#42 NASCAR Team News and Links

OFFICIAL TEAM/DRIVER LINKS
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
Kyle Larson

PRIMARY SPONSORS LINKS
DC Solar (13 races)
CreditOne
First Data (2 races)

ASSOCIATE SPONSORS LINKS
Cottonelle

SOCIAL MEDIA TWITTER LINKS


Chip Ganassi Racing NASCAR - Twitter
Chip Ganassi Racing - Twitter
Chip Ganassi Racing - Facebook
Chip Ganassi Racing - Instagram
Kyle Larson - Twitter
Kyle Larson - Facebook
Kyle Larson - Instagram

STATISTICS


Kyle Larson - ESPN
Kyle Larson - RacingReference.info

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Team Address/Contact

Races that DC Solar [13 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Daytona, Clash - 2/11
Auto Club - 3/18
Dover - 5/6
Charlotte - 5/27
Pocono - 6/3
Sonoma - 6/24
Michigan - 8/12
Bristol - 8/18
Darlington - 9/2
Las Vegas - 9/16
Richmond - 9/22
Texas - 11/4
Phoenix - 11/11

Races that CreditOne [16 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Daytona - 2/18
Las Vegas - 3/4
Phoenix (ISM) - 3/11
Martinsville - 3/25, w/D.C. Solar
Texas - 4/8
the rest TBA

Races that First Data [2 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2018:
Atlanta - 2/25
TBA

Contract Status: Driver: 2018+; Primary Sponsor, CreditOne: 2018?; DC Solar 2018?; First Data: 2018?;


#42 Team / Driver News

Larson wants win at hometown track: If the right attitude can translate into a break-through trophy then Kyle Larson should be ready to gulp his share of fine Northern California wine straight from the winner's oversized chalice Sunday at Sonoma Raceway. Larson has celebrated there before - dominating the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race, leading every single lap in his first high profile NASCAR event at the scenic 11-turn road course. And he is the defending Busch Pole sitter for Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series' Toyota/Save Mart 350.[More](6-22-2018)

Chip Ganassi Racing announces Digital Fan Fest: Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today the launch of their first-ever Digital Fan Fest surrounding the team's activities leading into the biggest race weekend of the season. CGR will compete in the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 in the Verizon IndyCar Series, the longest and most grueling race on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule, the Coca-Cola 600 and also the NASCAR Xfinity race, the Alsco 300.[More](5-21-2018)

Larson's car taken to NASCAR R&D Center: The No. 42 Chevy appeared to have a sag in the rear window area following the Kansas Speedway race.[More](5-13-2018)

John Hunter Nemechek on standby for Larson at Kansas Larson and fiancée, Katelyn Sweet, are expecting the birth of their second child soon. As a result, Larson shared that Chip Ganassi Racing has tabbed John Hunter Nemechek to be on standby for the No. 42 team next week at Kansas Speedway.(5-6-2018)
UPDATE: Audrey Layne Larson was born Monday morning, May 7.[More](5-7-2018)

Larson's fast start to the season is feeding his competitive edge: Kyle Larson is one of the most even-keeled, happy-go-lucky drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series - typically smiling, always willing to sign autographs and even popular with his competitors. But Larson's runner-up showing to Kyle Busch in Monday's rain-delayed race finish at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, stoked some real competitive frustration in the fifth-year Cup driver. [More](4-20-2018)

Felix Sabates no longer bidding for Carolina Panthers: Charlotte businessman Felix Sabates, who has been working for months to pull together a local group to potentially buy the Carolina Panthers, says he now won't be involved with any bids. The Observer reported last month that Sabates, a long-time fixture on the Charlotte sports scene, was looking to partner with another bidder, rather than assemble his own group. Now he is dropping plans to invest in the NFL team at all.[More](4-9-2018)

Steve Lauletta leaving Chip Ganassi Racing: He has been serving at President of Chip Ganassi Racing for more than 10 years.[More](2-27-2018)

