Late in June Chip Ganassi Racing sold their NASCAR brand of the business to Trackhouse Racing. With that sale the fates of CGR drivers Kurt Busch and Ross Chastain were left up in the air once the 2021 racing season has ended.

While Kurt Busch is still waiting for word of what his future in racing holds, Ross Chastain can now breathe a sigh of relief…he has a new ride for the 2022 NASCAR racing season.

The eight generation watermelon farmer known as the “watermelon man”, Ross Chastain will join Daniel Suarez as the second full time driver for Trackhouse Racing in 2022.

Chastain will take over the driving duties in the number one car.

When the announcement was made that Trackhouse Racing owner Justin Marks had purchased Chip Ganassi Racing, Chastain had texted just three words to Marks…”I want this.” Grammy award winning Latin music star Pitbull is also part owner of Trackhouse Racing.

Over the past few years Chastain has driven for a number of teams in the Camping World Truck Series, the Xfinity Series, and the Cup Series including driving in every race he possibly could during the season.

Justin Marks spoke on their choice of Ross Chastain as their newest driver saying, “he’s got a lot of fight and a lot of want in him. And I tell people this: there’s a real nuance when you’re looking at drivers and you’re trying to determine what skill set they’ve got and what kind of potential they have and to me, I’m a huge fan of people that have had to work hard against adversity and against odds to try to get where they’ve gotten in their careers. I think it’s that fight and those years of working hard towards something when it’s been difficult along the way that pays dividends at the Cup level.”

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