The 2018 NASCAR season will mark Paul Menard’s 12th year competing in NASCAR’s premier series but the winning veteran driver will experience some exciting new opportunities this season. Menard joins the Wood Brothers Racing team in 2018 piloting the iconic No. 21 Ford Fusion in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) and he will also race a limited schedule for Team Penske in the NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS). Menard arrives at NASCAR’s longest-running team in Wood Brothers Racing from Richard Childress Racing (RCR), where he competed for the last seven seasons. During his time with RCR, Menard posted 17 top-five finishes, 50 top-10 results and one win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the 2011 Brickyard 400.
In the 2017 MENCS season, Menard earned two top-five results, along with three top-10 and nine top-15 finishes for RCR. The Eau Claire, Wisconsin native also competed in seven NXS events in 2017, as he recorded two top-five and three top-10 finishes.
A three-time winner in the XFINITY Series over the course of his career, Menard will race in a select number of series events in 2018 driving the Team Penske Ford Mustang.
The 37-year-old Menard began racing go karts at the age of eight, competing in his home state of Wisconsin, as he captured two Briggs Class Championships during his karting career. Before making his NASCAR debut in 2001, Menard raced in the International Ice Racing Association as he produced 10 victories.
In 2018, Menard looks to continue build on the success and the legacy the famed No. 21 Ford Fusion and help produce a landmark 100th win for Wood Brothers Racing.
Paul Menard Career Accomplishments
• Has produced three career wins and five poles in NASCAR XFINITY Series competition
• Made full-time debut in Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2007
• Won his first pole in the Cup Series in the 2008 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway
• Posted first Cup Series victory in the 2011 Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
• Led all Cup Series drivers with 10,406 laps completed in 2012
• Earned a spot in the 2015 NASCAR Playoffs