Casey Mears to race for the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports team
Casey Mears will switch from the No. 25 team to the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports team in 2008 and will leave his place to his new team mate Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Mears is going to race the No. 5 car that has been used by Kyle Busch for the last 2 years. The 29 years old driver is going to collaborate with Alan Gustafson, the winner of four Nextel Cups since his first season as crew chief in 2005.
Mears has done very well for Hendrick Motorsports due to the fact that the driver took his maiden Nextel Cup victory in May, when he won the Coca Cola 600 event.
"My goal is to meet the high standard the drivers before me helped established with the No. 5 Chevrolet, both on and off the track," said the 29-year-old Mears. "I’m looking forward to working with Alan and the team to continue the winning tradition for Kellogg’s, CARQUEST and Hendrick Motorsports."
Since its inception in 1984, the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports team has posted 27 victories and 35 pole positions with just four different drivers — Geoff Bodine, Ricky Rudd, Terry Labonte and Kyle Busch. It has finished among the top 12 in Cup points in 17 of the past 23 seasons (1984-2006), including a championship in 1996.