Bowman joins Ganassi XFINITY program for two races in 2017

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

In preparation for his return to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition, Alex Bowman will join the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing XFINITY team at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Phoenix Raceway. This announcement came forth through the technical partnership between Hendrick Motorsports and Chip Ganassi Racing.

I’m really excited to get back in a race-winning car with a team like CGR. A huge thanks to Chip and Mr. Hendrick for putting this together for me to get some valuable seat time heading into 2018. My goal is to win two races and help the No. 42 team win the NXS owners’ championship,” said Bowman.

Bowman will be sponsored by Hendrick Automotive Group’s Hendrickcars.com. A sponsor for Phoenix will be announced at a later date.

Bowman will join Tyler Reddick and Kyle Larson to help Ganassi try to claim the XFINITY series owner’s championship.

“We’re excited to welcome Alex to the No. 42 team for two races. He’s a great young talent, who can help us with our goal of winning an NXS owners’ championship,” said Chip Ganassi. “Initially those two races were earmarked for Larson but we wanted him to focus on the Cup playoffs so we appreciate Rick (Hendrick) and his team for allowing us to put Alex in our car. Hendrick Motorsports has been a tremendous partner of CGR for many years.”

Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports, believes Bowman will fit right in at Chip Ganassi Racing in their competitive environment.

“This is a terrific opportunity for Alex to get back into a competitive environment and work with a championship-caliber team. I think he’ll pick up right where he left off,” said Hendrick. “It’s also a valuable platform for us to promote HendrickCars.com in our (Hendrick Automotive Group’s) home market. Chip is a great friend, and we’re looking forward to working with his team on and off the track.”

Bowman made his debut in the XFINITY Series in 2012. He has scored five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in 50 starts.

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