Paul Menard’s future was never in real doubt. On Friday official word came that the 32-year-old and Richard Childress Racing had reached a deal which will keep the driver in the No. 27 Chevrolet.
Keeping Menard at RCR was important to the organization as Menard brings sponsorship from his family’s home improvement store. The re-signing of Menard keeps the driver with the team and will provide RCR with sponsorship for one of its cars going forward.
“He has shown his ability to be consistent, competitive and win on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series level,” team owner Richard Childress said. “He did that in the Brickyard 400 with us at Indy. Having (crew chief) Slugger Labbe and the entire crew coming back gives us something to build on to win more races, make the Chase and contend for a championship.”
Menard surprised many when he won the 2011 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Thus far this year Menard is 10th in the driver standings with four finishes inside the top-10 in 11 races.
“Being part of a family-owned and operated business, I can relate to the team’s goals and objectives,” Menard said. “We will continue to grow together and build our relationship, achieving even greater accomplishments in the future.”