Milford native Paul Wolfe is going to the White House today.
Wolfe is the crew chief for NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski, who’ll join car owner Roger Penske and other team members in being recognized by President Barack Obama for winning the prestigious racing title — the Penske team’s first.
The event will mark the 11th time the Sprint Cup Series champion has been honored at the White House since 2000. The first official visit by a NASCAR champion was in 1978, when President Jimmy Carter welcomed several of the sport’s top stars to the White House.
Wolfe is a former race car driver, competing in NASCAR’s Busch North Series from 2000-04 and in the Busch Series from 2003-05. He became Keselowski’s Sprint Cup crew chief in 2011.
The visit comes as Keselowski faces possible discipline by NASCAR as a result of unapproved rear-end housings that inspectors confiscated from his No. 2 Miller Lite Ford and the car of teammate Joey Logano just before the start of a 500-mile Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday.
Keselowski was sharply critical of NASCAR officials after the race, accusing them of singling out his car and crew for unwarranted attention for a week leading to the Texas race.
The reigning champion said part of the reason for his anger was the fear that Wolfe would be suspended.
“I’m very worried about losing my crew chief, Paul Wolfe,” Keselowski admitted. “But I tell you I’ve got one of best owners in the garage, and I’m going to be first one at his desk telling him if anything happens. We’ll both be in a meeting with anybody and everybody who’ll listen.”