Ross Chastain to drive Chip Ganassi Racing's No. 42 in 2021

Ross Chastain will finally get an opportunity next season to compete fulltime in the NASCAR Cup Series with Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ross Chastain to drive Chip Ganassi Racing's No. 42 in 2021
Ross Chastain, Kaulig Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Chevy Accessories
Ross Chastain, Kaulig Racing, Chevrolet Camaro
Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevrolet Camaro Credit One Bank
Ross Chastain, Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
Matt Kenseth, Chip Ganassi Racing, McDelivery Chevrolet Camaro
 Ross Chastain, Niece Motorsports, Chevrolet Silverado CarShield

Chastain, 27, will take over the driving duties of Ganassi’s No. 42 Chevrolet in 2021, Motorsport.com has learned.

Later Monday morning, CGR confirmed Chastain's hire to drive the No. 42 Chevrolet in the 2021 season. 

“Ross 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," team owner Chip Ganassi said in a statement. "In 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.”

 

Chastain will replace veteran Matt Kenseth, who stepped into the car in May to replace former driver Kyle Larson, who was fired in April for using a racial slur during the broadcast of an iRacing event and remains indefinitely suspended by NASCAR.

This season, Chastain has been competing fulltime in the Xfinity Series with Kaulig Racing. He has yet to win but advanced to the series playoffs and is ranked eighth in the series standings. He finished second in Friday night’s race at Bristol, Tenn. – his fifth runner-up finish this season.

Following the race Friday night, Chastain was asked whether he would drive the No. 42 if the opportunity arose.

"Are you kidding me? Of course," he said. "Everyone in this whole entire garage would, yeah. I mean yeah. Who wouldn't? Everyone would."

In his NASCAR career, Chastain owns a pair of wins in the Xfinity Series and three in Trucks.

Chastain ran three Xfinity races in the 2018 season with CGR, winning at Las Vegas. He was scheduled to run the full Xfinity season for Ganassi in 2019 but the deal fell apart in the offseason when the sponsor became embroiled in legal issues.

Chastain competed in Cup, Xfinity and Truck races in 2019 – and contended for the Truck title – with other teams but continued to maintain his relationship with the Ganassi organization.

In January, CGR announced plans to help field Chastain in a Cup car in both the Daytona 500 and Coca-Cola 600 this season. He finished 25th and 21st, respectively, in the races. 

shares
comments

Related video

Bowyer advances, plans to "swing for the fence" in Round of 12

Previous article

Bowyer advances, plans to "swing for the fence" in Round of 12

Next article

Denny Hamlin, Michael Jordan to field Cup team for Bubba Wallace

Denny Hamlin, Michael Jordan to field Cup team for Bubba Wallace
Load comments

About this article

Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Ross Chastain
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing
Author Jim Utter
From the archive: Dale Earnhardt’s final Autosport interview Prime

From the archive: Dale Earnhardt’s final Autosport interview

The death of Dale Earnhardt in the 2001 Daytona 500 shocked NASCAR to the core. At the Daytona 24 Hours, two weeks before his fatal accident, ‘The Intimidator’ shared his expectations of challenging for an eighth Cup title with JONATHAN INGRAM, in an article first published in the 15 February 2001 issue of Autosport magazine. Little did we know then what tragedy would unfold…

NASCAR Cup
Feb 18, 2021
The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death Prime

The lasting NASCAR legacy after Dale Earnhardt’s death

On February 18, 2001, seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Dale Earnhardt – the fearless ‘Intimidator’ – was in his element at Daytona International Speedway. While his own DEI team’s cars ran 1-2 towards the finish line, his famed #3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Monte Carlo was playing rear gunner to block any late runs from the chasing pack. As the cars tore through Turns 3 and 4 on that fateful final lap, Earnhardt maintained the strongarm tactics that encapsulated his persona… but his actions in those moments sadly proved to be his last.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 18, 2021
Inspired by Pitbull, the “revolution” sweeping through NASCAR Prime

Inspired by Pitbull, the “revolution” sweeping through NASCAR

The NASCAR Cup Series is changing. Whether it be the gradual morphing out the seasoned drivers of yesterday as the next generation step up, a radical calendar shake-up featuring more road courses than ever before and the prospect of an all-new car on the horizon, stock car racing’s highest level is nearing the end of a huge facelift.

NASCAR Cup
Feb 16, 2021
The NASCAR storylines to watch out for in 2021 Prime

The NASCAR storylines to watch out for in 2021

This weekend's Daytona 500 kickstarts a NASCAR Cup season that promises plenty of intrigue courtesy of new owners and a refreshed calendar. Here's what you need to know ahead of the new season…

NASCAR Cup
Feb 13, 2021
Why Kyle Larson can't blow his big shot at redemption Prime

Why Kyle Larson can't blow his big shot at redemption

From a disgraced NASCAR exile, Kyle Larson has been given a chance of redemption by the powerhouse Hendrick Motorsports squad. Effectively replacing seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson is no easy billing, but Larson has every intention of repaying the team's faith...

NASCAR Cup
Feb 11, 2021
Why Roger Penske is an American motorsport icon Prime

Why Roger Penske is an American motorsport icon

In this exclusive one-on-one interview, Roger Penske reveals the inner drive that has made him not only a hugely successful team owner and businessman but also the owner of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar. He spoke to David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Dec 28, 2020
Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started Prime

Why NASCAR's latest second-generation champion is just getting started

Chase Elliott's late charge to the 2020 NASCAR Cup title defied predictions that it would be a Kevin Harvick versus Denny Hamlin showdown. While the two veterans are showing no signs of slowing down, Elliott's triumph was a window into NASCAR's future…

NASCAR Cup
Nov 18, 2020
Why Kyle Larson deserves his second chance in a cancel culture Prime

Why Kyle Larson deserves his second chance in a cancel culture

“You can’t hear me? Hey n*****” Those fateful words uttered by Kyle Larson, spoken into his esports headset on April 12, were directed at his sim racing spotter – but instead they quickly became amplified around the world via social media, including his own Twitch stream.

NASCAR Cup
Oct 29, 2020