On Tuesday months of speculation was put to rest when Matt Kenseth was announced as the new driver at Joe Gibbs Racing. During their press conference, it was implied that Joey Logano, whom Kenseth was replacing, was going to Penske Racing. So just a few short hours after Kenseth was announced, Logano was announced by Penske as their new guy. Below is a closer look at each driver’s new situation.
Kenseth will be taking over the #20 Toyota in a multi-year deal, but specific numbers (years, money) were not disclosed.
The sponsors will be the same from 2012 on that car with The Home Depot and Dollar General sharing the ride.
Jason Ratcliff will continue as crew chief on that car, he is in his first year as a Sprint Cup crew chief.
Kenseth will split a Nationwide Series ride with Denny Hamlin and an unnamed younger driver.
Kenseth said that it just felt right when talking to J.D. and Joe Gibbs about the ride.
Kenseth was not sure of his future with Roush Fenway Racing, despite winning the Daytona 500 there was no sponsor lined up for 2013.
Roush Fenway Racing confirmed that Kenseth’s replacement, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., will use the #17 in the Sprint Cup Series next year. Rumor had the #6 being brought back with Stenhouse.
Logano will be taking over the #22 Ford in a multi-year deal, but specific numbers (years, money) were not disclosed.
The sponsor will be the same on the #22 as it has been for the last few years with Shell/Pennzoil on the car.
Penske Racing’s Brad Keselowski was instrumental on getting Logano and Roger Penske together to talk about the ride. It was alluded that Keselowski has a good amount of say in the business operations.
Penske had tried to get Logano last year after they fired Kurt Busch.
Sam Hornish, Jr., currently finishing the season in the #22, will run a full Nationwide Series schedule and some Sprint Cup races in 2013. Plan is for a full time Sprint Cup Series ride in the near future.
Current crew chief Todd Gordon will be evaluated to whether he stays in that position in 2013 or not.
Penske Racing is hopeful it can get Logano behind the wheel of some Nationwide races in 2013.