David Ragan has been given permission by Roush Fenway Racing owner Jack Roush to start looking for other offers because the sponsorship prospects for the No. 6 RFR Sprint Cup Series team do not look good. MikeMulhern.net is reporting that Ragan could be headed to the No. 71 TRG Motorsports Ford.
Mulhern quotes Ragan as saying:
Right now I am not focused on 2012 just yet. I think it’s important for us to finish this season strong. And the stronger we can finish 2011, that will only help our chances of finding a sponsor and a package to go racing next year. … All we can do – me and [crew chief] Drew Blickensderfer – is to keep running as strong as we can and get some good, positive TV time and things to talk about….and then it’s up to our sales team management to go sell some sponsors. The sooner they can get a few positive things announced for me and Matt [Kenseth], that would give us all a breath of fresh air.
Last month, RFR was told that UPS would scale back its sponsorship of the No. 6 Ford from full-season to about four to eight races. UPS expressed an interest in moving from the No. 6 car to the No. 99 car, and driver Carl Edwards.
At this point, however, this is just a rumor and should be treated as such.