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.
The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.
IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.
This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.
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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.
“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.
“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”
It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.