CONCORD, N.C. – John Hunter Nemechek has joined Chip Ganassi Racing to compete in multiple events in the NASCAR XFINITY Series next season.
Nemechek, 20, will drive the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro in select events with sponsorship from Fire Alarm Services Inc. Mike Shiplett will be Nemechek’s crew chief.
“We are happy to have John Hunter join our organization and also announce the relationship with Fire Alarm Services,” said team owner Chip Ganassi. “We had a very successful 2017 with our XFINITY program and look to improve upon that. We feel that John Hunter has the talent to be a future star in the sport and can’t wait to get him behind the wheel.”
Nemechek made his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut in 2013 at Martinsville Speedway at just 16 years old. He competed in the Truck Series on a part-time basis in 2013 through 2015.
Nemechek captured his first series victory at Chicagoland Speedway in 2015 and was also named the series’ Most Popular Driver. He moved to full-time driving duties in 2016 and 2017, where he qualified for the Truck Series playoffs in both seasons. In 76 starts, Nemechek has five wins, one pole, 22 top-five and 38 top-10 finishes. He finished eighth in the final points standings in both 2016 and 2017.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join Chip Ganassi Racing,” Nemechek said. “I feel like their cars and organization were the talk of the garage in 2017 and I hope to play a part in continuing their run of success in 2018 and beyond. Also, Fire Alarm Services has been a supporter of my career since 2016 at our family-owned team, and I am looking forward to continuing that partnership at Chip Ganassi Racing. I am extremely grateful to Shannon and Connie Smith, owners of Fire Alarm Services Inc. I also want to thank my father for all that he has done to help grow my passion for racing.”