Kyle Larson embraces his role as a front-runner: Over it. Motoring on. Looking up. Kyle Larson conceded that while his shocking and abrupt departure from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs last Fall stung for a while, he's over it. Ready to move on. Prepared to one-up the circumstance.[More](2-14-2018)

GT Le Mans class victory for Chip Ganassi one for history books: The class victory -- considered a win in this form of racing -- was Ganassi's 56th sports car victory (and eighth in the Rolex 24). The organization has 103 IndyCar wins, 39 stock car wins and two rallycross wins.[More](1-28-2018)

DC Solar to sponsor McMurray and Larson: After partnering with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) for three seasons in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS), DC Solar is moving to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) for the 2018 season as a primary partner with both Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray. Wasting no time getting on track with Larson, the #42 Camaro will feature DC Solar as the primary partner for 'The Clash at Daytona', the season opening non-points race. In addition to partnering with CGR in the MENCS, DC Solar will continue to be seen in the Xfinity Series for several races on the #42 Chevrolet with both Larson and McMurray behind the wheel.[More](1-16-2018)

Christopher Bell races to second consecutive Chili Bowl crown: Kyle Larson had hoped for another epic battle night with Christopher Bell, about seven weeks after they thrilled fans at "Turkey Night" in California, where Bell beat Larson in a major midget-car race. The stage was set Saturday night as they traded the lead at the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, but a blown engine in Larson's car with 13 laps remaining ended that drama, and Bell sped to his second consecutive Chili Bowl crown at the Tulsa Expo Center. [More](1-14-2018)

Ganassi not talking to Danica Patrick about 2018 races: An executive from Chip Ganassi Racing said Thursday night that the team no longer is in discussions with Danica Patrick to have her drive for the team in either the Daytona 500 or Indianapolis 500. Steve Lauletta, president of Chip Ganassi Racing, made the comments on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio's "Dialed In'' show.[More](1-12-2018)

Sabates interested in Carolina Panthers ownership UPDATE: Over the previous week, Felix Sabates' name arose as a possible buyer for the Panthers. Sabates currently has minority ownership in Chip Ganassi Racing and a minority ownership role in the Charlotte Hornets, the region's National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise.(12-23-2017)
UPDATE: Felix Sabates, a Charlotte businessman who is part of a local group exploring a bid for the Carolina Panthers, said Wednesday he is talking to the Smith motorsports family about joining his group. Bruton Smith is executive chairman of Speedway Motorsports, the Concord-based operator of Charlotte Motor Speedway and other tracks, and his son, Marcus, is the CEO. In the past, they both have expressed interest in buying Charlotte's NFL team if it ever came up for sale.[More](1-11-2018)

Kyle Larson advances to main event of Chili Bowl Nationals: Kyle Larson went back to victory lane on the opening night of the Chili Bowl Nationals. The NASCAR star drove to a commanding victory in Tuesday night's opening night of the Super Bowl of Midget Racing. The win automatically advanced Larson into the 55-lap Saturday night main event at the Tulsa Expo Center.[More](1-10-2018)

Chip Ganassi to Serve as Grand Marshal for 2018 Rolex 24: Renowned champion car owner Chip Ganassi will serve as Grand Marshal for the 56th anniversary Rolex 24 At DAYTONA, giving the 'Drivers, start your engines,' command. The twice-around-the-clock endurance race will take place on Daytona International Speedway's 3.56-mile road course Jan. 27-28.[More](1-6-2018)

Doug Douchardt named COO at Chip Ganassi Racing: Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced today that long-time racing executive Doug Duchardt has been named Chief Operating Officer of the corporation. Duchardt begins the role effective immediately in preparation for the upcoming 2018 seasons while Max Jones is promoted to Managing Director of the team's NASCAR Operation joining Mike Hull, Managing Director of the team's INDYCAR and IMSA Operations. Additionally, a newly formed Corporate Office will include Team Owner and CEO Chip Ganassi, President Steve Lauletta, COO Duchardt, CFO Chuck Gottschalk and Vice President of Human Resources Rob Wilder. The Corporate Office will oversee all of CGR's racing and commercial activities globally.[More](1-3-2018)

