The No. 32 car is going from a driver who’s made 890 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts to one who’s made 890 fewer starts than that this weekend at Martinsville.
Indeed Kyle Fowler, 22 of Smyrna, Georgia, takes over the No. 32 CorvetteParts.net Ford for Frank Stoddard’s GO FAS Racing this week at Martinsville Speedway, and is the guy that replaces the retiring Terry Labonte behind the wheel.
The No. 32 has traditionally had a rotating cast of drivers and Fowler is perhaps a surprise choice. He has 15 career NASCAR Nationwide Series starts, with a best finish of 20th at Indianapolis last year. He finished 32nd at Charlotte this May in his only Nationwide start this season.
No word on whether having three Kyles in the field is a record, as Fowler joins Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson.
Meanwhile the No. 83 and 93 BK Racing entries are listed without drivers as of Tuesday.
Chip Ganassi Racing announced a new primary sponsorship deal with The American Legion this week, shoring up the funding on its No. 10 Dallara-Honda of Alex Palou.
The 2021 NTT IndyCar Series champion primarily had driven with NTT Data sponsorship the past two seasons. But NTT Data will move next season to McLaren Racing as a primary sponsor for Felix Rosenqvist in 10 races and on the Indy 500 car of Tony Kanaan (who drove an American Legion car for Ganassi at the Brickyard last year).
It was the latest twist in a McLaren-Ganassi saga that included a contract dispute for the services of Palou (who is expected to move to McLaren in 2024 after reaching an agreement to race with Ganassi next year).
Ganassi stayed within its own walls to help plug the sponsorship gap left by NTT Data, re-signing The American Legion to a multiyear extension. The Indianapolis-based non-profit organization, which has been sponsoring Ganassi cars for the past few seasons, also will be associated with other Ganassi drivers, including Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson and development driver Kyffin Simpson in Indy NXT.
The Ganassi organization will continue promoting The American Legion’s “Be The One” campaign aimed at reducing veteran suicides. The team launched an online auction for the initiative this week.
“Supporting our nation’s veterans is of immense importance to our organization and we are humbled to continue supporting The American Legion’s mission in ending veteran suicide,” team owner Chip Ganassi said in a release. “We will do absolutely everything we can to help veterans get the support they need while raising public awareness of the ‘Be The One’ platform.”
“We have received an overwhelming amount of support from fans, active-duty military members and veterans as a result of this partnership and we’re pleased to see it grow,” said Dean Kessel, chief marketing officer at The American Legion. “Thanks to the continuous collaboration with the team’s other partners, and the promotion of the ‘Be The One’ initiative, we are discovering more ways to engage with the military community than ever before. We want all veterans to know that it’s okay to ask for help.”