Sources: Matt Kenseth to JGR
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Joe Gibbs Racing plans to announce next Tuesday that Matt Kenseth will be its newest driver beginning in 2013, ESPN.com has learned.
The 2003 Sprint Cup champion will take over the No. 20 team driven by Joey Logano with Home Depot as his primary sponsor, sources said.
JGR president J.D. Gibbs said on Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway he still held out hope of re-signing Logano and adding a fourth team if sponsorship can be found. Logano is not expected to be a part of Tuesday's press conference.
Logano also is a candidate for the No. 22 Cup team at Penske Racing. He recently said he was not interested in a part-time Cup ride and full-time Nationwide Series ride that was one of his options at JGR.
"He was OK with that until another opportunity came up," Gibbs said of Logano.
Penske Racing owner Roger Penske acknowledged on Saturday that Logano was one of several candidates for the 22 and that he likely would make an announcement on the 22 and whether he would start a third team with Sam Hornish Jr. by the Sept. 16 Chase opener.
Kenseth announced in June he was leaving Roush Fenway Racing after the season. He confirmed then he had a deal with another team, but wasn't allowed to name that team.
Sources said there was a clause in Kenseth's contract at RFR that prevented him from discussing a new team until after an unspecified date in August.
Kenseth has been with RFR since he entered the Cup series full time in 2000. He has 22 Cup wins.