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Ross Chastain moving to Cup Series in 2021 for CGR

Ross Chastain
Ross Chastain. Credit: 11/8/2019 | (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images via NASCAR Media)

Chip Ganassi Racing taps Ross Chastain to drive the No. 42 Chevrolet full-time in 2021

Ross Chastain is moving up to the NASCAR Cup Series, and he will take the reins of the No. 42 Camaro for Chip Ganassi Racing starting at Daytona next February. The 27-year old has been a CGR development driver since 2018.

He is affectionately known as the โ€œWatermelon Manโ€ because his family is in the watermelon farming business. Chastain spiked one after winning the 2019 Circle K Firecracker 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

โ€œI canโ€™t thank Chip enough for this opportunity,โ€ Chastain said in a release by CGR. โ€œThe faith he and the organization showed me back in 2018 was a real turning point in my career, and I am extremely happy for the chance to join the team again, especially with all the great guys they have on the 42 and to be able to team with a champion like Kurt Busch. Racing in the Cup Series with a serious contender has always been my goal, and Iโ€™m looking forward to joining what is a very strong team. I know I have my work cut out for me, but Iโ€™m ready to get to work and help bring more success to the organization.โ€


Despite not finding the winnerโ€™s circle this year, Chastain is having a career year with thirteen top-fives and, in 26 starts, has a top-ten finish in all but three. That has put him into the XFINITY Series playoffs, seeding him eighth in the Round of 12. He will be driving the No. 10 Chevy for Kaulig Racing.

Chastain began his racing career at the age of 12 at Punta Gorda Speedway in Florida, he is a native of Alva, racing in both late model stock cars and Fastruck Series events. During his short-track racing career, he scored over 50 wins in feature events, including the 2011 World Series of Asphalt at New Smyrna Speedway, winning three of eight events in the series.

Chastain will be the sixth driver to compete full-time for CGR in the No. 42 car and joins a crew that has four playoff appearances in the last five seasons.

โ€œRoss has been a part of this organization for a few years now, and I am happy to announce him as our driver for the No. 42 team,โ€ said Chip Ganassi, Owner, Chip Ganassi Racing. โ€œIn three races with our organization in 2018 and watching ever since, he showed me and everyone else that he is a tenacious driver who wants to win. We believe that Ross will give our team the opportunity to be competitive each week and our sponsors someone to build a program around. Additionally, his racing background has him well-suited to make the move to the Cup Series.โ€

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