NASCAR revealed in February 2016 a landmark new ownership structure, awarding 36 Charters that guarantee entry into every points event in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Since then, some leasing and buying of Charters has occurred. The table below shows the Charters (which were awarded following the 2015 season) for 2017.
Hopefully this will clear up some of the confusion that may exist from teams leasing and purchasing leases over the past few weeks!
Teams listed alphabetically.
*Premium Motorsports sold this Charter to Furniture Row Racing for its second team, the No. 77. In 2016, the Charter was leased by the No. 46 team of HScott Motorsports.
**Richard Petty Motorsports is leasing the No. 44 Charter to the No. 32 team of Go Fas Racing in 2017.
***Roush Fenway Racing will lease the No. 16 Charter to JTG Daugherty Racing‘s newly formed second team (No. 37) in 2017.
^Near the end of the 2016 season, Tommy Baldwin Racing sold its Charter toLeavine Family Racing.
#HScott Motorsports‘ No. 15 Charter was sold to Premium Motorsports.
&Go Fas Racing is leasing the No. 32 Charter to the No. 21 team of Wood Brothers Racing.
Editor’s Note: Circle Sport has a Charter that originated from the No. 33, but that car was not run in 2016. Instead, Circle Sport partnered with Leavine Family Racing to field the No. 95. The organization’s 2017 plans are unknown at this time.
|2016 CAR #||2017 CAR #||ORGANIZATION WITH CHARTER FOR ’17|
|1||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|42||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|34||34||Front Row Motorsports|
|38||38||Front Row Motorsports|
|46||77||Furniture Row Racing*|
|78||78||Furniture Row Racing|
|44||32||Go Fas Racing**|
|11||11||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|18||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|19||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|20||20||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|16||37||JTG Daugherty Racing***|
|47||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|7||95||Leavine Family Racing^|
|3||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|27||27||Richard Childress Racing|
|31||31||Richard Childress Racing|
|43||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|6||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|17||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|32||21||Wood Brothers Racing|