Roush Fenway shores up sponsorship for Stenhouse as Zest returns to No. 17

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With Carl Edwards’ upcoming departure from Roush Fenway Racing, industrial supply company Fastenal will be moving over to Ricky Stenhouse Jr.’s program at RFR in 2015.

But today, the team announced that Stenhouse would also continue to receive support from Zest, which has worked with Roush Fenway since the 2012 season.

The personal care brand will serve as a primary sponsor for multiple 2015 races on Stenhouse’s No. 17 Ford Fusion and have a season-long associate role as well.

“Zest has really been a mainstay on the car for a few years and I always enjoy hearing feedback from fans at the track whenever we race it, because it carries such a unique look and features a truly iconic brand that fans really get excited about,” Stenhouse said in a release.

“I’ve really enjoyed getting to meet and work with everyone that supports the Zest brand, as well as a lot of their customers. Their commitment and support has meant a great deal to me and my team, and it’s awesome that we’ll be able to continue to build on the success of this partnership going forward.”

Next year, Stenhouse will be working with Greg Biffle and Trevor Bayne as Roush Fenway tries to push forward following the exit of Edwards. In order to do that, they’ll need improvement from Stenhouse, who currently sits 27th in the Sprint Cup standings with one Top-5 and four Top-10 finishes.

Kanaan, Dixon to rejoin Chip Ganassi Le Mans effort

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Both Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan will be rejoining Ford Chip Ganassi Racing as part of their four-car armada at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team revealed late last week. Both drivers contested the event last year, with Dixon in the No. 69 entry – finishing seventh in the GTE Pro class – while Kanaan replaced an injured Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68 – finishing sixth in GTE Pro.

For Kanaan, this also represents a return to the Chip Ganassi organization, with which he contested the Verizon IndyCar Series from 2014 to 2017 before departing for A.J. Foyt Racing in 2018.

Kanaan will join Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell in the No. 67, while Dixon will reunite with Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, the three drivers having won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, in the No. 69.

Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla, and Billy Johnson will share the No. 66 entry, with Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, and Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68.

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