If Kasey Kahne is driving the No. 9 Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing
in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2011, it’s news to team
owner James Finch.
Finch said on Tuesday he has not spoken with Rick Hendrick in
regards to fielding a car for Kahne.
Hendrick Motorsports announced on April 14 that Kahne would
drive the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in 2012.
Kahne’s plans for 2011, however, remain unresolved.
Finch, who was fishing off the coast of Panama City, said
reports of Kahne driving for Phoenix Racing came “straight
from the Sports Illustrated story” and no one had reached him
“I’d like to do it, but I have not been contacted by
Rick or anyone else at Hendrick Motorsports about Kasey
Kahne,” Finch said. “We are fielding a car for Jan
Magnussen this weekend at Sonoma with sponsorship from
Hendrickcars.com. But I won’t be there.”
Finch said he read a story where the scenario was a surprise to
Kahne as well. Finch says he has plans to go fishing with Hendrick
in the next few weeks, but “there’s nothing to (the
story) as of yet.”
As for the rumor of Mark Martin purchasing Phoenix Racing, Finch
said he spoke to the fellow Floridian “a couple of months ago
when Mark was trying to sell his old plane” but the two have
not talked since. FOXSports.com reported in April that Finch was
placing Phoenix Racing on the selling block.
“With this economy no one is buying anything, much less a
race team,” Finch added.