DAYTONA Beach, Fla. (AP) — Set me in, Mentor!
Ty Gibbs is stepping into arguably the top rated ride in NASCAR’s second-tier Xfinity Collection. The grandson of Pro Soccer and NASCAR Corridor of Famer Joe Gibbs – who’s affectionally referred to as Coach – will race complete time for his grandfather’s team in the No. 54 Toyota this time.
That automobile won 10 occasions in 2021, with Gibbs driving the wheel for four of them. Kyle Busch (5) and Christopher Bell (one) also drove it to victory lane. Gibbs attained rookie of the year honors and was rewarded with a comprehensive-time experience with the relatives business enterprise. He also won the ARCA Collection title.
The 19-calendar year-outdated driver’s marketing leaves him a person action absent from the best-tier Cup Series, and that bounce could materialize immediately after another productive time. The Xfinity opener is Saturday at Daytona Intercontinental Speedway.
Gibbs’ Cup group characteristics former collection champions Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr., as effectively as 3-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin. Busch, 36, just lately shed his principal sponsor, M&Ms, and is coming into the remaining calendar year of his contract with Gibbs. Truex, 41, also is commencing the last yr of his offer. And the 41-calendar year-old Hamlin commenced his very own group, 23XI Racing, with NBA good Michael Jordan previous calendar year and could eventually land there as a driver/operator.
Gibbs is just one of quite a few tale lines truly worth observing this time.
Defending sequence winner Daniel Hemric left JGR and moved to Kaulig Racing, which also fields cars for AJ Allmendinger. Two other championship drivers from 2021 jumped to the Cup Series, Austin Cindric at Team Penske and Harrison Burton at Wood Brothers Racing.
Jesse Iwuji, a lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve, will turn into the next fulltime Black driver this period with options to operate in the Xfinity Series. Iwuji co-owns his group alongside Pro Football Corridor of Fame managing back Emmitt Smith, who entered NASCAR a yr following Jordan and entertainer Pitbull joined the possession ranks.
Natalie Decker is the only girl entered in the Xfinity opener. Decker is scheduled to generate a partial schedule for Reaume Brothers Racing. The Wisconsin native produced five Xfinity begins in 2021, with her best complete being a 24th-spot demonstrating at Talladega Superspeedway.
Decker is 1 of 7 women declared in Busch Light’s Speed up Her Software, a three-calendar year, $10 million determination that requires intention at the inequity of methods offered to feminine drivers who are 21 or more mature. The target is to deliver much more funding, track time, media publicity and coaching to woman motorists.
“We’ve been lucky to witness some of the greatest females drivers in history, but it cannot be argued that the NASCAR Cups Collection industry is dominated by male motorists,” stated Krystyn Stowe, a manufacturer director at Anheuser-Busch. “Through our sponsorship rights and our system, we’re seizing the possibility to make historic progress towards gender inclusivity and while the rapid method plans might get started right here, we hope the sentiment will have considerably outside of that, encouraging the broadest amount of inclusivity across all sporting activities.”
The other inaugural sponsorship recipients are Truck Series motorists Toni Breidinger and Jennifer Jo Cobb, Amber Balcaen, Brittney Zamora, Stephanie Moyer and Melissa Fifield.
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