In Dodge Racing news, Kurt Busch has signed a contract extension to continue driving for Penske Racing in the same week he got a new sponsor. Busch said team owner Roger Penske held an option on 2011 that had already been picked up. But when Shell Oil Co. this week moved its sponsorship to Penske, the driver agreed to a new contract. The new contract is a five-year deal.
The 2004 NASCAR champion said he considered scenarios with other teams but didn’t speak to any other organizations because he’d like to end his career with Penske Racing. Busch has driven the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge since 2006, when he first joined Penske. Penske is shifting its Miller Lite sponsorship and the No. 2 Dodge to Brad Keselowski next season. Busch will switch his number to 22. He said Shell/Penzoil made his involvement in the car next season mandatory for a deal to happen.
ExxonMobil announced this week it is ending its relationship with Penske after this season. Mobil 1 sponsors Hornish’s car with Penske, which is working to line up a new deal for Hornish and remain a three-car team. Busch is ninth in the points standings and trying to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship after finishing fourth last year.
Posted by pfiorini on Apr 19 2010 in Dodge Racing