Stock Car Racing
#21 Paul Menard
|Crew Chief||Greg Erwin|
|Hometown||Eau Claire, Wisconsin|
|Birthday||AUG 21, 1980|
Paul Menard is the latest in an impressive roster of drivers to get behind the wheel of the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Menard was named to take the seat in July 2017 after it was announced Ryan Blaney was moving to Team Penske for the 2018 season as part of an expansion to three teams. This marks the second time Menard will be driving a Ford in his career, following a two-year stint when he competed with Yates Racing (2009) and Richard Petty Motorsports (2010).
Menard, who will be making his 400th career MENCS start in the season-opening Daytona 500, has one series victory but it was a major one as he captured the 2011 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A second triumph this season would mark another milestone for Wood Brothers Racing, which enters 2018 with 99 all-time victories.
- Menard has spent the last seven years driving for Richard Childress Racing, where he qualified for the NASCAR Playoffs in 2015.
- Has started every Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race since the beginning of the 2008 season.
- Menard debuted in 2003 with car owner Andy Petree as he raced at Watkins Glen International and finished 29th.
DID YOU KNOW?
Paul Menard has the fourth-highest number of career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts (399) among current Ford drivers. Only Kurt Busch (612), Kevin Harvick (610) and Clint Bowyer (433) have more.