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Tyler Reddick will have a new home in 2017.
The three-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series winner will make the jump to the XFINITY Series next year, joining Chip Ganassi Racing.
Reddick is set to join Sprint Cup Series regular Kyle Larson as the co-pilot of the No. 42 car for 18-22 races. Additional sponsorship and schedule announcements will be forthcoming although the team will continue a strong alliance with Hendrick Motorsports.
“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to drive for Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 XFINITY Series team this coming year,” Reddick said in a press release. “It’ll definitely be a learning curve, but sharing the car with Kyle will speed up my learning process. I feel very fortunate to be a part of a winning organization and without a doubt plan to win races as well. I would like to thank every single person that has put forward an effort to help elevate my career to this point.”
Reddick will replace Justin Marks, who ran 17 XFINITY Series races in the No. 42 car this year. Marks’ lone top 10 of the year came at Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course, where he won a rain-soaked event for his first NASCAR-sanctioned victory. Marks is expected to still drive for the team in some capacity, according to team owner Ganassi.
“I think you’ll see him in a car in some sense or another,” Ganassi said of Marks’ future with the team. “I’d like us to defend our title at Mid-Ohio.”
The 20-year-old Californian missed the Chase in the Truck Series while competing with Brad Keselowski Racing in 2016. However, he was victorious at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and has 11 top 10s throughout the year.
“Tyler is one of those rare young talents that everyone here feels has a chance at the next level in NASCAR,” team owner Chip Ganassi added in the release. “We feel that he can learn a lot being here with our team and getting to work with Kyle as they both have very similar racing backgrounds. I am looking forward to seeing him behind the wheel of one of our cars.”
Reddick’s departure from BKR means the team will have two new drivers in 2017. Austin Cindric is taking over one of the Fords, while another driver will be announced in the coming days to fill the second spot. The team has also operated a third part-time truck in 2016.
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