Monster Energy Cup Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr is one of the handful of drivers who have been displaced this season and was in search for a ride.
In September Roush-Fenway Racing announced that they had replaced the driver of the number 17 car with Chris Buescher next year; leaving Stenhouse in search of a ride.
That search ended on October 16 when JTG Daughtery Racing announced that Ricky Stenhouse Jr would be joining the company as the driver for the number 37 car.
Stenhouse will be team mates with Ryan Preece who drives the JTG Daugherty Racing number 47 car.
Oddly enough, the number 37 JTG Daughtery Racing car is the same one vacated by Chris Buescher when he signed on with Roush-Fenway.
The signing of Ricky Stenhouse to JTG Daugherty and Chris Buescher moving to Roush-Fenway amounts to a swap in rides.
While driving for Jack Roush, Stenhouse earned an Xfinity Series championship in 2011 and 2012 and was the 2013 Rookie of the Year.
Speaking on his new team Stenhouse said, “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join JTG Daugherty Racing next season. To be able to see what Tad, Jodi (Geschickter) and Brad (Daugherty) have built over the years says a lot about the team and the organization both on and off the track. JTG has grown from a small team in a barn to a two-car team with more than 100 employees, and I’m looking forward to joining the family. I’m grateful for the opportunity, and ready to go win races with the ultimate goal of making the Playoffs and competing for a championship.”
JTG Daughterty car owner Tad Geschickter said, “we’re very fortunate to have Ricky join us next season to continue to elevate our racing program at JTG Daugherty Racing. Ricky brings a lot of experience and talent to the team, and we know we can have two Playoff-contending teams next season with him and Ryan Preece at the helm of our cars.”