Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Fast Facts: Paul Menard

Paul Menard is a Wisconsin-born driver currently driving the #27 Menards Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing as well as the #33 Menards/Rheem Chevrolet on a part-time basis for Kevin Harvick Inc. in the Nationwide Series. Here’s a look at Menard’s career through the years.
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  • Paul Menard was born August 21st, 1980 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the son of Menard’s founder John Menard Jr. He started racing karts at age eight and won the Briggs Junior Karting Class Championship, and at age 15 began ice racing – Menard won 10 International Ice Racing Association events and continues to compete during NASCAR’s off-season.
  • After a few years driving in various series around the country, Menard signed with Andy Petree Racing to race in NASCAR’s top three series as well as the ARCA Racing Series in 2003. He moved to the Nationwide Series with Dale Earnhardt Inc. midway through 2004, then put together an impress 2005 Nationwide season, finishing sixth in points; he repeated the showing in 2006 while also driving part-time in the Cup Series. He went full-time in the Cup Series in 2007.
  • In 2009 Menard joined Yates Racing, which merged with Richard Petty Motorsports in 2010, where he finished 23rd in points. For the 2011 season, he will race for RCR, and also race the #33 for KHI in the Nationwide Series along with Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Austin Dillon, Scott Speed and Max Papis.
  • Find out more about Paul Menard at http://www.menardsracing.com/.

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