NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Trackhouse Racing has signed Ross Chastain as its second Cup Sequence driver in a multiyear deal introduced Tuesday.
The 28-year-old Chastain at the moment drives the No. 42 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing. Trackhouse bought the Ganassi operation in late June in a deal that takes impact on the finish of this season and contains each of Ganassi’s Cup Sequence charters.
“It is actually indescribable what which means,” Chastain mentioned. “It means the world.”
Trackhouse founder Justin Marks mentioned Chastain will be part of the No. 99 Chevrolet pushed by Daniel Suárez when Trackhouse expands to a two-car workforce subsequent season. That leaves former Cup champion Kurt Busch, at the moment the driving force of Ganassi’s No. 1, as a free agent within the hunt for a brand new experience.
In his temporary profession of 101 races, Chastain drove for Premium Motorsports, Spire Motorsports, and Roush Fenway Racing earlier than signing with Ganassi this season. In 22 Cup races this yr, Chastain has two top-five finishes, together with a runner-up end at Nashville Superspeedway, and 7 high 10s.
Marks has had a decade-long relationship with Chastain and mentioned he is been impressed.
“It is a nice second,” Marks mentioned. “We’re attempting to construct one thing for the long run. Ross is a younger, aggressive driver that we consider has the expertise to win races on the Cup Sequence degree. We expect his persona and work ethic will match completely with Daniel as we construct our group for the 2022 season and past.”
Earlier than his Cup Sequence profession, Chastain had two profession victories within the Xfinity Sequence and 4 wins within the Tenting World Truck collection.
Chastain, a local of Alva, Florida, earned the nickname “Melon Man” for his household’s endeavors within the watermelon farming enterprise for eight generations, and he nonetheless works on the household’s land when his schedule permits.