Paul Menard will probably be retiring after the 2019 season, Wooden Brothers Racing introduced Tuesday.
He has spent 13 full seasons within the Cup Sequence — with 16 seasons complete racing — and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway will probably be his final begin.
“I’ve loved each second of my profession racing within the NASCAR Cup Sequence, and I’m so grateful for all the good reminiscences and friendships I’ve made by means of this sport. However I’m trying ahead to spending extra time at residence with my spouse, Jennifer, and our two younger kids whereas transferring ahead with the following chapter of my life,” Menard mentioned in a press release.
“I need to thank everybody at Wooden Brothers Racing, together with Group Penske, and our companions at Menards, Motorcraft, Fast Lane Tire & Auto Facilities and Ford. It’s been a privilege to work with them and among the true legends of our sport, together with Andy Petree, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Robert Yates, Richard Petty, Richard Childress, Roger Penske and Glen and Leonard Wooden. I’m excited for what the longer term holds and I’m trying ahead to sharing the plans for 2020 and past within the coming weeks.”
Wooden Brothers Racing signed Matt DiBenedetto, who will drive the No. 21 Ford in 2020.
“I’m so enthusiastic about this chance to race for one of the vital profitable groups in NASCAR historical past starting in 2020,” DiBenedetto mentioned. “The No. 21 Ford is likely one of the most completed and iconic automobiles in our sport and it is going to be an honor to hitch Wooden Brothers Racing and assist keep on the group’s custom of success in NASCAR. I need to thank Eddie and Len Wooden, Kim Wooden Corridor, Menards, Edsel Ford and Ford Motor Firm for this chance.”
Menard, 39, was the 2011 Brickyard 400 winner and has topped 460 Monster Power Sequence begins in his profession. He has been with Wooden Brothers Racing for the previous two seasons.
This 12 months, Menard has 4 top-10 finishes, together with a sixth-place end at Bristol Motor Speedway.
DiBenedetto, 28, at present drives for Leavine Household Racing, however the group introduced final month he wouldn’t return to the No. 95 Toyota.