Menard to Join Yates Racing in 2009 CORNELIUS, N.C. (Sept. 30, 2008) - Paul Menard has reached an agreement to drive for Yates Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series beginning with the 2009 season. "This is a great opportunity and I'm glad to...
Menard to Join Yates Racing in 2009
CORNELIUS, N.C. (Sept. 30, 2008) - Paul Menard has reached an agreement to drive for Yates Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series beginning with the 2009 season.
"This is a great opportunity and I'm glad to be joining the Yates Racing organization next season," said Menard. "I think a lot of what Doug Yates and Max Jones are doing over there building for continued success. I'm excited to be a part of their future and excited to work with Travis (Kvapil) and David (Gilliland).
"You look at what Doug and the Ford Motor Company have done in this sport, they've created a lot of horsepower and hoisted quite a few trophies over the years. I'd like to help continue that for both of them."
Paul Menard's Ford Fusion will feature sponsorship from Menards, as well as associate sponsors including: Johns Manville, Super Clean, Quaker State, Pittsburgh Paints, MOEN, Sylvania, Energizer, Turtle Wax, Vertis, PEAK and NIBCO.
Yates Racing General Manager Max Jones sees Menard as a fresh addition to his current roster. "Paul is one of those guys I've personally been watching for the last two years; I think he's ready to take the next step in this series and become a driver we hear a lot about on the track in 2009."
While details of Menard's car design and car number have yet to be finalized, Team principal Doug Yates sees Paul really fitting in at Yates Racing.
"It's a positive addition for us to get a guy like Paul in camp here," said Yates. "He's been through adversity in his first year in Cup and shown tremendous improvement in his second year. He's a racer, a guy who likes to be at the shop a lot, from what I understand, and that's what we like here. Plus, he already has a good relationship with our current drivers, so adding that third source of data should help our entire team rise up."