Farmers Insurance will end sponsorship of Kasey Kahne’s Sprint Cup car after the 2017 season, according to a report Thursday by Sports Business Daily.
According to SBD’s Adam Stern, “Farmers Insurance and Hendrick Motorsports have both confirmed that the L.A.-based insurer will not renew its primary sponsorship of the NASCAR team’s No. 5 Sprint Cup Chevrolet after its deal expires following the ’17 season.”
Farmers spokesman Trent Frager confirmed the move in a statement to SBD:
“We have enjoyed the relationship with Hendrick Motorsports and the No. 5 team since our sponsorship began in 2011. We have made a strategic decision to focus on other brand activities, and our sponsorship will conclude at the end of the 2017 season.”
Hendrick Motorsports vice president of marketing Patrick Perkins gave this statement to NASCAR Talk:
“It’s been a privilege to help grow the Farmers Insurance brand on a national scale, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration next season. Our entire team is committed to the success of the program and making 2017 another impactful year. We’ve truly appreciated our relationship and the many friendships that will continue long into the future.”
While Farmers will be leaving, Hendrick Motorsports has recently renewed or added sponsorship for the No. 5 going forward from Great Clips (through 2018) and UniFirst (through 2023).
It’s no secret that Jimmie Johnson is off to a slow start in 2017.
The defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has a starting average of 21.8 and a finishing average of 18.8 in the first five races of this season.
He has just one top-10 finish (ninth at Phoenix), along with 34th at Daytona, 19th at Atlanta, 11th at Las Vegas and 21st Sunday at Fontana.
And let’s not forget he’s 17th in the NASCAR Cup standings heading to one of his strongest tracks, Martinsville Speedway, this Sunday.
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, we discussed this: After such a slow start to the season, is there a cause for concern over Johnson’s performance?
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, NASCAR Hall of Famer Mark Martin shared his experience of racing in his home state of Arkansas, as well as the excitement he feels watching Kyle Larson compete in the Cup series.
Kyle Larson‘s spectacular weekend at Auto Club Speedway — winning both Saturday’s Xfinity Series race and Sunday’s Auto Club 400 NASCAR Cup event — left him feeling good.
But shortly upon exiting the facility, Larson and several others were involved in a fender-bender right outside the Speedway. Larson was a passenger, not the driver.
No one was injured, Larson tweeted.
But somehow, isn’t that strange fate?
Kyle Larson finally broke his streak of three straight runner-up finishes with his win in Sunday’s Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
On Monday’s edition of NASCAR America, the crew discussed his win as well as his maturation as a driver.