Monday, May 14, 2012

Kenseth Unveils "New Number"

Matt Kenseth will indeed have a new number on his car in selected races this season, but not on his door.

Kenseth has a new number. Sort of...
Fifth Third Bank was introduced this morning as Kenseth’s newest sponsor, in an announcement at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The multi-year agreement will feature Fifth Third Bank as primary sponsor of Kenseth's No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford Fusion in four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this season, with a similar number of races in following years. will be announced at a later date.

Fifth Third will back Kenseth in Saturday night’s Sprint All Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as well as the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway June 30, the Crown Royal "Your Hero's Name Here" race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway July 29 and the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway August 19.

"Fifth Third Bank is excited to partner with Roush Fenway Racing and Matt Kenseth on this Sprint Cup Series sponsorship," said Greg Carmichael, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Fifth Third Bancorp. "Our organizations share many common values including a focus on teamwork and a desire to challenge the status quo to be the best at what we do. We are looking forward to working with the Roush Fenway Racing organization and Matt Kenseth to help drive our business and build the Fifth Third Bank brand."

An announcement from Roush Fenway Racing last week promised news regarding a “new number on Matt Kenseth’s Sprint Cup Ford Fusion," giving rise to rampant speculation that Kenseth’s Ford might forfeit it familiar No. 17 in favor of a new number. Team officials stressed today that the No. 17 will remain, however, with the bank’s “5/3” logo appearing only on the hood and rear quarter panels of the car.

Kenseth has run the No. 17 in all but one of his regular NASCAR National Series starts over a 17-year career. He drove Carl Wegner’s No. 55 Chevrolet in his Busch Grand National (now Nationwide) Series debut at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May of 1996, but the next season, steered Robbie Reiser’s No. 17 machine in 21 of the 30 Busch Series events. He has remained with that number ever since.


  1. Anonymous11:20 AM

    Didn't Kenseth drive Bill Elliott's No. 94 for a race in 1998?

    1. Yes, that's why I wrote "regular NASCAR National Series starts." My intent was to exclude one-offs like the Bill Elliott start. Sorry if that was unclear.

    2. Anonymous11:57 AM

      All that curiosity over nothing.....

  2. Anonymous11:33 AM

    Didnt he drive the 16 a few races last year.... we gotta bust ur ass when we can

  3. Anonymous6:53 PM

    Well, as much as I try at every turn to buy the products of NASCAR's sponsors, the closest Fifth Third bank to me is 262 miles away so I won't be able to make a deposit.

    Doug from NJ