NASCAR squad StarCom Racing has announced they will be leaving the Cup Series after the Phoenix finale, but who owns the team? And which Daytona 500 winner is involved in the squad?
To race full-time in the Cup Series, teams must be in a possession of a charter, allowing them to do so.
Teams can lease their charters to other squads if they so wish, but there is a limit on the number of charters in place.
The Cup grid is capped at 40, with 36 charter spaces – one of which was held by StarCom Racing for the #00 Chevrolet in 2021.
On Friday, the team confirmed that it would cease racing after the 2021 season finale at Phoenix this weekend.
Their charter had been sold to an unspecified team, although this is believed to be Spire Motorsports.
Who owns StarCom Racing?
StarCom Racing is owned by brothers Matthew and Michael Kohler and William Woehlemann.
The team named is derived from the network and telecommunications company of the same name the trio own.
StarCom Fiber is based in New Jersey.
The trio opted take the plunge into NASCAR and the Cup Series ahead of the 2017 season.
StarCom Racing made its debut at the 2017 Kansas fall race after withdrawing from Dover two rounds earlier for operational reasons.
The team has run Chevrolet Camaro equipment since its debut for the #00, and also ran a second machine at selected 2018 events.
Which Daytona 500 winner is involved in the team?
Derrike Cope, who famously won the Daytona 500 in 1990, is team manager of the New Jersey-owned StarCom Racing.
Cope, who also ran the 500 in 2021, drove for StarCom at its debut in 2017.
However, he elected to stand down from driving duties ahead of the 2018 campaign.
Jeffrey Earnhardt, Landon Cassill, Joey Gase and Tomy Drissi shared the #00.
Where is the team based?
Like most NASCAR squads, the team shop is based in North Carolina
The base, in Salisbury is not too far from Mooresville – home to series powerhouse Team Penske.
StarCom Racing enjoyed a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing.
This included support through engines, equipment and other general support.
Driver Quinn Houff has struggled this year to record results.
His best was 19th in the fall Talladega race, while StarCom’s best result overall came in 2019.
Cassill steered the #00 to an 11th place finish in the second Daytona race – the team using superspeedways to get its best five results in Cup from 163 races.