Chip Ganassi Racing announced that Credit One Bank will return to the team in 2017 with an expanded role on the No. 42 Chevrolet driven by Kyle Larson. Credit One will serve as the primary sponsor on CGR entries in eight Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events, one NASCAR XFINITY Series event and the non-points Advance Auto Parts Clash exhibition at Daytona International Speedway.
Credit One, which began a multiyear partnership last season as the Official Credit Card of NASCAR, joined the Chip Ganassi-owned organization in 2016 with a preseason announcement of a three-race agreement for primary sponsorship of JamieMcMurray’s No. 1 Chevy. That alliance grew to a five-race deal, with Credit One picking up additional events as the season progressed.
The announcement represents an even larger increase of the Las Vegas-based bank’s support, which primarily shifts to Larson’s team this year. Larson, speaking Jan. 5 during a break in an offseason photo shoot with the new blue-hued car, said he was encouraged by Credit One’s renewal and expanded reach.
”It’s always good to have sponsors committed to the sport and upping their commitment to the sport,” Larson said. “I hope they get their full value out of the sponsorship with our race team and are a longtime sponsor of us and the sport. Looking forward to it and excited about 2017 and hoping for some good things.”
The Credit One colors will kick off the new year of racing with Larson in the Feb. 18 Clash, an annual preseason invitational that primarily features the previous season’s pole winners. The financial institution returns for a doubleheader weekend at its home track of Las Vegas Motor Speedway, with sponsorship of Larson in the XFINITYSeries event and McMurray in the Monster Energy Cup event.
The remaining races for Credit One are all with Larson’s No. 42 effort in the premier series: March 19 at Phoenix, April 9 at Texas, April 23 at Bristol, April 30 at Richmond, July 1 at Daytona, Sept. 3 at Darlington, and Nov. 5 at Texas.