CONCORD, N.C. – Chip Ganassi Racing announced late Tuesday night that DC Solar will return as the season-long partner on Brennan Poole’s No. 48 Chevy Camaro for the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series season.
Veteran XFINITY Series crew chief Chad Norris will also remain with the DC Solar team.
After sharing driving duties with Kyle Larson and road-course specialist Justin Marks in 2015, 25-year-old Poole competed full-time in the XFINITY Series this past season, scoring four top-five and 17 top-10 finishes, with a best finish of third at Talladega Superspeedway in May and Road America in August.
Poole finished eighth in the final XFINITY Series drivers’ points and was the runner-up in the Rookie of the Year standings.
“What an incredible opportunity it is to come back in 2017 with DC Solar and Chip Ganassi Racing,” said Poole. “We’ve built so much together during my first full season in the XFINITY Series and I know that my team and this organization can battle for a championship. I appreciate all that (team owner) Chip (Ganassi) and DC Solar have done for my career to this point. It would mean so much to repay them with a championship next year.”
“We are very excited to welcome DC Solar and Brennan Poole back for the full XFINITY Series schedule in 2017,” added Steve Lauletta, President of Chip Ganassi Racing Teams. “It’s great to see the enthusiasm they have for our organization and the sport of NASCAR. We have certainly had the good fortune to experience their product offerings in our organization and also have seen what they have been able to do at tracks nationwide.”
“In addition, Brennan showed tremendous growth both on and off the race track and we are excited to watch him battle for the XFINITY Series championship again in 2017.”
2017 will mark the third season in NASCAR competition for DC Solar. The platform has enabled them to showcase their product offering of clean energy mobile solar products to the masses.
This past year, their footprint expanded through significant partnerships with Charlotte Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway to service their lighting, electric car charging and power source needs during race and non-race weekends.
DC Solar will also be the entitlement sponsor of the spring 2017 and 2018 XFINITY Series races in Phoenix.
“We are proud to continue our partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing and Brennan Poole as we look toward an exciting 2017,” said DC Solar President and CEO Jeff Carpoff. “As our team builds on the experience of the previous seasons, we are evolving into a force that I am confident will make an indelible mark on the year ahead.”
“We are equally excited to bring more of our unique solar products to the NASCAR industry both on and off the track, in order to promote the kinds of sustainable practices that will help ensure the future of the sport.”
CREDIT: Chip Ganassi Racing