Monday, December 5, 2011

With Penske Racing and Kurt Busch officially parting ways, the question is who will drive the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Cup car?

Earlier this morning, Penske Racing announced that they and Kurt Busch have officially agreed to part ways. In a statement:
MOORESVILLE, N.C. (December 5, 2011) - Penske Racing announced today that it has reached a mutual agreement with driver Kurt Busch to end its driver/race team relationship, effective immediately.

The team will evaluate its options for the driver of the No. 22 Sprint Cup Series car in the future while Busch will seek new opportunities with another race team.

"I appreciate the victories that Kurt has brought Penske Racing and our sponsors over the past six years," said Roger Penske. "While I am disappointed that Kurt will not be racing for our team in the future, both Kurt and I felt that separating at this time was best for all parties, including our team and sponsors. I wish Kurt the best in his future racing endeavors."

"I am grateful to Penske Racing for six very productive years," said Busch. "Together we won a lot of races -16 in all. Leaving a great organization and a lucrative contract is not easy, but it's an important step for me and allows me to take a deep breath to work on things that can make me a better driver and a better person. I want to personally thank Roger Penske for the opportunity that he has given me." (Source: Penske Racing)
Of course with this announcement, this just leaves one questions, who will drive the Shell-Pennzoil-Penske Racing Dodge in 2012 in the Sprint Cup Series?
There are a lot of rumors going around following not only last night's report from, but earlier this morning's official announcement. Of course I don't expect Penske Racing and Shell-Pennzoil to make an official announcement for a little while. Personally I know that I've heard David Ragan, Sam Hornish Jr. and Steven Wallace, but those are only rumors and rumors are junk.

Personally from a fan stand point, I would like to see veteran driver David Reutimann who was released from Michael Waltrip Racing a few months ago because of a lack of sponsorship.