Larson wants to run full World of Outlaws schedule someday: If Kyle Larson can have his racing dreams unfold the way he wants, dirt track fans may have plenty of reason to rejoice down the road.[More](12-26-2017)

Kyle Larson & Katelyn Sweet engaged: The couple is expecting their second child.[More](12-22-2017)

Credit One Bank becomes primary sponsor for Larson's #42 Chevy: After a successful first season with Kyle Larson and the #42 team, Credit One Bank, the Official Credit Card of NASCAR, will expand the relationship with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) by becoming the largest sponsor of the #42 for the 2018 season.[More](11-28-2017)

Bell beats Larson at Turkey Night Grand Prix: Thanksgiving is the day each year when we take a little extra time to realize how fortunate we are. For those in attendance at Thursday's "Turkey Night Grand Prix," the realization quickly came to how thankful we are to have witnessed Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson duking it out against each other for 98 laps in USAC Midgets at Ventura Raceway.[More](11-24-2017)

Ganassi, Team Danica discuss possibilities for 2018 partnership Team owner Chip Ganassi spoke personally with Danica Patrick and her representatives Thursday and Friday about the possibility of fielding cars for her in either the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500, or both, but said he doesn't yet have enough information to determine if participating in her farewell jaunt is feasible. Patrick has expressed confidence in being able to bring sponsorship to field both ventures. Ganassi said "I would think it would be better to do it with one team." The team owner said he has not had time to consider when he'd need a commitment and firm details from Patrick's camp.(NASCAR Wire Service)[Read More Here](11-18-2017)

Kyle Larson, Katelyn Sweet expecting second child: Larson posted the announcement on Instagram. The couple already have a son, Owen.[More](11-8-2017)

First Data furthers relationship with Chip Ganassi Racing and NASCAR: Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced that First Data, a global leader in commerce-enabling technology, will partner with Kyle Larson and the #42 Chevy team for two upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) races at Talladega Superspeedway and Martinsville Speedway. This expands on a relationship that began last season when First Data joined Jamie McMurray and the #1 Chevy as a partner for the Fall Martinsville race. Additionally, First Data returns this year on McMurray's car at Martinsville as an associate sponsor. First Data also recently announced a three-year agreement with Martinsville to be the entitlement sponsor for the track's fall MENCS race, starting with the First Data 500 on October 29.[More](8-21-2017)

Target will not renew sponsorship of Larson: The company will exit motorsports completely.[More](7-28-2017)

Kyle Larson set to launch racing-themed children's book: Not long ago a 7-year-old was strapped into a racecar in advance of his first-ever dirt track event; ready to chase his dreams of making it to the big time. Fast-forward to the present day, and Chip Ganassi Racing driver Kyle Larson is now a top contender in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS). Larson, who was raised on racing, jumped at the chance to work on a children's book to help teach kids about the sport he loves. The picture book project, titled "Kyle Loves Racing", is being created in conjunction with Chris Workman and Apex Legends, an established motorsports children's book publisher.[More](7-24-2017)

Chip Ganassi on 2018 lineup: 'It's going to look the same': Chip Ganassi says his organization is "going to look the same" next year as Silly Season rumors swirl around the NASCAR garage. The statement came Thursday morning when Ganassi was asked on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's Tradin' Paint about how confident he was for 2018 when it came to his current stable of drivers, crew chiefs and sponsors. Coming off his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at Michigan, series points leader #42-Kyle Larson, 24, is an elite driver drawing plenty of commentary on his future. Larson has three career wins and is locked into the playoffs for the second straight year. #1-Jamie McMurray has quietly been putting together one of his best seasons.(NASCAR.com)[Read More Here](6-23-2017)

