October 13, 2017 | 11:46 A.M. EST
“I don’t assume I may ask for a greater place to take the following step in my racing profession. I’m already comfy with everybody at JGR and I feel the expertise I’ve with them this 12 months ought to assist me at the beginning of 2018.” (Photograph: Getty Pictures)
Joe Gibbs Racing introduced immediately that Christopher Bell will compete in NASCAR XFINITY Collection full time in 2018.
The 22-year-old is at the moment working full time within the NASCAR Tenting World Truck Collection for Kyle Busch Motorsports and stays in rivalry for this season’s championship. He at the moment leads the purpose standings getting into this weekend’s race at Talladega Superspeedway with 5 race wins and 7 stage wins offering him a Collection excessive 47 factors.
“Christopher has confirmed himself at each degree of racing and we’re excited to have him run full time in our XFINITY Collection program beginning in 2018,” mentioned Joe Gibbs, proprietor of Joe Gibbs Racing. “He has proven nice maturity each on and off the observe and we expect he’s prepared for this chance. We sit up for watching his continued progress within the sport.”
Bell began 2017 on hearth by profitable one in all NASCAR’s marquee occasions, the Chili Bowl, and adopted it up by dominating and profitable within the Tenting World Truck Collection at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Oklahoma native additionally picked up wins in his Toyota Tundra at Texas, Kentucky, Pocono, and New Hampshire.
“All of us at Toyota and TRD are proud to see Christopher proceed via the ranks as he now takes on the NASCAR XFINITY Collection fulltime with JGR for 2018,” mentioned David Wilson, president of TRD, U.S.A. (Toyota Racing Growth). “Christopher has been part of the TRD driver growth program for a few years relationship again to his USAC championship in 2013 and he’s actually been an integral a part of our continued success to deliver younger drivers via the ranks of motorsports. Christopher has been profitable in each type of racing and we’re assured that he’ll add his title to the checklist of drivers to place a Camry in victory lane.”
Earlier than racing on pavement, Bell was topped the US Auto Membership (USAC) Nationwide Midget Champion in 2013 and amassed 26 function wins on filth in 2014, together with the Turkey Night time Grand Prix Midget race. He additionally loved success in Tremendous Late Fashions, profitable prestigious races at New Smyrna Speedway, South Alabama Speedway and Southern Nationwide Motorsports Park.
“I can’t categorical how excited I’m concerning the alternative to drive full time for Joe Gibbs Racing within the XFINITY Collection,” mentioned Bell. “This has been an incredible 12 months for me and clearly I stay centered on ending the Truck Collection season sturdy and hopefully bringing a Championship to Kyle, Samantha and everybody at Kyle Busch Motorsports. I don’t assume I may ask for a greater place to take the following step in my racing profession. I’m already comfy with everybody at JGR and I feel the expertise I’ve with them this 12 months ought to assist me at the beginning of 2018.”
Joe Gibbs Racing will announce further particulars for its 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Collection program, together with sponsors, automobile quantity and crew chief assignments at a later date.