Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 9/14/12
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 learning curves that are part of his rookie season. It is certainly going to be a lot of fun to watch as Ricky continues to improve his skills each week as his progression rate is accelerated by the increased level of competition around him in the Sprint Cup Series." With the trio of sponsors staying on board, the team says that the majority of Stenhouse's races for 2013 are fully sponsored.
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