Larson says he remains loyal to Chip Ganassi: #42-Kyle Larson met with the media Friday at Richmond International Speedway and was asked about speculation that he could move to Hendrick Motorsports after Earnhardt, Jr's retirement.[More](4-29-2017)

Ganassi open to Larson racing in Indianapolis 500 at some point: As the Indianapolis 500 draws near, the tweets starts flooding Chip Ganassi's inbox all asking the same question: When will he enter Kyle Larson in the Indy 500? Larson wants to run the race, and Ganassi is open to entering the budding NASCAR star. But it has to make sense for the team, driver and organization.[More](4-8-2017)

Felix Sabates planning return to the track: Last October, Chip Ganassi bought a blue suit to wear to the funeral of Felix Sabates. Fortunately, he hasn't had to use it. Sabates, the co-owner of Chip Ganassi Racing, recounted the story and other details of a serious ailment that felled him last August during an appearance on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio's "Late Shift" on Monday.[More](3-29-2017)

Ganassi 'concerned' when Larson races sprint cars: Chip Ganassi said he would be happy if Kyle Larson, who won his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday, decided he no longer wanted to race sprint cars. The dangers of sprint car racing were further illustrated Saturday when veteran and former NASCAR, ARCA and IndyCar driver Dave Steele died in a crash at Desoto Speedway in Bradenton, Fla.[More](3-28-2017)

Chip Ganassi wins Phil Hill Award: Chip Ganassi, a former race-car driver who is now one of the most successful and innovative race team owners in the world, was honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club with the 2017 Phil Hill Award. RRDC president Bobby Rahal made the presentation at the annual RRDC members' dinner on Jan. 25 prior to the running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The Phil Hill Award has been presented annually since 1993 to the person who the RRDC feels has rendered outstanding service to road racing. The recipient may be a driver, entrant or outstanding member of a sanctioning body. It is named in honor of America's first Formula 1 World Champion (in 1961), and is not only a tribute to his masterful accomplishments on the race track, it also recognizes his contributions as a great ambassador for the sport. Hill passed away in 2008. Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for more than 30 years. Today his teams include two cars in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, two cars in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and two cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship. In 2012, he was was named by Complex Magazine as one of the "50 most influential people in the Auto Industry." Overall, his teams have won 18 championships and over 180 races, highlighted most recently by an historic win in their first trip to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016. As a result, Ganassi is the only owner in history to win the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, Brickyard 400, Rolex 24 At Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and 24 Hours of Le Mans.(RRDC)(1-30-2017)

Credit One Bank sponsoring Larson in 2017 UPDATE: Credit One Bank, one of the largest and fastest growing credit card issuers in the United States, is expanding its relationship with Chip Ganassi Racing by partnering with Kyle Larson and the #42 team during the inaugural Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, beginning with The Clash at Daytona. Credit One Bank, who first partnered with CGR last season for several races with the #1 team, will also continue its partnership as an associate sponsor with Jamie McMurray and the #1 team in 2017. Credit One Bank will serve as the primary sponsor for multiple races on Larson's #42 Chevy, as well as an associate sponsor with the #42 team throughout the 2017 season.(Chip Ganassi Racing), see an image of the car on the #42 team paint schemes page.(1-18-2017)
UPDATE: Credit One will serve as the primary sponsor on CGR entries in eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events, one NASCAR XFINITY Series event and the non-points Advance Auto Parts Clash exhibition at Daytona International Speedway. The Credit One colors will kick off the new year of racing with Larson in the Feb. 18 Clash at Daytona. The financial institution returns for a doubleheader weekend at its home track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with sponsorship of Larson in the XFINITY Series event and #1-Jamie McMurray in the Monster Energy Cup event. The remaining races for Credit One are all with Larson's #42 Chevy in the premier series: March 19 at Phoenix, April 9 at Texas, April 23 at Bristol, April 30 at Richmond, July 1 at Daytona, Sept. 3 at Darlington, and Nov. 5 at Texas.(CGR)(1-20-2017)

