Turner Motorsports announced Wednesday that their two-year-long primary marketing partnership with Great Clips, Inc. will not continue into the 2013 NASCAR season. Great Clips is the longest-running sponsor in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and Turner Motorsports said there remain opportunities for joint partnerships in the future.
"We want to thank Great Clips for two great years as an outstanding marketing partner," said Steve Turner, owner of Turner Motorsports. "They have been a big supporter of this race team since the beginning and we just can't thank them enough for that. Though we have mutually decided to end our business partnership, the friendships we have made over the years will endure well into the future."
Shortly after the Turner Motorsports announcement, JR Motorsports announced Great Clips Inc. has signed a primary sponsorship agreement with them for 28 Nationwide races next season. The partnership brings Kasey Kahne and Brad Sweet to JR Motorsports, adding to a NASCAR Nationwide lineup that already includes Regan Smith, the series’ most recent winner, and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Kahne ran 15 races for Turner Motorsports in the No. 38 Great Clips Chevrolet in 2012.
Kahne and Sweet will split time in the No. 5 Chevrolet for 27 races. Smith will compete for a championship in the No. 7, and Earnhardt Jr. will drive the No. 88 in a limited schedule that presently stands at four races. One of Earnhardt’s races will be with Great Clips branding to fill out the 28-race sponsorship package.
JR Motorsports General Manager Kelley Earnhardt Miller said the organization still isn’t committing the No. 5 team to a full-season slate but continues to work at securing sponsorship to fill out the remaining six races.