By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
What we first heard yesterday has in fact become true. Shell/Pennzoil has decided to leave Richard Childress Racing, and Kevin Harvick at the end of this season. They will be heading to Penske Racing to sponsor their driver Kurt Busch. Busch’s car number will be the No. 22 in 2011. Busch has 21 career Sprint Cup Series victories, and he was the 2004 Sprint Cup Series champion.
Busch’s current sponsor Miller Lite, will move to his teammate Brad Keselowski, who will move to the No. 2 car next season.
Along with the NASCAR Sprint Cup sponsorship, it is learned in a press release from the team that Shell V-Power® will be an associate sponsor for Penske’s IZOD Indy Car team.
This move does nothing but muddy the NASCAR silly season picture.
All of a sudden this means that Sam Hornish Jr. is without a sponsor. Hornish’s sponsor since he came into the Sprint Cup Series has been Mobil 1, which is a competitor to Shell/Pennzoil. This move means that Mobil 1 will not be with Penske Racing in 2011. Not only is Hornish’s sponsorship issue a question now, but what will happen with Kevin Harvick? His contract with Richard Childress Racing is up at the end of this season, so does he move on to somewhere else now?
All of these questions and more will surely be answered in the coming months.