Stenhouse Joins JTG-Daugherty In Multi-Year Deal

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Stenhouse Joins JTG
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (HHP/Harold Hinson photo)

HARRISBURG, N.C. – JTG Daugherty Racing announced Wednesday the team has signed 32-year-old Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to a multi-year deal.

A seasoned veteran in the NASCAR Cup Series, Stenhouse Jr. will enter his eighth full-time season and will kick it off with JTG Daugherty Racing during the 2020 Daytona 500 alongside teammate Ryan Preece.

“We’re very fortunate to have Ricky join us next season to continue to elevate our racing program at JTG Daugherty Racing,” team owner Tad Geschickter said. “Ricky brings a lot of experience and talent to the team, and we know we can have two playoff-contending teams next season with him and Ryan Preece at the helm of our cars.”

Stenhouse Jr. joins JTG Daugherty Racing following a decade-long tenure with Roush Fenway Racing.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join JTG Daugherty Racing next season,” Stenhouse said. “To be able to see what Tad, Jodi (Geschickter) and Brad (Daugherty) have built over the years says a lot about the team and the organization both on and off the track. JTG has grown from a small team in a barn to a two-car team with more than 100 employees, and I’m looking forward to joining the family.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity, and ready to go win races with the ultimate goal of making the playoffs and competing for a championship.”

Stenhouse, a two-time NASCAR Xfinity Series champion, has two wins, 15 top-five finishes, 34 top-10 finishes and two pole awards in 251 career NASCAR Cup Series starts.

Competing for three years in the Xfinity Series from 2010-2012, he was Rookie of the Year in 2010 and won two series championships in the following two seasons.

Stenhouse earned the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award in the Cup Series in 2013, and brought home his first checkered flag finish at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in 2017, going on to win his second Cup race later that year at Daytona (Fla.) Int’l Speedway.

Aside from his premier series accomplishments, the Olive Branch, Miss., native is highly decorated in the dirt open-wheel racing community.

After his first Cup Series win at Talladega, he became only one of eight drivers to have won in NASCAR’s premier series as well as the USAC Silver Crown, National Sprint Car, and National Midget Series, joining drivers like Mario Andretti, Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart.