NASCAR adding yet another new Cup team in 2021

Justin Haley, Kaulig Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Justin Haley, Kaulig Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

Kaulig Racing have competed in just one race in the NASCAR Cup Series, but they are aiming to run a part-time schedule in 2021, with their goal being to become a full-time team in the near future.

The NASCAR Cup Series is set to see three completely new teams in the 2021 season.

23XI Racing, which is co-owned by NBA legend Michael Jordan and Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin, as well as Trackhouse Racing Team, which is owned by former driver Justin Marks, and Live Fast Motorsports, which is co-owned by drivers B.J. McLeod and Matt Tifft, are all set to join the sport in a full-time capacity.

Additionally, NY Racing Team, which have competed in just 17 Cup Series races all-time and have not fielded an entry since 2018, are aiming to run the full 36-race schedule in 2021, despite the fact that they do not have a charter.

Now it looks as though the Cup Series will see yet another addition for 2021.

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Kaulig Racing, the full-time Xfinity Series team which opened in 2016 and have run full-time at NASCAR’s second highest level of competition ever since, have competed in only one Cup Series race in their history.

They made their series debut in last year’s Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, and Justin Haley, who competes full-time for the team in the Xfinity Series, finished in 13th place. The team announced Thursday that they are aiming to run a limited Cup Series schedule throughout the 2021 season as they aim to become a full-time team in the series in the near future.

Here is what team owner Matt Kaulig had to say about the matter in a team release.

"“Kaulig Racing is always building toward the future and I believe this is the next step in that process. We have the ultimate goal of becoming a powerhouse team in the Cup Series, and we are excited to continue our team’s growth.”"

Here is what team president Chris Rice had to add.

"“From where we started in a go-kart shop to a now championship-contending team, I have seen the growth of Kaulig Racing first-hand over the last 5 years. It has been a privilege to be able to have Matt Kaulig’s trust in establishing ourselves as a competitive team in one of NASCAR’s top series, and I am confident we are ready to take that next step as an organization.”"

Nothing has been confirmed regarding exactly how many races in which they plan to compete, the tracks at which they plan to compete and who will compete for the team, but it is believed that they will at least run the superspeedway and road course races, which account for 11 of the 36 races on the calendar.

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The 2021 Cup Series season is scheduled to begin in just over one month on Sunday, February 14 with the 63rd annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, a superspeedway race in which Kaulig Racing are slated to compete.