Ganassi hires new competition director: Chip Ganassi Racing [#1-McMurray & #42-Larson] has hired widely respected Mark McArdle as its new competition director. McArdle joins Ganassi following a two-year stint with Roush Fenway Racing. He will report to general manager Max Jones.(Motorsport)(1-17-2017)

Target reducing sponsorship of Larson UPDATE: Target will reduce the amount of NASCAR races it serves as the primary sponsor of Chip Ganassi Racing's #42 Chevy driven by Kyle Larson in 2017 to allow other companies to work with him. Target, which along with its handful of vendor partners has been Larson's sole major sponsor since he joined NASCAR's premier series, will still have the majority of races on the # 42. Target previously had all the races, though it passes through a number of them annually to brands it works with like Energizer and Axe. The deal is part of a mutual agreement between CGR and Target. Sources said the move frees up about 5-10 primaries worth of inventory on the #42. Target's deal expires on the NASCAR side after 2017, and the retailer ended a 27-year partnership on Ganassi's IndyCar side after the '16 season.(Sports Business Daily)(12-19-2016)
UPDATE: hearing that Credit One, which sponsored CGR's #1-Chevy of Jamie McMurray for five races in 2016, will be the primary sponsor for Kyle Larson on he #42 Chevy for a few races in 2017.(1-4-2017)

Ganassi re-signs with Hendrick: Team Owner, Chip Ganassi, met with members of the media, the transcript in part:
Q) HOW DOES STEWART-HAAS RACING MOVING TO FORD STRENGTHEN YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS?
Ganassi: "I think we've always had a good relationship with Hendrick Motorsports (engine supplier) and that relationship continues to get better every single day. We just resigned for a few years there so we are pretty happy. I see our relationship doing nothing but getting better over there."(Team Chevy)(11-19-2016)

Chip Ganassi won't rule out Ford NASCAR move: NASCAR team owner Chip Ganassi has refused to rule out a future switch from Chevrolet to Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup having strengthened its ties with the manufacturer ahead of the 2016 season. CGR has been synonymous with Chevrolet in NASCAR, but the team is strengthening its ties with Ford after joining forces to spearhead its new Le Mans and World Endurance Championship programme having worked together during the Daytona Prototype sportscar era. It also enjoys success in IndyCar using Honda engines (CORRECTION: the team runs Chevy in IndyCar NOT Honda). Though owner Ganassi maintains he is happy running three programmes with three different partners [CGR actually runs in six different series not three - NASCAR, NASCAR XFINITY (Chevy), IndyCar (Chevy), IMSA & WEC (Ford) and Global Rally Cross (Ford)], he suggests there is potential for more homogeny with Ford in the future, saying 'I would never say never. I would not rule it out all. I'm happy to run Honda (Chevy) in Indycar, Chevy in NASCAR and Ford in Sportscar racing, all the manufacturers we work with are fully aware of my deals with the other manufacturers, I go in with an open book. I think that is what it takes to be in this business today. I would compare it to a car dealer that has multiple name plates or a manufacturing company which work for different manufacturers. I think it's important that they understand that we do not kiss and tell. We try to the best we can for everyone."(Crash.net, article is a little inaccurate)(2-11-2016)

Chip Ganassi Racing forms Generation Ganassi Driver Identification Program: Chip Ganassi and his Chip Ganassi Racing Teams announced the creation of the Generation Ganassi (Gen G) racing talent identification program, a mentorship that will look to identify and assist North America's young and talented race car drivers. The program identifies 13-18 year old drivers as "Ones to Watch" in the world of auto racing and offers professional guidance to aid in fostering their growth within the sport of auto racing. The first recipient of the 2016 Generation Ganassi moniker is a 15-year-old driver from Canada named Devlin Defrancesco. Defrancesco has been racing karts since 2006 where he has had much success including winning the Canadian National Junior Championship in 2013, also named Vice-Champion of the CSAI Italian Championship and was third overall in the CIK FIA European Karting Championship. In 2015, he joined British racing team Carlin Motorsports to prepare for races in the FIA Formula 4 Championship.(Chip Ganassi Racing)(11-7-2015)

