CONCORD, N.C. — official team release — Jeff Curry/Getty Images North America photo —
Chip Ganassi and Harry Scott, Jr. announced today that they have joined forces to field a one-car NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) entry beginning in 2015. The entry will be run from the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team shop in Concord, NC, and will race under the team name, HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi.
The HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro entry will feature a driver line-up combination of at least 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) Rookie of the Year Kyle Larson, along with 2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) rookie Dylan Kwasniewski. Mike Shiplett, a former crew chief and car chief with Richard Petty Motorsports, Turner Scott Motorsports (TSM), and Gillett Evernham Motorsports has been tabbed as the crew chief of the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro.
Notes of Interest
Been There, Done That: Although Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) has been a fixture in the NSCS, the organization fielded NXS teams from 2004 – 2008. Over those five years CGRT won six races, and amassed 32 top-five and 60 top-10 finishes along with nine pole awards.
Experience Where it Counts: In two seasons fielding drivers in NASCAR’s secondary circuit, Harry Scott, Jr. and his teams served as a proving ground for several talented, young drivers. TSM has fielded nine drivers and in 173 races has two wins, 30 top-five and 65 top-10 finishes. Both wins came during the 2014 season with Larson behind the wheel. Larson and Kwasniewski also brought some impressive hardware to the team with Larson winning the 2013 NXS Rookie of the Year award and Kwasniewski bringing home both the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (2013) and West championships (2012), becoming the only driver in NASCAR history to win both titles.
To Xfinity and Beyond: HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi won’t be the only new face in the garage when racing resumes in February at Daytona. Beginning with the 2015 season, NASCAR’s secondary circuit will be known as the NASCAR Xfinity Series, following a 10-year sponsorship agreement between Comcast and NASCAR.
Harry Scott, Jr., Owner, HScott Motorsports: “The HScott Motorsports with Chip Ganassi partnership formalizes a relationship that has been in the making for a couple of years. This is a first step of a partnership that will further develop drivers and provide even more excitement in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.”
Chip Ganassi, Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing Teams: “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. We feel that our expertise on both the competition and the business side can help grow the program both on and off the track.”
CREDIT: Chip Ganassi Racing