Phil Surgen has been promoted within the No. 42 operation of Chip Ganassi Racing
Phil Surgen will become the crew chief of the No. 42 starting with this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series double-header at Michigan International Speedway.
Matt Kenseth jumped out of retirement to join the team as the driver or the No. 42 in April. This came as Chip Ganassi Racing fired Kyle Larson following the use of a racial slur.
Kenseth opened 2020 with a 10th place run at Darlington after sitting on the sidelines in 2019. In 2020, the team has a total of two top-10’s with a runner up finish at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Surgen replaces Chad Johnston who has been with the Chip Ganassi Racing team since 2016.
Chip Ganassi Racing comments
CGR released the following statement just moments ago:
“Phil Surgen has been named crew chief for the No. 42 team at Chip Ganassi Racing beginning this weekend at Michigan International Speedway and for the balance of the 2020 season. Surgen, who is currently a race engineer on the No. 42 team, has been with the team since 2016.”
Kenseth has run 38 races at Michigan International Speedway. He has three wins at the track and an average finish of 11th.
Kenseth signed a one-year deal to drive the No. 42. The plans for 2021 remain unknown.