The 2011 NASCAR offseason may take another unexpected twist, this time with David Ragan. Ragan may have found a ride for the 2012 season. Though it’s not with a NASCAR Sprint Cup team, it appears that the former Roush-Fenway driver may be one of the potential drivers to take over the former ride of Aric Almirola. Nothing is official as of now. If Almirola leaves JR Motorsports for the No. 43 of Richard Petty Motorsports, then Ragan may get the job driving for Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and the No. 88.
It seemed that Ragan had been in the hunt for a job with Penske Racing after the mutual seperation with the organization and Kurt Busch earlier in December. Though David Ragan, David Reutimann, and Brian Vickers were considered the top drivers still without rides for the 2012 seaosn, Penske Racing decided to hire A.J. ALlmendinger. Allmendinger had been with Richard Petty Motorsports, but there was no sponsor for his No. 43 after Best Buy moved over to Roush-Fenway Racing. With no sponsor on the hood, Allmendinger looked elsewhere.
The open position with RPM is rumored to be going to Aric Almirola, a NASCAR Nationwide Series driver. Though no sponsor has been officially announce, it is believed that the organization would announce the sponsor and the driver at the same time. If Almirola is leaving the Nationwide Series, then a spot at JR Motorsports will be open. Reports are the seat filling is between Ragan and Cole Whitt, a former Red Bull Racing NASCAR Camping World Truck series driver. With so few opportunies, Ragan is hoping that he will land in the drivers seat.
It would be a little disappointing to see Ragan go to the NASCAR Nationwide Series, but with so few sponsors and teams returning in 2012, it maybe difficult to find an ideal team to compete with. Even if Ragan manages to secure the JR Motorsports ride, this still leaves Vickers and Reutimann witohut teams. To stay compeitive, NASCAR needs talented drivers.