It’s the first time in more than a decade the NCS team enters the Xfinity Series
Hendrick Motorsports will enter a car in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, the first time the team has done so in more than a decade.
View the Hendrick Motorsports Xfinity schedule below.
The car makes it’s debut on July 2nd at Road America. It will also be entered at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course as well as Watkins Glen.
“Our drivers are always looking for more opportunities to compete,” said Jeff Andrews, president and general manager of Hendrick Motorsports.
Andrews added, “We believe the additional road-course experience on Saturdays (in the Xfinity Series) will translate well to Sundays (in the Cup Series). It will be exciting to see the No. 17 return to the racetrack for Hendrick Motorsports, and we’ll do everything we can to take it back to victory lane.”
HendrickCars.com will serve as the primary sponsor for the machine.
“It will be special to see the No. 17 back in action for Hendrick Motorsports,” said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and chairman and CEO of Hendrick Automotive Group.
Hendrick added, “It’s a great chance for Kyle, Alex and William to gain more time on the road courses and to do even more with our HendrickCars.com sponsorship. I’m looking forward to running the Xfinity Series again.”
Kevin Meendering will be the crew chief for the machine in all three events.
Hendrick Motorsports previously used the No. 17 car in the NASCAR Cup Series. Darrell Waltrip drove it to nine wins for the team between 1987 to 1990. Ricky Hendrick also used the number in the NASCAR Truck Series.
The last Xfinity Series race for Hendrick Motorsports came on Feb. 14, 2009, at Daytona International Speedway where Tony Stewart went to victory lane.
JR Motorsports is already entering a fourth car for select races this season. The No. 88 car will also be driven by Hendrick drivers Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson and William Byron.
Rick Hendrick is a co-owner of JR Motorsports.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course
Watkins Glen International