NASCAR: Denny Hamlin gets a new Cup car for 2021

Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

Denny Hamlin is set to drive a car with a primary sponsor other than FedEx at select races in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin signed a multi-year contract extension to continue driving the #11 Toyota for the Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR Cup Series team last week.

Additionally, FedEx, which has been his primary sponsor since he began competing for Joe Gibbs’s team in 2005 and then as a full-time driver in 2006, signed a multi-year extension to continue their relationship with the 40-year-old Chesterfield, Virginia native and the #11 Toyota.

However, this deal only kept FedEx as the primary sponsor of the #11 Toyota for a vast majority of the time, not throughout the entire 36-race season.

What several fans may not have known is that FedEx’s multi-year extension covers the 2021 season itself.

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Hamlin, of course, wasn’t going anywhere, given the fact that his contract wasn’t on track to expire until the end of the 2021 season.

This deal simply made it official that FedEx would be back again for 2021 and beyond. But as a result of the company not committing to the full season, this announcement put Hamlin for new partners to fill in where FedEx would not be serving as his primary sponsor. The team announced last week that he would be driving a new car in 2021 — no, not a new FedEx paint scheme like they announced ahead of the 2019 season, but a completely new paint scheme with one of their new partners.

On Monday, they confirmed that new partner: home-buying company Offerpad.

Take a look at the #11 Offerpad Toyota.

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Hamlin is set to run this car on Sunday, March 14 at Phoenix Raceway and then again on Sunday, October 10 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval. Offerpad is also slated to serve as the primary sponsor for Joe Gibbs Racing Xfinity Series driver Harrison Burton for four races throughout the upcoming season.