Roush Fenway Racing Adds Fifth Third As Primary Cup Sponsor For Kenseth's No. 17
Fifth Third Bancorp yesterday announced a multiyear marketing partnership with Roush Fenway Racing that begins this season with the bank serving as a primary sponsor of the team's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series No. 17 Ford driven by Matt Kenseth for four races. Below are the races in which the bank will serve as primary sponsor (Fifth Third Bancorp).
|Sprint All Star Race||Charlotte Motor Speedway||May 19|
|Quaker State 400||Kentucky Speedway||June 30|
|Crown Royal's "Your Hero's Name Here"||Indianapolis Motor Speedway||July 29|
|Pure Michigan 400||Michigan Int'l Speedway||August 19|
CLOSING THE GAP: RFR President Steve Newmark said that interest “has increased for Kenseth since his win in the 2012 Daytona 500, and he has about eight to 10 races left to sell” for ‘12. But SPORTING NEWS’ Bob Pockrass noted the focus “has shifted” for ‘13. Newmark said, “Obviously we’d love to have these guys continue to expand and be an anchor partner with Matt. I think that’s what they want to do as well. But our situation with Matt is not contingent in any stretch of the imagination on what any particular sponsor does.” RFR co-Owner Jack Roush said, “We’re just fine with Kenseth for next year. The program doesn’t have as much sponsorship sold as we need to sell, but there’s never a question about whether or not we have got the wherewithal and the commitment to stay with Matt Kenseth” (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 5/14).