Reddick lands XFINITY ride with Ganassi
By Kyle Magda
November 19, 2016
HOMESTEAD, Fla.–Camping World Truck Series driver Tyler Reddick is taking the next step up on the NASCAR ladder.
Reddick has a new home with Chip Ganassi Racing in the XFINITY Series next season, splitting the car with Cup driver Kyle Larson in the No. 42 CGR Chevrolet.
“It feels great, really appreciate the opportunity that Chip’s given me that all my family has done to get me in this position today,” Reddick said about the deal. “They’ve helped a lot and this is definitely something I couldn’t have done on my own.”
The 20-year-old driver makes the jump from Ford and Brad Keselowski Racing where he scored runner-up points finish in 2015 along with three wins in his young NASCAR career.
Owner Chip Ganassi asked Larson about Reddick and the third-year Cup Series driver approved of his former competitor.
“We met Tyler and the first thing I did was ask Kyle Larson about him,” Ganassi said. “They raced together in California in dirt late models and go-karts and sort-of came up together and Larson lit up when I asked him about Tyler Reddick.
“He’s a young guy who deserves a shot and we’d like to give it to him and he’s had a nice career in Trucks so this is the next logical step.”
The No. 42 XFINITY team won three times so far in 2016; twice with Larson and once with Justin Marks at Mid-Ohio in August.
Reddick joins the driver stable with the team using multiple drivers again in 2017.
“I grew up racing against Kyle so I’m really looking forward to work with him again, getting to work with McMurray, Marks and Brennan Poole as well,” Reddick said.
“A lot of good guys, a lot of good people that I’ll be able to take a lot of good information from. Going to be a lot of learning these next couple of months getting to know all these guys that put a lot of effort in at the shop and the guys who go out on the road and rough it out all year long.”
Reddick missed the inaugural Truck Series Chase after contending for the 2015 championship but won the final series stand-alone race at Las Vegas in October.
It also marked the first 1-2 finish for BKR since their inception into Trucks in 2008.