Chip Ganassi Racing has announced veteran driver Matt Kenseth to compete in the No. 42 Chevrolet for the remainder of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series.
Kyle Larson was fired from Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) earlier this month following an incident where he used a racial slur during an iRacing stream.
Ross Chastain was the initial front-runner for the seat, however CGR have opted for the experienced Kenseth.
Team owner Chip Ganassi issued a statement regarding Kenseth’s signing.
“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.”
Kenseth last competed full-time in the Cup Series in 2018 with Joe Gibbs Racing and has a career in the topflight of NASCAR that spans over two decades.