Monday, August 18, 2014

Carl Edwards and new sponsor to join Joe Gibbs Racing

   Carl Edwards will be introduced on Tuesday as Joe Gibbs Racing newest driver in the Sprint Cup Series beginning in the 2015 season, multiple sources confirmed Monday night.

   That much isn't a big surprise.

   However, JGR will also be welcoming a new sponsor to NASCAR - Arris - which will adorn Edwards' No. 19 Toyota for roughly half the season. Arris is a communications technology company specializing in the design and engineering of broadband networks. 

   Arris' involvement in NASCAR will go far beyond just sponsorship of Edwards. Details will be announced during Tuesday morning's news conference at JGR headquarters in Huntersville, N.C.  

Forbes: Danica Patrick fifth-highest paid female athlete in world

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Danica Patrick ranks as the fifth highest paid female athlete in the world in 2014 according to an analysis by

Tennis star Maria Sharapova ranks No. 1 for the 10th consecutive year, with earnings of $24.4 million between June 2013 and June 2014.

Patrick, a former IndyCar Series driver who now competes fulltime in NASCAR, was ranked fifth with total earnings of $15 million, including $8 million in endorsement and licensing deals.

To see Forbes' entire list, go here.