Jeremy Mayfield will join Haas CNC Racing with immediate effect, replacing Jeff Green at the wheel of the No. 66 Chevrolet at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the Nextel Cup squad announced today.
Mayfield has struggled to qualify for races this year driving the No. 36 Toyota Camry for Bill Davis Racing, but will now have a starting spot probably guaranteed in the coming races as the No. 66 car is in the top-35 in the owners' points.
Haas CNC Racing has also confirmed that Mayfield will be one of the team's drivers for the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup, although it remains to be seen which car he will be driving. Scott Riggs is also under contract to the team for next year.
"I'm very excited about this opportunity with Haas CNC Racing," Mayfield said.
"Every indication is that this is a team with unlimited potential. The shop is state-of-the-art, the equipment is first rate, there is an outstanding relationship with Hendrick Motorsports here, and it's my challenge to make it all equal success on the track. I'm ready to see how far I can take it."
Mayfield is a five-time race-winner in the Nextel Cup and finished seventh in the Chase two years ago driving for Ray Evernham's team. Last year he parted ways with the team after 22 races and has struggled to have a competitive car ever since.
"We're very happy to welcome Jeremy Mayfield to Haas CNC Racing," team general manager Joe Custer said. "Jeremy has a proven success record and we will be relying on his skill, experience, and leadership to improve our overall team performance.
"Jeremy's not far removed from being a Chase contender and I know he's motivated to get back to that level," Custer said. "We're confident in our equipment and Jeremy knows how to get it done, so this is a very exciting opportunity for us."
Bill Davis Racing has yet to announce if they will have a replacement for Mayfield for next weekend at Atlanta.