Landon Cassill Lands at Front Row Motorsports for 2016by Kyle Pokrefky January 20, 2016 0 comments
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Front Row Motorsports confirmed their second driver for the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season on Wednesday morning, locking in Landon Cassill as the wheelman for their No. 38 Ford.
Joining Chris Buescher as Front Row Motorsports’s second driver for the upcoming season, Cassill is all set for his third consecutive season as a full-time driver in NASCAR’s premier division.
“I feel like Front Row Motorsports is a great fit for me,” Cassill stated in a team release. “I’ve got several years of experience in the series now, and being a part of this team will help me take the next step in my career.
“I’m grateful to Bob Jenkins and Ford Motor Company for the opportunity and can’t wait to get in the car.”
A veteran of 187 Sprint Cup Series starts at the age of 26, Cassill moves over to the Front Row operation from Hillman Racing – a team which he competed for since 2013.
With the ownership picture in NASCAR on the verge of taking on a much different appearance than in previous years, Cassill felt the need to begin looking at other opportunities in order to continue competing in Sprint Cup.
Under the proposed charter system that has been discussed since the middle of last year, Hillman Racing was to have been left without a guaranteed spot in the field, effectively leaving Cassill out of a ride.
Cassill stated that the deal with Front Row Motorsports ultimately came together within one week to the announcement.
“It came to fruition here in the last week or so,” Cassill noted at the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday. “It’s something we’ve been working on all offseason, but it finally had come together. We’d been talking through most of the offseason once it looked like the stuff was going to shake up with the ownership structure.
“Once it looked like the ownership structure was probably going to shake up, the No. 40 team was unfortunately not going to get a charter. It was going to leave me with no choice but to find a new home. It was really cool to be at the top of Front Row’s list.”
Sponsorship for the No. 38 Ford will be announced at a later date, however, it has been announced that Donnie Wingo – 2015 crew chief of the No. 38 car – will return to the team as Cassill’s crew chief.
This year, Front Row Motorsports will benefit from a new technical alliance forged with Roush Fenway Racing that was made to support Buescher, Roush Fenway’s XFINITY championship-winning driver from one year ago.
“It’s absolutely a step in the right direction,” Cassill said. “This is an upgrade for my career. This is a team that has an alliance now with Roush-Fenway and I’ve never worked with a big team. I get Donnie Wingo as a crew chief and I’m going to get his team from last year and his guys.
“There’s nothing new for him other than the driver, I feel it’s up to me to fit myself into the group and be a part of their team.”
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