Kahne Released from RPM

Kasey Kahne

Kahne posted nine top 10s and three poles with RPM this season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kasey Kahne has been released from his driving duties with Richard Petty Motorsports effective immediately.

The announcement will move Kahne over to Team Red Bull early as he'll begin driving the No. 83 for the final five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races starting this weekend at Martinsville Speedway.

Kahne will drive a Red Bull Toyota full-time in 2011 before moving to Hendrick Motorsports in 2012.

"With our agreement only being for one year, there is a great sense of urgency to get started on 2011," said Jay Frye, Red Bull Racing Team's vice president and general manager. "With Kasey coming earlier than planned, we are excited to have a five-race head start."

Aric Almirola will replace Kahne in the No. 9 Budweiser Ford this weekend.

The driver line-up beyond Martinsville for the No. 9 Ford is to be determined.

Marcos Ambrose, who currently drives the No. 47 Toyota for JTG Daugherty Racing, signed in August to be the driver of the No. 9 in 2011 with sponsorship from Stanley Black & Decker. Bobby Labonte, who is entered at Martinsville in the No. 09 Chevrolet, will be the new driver of the No. 47 next season. No word yet on if the Ambrose and Labonte will transition into their new rides early.

Kahne posted nine top 10s and three poles with RPM this season. His last race with the team at Charlotte resulted in a 38th-place finish that saw J.J. Yeley finish the race for him. Kahne did not get back in the car because he said he was feeling ill.

For Kahne, the Martinsville weekend allows him to get acclimated with Red Bull Racing Team cars and personnel. He, crew chief Jimmy Elledge and the No. 83 crew open the weekend with practice Friday at 11:30 a.m. ET.

Last updated 10/21 at 11:50 a.m. ET

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