Menard Headed To Yates

The rumors of Paul Menard leaving DEI for Yates Racing came to fruition on Tuesday when the driver announced he will move to the Ford team for the 2009 season.

“This is a great opportunity and I’m glad to be joining the Yates Racing organization next season,” said Menard. “I think a lot of what Doug Yates and Max Jones are doing over there building for continued success. I’m excited to be a part of their future and excited to work with Travis (Kvapil) and David (Gilliland). You look at what Doug and the Ford Motor Company have done in this sport, they’ve created a lot of horsepower and hoisted quite a few trophies over the years. I’d like to help continue that for both of them.”

Menard's family business sponsorship will follow the Wisconsin driver to Yates with details of the car design and car number yet to be finalized.

As for DEI, the move is another major blow to a team that is scrambling for both drivers and sponsors. With only Martin Truex, Jr. and Bass Pro Shops sponsorship for its No. 1 car locked down, DEI must now face the task of finding sponsorship for the No. 8 ride driven by Aric Armirola, the No. 01 of Regan Smith and now the No. 15 entry.

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