Rick Hendrick working to help Kasey Kahne land a ride in 2018
Car owner Rick Hendrick guarded the details, but said Wednesday he’s working to help Kasey Kahne land a ride for next season.
Hendrick Motorsports released Kahne from his contract with a year left on it Monday. The organization announced Wednesday that 19-year-old William Byron will drive the No. 5 car next season with Liberty University and Axalta Coating Systems as sponsors.
As for Kahne, Hendrick said in a teleconference with reporters: “I’m also trying to help Kasey in another situation that we could be involved with in helping another team.’'
GMS Racing, which fields entries in the Xfinity and Camping World Truck Series, is looking at moving to Cup next year. GMS Racing has an engine deal with Hendrick but would need to upgrade that for a Cup effort and possibly add a technical alliance.
Hendrick was asked if Kahne could go to GMS Racing with his help.
“I’m not going to mention the team, but I know there are several situations that we’re talking to, kind of an alliance, which would be good for everyone,’' Hendrick said. “We’re working on it. We’ve been working on it and we’ll just see how it develops.’'