Kahne to be sponsored by Farmers Insurance

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.