WATCH LIVE: NASCAR AMERICA at 5 pm ET — All 12 drivers in Chase Contenders Round

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On Wednesday’s edition of NASCAR America (live on NBCSN from 5 to 5:30 pm ET), we strap on our gloves and go one-on-one with the drivers in NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup Contenders Round.

Rick Allen and Kyle Petty will hold down the fort from our Charlotte studios.

Here’s what’s on the card for today’s show:

  • Today was the NASCAR Contenders Round Media Day at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, NC, where 11 of the 12 drivers were on hand.
  • Our Kelli Stavast and Marty Snider traveled to the event and we’ll get extended interviews on the show with Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman and Jimmie Johnson.
  • The one Contenders Round driver who was not at Wednesday’s event was Dale Earnhardt Jr., who was forced to miss due to scheduling conflicts.
  • However, Junior appeared on NASCAR America on Tuesday. An extended interview with him can be seen in its entirety online at MotorSportsTalk.

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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.