Ross Chastain announced as driver of Trackhouse Racing second car in 2022
Following Trackhouse Racing’s purchase of Operation NASCAR from Chip Ganassi Racing, Ross Chastain went from fulfilling his dreams behind the wheel of a Cup competition car to having to get back to research. of a vehicle in 2022. This work was short-lived, as Chastain will simply be making the transition from one banner to another.
On Tuesday, Trackhouse Racing announced that Ross Chastain will drive the team’s new No.1 Chevrolet starting in 2022, moving from Ganassi to the Trackhouse team co-owned by former NASCAR driver Justin Marks and artist from Grammy Award-winning Pitbull recording. Chastain is currently the driver of Chevrolet No. 42 for Ganassi, an organization he has worked with since 2018.
Chastain will serve as a teammate in the No.99 Chevrolet driven by Daniel Suarez, completing the Trackhouse expansion that was put in place by the team purchasing all of Chip Ganassi Racing’s NASCAR assets as of the end of the 2021 season.
“It’s another dream come true for me,” Chastain said in a press release released by the team. “Trackhouse is one of the more interesting organizations in the garage. The excitement they generate off the track and the program they build on the track is exciting. Working with Daniel and Justin, as I can, is my number one priority. I know I can help build our Chevrolets to be as strong as possible. ”
A watermelon producer by trade, Chastain has had an already exciting career that has seen him climb the ranks of NASCAR the hard way. The 28-year-old from Alva, Fla. Cut his teeth performing well in lesser gear, like when he raced in the NASCAR Xfinity Series playoffs behind the wheel of JD Motorsports and earned a top 10 in the Daytona 500 for car owner Jay Robinson in 2019. Chastain was originally hired by Ganassi to drive their Xfinity car full-time in 2019, but his opportunity with the team was postponed to 2021 after the sponsor of Team Xfinity was shut down by the FBI and revealed as a Ponzi scheme.
Chastain has been one of NASCAR’s hottest drivers over the summer months, having won two top 5s and five top 10s since mid-May with a better runner-up in Nashville. Chastain’s recent surge has propelled him to 18th in the points standings, and he currently sits 144 points below the playoff cut-off line with four races left in the NASCAR regular season.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time Marks and Chastain’s careers have crossed paths: in 2011, Marks was the No. 66 Chevrolet driver for Turn One Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, but he quit. the team at mid-season. . In the next race, Chastain made his NASCAR debut driving the # 66 left vacant by Marks in 10th place at Lucas Oil Raceway.
Chastain’s move to Trackhouse in 2022 highlights what has been a big week for his entire family. In addition to his own announcement, it was also announced that Ross’s younger brother Chad Chastain – a regular in the Southeast asphalt racing scene between jobs on the family farm – would make his NASCAR debut behind the wheel. No. 45 Chevrolet for Niece Motorsports in Saturday’s Truck Series race at Watkins Glen.