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