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Mears to drive for Keyed-Up

New Sprint Cup Series team Keyed-Up Motorsports announced on Wednesday that Casey Mears has been hired by the team to pilot its No. 90 entry in 2010.

Keyed-Up was founded by Virginia businessman Raymond Key, and the team plans to make its Sprint Cup debut in Daytona in February. It is considered to be a sister organization to the Nationwide Series' Key Motorsports team owned by Raymond Key's brother Curtis.

"We're a new team, but I feel we have everything in place to race," Mears said. "It's going to be a rewarding endeavor."

Mears drove the No. 07 for Richard Childress Racing in 2009, but his future was in limbo following at the end of the season, due to sponsorship issues that left team owner Richard Childress unsure as to whether or not he would be able to continue to field four full-time Sprint Cup cars.

Earlier this month, veteran crew chief Doug Richert was named as crew chief for the new team.

"Keyed-Up Motorsports is very excited to have Casey Mears driving our No. 90 Chevy Impala." Key said. "With Casey's proven ability as a top driver and Doug's vast experience as a winning crew chief, we think 2010 is going to be a great year. We're now focused on securing full-season funding."

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