The NASCAR Cup Series will see a new team and owners enter the sport in 2019. In an unexpected announcement Spire Sports + Entertainment announced they have acquired the charter from Furniture Row Racing and will field a car full time in 2019.
Spire Sports + Entertainment is an agency that represents multiple drivers, sponsors, and works with a handful of teams. The team will be co-owned by Jeff Dickerson and T.J. Puchyr who are among the founders of Spire. Both are first time Cup Series team owners.
What We Know
Now that we know the owners and where they came from what else do we know? Everyone has the same questions.
Who Is The Driver?
No clue, drivers that are represented by Spire include Landon Cassill, Kyle Larson, Ross Chastain, Todd Gilliland, Justin Haley, Vinnie Miller, and Garrett Smithley. Out of all of those Cassill is the only one that makes some sense. If they wanted to use a driver they currently represent.
What Manufacturer Will The Use?
We do know the answer to this. Whatever this team is called will be fielding Chevrolets. An alliance is expected to be announced at a later date.
What Number Will They Run?
The team will field the #77 car. Maybe they’re paying homage to the now deceased Furniture Row Racing team or they’re big Dave Blaney fans.
How Much Was The Charter?
NASCAR doesn’t release the price paid for charters but we know that this was the most expensive charter purchased ever. Price is based on the performance of the team that had the charter. With a championship and two runner-up finishes in the points, this was destined to be the most expensive one yet.
When Spire announces anything else we’ll be sure to post it on the blog. This is one of the most interesting and unexpected stories of the offseason.
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