Ganassi explains why 'Earnhardt' is no longer part of team name: For the first time since 1996, there will not be a team in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series with "Earnhardt" in its corporate name. The string began in 1996 when the late Dale Earnhardt formed Dale Earnhardt Inc. In less than a decade, it had become one of the premier teams in Cup competition, with son and namesake Dale Earnhardt Jr. as its on-track figurehead. But once Junior left DEI for Hendrick Motorsports in 2008, the once-feared company began by the man they called The Intimidator began to slowly disappear. Now, the Earnhardt corporate name is essentially extinct. After an ill-fated and short-lived merger with Ginn Racing in mid-2007, team owner Teresa Earnhardt lent her company's name and some of its assets to fellow team owner Chip Ganassi, forming Earnhardt Ganassi Racing in 2009. In the year before Junior left the family fold, Earnhardt's widow also lent her late husband's surname to Richard Childress Racing to form a new business - known as Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technology - designed to build motors for both RCR and other teams that would lease the engines. But as the Earnhardt name lived on with other teams, Teresa Earnhardt withdrew more and more from being active in racing. She continued to oversee the still-thriving souvenir business that memorialized her late husband and kept his name and legend alive, but that was about it.
Now in 2014, what was Earnhardt Ganassi Racing for the last five seasons has reverted back to its original name prior to joining forces with Earnhardt, namely Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. And what was Earnhardt-Childress Racing Technology has quietly become simply ECR, with a team source telling MotorSportsTalk that "the E no longer stands for anything. It doesn't stand for Earnhardt. It's just ECR now."
Ganassi spoke to MotorSportsTalk at Daytona International Speedway on Friday about how the relationship with Teresa Earnhardt essentially disappeared with time, to the point where it no longer made sense to keep her late husband's surname as part of the team. "I wish I could explain it but I can't explain it," Ganassi said. "I don't have a good answer for you. We had a relationship and I don't know what happened. We can't get her on the phone; it's hard to try to communicate with somebody. She obviously has some other things on her plate, I guess, and that's her prerogative. She was never active in the team. I think she wanted to keep the name out there to some extent, and I don't know what Richard's (Petty) relationship is there (to Richard Petty Motorsports), but it's kinda the same thing. There's no ill will, I just don't have an answer, to tell you the truth. She just wasn't there anymore."(NBC Sports)(2-22-2014)

Chip Ganassi changes team name, drops Earnhardt from NASCAR operation: When Sprint Cup testing begins Thursday morning at Daytona International Speedway, there will be one well-known NASCAR name missing among the list of team owners. Earnhardt. The #1 and #42 Sprint Cup teams, which were run the last five years under the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates banner, will now return to their former name: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. The sign outside the North Carolina shop already has been changed, and stickers on the cars and patches on the driver and crew uniforms will carry the Chip Ganassi logo instead of the EGR logo. Ganassi officials confirmed the change Wednesday but had no comment on the financial structure of the current organization, which fields Sprint Cup cars for Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson. Teresa Earnhardt, widow of seven-time Cup champion Dale Earnhardt and owner of Dale Earnhardt Inc., has not been involved in the day-to-day operations of the team and with the change apparently no longer has any financial stake in the NASCAR operation. There will be no change in the operation of the Ganassi teams, as Teresa Earnhardt has had little influence on the organization's day-to-day operations. Ganassi began using Hendrick Motorsports engines in 2013 in its two Cup cars.(in part from the Sporting News)(1-9-2014)

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