As the NASCAR Xfinity Series new 12 months rolls round, SS-Green Light Racing is performing some preseason shuffling. On Friday and Saturday, the staff introduced they’ve moved Joe Graf Jr. from the #08 to the #07 Chevrolet Camaro, adopted by renumbering the previous to #17 as a part of a continued partnership with Rick Ware Racing.
After racing in ARCA and sporadically within the Xfinity Series, Graf moved to a full-time schedule within the latter with SSGLR in 2020. Driving the #08, he completed twenty-second in factors with a finest race end of thirteenth thrice (Bristol, Homestead 2, Kentucky). A New York University enterprise media and sports activities administration main, he has additionally labored as a communications main for Richard Childress Racing, for whom he made his Xfinity début in 2019.
“I can’t wait for the NASCAR Xfinity season to start,” Graf said in a press launch. “2020 was a surreal learning experience. Racing so many tracks for the first time without getting any practice due to COVID-19 was tough. However, I believe conquering those challenges last season will allow us to have a more productive and competitive sophomore season.”
The 2020 season started with Ray Black Jr. because the #07’s driver for his second 12 months with SSGLR. Despite scoring his maiden prime ten within the opener at Daytona, he vacated his seat after the primary 5 races to concentrate on his household enterprise within the wake of the pandemic. To fill the void, the staff cast an alliance with RWR, a daily face within the Xfinity Series till 2017 and had partnered with Mike Harmon Racing in 2019, by which the latter’s Cup Series drivers took over the automotive. Garrett Smithley, J.J. Yeley, Gray Gaulding, David Starr, and Joey Gase would race for each RWR’s Cup secure and the #07, whereas Ware’s son Carson and highway course ringers Jade Buford and R.C. Enerson additionally made begins. The #07 end eighteenth within the homeowners’ standings with a highest race end of second with Gaulding at Daytona in August; the automotive loved 4 extra prime tens throughout the 12 months, all of which had been curiously eighth-place finishes.
“We are excited to continue this alliance with RWR,” stated SSGLR proprietor Bobby Dotter in a joint statement. “Rick was in a position to step in final 12 months at a time once we discovered ourselves at a crossroads, and it proved to be an excellent factor for each Green Light, RWR and all of the drivers and staff members concerned. The approach issues performed out final season actually made this a very simple determination as we glance to the 2021 season and the past.
Later in 2020, RWR revived their Xfinity programme with the #17, which Cody Ware piloted to a seventh-place end on the Charlotte Roval. The staff had deliberate to discipline two full-time Xfinity vehicles in 2021, however the alliance with SSGLR will alleviate some weight on their shoulders as additionally they discipline groups in IMSA and the IndyCar Series along with their Cup obligations. The IMSA staff, generally known as RWR Eurasia in co-operation with Eurasia Motorsport, débuted in final weekend’s Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona as Cody Ware, fellow NASCAR driver Austin Dillon, Salih Yoluç, and Sven Müller completed tenth general and fourth within the LMP2 class. RWR’s IndyCar group, which first appeared on the 2020 Indianapolis 500 with part-time Cup driver James Davison, will ally with Dale Coyne Racing in a two-car effort; ex-Formula One driver Romain Grosjean is the one confirmed title for the staff as a highway and road circuit specialist.
“Originally, we were going to run two [Xfinity cars], and we thought we were going to be able to acquire some points to be able to have no issues at Daytona,” Ware instructed Dustin Albino of Jayski’s Silly Season Site. “We’re just trying to make sure everything is done right like it needs to be.”
The #17, which can race as each a Camaro and Ford Mustang, may have a number of drivers behind the wheel. A driver for the opener at Daytona and a full rotation weren’t instantly launched, however Cody Ware will run the Daytona highway course occasion whereas Yeley returns at Homestead the next week. The staff’s different Cup drivers—Davison, Gase, Smithley, and Josh Bilicki—are possible candidates to additionally fill the seat.
“We had a couple options for RWR’s involvement in the Xfinity Series in 2021, but at the end of the day, it made sense to further our releationship with Bobby and the team at SS-Green Light Racing,” Ware stated within the joint assertion. “The personnel that Bobby put into place proved to be a hardworking group, who helped our drivers put their best foot forward and have a good bit of success, coming close to parking our car in Victory Lane on a couple of different occasions.”
The renumbering means SSGLR is not going to discipline the #08, a quantity that Dotter has lengthy used for his staff as an proprietor and driver. Dotter added within the staff launch, “While the 08 number holds a very special place in my family’s history in racing, we are excited to write a new chapter with the 17.” Conversely, #07, additionally a staple of SSGLR, was utilized by Graf throughout his early profession and was his father’s quantity throughout his personal driving days.