Trackhouse Racing Team
Owner(s)Justin Marks (Trackhouse Entertainment Group)
Armando Christian Pérez
BaseConcord, North Carolina
SeriesNASCAR Cup Series
Race drivers1. Ross Chastain
99. Daniel Suárez
Sponsors1. AdventHealth
99. Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, CommScope
ManufacturerChevrolet
Opened2020
Career
Debut2021 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Latest race2021 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race (Phoenix)
Races competed36
Drivers' Championships0
Race victories0
Pole positions0

Trackhouse Racing Team is a professional stock car auto racing organization that currently competes in the NASCAR Cup Series. The team is owned by Trackhouse Entertainment Group, a venture of Justin Marks, and Grammy Award-winning rapper Armando Christian "Pitbull" Pérez.

The organization fields the No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro for Ross Chastain and the No. 99 Chevrolet Camaro for Daniel Suarez[1]

History

After Leavine Family Racing announced the sale of its assets in summer 2020, former NASCAR Cup Series driver and former World of Outlaws and K&N Pro Series East team owner Justin Marks placed a bid on the sale. LFR eventually sold their assets to Spire Motorsports.[2] On August 14, Marks confirmed the creation of his own team, Trackhouse, and revealed that traveled racing executive Ty Norris had been brought on to help run the team.[3] At that time, Marks had yet to strike a formal alliance with any manufacturer or team, but already had one potential sponsor lined up.[4] He had also yet to purchase any equipment.[5] From his ownership of a go-kart track and other family business ventures, Marks had the financial wherewithal to purchase a team without other means.[2] Marks aimed to be an unconventional team owner, with plans to use his team ownership platform as an advocate for STEM education.[6] On January 15, 2021, it was announced that Armando Christian Pérez, better known by his stage name Pitbull, had assumed an ownership role in the team.[7] On May 30, motivational speaker and philanthropist Tony Robbins hinted at investing in the team.[8] On June 10, Marks told Sirius XM NASCAR Radio that the team may expand to a two-car operation in 2022.[9] On June 30, 2021, Trackhouse announced their purchase of the NASCAR operations of Chip Ganassi Racing and along with it, its two charters for the No. 1 and the No. 42 teams, therefore announcing the team will be two cars in 2022. On August 3, Trackhouse announced that Chip Ganassi Racing driver, Ross Chastain, would pilot the team's new second entry using Ganassi's No. 1 starting in 2022, no sponsors or crew chief was announced at the time.[10]

Car No. 1 history

Ross Chastain (2022)

On August 3, 2021, the team announced that Ross Chastain would drive their second car, the No. 1, in 2022.[11]

Car No. 99 history

Daniel Suárez (2021–present)

Daniel Suárez in the No. 99 at Sonoma Raceway in 2021
Daniel Suárez in the No. 99 at Sonoma Raceway in 2021

On October 7, 2020, the team announced a full-time drive in 2021 with Daniel Suárez as driver.[12] Later, the team announced that it leased a charter from Spire Motorsports to guarantee itself an entry into every 2021 race.[13] Trackhouse aligned with Richard Childress Racing as an engine provider for 2021 as well as operating on RCR's campus in Welcome, North Carolina.[1] Marks chose the 99 as the team number to pay tribute to Carl Edwards.[1] On November 13, former JR Motorsports crew chief Travis Mack was announced as the No. 99's crew chief.[14] Suárez scored the team's first top-five with a fourth-place finish at the Bristol dirt race.[15]

Car No. 99 results

Trackhouse Racing Team No. 99
Year Driver No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 Owners Pts
2021 Daniel Suárez 99 Chevy DAY
36
DAY
16
HOM
15
LVS
26
PHO
21
ATL
17
BRI
4
MAR
32
RCH
16
TAL
23
KAN
11
DAR
23
DOV
9
COA
33
CLT
15
SON
12
NSH
7
POC
13
POC
15
ROA
36
ATL
36
NHA
20
GLN
31
IND
37
MCH
22
DAY
19
DAR
13
RCH
17
BRI
22
LVS
15
TAL
23
CLT
13
TEX
10
KAN
15
MAR
28
PHO
21
25th 634

References

  1. ^ a b c McFadin, Daniel (October 7, 2020). "Daniel Suarez joins new Trackhouse Racing team in Cup for 2021". NBC Sports. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Stern, Adam (August 14, 2020). "Former NASCAR Driver Justin Marks Creating Cup Series Team". Sports Business Journal. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  3. ^ McFadin, Daniel (August 14, 2020). "Justin Marks planning to start new Cup team". NASCAR on NBC. NBC Sports. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  4. ^ "Justin Marks reportedly forming Cup team". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. August 14, 2020. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  5. ^ Gillispie, Zach (August 14, 2020). "Justin Marks Launching New Cup Team in 2021". Frontstretch. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  6. ^ Nguyen, Justin (August 14, 2020). "Justin Marks starting Cup team, targeting 2021 debut". The Checkered Flag. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  7. ^ "Trackhouse Racing Team adds Pitbull as team partner ahead of 2021 debut". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. January 15, 2021. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  8. ^ "Tony Robbins interested in part-ownership of Trackhouse Racing". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. May 30, 2021. Retrieved May 31, 2021.
  9. ^ "Justin Marks says Trackhouse would like to expand in 2022". Jayski's Silly Season Site. June 10, 2021. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  10. ^ "Trackhouse Racing Team reveals it will acquire Chip Ganassi Racing's NASCAR operation". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. June 30, 2021. Retrieved June 30, 2021.
  11. ^ "Ross Chastain to Drive No. 1 Chevrolet for Trackhouse Racing, Will Join Daniel Suárez as Teammate in 2022 Cup Series Season". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. August 3, 2021. Retrieved August 4, 2021.
  12. ^ "Trackhouse Entertainment Group announces formation of NASCAR Cup Series race team beginning in 2021". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. October 7, 2020. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  13. ^ Tomlinson, Joy (October 7, 2020). "Daniel Suarez Driving for New Cup Team Trackhouse in 2021". Frontstretch. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  14. ^ "Travis Mack to serve as crew chief at Trackhouse Racing. It was also announced that UNCC Alumni Eric J Smith would be team janitor for the 2021 Nascar Cup Season". Jayski's Silly Season Site. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. November 13, 2020. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  15. ^ Albert, Zack (March 29, 2021). "Daniel Suarez digs Bristol's dirt, gives Trackhouse its first top-five finish". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved March 31, 2021.