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A lot of rumors and announcements are starting for 2013... Thought it would be beneficial to have a single post to discuss.
Start with the following:
#20 JGR - Expectation is Matt Kenseth will be driving this car in 2013 with Home Depot as the sponsorship. It is rumored to be announced this next week.
#22 Penske (Shell/Pennzoil) - Top rumored candidates are Joey Logano and Sam Hornish Jr. Penske claims there may be a couple of candidates no one has discussed.
#39 SHR - Ryan Newman is expected to return but ARMY won't be back and they are hunting for additional sponsorship. Newman has also been discussed as a possibility for the #22 Penske ride.
#51 James Finch - Kurt Busch may return if sponsorship can be found...reports also indicate Brian Scott may be trying to get this ride with his family's $$...Finch also has floated the possibility of not running in 2013
#12 Penske - Been discussed Penske could expand to 3 cars with Sam Hornish Jr and his sponsors moving up to Sprint Cup
#14 SHR - Office Depot has not renewed their 22 race commitment for 2013 but hopes to continue in a lesser role (associate sponsor?).
More to follow on Nationwide. Please add any rumors/announcements you have seen.
Steve Turner was on with Claire B Lang this evening... He was very excited to have Danica join TSM for Daytona and hopes to have her race more for them this year. He said the 34 will run the full season with 3-4 drivers (Buescher, Newman both possible) but Danica will be their first choice. He said they are doing everything they can to get Danica in for more races.
Danica said in her media today that original preference was 10 races but that doesn't look as likely...it may be closer to 5.
I'm sure it is all about finding a partner for those races that fits with Danica & GoDaddy.
It's official, Danica will be running the Daytona Nationwide race with Turner Scott Motorsports driving the 34 car.
No other races were mentioned.
The one thing I didn't see in the press release was if she had to qualify on time for the Nationwide race?
I would assume she will need to qualify on time (I think only 3 of the 4 Turner cars attempted all the NNS races in 2012)... I would think they'll use their points for their 3 full-time entries.
Here is the audio of Steve Turner on Claire B Lang...