As Motorsport.com earlier reported, John Hunter Nemechek will make the step up to the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2018.
Chip Ganassi Racing confirmed Tuesday that they have signed the 20-year-old to run a partial schedule behind the wheel of the Fire Alarm Services backed No. 42 CGR Chevrolet Camaro in 2018. Veteran crew chief Mike Shiplett will sit atop the pit box.
Nemechek has five victories in the Camping World Truck Series and just missed out on advancing into the Championship 4 in 2017’s title fight.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join Chip Ganassi Racing,” said Nemechek. “I feel like their cars and organization were the talk of the garage in 2017 and I hope to play a part in continuing their run of success in 2018 and beyond. Also, Fire Alarm Services has been a supporter of my career since 2016 at our family-owned team, and I am looking forward to continuing that partnership at Chip Ganassi Racing. I am extremely grateful to Shannon and Connie Smith, owners of Fire Alarm Services, Inc. I also want to thank my father for all that he has done to help grow my passion for racing.”
CGR’s No. 42 NASCAR Xfinity Series team won five races during the 2017 season — three times with Kyle Larson, once with Alex Bowman and Tyler Reddick.
“We are happy to have John Hunter join our organization and also announce the relationship with Fire Alarm Services,” said team owner Chip Ganassi. “We had a very successful 2017 with our XFINITY program and look to improve upon that. We feel that John Hunter has the talent to be a future star in the sport and can’t wait to get him behind the wheel.”