If you have a jacket, ball cap, t-shirt or other memorabilia from when Matt Kenseth was sponsored by DeWalt, well … what’s old is now new again, and you can wear the old stuff proudly, with Kenseth being reunited with former sponsor DeWalt in 2015.
DeWalt ended its sponsorship with Richard Petty Motorsports at the end of the 2014 season when Marcos Ambrose decided to return to his native Australia to compete on the V8 Supercars Series.
Now, DeWalt is back with Kenseth, who sponsored him during his previous tenure at Roush Fenway Racing, for at least six races. Maybe DeWalt will bring Kenseth some good luck, as he failed to win even one race in 2014 after winning a career-best and series high seven races in his first season at Joe Gibbs Racing.
The majority of Kenseth’s Sprit Cup races in 2015 will be sponsored by Dollar General, while longtime JGR sponsor Home Depot has elected to end its participation in NASCAR, leaving Lowe’s and Menard’s as the two primary home improvement sponsors in the Sprint Cup Series.
Another of Ambrose’s sponsors at RPM, Stanley Tools, will appear on Carl Edwards’ car in 2015 for at least 12 races, as well. DeWalt and Stanley are owned by the same company.
Check out a video of the new paint scheme for Kenseth’s No. 20 Toyota:
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Will Power led the only IndyCar Road America practice of the weekend Saturday, shooting to the top of the chart on his 22nd and final lap of the session at 1 minute, 46.0021 seconds in his No. 12 Dallara-Chevrolet.
Dixon knocked Jack Harvey’s No. 60 Dallara-Honda from the top spot (which would have marked the first time that a Meyer-Shank Racing car led practice).
Josef Newgarden, Power’s Team Penske teammate, was third, followed by Felix Rosenqvist and Ryan Hunter-Reay (who went off course late in the session but sustained no damage).
Alex Palou, Colton Herta, Graham Rahal, defending race winner Alexander Rossi and Pato O’Ward rounded out the top 10 in the practice that preceded a Saturday-Sunday race weekend doubleheader for IndyCar at Road America.
PRACTICE RESULTS: Click here to see who was fastest in the session
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IndyCar tested some new cooling devices with cars from Andretti Autosport, Chip Ganassi Racing and Team Penske. Several drivers have said the cockpit heat caused by the new aeroscreen was stifling during last week’s GMR Grand Prix, and IndyCar repositioned drink bottles this weekend to keep liquids cool. The pieces tried by IndyCar during the Road America practice won’t be available during the races Saturday and Sunday at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course.
Scott Dixon, who is seeking to open the season with his third consecutive IndyCar victory, was 15th fastest in the 75-minute session. Other notables in Road America practice: Marco Andretti (12th), Simon Pagenaud (19th).
Power is aiming for his second consecutive pole position after qualifying first last week on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.
Qualifying for the REV Group Grand Prix Race #1 will take place at 2:15 p.m. ET (NBCSN, NBC Sports Gold).
The broadcast of the IndyCar race at Road America will begin at 5 p.m. on NBCSN.