NASCAR & Auto Racing

Menard move from DEI to Yates now official

Paul Menard's move from Dale Earnhardt Inc. to Yates Racing for 2009 is official.

"This is a great opportunity and I'm glad to be joining the Yates Racing organization next season," Menard in making the announcement Tuesday. "I'm excited to be a part of their future."

Yates Racing has worked out sponsorship for two cars, driven by Travis Kvapil and David Gilliland, on almost a week-by-week basis this year. Menard brings sponsorship from Menard's, the company owned by his father, John Menard, as well as several associate sponsorships.

"It's a positive addition for us to get a guy like Paul," team owner Doug Yates said. "He's been through adversity in his first year in Cup and shown tremendous improvement in his second year. ...He already has a good relationship with our current drivers, so adding that third source of data should help our entire team rise up."

No car number has been announced for Menard's car for 2009.