Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Paul Menard has signed a multi-year extension
with Richard Childress Racing to drive the No. 27 Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup
Series, the team announced on Friday.
RCR also revealed that his family-owned Menards home improvement stores has
agreed to a multi-year sponsorship renewal of the No. 27 team.
Menard has driven for RCR, with Menards sponsoring the team's efforts, since
the start of the 2011 Sprint Cup season. He finished ninth in his debut with
RCR in the Daytona 500, and later in the season, he won the Brickyard 400 at
Indianapolis Motor Speedway for his first career victory in the series.
"It is great to have Paul Menard back in the No. 27 Menards Chevrolet as our
driver," team owner Richard Childress said in a statement. "He has shown his
ability to be consistent, competitive and win on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
level. He did that in the Brickyard 400 (2011) with us at Indy. Having (crew
chief)'Slugger' Labbe and the entire crew coming back gives us something to
build on to win more races, make the Chase and contend for a championship.
"We are very excited to continue our partnership with Menards. They are a
great organization with strong customer service values who successfully use
their racing program to promote their business. We couldn't be prouder to
represent them as part of our race team and future."
Menard is in his sixth full season of Sprint Cup competition. He is currently
11th in the point standings, with two top-5 finishes and four top-10s in the
first 11 races this season. Menard will start 22nd in Sunday's 600-mile race
at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
"My family, all of our great team members at Menards and I are excited to
extend our partnership with Richard and Richard Childress Racing," Menard
said. "Being part of a family-owned and operated business, I can relate to the
team's goals and objectives. We will continue to grow together and build our
relationship, achieving even greater accomplishments in the future."
Menard is teammates with Jeff Burton (No. 31 car) and Kevin Harvick (No. 29)
in Sprint Cup. Harvick is in his last year with RCR before he moves over to
Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2014 season.
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