With sponsorship from AdventHealth, one of the countryâs largest faith-based health systems, Chastain will drive in the Daytona 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 this season as teammates to Kyle Larson and Kurt Busch.
Larson will also drive an AdventHealth-sponsored No. 42 Chevrolet in the Busch Clash exhibition race next month and the fall playoff race at Kansas Speedway.
âItâs hard to put into words, honestly, what this opportunity means to me,â Chastain said Thursday. âTheyâve been saying all along that weâre going to figure it out. When everything went down and (Chip) had to shut down the Xfinity car, Chip kept saying to me, âIâm working on it. Iâm working on it.â
âThey kept saying they wanted me in their race cars. Of course, thatâs a lot easier said than done but the whole sales team never quit and thatâs the first domino that has to fall. They told me a while back they were working on this.
âItâs great to keep that relationship. It hasnât always been out in the public.â
Chastain, 27, ran three Xfinity races in the 2018 season with CGR, winning at Las Vegas. He was scheduled to run the full Xfinity season for Ganassi in 2019 but the deal fell apart in the offseason when the sponsor became embroiled in legal issues.Â
Chastain competed in Cup, Xfinity and Truck races in 2019 â and contended for the Truck title â with other teams but insisted all along his relationship with the Ganassi organization remained intact.
The Daytona 500 opportunity with Ganassi will give Chastain a full schedule at 2020 Speedweeks as he will also compete in the Truck Series opener with Niece Motorsports and the Xfinity opener with Kaulig Racing.
âWeâre coming back down here in February with the opportunity to win all three races. Iâve won with every team Iâm driving for,â Chastain said. âI donât know how common that is for a driver. Itâs not common for me because I havenât won that many races.
âThe Cup series is definitely another level. Talking with the guys Iâm working with on this car, weâre coming down here with a chance to win. They told me weâre coming down here with two bullets â a primary and a backup.â
Chastain has already planned to compete fulltime in Xfinity this season with Kaulig and run about 10 Truck events for Niece. His Cup schedule remains up in the air outside of the two Ganassi races announced on Thursday.
Chastain said he never doubted Ganassiâs word on the possibility of future driving opportunities but he understood the difficulty in obtaining sponsorship.
âI know how hard it is to do it. We had to find the dollars. AdventHealth wanted to run these races and it was just the perfect opportunity to bring me in,â he said.
âHonestly, how do you give a guy like me the opportunity to drive? AdventHealth only does a select number of races with Chip Ganassi Racing and you give me two of those races when you got guys like Kyle Larson and Kurt Busch.
âThis worked out perfect. I couldnât ask for anything better.â
Ross Chastain, Spire Motorsports Chevrolet
Photo by: Chip Ganassi Racing