U.S Army announced today that they will not be sponsoring the car in 2013 and
will be pulling out of NASCAR.
Stewart-Haas says U.S Army decided not to renew “due to a reallocation of its marketing budget that will not include a presence in NASCAR.”
The #39 U.S Army Chevrolet Impala has been driven by Ryan Newman.
The US Army sponsored cars for 10 years in NASCAR. Other notable drivers of the US Army car include Joe Nemechek and Mark Martin.
Ryan Newman; a 2002 rookie in 18 races this year, has 4 top tens, 3 top fives and one win. His win came at Martinsville on April 1, 2012. His contract is up at the end of 2012 with Stewart Haas Racing.
It is speculated that he could drive a Dodge next season if he does not re-sign with Stewart Haas Racing . Although it doesn’t seem likely, he could also rejoin Penske Racing.
He currently sits -178 points behind the points leader and is trailing Kyle Busch and Joey Logano for a Wild Car spot for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase.