Silly Season Information
By Brenden McDowell
In 2011, Penske Racing will be adding a new car, the 22 Pennzoil/Shell Dodge Charger. It is going to be driven by Kurt Busch, meaning he will be going out of the 2 Miller Lite Dodge for Penske. Brad Keselowski will be going to the 2 in 2011. Sam Hornish Jr.’s 77 needs sponsorship for 2011, Penske is still working on that, and the 12 Penske car will either be taken out or have someone who needs a ride or just put Sam Hornish Jr. in it.
Now where does this leave Kevin Harvick since Pennzoil/Shell went out of sponsorship? Well as almost all of us know that Budweiser will be sponsoring Harvick in 2011. Kasey Kahne currently has the sponsorship in the 9 car for Richard Petty Motorsports. Since he is leaving RPM, and going to Red Bull to take Scott Speed’s ride, or be in a third car for Red Bull, Marcos Ambrose will be taking the 9 car with the sponsorship of Stanley Tools. A.J. Allmendinger will stay in the 43 car in 2011, where the 19 and 98 car will be taken away.
The drivers of the 98 and 19, Paul Menard (98) and Elliott Sadler (19), are going separate ways as well. Paul has signed on to RCR for 2011, his car has not been determined yet, but his sponsor will be his father’s company Menard’s. Elliott has not found a ride for 2011 yet. In my opinion, if Penske could get sponsorship for the 77, he could go to the 12 car and be sponsored by Penske like Stremme and Keselowski were.