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Santino Ferrucci Moving to NASCAR, Plans Part-Time Xfinity Run

Santino Ferrucci is moving to NASCAR.

The now-former NTT IndyCar Series will race in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in a part-time schedule in 2021, he announced Jan. 8.

Ferrucci will drive for Sam Hunt Racing, which fields the No. 26.

ā€œIā€™m incredibly proud to join Sam Hunt racing and TRD,ā€ Ferrucci said in a release. ā€œI think together we will have a ton of success. Working with Sam these past few weeks has been fantastic and his drive to put out a great race car and team is second to none. The transition to NASCAR will be tough especially with no practice, qualifying or testing, but I welcome the challenge.”

SHR has competed in the last two Xfinity seasons on a part-time basis. The team ran eight races in 2020 with Colin Garrett, Brandon Gdovic and Mason Diaz, with a best finish of 12th with Gdovic at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.

In 35 IndyCar starts since 2018, Ferrucci has a best finish of fourth four times, most recently at the 2020 Indianapolis 500.

His first start of 2020 will come at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the season’s third race. Further starts have not yet been announced.

It’s unknown if any of SHR’s drivers from 2020 will return to the team.

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