This was even done with the 45 because of Adam Petty. The nascar community is really a big family and even if they don't get along they respect each other.Plus probably a respect thing by other teams to not even wanna use it as well.
Definitely, and it makes sense. Their Cup Series marketing budget certain opened up with Kurt's stepping down. And with how much less salary Ty commands versus past champion Kurt, they can probably afford to sponsor Ty in Cup and follow Hailie to Xfinity both for less total money than Kurt's sponsorship costed on its own.They didn't mention sponsorship but one would have to assume that with using the 54 monster must be a big part of it to maintain the brand identity
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Exactly, like even if the 3 were available, does anybody think Roush or Hendrick or something is actually going to run that number? I'm kind of surprised it'd even been used in the truck series the way it has been the past couple years.Plus probably a respect thing by other teams to not even wanna use it as well.
From 2001What difference does that make? Hendrick has run four cars for over 20 years, yet nobody ran the #5 between Kahne and Larson, and nobody has run the #25 for 15 years now
not 100% sure because it has changed so much, but numbers are licensed
JGR will continue to license the number. That's how teams "hold" numbers. If a number is unlicensed, it can be used by any team, and even multiple teams at the same time.
So, it's not really NASCAR "doing them a solid", the team is still paying NASCAR for the license. RCR continued to hold the licensing rights to the #3 while they ran the #29 instead.