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Kahne to be sponsored by Farmers Insurance

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)

Kasey Kahne will be sponsored by Farmers Insurance when he joins Hendrick Motorsports next season.

The team said Tuesday that Farmers Insurance, which currently had a five-race deal with HMS, will sponsor 22 Sprint Cup races for the next three seasons. The company will replace GoDaddy.com as primary sponsor of the No. 5 Chevrolet.

That should allow GoDaddy.com to focus solely on whatever Danica Patrick decides to do next season.

''It's extremely positive when a company of this caliber sees the value of NASCAR and immediately wants to do more,'' said team owner Rick Hendrick. ''Farmers will have an excellent spokesperson in Kasey, and we're committed to putting him in a position to win races and championships. Our organization is proud to extend this partnership, and we look forward to a very bright future with everyone at Farmers.''

Kahne has represented insurance company Allstate when he was a driver at Gillett Evernham Motorsports.

HMS still has 12 races left to fill for Kahne. The team already has in place a deal with Quaker State to sponsor four races a year in 2012 and 2013.

Farmers Insurance also holds the naming rights to the planned professional football stadium in Los Angeles, a PGA tour event at Torrey Pines and a tennis event in Los Angeles.

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