NASCAR: Turner Scott shuts down No. 30 team in Truck Series

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We’ve seen the last of Turner Scott Motorsports’ No. 30 team in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

TSM announced today that the No. 30 team has been officially shut down after being absent from last weekend’s Truck Series event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. As a result, 18 employees within TSM have been laid off.

“The decision to lay-off any employee is painful and we realize the affects it has on their lives,” team co-owner Harry Scott, Jr. said in a release.

“However, the decisions made by TSM today are necessary and the responsible steps for all of TSM to ensure our commitment to our employees, partners and fans to be as competitive as possible.”

The release also states that the team would “do all it can to help those affected to find new roles in the industry.”

Prior to CTMP, four-time series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. had piloted the No. 30 Chevrolet Silverado to fourth in the standings with five Top-5 and 10 Top-10 finishes.

TSM took its other two Truck Series teams – the No. 31 for driver Ben Kennedy and the No. 32 for driver Cameron Hayley – up to CTMP for Sunday’s race. Additionally, TSM also fielded two cars for Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Over the weekend, it emerged that Scott and his fellow TSM co-owner, Steve Turner, have taken legal action against each other: Turner filing a lawsuit on Aug. 11 in a Texas court, and Scott filing a notice of complaint last Wednesday (Aug. 27) in North Carolina.

Turner’s suit says that he is seeking more than $3 million, and it also alleges that a $2 million debt to Turner (which existed when the two first partnered up and was to be paid by the team) has not yet been repaid.

The Sporting News has relayed details of Scott’s notice, which says that Turner’s allowed the team’s funding to be depleted and debts to go unpaid. Furthermore, he accuses Turner of not funding the entries as he was obligated to do so and of misapplying sponsorship funding/revenues.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.