Kasey Kahne has not had the 2014 season that he most likely thought he was going to have thus far. Kahne currently finds himself in a three-way tie for 21st in the point standings. Although Kahne has had some fast cars this season, bad luck and team error has hurt his chances of contending for wins. Despite the season not being overly positive so far, the No. 5 team did receive some good news in regards to their relationship Farmers Insurance.
It was announced this week that Farmers Insurance will be with Hendrick Motorsports through the 2017 season. Under the new deal Farmers Insurance will be the primary sponsor on the No. 5 machine for 12 races in each of the next three seasons, including the Daytona 500. Team Owner Rick Hendrick spoke about the extension and the partnership between HMS and Farmers.
Our partnership with the team at Farmers has been unbelievable. Everything that’s been accomplished in just three years is extremely impressive, and they continue to seek ways to engage our fans and use the sponsorship to improve the lives of others. It’s gratifying to see the impact of our two organizations working together, and we look forward to more successes in the coming years.
While the extension is great for Farmers Insurance and HMS, there is still an unknown factor when it comes to Kahne. Kahne is currently under contract with HMS through 2015. While there is still plenty of time to reach a new deal, there hasn’t been much talk about where Kahne stands when it comes to a new contract.
Kahne is currently the only driver on his team that is without a win. The other factor working against Kahne besides his own performance in current Nationwide Series driver Chase Elliott. There has been much speculation about what seat Elliott will take when he comes up to Sprint Cup in 2016. Elliott is expected to come up in 2016 based on Dale Earnhardt Jr. openly discussing his wish to keep Elliott in Nationwide for two seasons. Should Hendrick decide to add Elliott to the team in 2016, Kahne’s expiring contract might help make that move flow better.
While Kahne’s future may be uncertain he needs to only focus on the things that he can control. Like most problems in NASCAR, winning is the answer. If Kahne and the No. 5 team can get their act together and get some wins it would go a long way to securing his future with the team.