By AMANDA VINCENT
Chip Ganassi Racing announced Friday that Tyler Reddick will run a partial NASCAR Xfinity Series schedule for CGR in 2017, sharing driving duties of the No. 42 Chevrolet with one of Ganassi’s Sprint Cup Series drivers, Kyle Larson.
“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to drive for Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 Xfinity Series team this upcoming year,” Reddick said. “It’ll definitely be a learning curve, but sharing the car with Kyle Larson will speed up my learning process. I feel very fortunate to be a part of a winning organization and, without a doubt, plan to win races, as well, I would like to thank every single person that has put forward and effort to help elevate my career to this point.”
Reddick has yet to make an Xfinity Series start. The last few years he has raced in the Camping World Truck Series, driving an entry for Brad Keselowski Racing. After running a partial schedule in 2014, Reddick has been a full-time competitor in the Truck Series the last two seasons. Heading into the 2016 season-finale Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Reddick has a win, seven top-fives and 11 top-10 finishes in 22 races in 2016. His Truck Series career stats include three wins, 24 to-fives and 39 top-10 finishes in 62-career starts.
“Tyler is one of those rare young talents that everyone here at Chip Ganassi Racing feels has a chance at the next level in NASCAR,” CGR owner Chip Ganassi said. “We feel that he can learn a lot being here with our team and getting to work with Kyle, as they both have very similar racing backgrounds. I am looking forward to seeing him behind the wheel of one of our cars.”
Prior to the announcement that Reddick would run a partial Xfinity schedule for Ganassi in 2017, Brad Keselowski Racing already had announced that Reddick would not be returning to that team next season.
Upon the Chip Ganassi Racing announcement, though, BKR owner Brad Keselowski released the following statement:
“We are very happy for Tyler, and I’m really proud of what he has accomplished with Brad Keselowski Racing. When Tyler came to drive for us in 2014, he didn’t have much racing experience on asphalt, and just one year later, he was racing for a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series championship. He gave us our first Daytona win in 2015 and first victory on an intermediate track a few weeks ago in Las Vegas, both milestones for our company. In his three years and 61 races with our organization, Tyler has established himself as a winner and has become part of the Brad Keselowski Racing family. While we will miss the energy he brought to our team, we are excited to see him graduate to the NASCAR Xfinity Series and look forward to seeing him perform in the next stage of his career. We hope to finish off our season with a win tonight and wish him all the best.”
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