Chip Ganassi Racing will have a bigger role in NASCAR’s No. 2 national series next season.
CGR is joining forces with Harry Scott Jr.’s operation to field a single-car XFINITY Series program out of Ganassi’s North Carolina shop. The team’s No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro will run under the “HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi” banner.
Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson and upcoming XFINITY Series sophomore Dylan Kwasniewski will be part of the driver lineup for the No. 42 team, which will have Mike Shiplett as its crew chief.
Last season, Larson and Kwasniewski were the primary XFINITY (Nationwide) drivers for Turner Scott Motorsports. Kwasniewski had a tough rookie campaign with just three Top-10 finishes over the full 33-race schedule, while Larson scored 2 wins, 14 Top-5s, and 21 Top-10s in 28 races.
“The HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi partnership formalizes a relationship that has been in the making for a couple of years,” Scott said in a release. “This is a first step of a partnership that will further develop drivers and provide even more excitement in the NASCAR XFINITY Series.”
“We have had a great relationship with Harry over the past couple of years and bringing this program into our shop is something that we feel benefits both teams,” said Ganassi. “We feel that our expertise on both the competition and the business side can help grow the program both on and off the track.”
CGR previously ran an NXS program from 2004 to 2008. Those teams earned six wins, nine poles, 32 Top-5s, and 60 Top-10s in that timespan.
VIRTUAL LEEDS, Ala. — The second round of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge was held on a picturesque Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park, which looked as pristine in a simulation as in real life.
Scott McLaughlin won over Will Power by 0.4241 seconds, leading a 1-2 sweep by Team Penske in a wild 45-lap race. Sage Karam started on pole and led the first 24 laps in pursuit of his second consecutive victory, but he was out by Lap 29 after multiple on-track incidents.
Even though the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is keeping cars off the track in the real world, there still some beauty to be found in iRacing.
Courtesy of Getty Images’ Chris Graythen, here are a collection of screenshots from around the rolling hills and sweeping vistas of the 17-turn, 2.38-mile road course that features some interesting sculptures: