Former team owner Robby Benton has joined Team Penske to serve as the NASCAR team manager, the organization announced Monday.
Benton will report to competition director Travis Geisler. The role will see Benton handle “various administrative and competition-related duties”, per the team release.
“I’m very happy to join an operation like Team Penske,” said Benton. “Anyone that is involved in this sport has a tremendous amount of respect for Roger Penske. He has a world-class operation and expects nothing but the best from his people, and that shows on and off the track.
“I’ve emulated many of Team Penske’s values through my own programs, so it’s especially meaningful to now be a part of this team. I’m honored to receive this opportunity, and I hope I can help the organization continue moving forward as they continue to expand their NASCAR operations.”
Team Penske will field three full-time cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (Nos. 2, 12 and 22) as Ryan Blaney moves in-house this season. There will also continue to be one full-time car in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
From 2008-2015, Benton co-owned a team, RAB Racing, in the Xfinity Series. In 220 starts, Benton earned one career win with Boris Said at Montreal in 2010. He has also owned a team in the Camping World Truck Series, and most recently in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
“Robby has been racing most of his life, and we are really fortunate to be in a position to add someone with his experience to our organization,” said team president Tim Cindric. “As we continue to expand our NASCAR programs, he will bring a wealth of knowledge to add more depth to our management.”