Two different media outlets are now reporting what Sirius Speedway told you three days ago; that Tony Stewart is actively seeking sponsorship for a jump to Haas CNC Racing next season.
Both ESPN.com and the SportsBusiness Journal say that talks are underway with Office Depot and Old Spice to serve as co-primary sponsors of a Stewart-driven Chevrolet out of the Haas CNC Racing stable next season; similar to Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s deal with Amp Energy Drink and the National Guard.
SportsBusiness Journal said Stewart is working to finalize his ownership investment in Haas CNC, and that the team will likely be rebranded with Stewart's name. ESPN.com cites an unnamed source saying that Stewart is “talking to every major sponsor that is available,” and that Ryan Newman has been approached about leaving Penske Racing to be the team’s second driver. Martin Truex, Jr., has also been linked to the Stewart/Haas CNC deal, with possible sponsorship from Bass Pro Shops.
Stewart has admitted that an offer is on the table from Haas CNC, and that the offer includes part ownership in the team. He continues to insist that he has not asked for a release from the final year of his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing.
Haas CNC General Manager Joe Custer said any deal with Stewart is contingent on him securing a release from his JGR contract. “Nothing can happen until they let him out of his contract,” Custer said. “They hold all the cards. When he becomes available we want to talk to him."