Ganassi Signs Kwasniewski

Dylan Kwasniewski

“I am extremely happy right now and thrilled to be getting this opportunity with Chip and the whole team." (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)

LAS VEGAS - Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced today that 18-year-old Dylan Kwasniewski, a full-time driver in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West champion has been added as the team’s newest development driver.

The team made the announcement Sunday morning at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am extremely happy right now and thrilled to be getting this opportunity with Chip and the whole team," Kwasniewski said. "I have wanted to do nothing but race for as long as I can remember so this is a dream come true. I look forward to being part of Chip’s organization and will hopefully be a key contributor to its future success.”

Kwasniewski is following the same path that Kyle Larson took with the team. Larson now drives the No. 42 Chevrolet in the Sprint Cup Series for Ganassi.

“This young man has impressed us from the moment we saw him," Ganassi said. "His poise, skill and determination on the race track are remarkable for someone so young. I am really looking forward to seeing him grow as a driver with each increase of competition. I think Dylan has a big future ahead of him in NASCAR.”

The Las Vegas resident made his NNS debut at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 22, 2014, after winning the pole position and finishing eighth in his first start in one of NASCAR’s top-three national touring series. Kwasniewski also became the youngest NNS pole-sitter in Daytona history, and will be competing full-time in the NNS with Turner Scott Motorsports.

Kwasniewski has competed in several forms of racing including IKF, STARS and SKUSA karts along with Bandoleros, Legend Cars and ASA Super Trucks before making the move to NASCAR. In 2007 he won 88 percent of the Bandolero races he entered at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Bullring track and won his first championship in 2002 in the Phoenix Kart Racing Association Kid Kart division at the age of seven.

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