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Mooresville, U.S.A. — Penske Racing driver and newly-crowned 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion¬†Brad Keselowski¬†will appear Thursday, November 22 in America’s¬†Thanksgiving Parade on the streets of downtown¬†Detroit, Michigan
The 28-year-old Keselowski, a native of¬†Rochester Hills, Mich., became the first Penske Racing driver to win the title in NASCAR’s premiere series on Sunday in the series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Driving the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Charger to the championship for team owner¬†Roger Penske, a resident of¬†Birmingham, Michigan, Keselowski also became the first¬†Michigan-born driver to win the Cup Series crown.
On¬†Thanksgiving Day, Keselowski will celebrate the championship by riding in America’s¬†Thanksgiving Parade down Woodward Avenue, an 86-year-old tradition in¬†Detroit.
“Growing up in¬†Michigan¬†for years it was a tradition in our house to wake up¬†Thanksgiving¬†morning and watch America’s¬†Thanksgiving¬†Parade in¬†Detroit,” said Keselowski, who earned five wins this season en route to the title. “It will be my honor to be a part of the parade this¬†Thanksgiving¬†and represent Penske Racing, my team and our sponsors as the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion. This is a great opportunity for me, especially considering my roots in¬†Michigan¬†and all that¬†Detroit¬†means to me and my boss,¬†Roger Penske.”
“This is an amazing moment for¬†Detroit¬†and our entire community as we welcome Penske Racing driver and newly-crowned local hero 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion¬†Brad Keselowski¬†to America’s Thanksgiving¬†Parade,” said¬†Tony Michaels, President & CEO of The Parade Company. “We are incredibly grateful to¬†Roger Penske¬†for his commitment to our city and for sharing this remarkable moment with all ofDetroit¬†on¬†Thanksgiving¬†morning.”
America’s¬†Thanksgiving¬†Parade, an 86-year tradition produced by The Parade Company, steps-off on at Woodward Avenue and Mack on¬†Thanksgiving¬†at¬†9:05 a.m.¬†Recently recognized as one of the best Thanksgiving¬†parades in the country by U.S. News & World Report Travel, America’s¬†Thanksgiving Parade marches by some of¬†Detroit’s most notable landmarks including the Fox Theatre, Comerica Park and the M@dison Building.
The two-hour parade will be featured on WDIV-TV Local 4, including a one-hour national broadcast reaching more than 140 major cities across the country. News/Talk 760 WJR will also broadcast live from the event.