Saturday, September 1, 2018

Chip Ganassi Racing Taps Ross Chastain For The No. 42

Chip Ganassi Racing Taps Ross Chastain For The No. 42

"Rowdy Ross will Wheel it" - Erik Jones

 "Rowdy Ross will Wheel it"-Erik Jones

Rising star Ross Chastain has spent the majority of the 2018 NASCAR Xfinity Series season driving for JD Motorsports in the No. 4 Chevrolet, but this weekend the 25-year-old from Alva, Florida, will get his chance at piloting the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet with crew chief Mike Shiplett. Chastain is scheduled to run in the No. 42 for the final three regular season races at Darlington, Las Vegas and Richmond.

"This opportunity with DC Solar and Chip Ganassi Racing is unbelievable," said Chastain. "I want to recognize Johnny Davis for all that he has done for my career and express how proud I am of our performance this year."

Chastain is currently in 12th in series standings, the final transfer spot into the NASCAR Xfinity Series Playoffs. Chastain has made 23 starts this season and has one top five, six top 10s and an average finish of 16.2.

Looking to this weekend, Chastain has made three series starts at Darlington and has one top 10 and an average finish of 17.7.

The No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing team led by crew chief Mike Shiplett is the perfect opportunity for Chastain to help make his final push into the Playoffs. The No. 42 team, in 23 starts this season, has taken home four wins (Bristol, Las Vegas, Daytona and Chicago), eight top fives and 13 top 10s.

Jeff Carpoff, Co-Founder and CEO, DC Solar: “My wife Paulette and I have gotten to know Ross through some of our relationships off the track and have admired his hard-work and willingness to do whatever it takes to continue progressing his racing career. We appreciate and respect those qualities and when the opportunity arose for that hard-work to be recognized, we were happy to jump in and help support that effort. This strong combination of talents with both team and driver will be exciting to watch and we can’t wait to see what they can do together”.

Doug Duchardt, Chief Executive Officer, Chip Ganassi Racing: “We are looking forward to having Ross (Chastain) in the car for a few races this season. To have DC Solar come on-board for these races with Ross is just another testament to the support that they have for our organization and the sport of NASCAR racing.” 

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