Farmers Insurance will serves as primary sponsor for Kasey Kahne when he moves to the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevy in 2012, the team announced. Farmers reached an agreement with HMS that will runs through 2014, and will put Farmers logos on the car for 22 races in 2012.
Farmers president Paul Patsis said:
Kasey Kahne is a very talented driver and a class act. He will represent Farmers well, and we are all so proud to have him driving what will be a successful partnership, both on and off the race track.
Team owner Rick Hendrick said:
It’s extremely positive when a company of this caliber sees the value of NASCAR and immediately wants to do more. Farmers will have an excellent spokesperson in Kasey, and we’re committed to putting him in a position to win races and championships. Our organization is proud to extend this partnership, and we look forward to a very bright future with everyone at Farmers.
Kahne is set to take over driving duties of the No. 5 from Mark Martin, who has yet to announce his 2012 plans.
This news is also sure to fuel speculation that Danica Patrick is working on a full time Nationwide Series ride with GoDaddy.com, current sponsor of the No. 5 car. GoDaddy.com indicated that they would follow Patrick if she were to make a move.