There will be a new team on the NASCAR Cup grid in 2022 as GMS Racing steps up to Cup, but who owns the team? Where is it based and who have they selected as their driver?
Who owns GMS Racing?
GMS Racing is owned and run by brothers Maury and Spencer Gallagher.
The squad is not unfamiliar to the NASCAR tour, having competed in XFinity and Trucks before.
GMS Racing debuted in Trucks in the 2013 Kansas race and stepped up to XFinity three years later at Phoenix.
Jonny Sauter claimed the squad’s first NASCAR title with the 2016 Trucks title.
In Trucks, they currently run Sheldon Creed – who won the title in 2020 in the #2 machine.
Creed is still in contention for a second crown in 2021.
After grounding in the junior formulas, GMS Racing announced earlier in 2021 that they will step up to Cup in 2022.
With the lower cost, more spec-part formula coming to Cup in 2022, GMS has elected to make the step up.
“We have the goal to be a championship calibre team in any series in which we compete,” said Maury Gallagher at the time.
Where is the team based?
Like most outfits who operate across NASCAR, GMS Racing is based in North Carolina.
Its shop is located in Statesville, just north of Charlotte.
Other teams based nearby include Dale Earnhardt Jr’s JR Motorsports and NASCAR powerhouse Team Penske at Mooresville.
GMS Racing will continue to make the most of its Chevrolet deal when it steps up to Cup in 2022.
It will run the NextGen Camaro machine.
Other Chevrolet runners include NASCAR’s most successful squad Hendrick Motorsports.
Richard Childress Racing, Chip Ganassi Racing and Trackhouse Racing are among other outfits to run Chevys.
Currently, GMS Racing does not hold a charter – which would guarantee it a spot in every 2022 Cup race.
However, the team is optimistic that a charter can be leased.
Who will race for GMS Racing?
Ty Dillon has been selected as the driver of the #94 team for GMS Racing’s debut Cup season.
Dillon is the grandson of RCR boss Richard Childress and the brother of Cup regular, and 2018 Daytona 500 Austin Dillon.
In his career, Dillon has raced in 166 Cup races – taking six top 10s.
Dillon has marked himself out as a superspeedway specialist.
Five of his six top 10s have come either at Daytona or Talladega.
The only exception was 2020 spring Las Vegas for Germain Racing.
His best result was third at fall Talladega in 2020 – in the #96 Germain machine.
Dillon has fared better in XFinity, scoring a maiden win at Indianapolis for RCR in 2014.
He’s also picked up three Trucks wins.
He won Atlanta in 2012 before taking the chequered flags at Kentucky and Texas in 2013.