Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was formally announced as the 2013 driver of Roush Fenway Racing's No. 17 Ford Friday, with a trio of primary sponsors on board for his debut.
Stenhouse, the 2011 Nationwide Series champion, will have Best Buy, Fifth Third Bank and Zest returning as primary sponsors.
"It will be an exciting transition for Ricky and the team next season," said co-owner Jack Roush. "We take great pride in driver development, and it is rewarding for all involved any time we are able to watch one of our young men grow and progress. We have seen Ricky develop into a NASCAR Nationwide Series champion, and now his career path comes to fruition in the Sprint Cup Series next season.
"... Ricky will have the luxury of being flanked by a championship-level team from the start. His drive, determination and commitment to winning will mesh very well with the demeanor of the No. 17 team. It will be our job to put him in the best equipment possible, as well as to guide him through the learnin...