Jeremy Mayfield will return to Sprint Cup competition full time in 2009, driving the No. 41 Toyota for his own team, Mayfield Motorsports.
MM is a joint venture between Mayfield and Gary Smith, Chairman and CEO of All Sport Inc., which will sponsor Mayfield’s entry. All Sport body quencher is a sports drink.
Mayfield attributed his venture into ownership to a key change NASCAR made in the off season:
I have to give NASCAR a lot of credit for the things they’ve done in the sport over the last two years to make it possible for people like me to get involved as a team owner. The new COT car and even more importantly the testing ban have made it a reality for me to come in and compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Triad Racing Technologies will provide engines and chassis for MM, while Tony Furr will serve as crew cheif. Furr served as crew cheif for Cale Yarborough’s No. 98 team and driver John Andretti, where he led Andretti to victory in the Pepsi 400 from Daytona International Raceway. He also led Jerry Nadeau to his first and only victory, in the Napa 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hendrick Motorsports’ No. 25.
Mayfield acquired the number from Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, but the points from the 41 did not move to Mayfield’s team.
See images of the car on Jayski’s page .