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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.
Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) has been a fixture in the NSCS, and just in case you have forgotten, 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.
In two seasons fielding drivers in NASCAR’s secondary circuit,the Nationwide Series, 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. (chipganassiracing.com)
This partnership between Harry Scott, Jr. and Chip Ganassi illustrates the commitment that Ganassi has to cultivating new talent, that in time, can compete at the NASCAR Sprint Cup level. By Ganassi partnering up with Harry Scott, Jr., it combines the synergies of both organizations, and that allows Larson and Kwasniewski to gain valuable added experience and maturing that will ultimately enable them to become championship caliber Sprint Cup drivers for their boss, Ganassi.
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