Tony Stewart was the guest on NASCAR's midweek teleconference Tuesday, and according to his comments, we can officially scratch off Stewart-Haas Racing from potential destinations for Kasey Kahne in 2011.
"I would say there's probably a zero percent chance we'll expand to a third team for next year. We're still trying to fill the void when Old Spice changes this year. We're talking to a lot of great people. There's a lot of good opportunities out there. It's just a matter of funding a package that works for somebody to fill our spot. There's still races we're trying to take care of on Ryan's car.
The hard part about it is, it just takes funding. We could be up to a four-car team very quickly. But it takes the funding to get it done."
Old Spice is on Stewart's car for 12 races in 2010, so assuming that Office Depot has a similar commitment level for 2011, Stewart still needs a co-primary, and every race that Ryan Newman runs with the Haas Automation paint scheme essentially means that he is unsponsored.
Stewart also said that he would be on board with any changes that could be made to the Chase.
"I guarantee whatever it's gonna be and whatever they're talking about and looking into as far as changes are concerned, that it's something that's been well-thought out and will be good for our series. Anytime that it's good for the series, it's good for all of us too.
"Everybody was skeptical about the format of the Chase to begin with. But, you know, it's provided some great, great excitement for our series at the end of the year.
"The good thing is it's the same for everybody. That's all you ask for. It really doesn't matter what the format is to us, you know, you just learn how to plan for it and how to adapt to it."