Chastain excellent addition to CGR – Kurt Busch
NASCAR Cup Sequence veteran and former champion Kurt Busch stated Ross Chastain is the “excellent addition” to Chip Ganassi Racing.
Chastain, 27, will take over the No. 42 Chevrolet starting subsequent season in a transfer introduced earlier this week. The present Xfinity Sequence title contender grabs one of many high Cup seats obtainable in foolish season, held proper now by Matt Kenseth. However Kenseth was by no means a long-term answer following the firing of Kyle Larson within the spring.
Whereas no stranger to the Cup Sequence, the 2021 season would be the first time Chastain has competed full-time with a championship-caliber crew. He’s additionally by no means labored alongside a star teammate like Busch.
“Ross has accomplished an unimaginable job to race onerous and to advertise himself and to battle by (with) perseverance,” stated Busch. “A few of the sponsorship adjustments at Ganassi through the years left him considerably out of a experience with the Xfinity facet of issues. The child is a type of true family-man employees that helps with the household enterprise and has this ardour for racing. He jogs my memory a number of myself and simply has true grit and the way in which that he simply retains pushing and has now landed that first big-time contract.
“I’m very happy with Ross, and I do know he’ll carry that very same tenacity and drive to the group as a teammate. And I couldn’t consider a greater child to attempt to assist out to get him established within the Cup Sequence.”
When he welcomes Chastain into the fold, Busch will go into his third season at Ganassi. Each he and Larson received races in 2019 and certified for the playoffs, however Busch is winless by 29 races this yr. Sunday night at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Busch begins the Spherical of 12 from the twelfth seed.
Being a mentor received’t be a brand new situation for Busch, although. The 42-year-old has consciously labored to grow to be a frontrunner through the years.
“I figured it was time for some change and to adapt to my age and make the most of my expertise the easiest way attainable, and that’s to create that level-headedness, to create the management/mentor function,” he stated. “I really feel like, this time in my life it’s greats to present again to younger engineers and younger crew members to assist them come up by the ranks faster and higher and stronger. And so, it’s only a good match as nicely with Chip Ganassi. Racing for a legend like him who has that tenacity and who has that thirst and want to win each single week.
“There’s solely a lot room for these huge egos, and he helps me reasonable mine — that’s a part of the mix of why it really works so nicely and with the ability to ship good outcomes over there.”