HUNTERSVILLE — While it wasnt quite moving day, Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano officially got new NASACR homes Tuesday.
It has been known for months Kenseth that was headed to Joe Gibbs Racing, but he wasnt able to talk about it until Tuesday, when he made an appearance at the teams headquarters with new teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin.
Kenseth will drive the No. 20 Toyota beginning next season.
This is a big day for us. We know in this sport youve got to have somebody who can really wheel it, youve got to have somebody that can make things go, said JGR owner Joe Gibbs.
Weve had a great history because weve had great drivers and were so excited to have Kyle, Denny and now, Matt.
Kenseth, the 2003 Cup champion and this seasons Daytona 500 winner, has made all but the first six of his 461 Cup starts with Roush Fenway Racing. He has 22 Cup wins and 26 in the Nationwide series.
JGR is an impressive organization with tremendous leadership and strong support from sponsors, Kenseth said. Im very fortunate to have the opportunity to move from one great situation into another starting in 2013.
I remain totally committed to this season and working with my current team toward a championship and having this settled will only help my focus.
Kenseth has qualified for this seasons Chase for the Cup, which will begin Sept. 16 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill.
Only hours later, Penske Racing announced the hiring of the current driver of JGRs No. 20, Joey Logano a move first reported Wednesday by the Observer and ThatsRacin.com.
Logano, 22, will drive the No. 22 Ford next season as a teammate to Brad Keselowski. Sam Hornish Jr. has been driving the car temporarily after A.J. Allmendiunger was suspended indefinitely from NASCAR for failing a random drug test.
I am very excited to join Penske Racing and begin the next phase of my career, Logano said in a statement. I am looking forward to the opportunity as it will be an honor to drive for Roger Penske and race for wins and championships.
Now in his fourth full Cup season, Logano has two wins, four poles, 16 top-five and 37 top-10 finishes in 136 starts. With one race left before the 12-driver field is set for the Chase, Logano has a shot at one of two wild-card berths.
JGR had hoped to retain Logano but did not have a fulltime Cup ride to offer him for 2013.
Joey Logano is a very talented driver who has already achieved a lot of success at a young age, said Tim Cindric, President of Penske Racing. Joey is a great fit for our organization and we look forward to building on his success as he takes his place behind the wheel of the No. 22.
JGR drivers werent the only ones pleased with Kenseths move.
Driver Jeff Burton posted the following on his Twitter account: JGR got themselves one (heck) of a race car driver. He will help take them to another level.
Matt is going to be the perfect fit, he said. If I kind of model myself off any driver in the garage, its Matt. I feel like hes a guy I can learn a lot from.