Petty Enterprises is looking for a sponsor for its No. 43 Dodges for 2009 after General Mills announced Tuesday it will move to Richard Childress Racing next year.
General Mills will sponsor a fourth team at RCR, the No. 33 Chevrolets. No driver was named for that car, but there have already been published reports that Bobby Labonte will move to RCR along with the sponsor.
Labonte's contract is up at the end of this year, and he already is driving RCR-owned cars in selected Nationwide Series this year.
In a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, Labonte said he is "humbled" by the level or interest in his future.
"But at this time I'm concentrating all my efforts in getting Petty Enterprises back to Victory Lane," Labonte said.
"I feel good about all the positive steps that Petty Enterprises has made and continues to make.
"I'm going to work hard each week to win races. I want to do the best I can for Petty Enterprises and everyone who puts great cars under me each week. ... At this time, I have no intention to talk about my plans after 2008 because of the immediate tasks at hand.
"I respectively ask for everyone’s patience in this matter."
Brian Moffitt, vice president of marketing for Petty Enterprises, said Labonte "remains a key component to the long-term future of Petty Enterprises."
"While there is substantial sponsorship interest in Bobby and Petty Enterprises, we will carefully consider our options to ensure the continuation of our right tradition and built on current momentum," Moffitt said.
Late Monday, the Petty organization announced that Kyle Petty will not drive the No. 45 Dodge in this week's race at Texas Motor Speedway. Chad McCumbee will be driving in his place.
Andrew Murstein, president of Medallion Financial Group, confirmed this week that the company's Sports Properties Acquisition Corp. has potential interest in investing in motorsports. There have also been reports that group could become an investor in Petty Enterprises.
Murtsein nearly completed a deal with Robert Yates Racing in 2006.