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GMS Racing will again have a full stable of drivers once again in 2021 with the promotion of Chase Purdy to a full-time role, the team announced Nov. 13.
The 21-year-old driver from Alabama will complete GMS’ roster, joining returning teammates Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith and Tyler Ankrum. Purdy effectively replaces Brett Moffitt, who just one day earlier (Nov. 12) announced that he would be moving up to the Xfinity Series.
“We are happy to have Chase back and this time for a full-season,” Mike Beam, president of GMS Racing, said in a release. “He will be a great addition to our powerhouse team for 2021. Sheldon, Zane and Tyler will be great mentors for him to learn off of. I can’t wait to see how he learns and grows as a driver this coming season.”
It will be a reunion for Purdy, Smith and Creed, as all three were teammates at MDM Motorsports in the ARCA Menard Series in 2018.
No stranger to GMS, Purdy competed part time for the organization in 2020, scoring one top 10 in seven starts while driving the team’s fifth entry, the No. 24 Chevrolet.
While a truck number was not disclosed in the announcement, 2021 will mark the first time Purdy will attempt to compete in all 23 races on the schedule.
“I am very excited to be back full-time racing again, especially with a strong organization like GMS Racing,” Purdy said. “I am ready to get to work with this team and start preparing for 2021. I am already counting down the days until we leave for Daytona.”
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