talented drivers with championship-caliber equipment to continue to hone their craft and showcase their talents.  We have been fortunate to have had a lot of success together with Ford across the three major NASCAR touring series and to now elevate that relationship in an official capacity is a testament to what we set out to do.”

Future teams and drivers are expected to be announced at a later date.

“We’re making a commitment to win long-term in NASCAR,” Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Performance said.  “We have been increasing our engineering support and our technological development at the team level, and now we’re looking to work with our teams to find the best available drivers coming up in the sport.”

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