Menards will expand its sponsorship of Team Penske to two NASCAR Cup Series cars in 2022, Penske announced Nov. 30.
Additionally, Menards will sponsor Harrison Burton‘s rookie effort with Wood Brothers Racing in the No. 21 in the series.
“I’m very proud of the success I’ve shared with Menards over the past few years in the NASCAR Xfinity Series,” Cindric said in a team release. “As I transition to the NASCAR Cup Series, there will certainly be challenges as a rookie at the top level, but I really look forward to accomplishing more together, and most importantly adding to the great pedigree that Menards has established in this sport. They are a key partner to our race team, and I think the No. 2 is going to look great in neon.”
Added team owner Roger Penske: “Team Penske has enjoyed a great relationship with the entire Menards organization for many years and we are excited to continue the partnership across both our No. 2 and No. 12 Ford Mustang teams in the NASCAR Cup Series. John Menard has been a tremendous supporter of motorsports for more than 30 years and the commitment to Team Penske, to Austin and to Ryan will help keep the Menards brand at the forefront of our sport.”
Cindric, running his rookie season in Cup in 2022, was sponsored occasionally by Menards in the Xfinity Series for Penske. In 2021, he won five races and earned 22 top fives and 26 top 10s in the series, finishing second in points.
Blaney, meanwhile, enjoyed his first multi-win Cup season in 2021, with three victories, 11 top fives and 20 top 10s.
Burton slides into the Wood Brothers’ No. 21, which featured Menards sponsorship last year with driver Matt DiBenedetto. In Xfinity last year, Burton scored 10 top fives and 22 top 10s with Joe Gibbs Racing.
Penske’s Cup lineup is completed by Joey Logano, whose No. 22 is currently the only Penske-affiliated Cup car without Menards sponsorship.
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