In Spire Motorsports first public interview since they have announced the purchase of the Leavine Family Racing team in the NASCAR Cup Series, Spire Motorsports President, Jeff Dickerson talked about some of the plans the team has for the future.
“We do plan to have one or two full-time drivers in 2021, and I think Ross Chastain is the best available driver to us right now to fill one of those rides,” Dickerson told Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the gang on NBC Sports program, “The Dale Jr. Download”.
“From an agent perspective, I hope Hendrick offers him the No. 48 or Ganassi offers him the No. 42, but if these guys aren’t smart enough to do that, I hope to be able to have him in one of my cars next season.”
Another driver that Dickerson mentioned at the top of his list is Justin Haley, who captured the team’s only victory in the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway in 2019.
“These drivers (Chastain & Haley) can step on the gas, and would be great for the team,” said Dickerson.
Dickerson went on to talk about the current state of his race team, needing to share assets and shop space with other race teams to be able to complete currently.
“We will now have everything under one roof, and will own the equipment that we are working with, and will be able to build a strong race team with what we have bought for next season.”
Dickerson mentioned that they would purchase race cars from a Chevrolet team for next season, but no word what team that could be. Speculation could be an alliance with Chip Ganassi Racing if Ross Chastain is named a full-time driver for the team in 2021.
Currently, Ross Chastain and Justin Haley both race for Kaulig Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. Although neither one of those drivers are signed yet for 2021, team owner, Matt Kaulig said that he hopes both of his drivers return for a full season next year.
You can catch the full interview on Dale Earnhardt Jr’s podcast or NBCSN’s program “The Dale Jr. Download,” which will premier this interview Thursday night.