NASCAR: Trackhouse announce another contract extension

Ross Chastain, Trackhouse, NASCAR (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Ross Chastain, Trackhouse, NASCAR (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

Earlier this week, Trackhouse Racing Team announced a multi-year NASCAR Cup Series contract extension for Daniel Suarez, and they have since announced one for Ross Chastain.

Wednesday was a massive day for drivers slated to become free agents at the end of the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season. Two drivers, Daniel Suarez and Alex Bowman, can already scratch their names off that list.

After signing a one-year extension to remain with Trackhouse Racing Team in 2023, Suarez has now signed a multi-year deal to remain behind the wheel of the No. 99 Chevrolet for the foreseeable future. Bowman’s new contract to drive the No. 48 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports runs through 2026.

While Hendrick Motorsports’ four-car lineup is now set through at least the 2025 season, Trackhouse Racing Team still faced an element of uncertainty regarding their two-car operation.

The Justin Marks and Pitbull-owned team, which entered the Cup Series in 2021 with Suarez as the driver of their No. 99 Chevrolet, expanded to two cars in 2022 after acquiring Chip Ganassi’s operation, adding the No. 1 Chevrolet for former Chip Ganassi Racing driver Ross Chastain.

Chastain had a career year in 2022, earning his first two Cup Series victories, advancing to the playoffs for the first time, and finishing in second place in the championship standings.

Now Trackhouse Racing Team have announced a multi-year NASCAR Cup Series contract extension for Ross Chastain as well.

After it was announced that Daniel Suarez would be back with the team on a multi-year agreement, Chastain admitted that he had no news to announce. That lasted about a day.

Considering the fact that there is already one confirmed opening in the lineup for next year, with Kevin Harvick set to retire after 10 years at Stewart-Haas Racing and 23 years in the Cup Series, Trackhouse Racing Team were smart to take care of business early on.

Other potential openings loom at Joe Gibbs Racing, with Martin Truex Jr. having contemplated retirement last year and Denny Hamlin currently without sponsorship lined up for next year.

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With multiple potential free agent targets already off the table for these other top-tier teams, Trackhouse Racing Team left nothing to chance and made sure that Chastain wasn’t going to find a new home elsewhere.