NASCAR veteran Matt Kenseth has been named as Kyle Larson’s replacement in the No.42 Chevrolet Camaro Chip Ganassi Racing entry for the remainder of the 2020 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season.
The Wisconsin native who has 39 victories including the Daytona 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 commented on the announcement saying:
This was an unexpected opportunity for sure. I can’t say racing was even on my radar two weeks ago. After spending some time thinking about it and all the unique circumstances surrounding all of us right now, it just seemed the timing and the opportunity was perfect to come back. I know I have a lot of work ahead of me to get up to speed in a relatively short period of time, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m excited to work with Kurt again and to meet all my new CGR team members, and I’m really looking forward to getting back in a Chevrolet. In 1988, I started my career in a Camaro and I can’t wait to finally race a Chevy in the Cup Series. I also need to thank Chip and all his partners for this opportunity. Hopefully we will be on the track soon.”
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series hopes to be back on track at the end of next month in time for the Coca-Cola 600 which takes place on Sunday 24 May at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Team owner Chip Ganassi commented on the news saying:
I have always said that when we have to fill a driver spot, that I owe it to our team, our partners and our fans to put the best available driver in the car. We are doing exactly that with Matt. Throughout my time in NASCAR, I have always admired the way Matt Kenseth raced. He has proven to be a consistent winner, strong competitor, and respectful driver, and I’m glad we are able to add another NASCAR champion to the team for the remainder of this season.”