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NASCAR and celebrities have seemingly gone hand-in-hand through the years, every proving to be an attraction for the opposite.
However there’s a sure group of celebrities who’ve taken issues one step additional: they’ve additionally change into part- or full-team homeowners—and a few have even gotten behind the wheel as drivers—in NASCAR, most notably the premier NASCAR Cup Collection .
Here is a listing of 12 celebrities—each current and previous—who’ve put their cash the place their mouths have been and invested in workforce possession or as drivers themselves. Some lasted solely a short while, whereas others proceed into 2023:
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The late comedic actor joined forces with longtime buddy and famous Hollywood stuntman and producer/director Hal Needham to type Mach 1 Racing in NASCAR Cup in 1981. Whereas Reynolds would just about fade from view after the primary three seasons, the group would go on for 9 seasons, profitable 9 races (all by NASCAR icon Harry Gant), earlier than closing store in 1990.
The NBA Corridor of Famer and lifelong NASCAR fan started by co-owning Liberty Racing, a Truck Collection workforce that included drivers resembling present NASCAR star Kevin Harvick and the late Kenny Irwin, however that workforce lasted simply three seasons (1997-99). This may ultimately result in Daugherty changing into part-owner of JTG Daugherty Racing with Tad and Jody Geschickter in 2008, a task Daugherty continues in right now.
Armando Christian Perez, in any other case often known as singer and rapper Pitbull, joined Justin Marks as co-owner of Trackhouse Racing in 2021. He is in contrast his journey to American superstardom and NASCAR workforce possession to that one of many workforce’s drivers, Daniel Suarez. Suarez is of Mexican descent, whereas Pitbull, who was born and raised in Miami, is of Cuban descent.
The late nation music legend, Marty Robbins, was a longtime NASCAR fan and ultimately fashioned Robbins Racing as each proprietor and driver, competing in 35 Cup races with one top-5 end. The workforce competed on a part-time foundation from 1966 by way of 1982, when Robbins died December 8 of that 12 months in Nashville on the age of 57.
Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman
NFL Corridor of Famers and Dallas Cowboys legends Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman had been co-owners of Corridor of Fame Racing, which was based in 2006 and lasted simply two full-time seasons. The workforce was offered to Jeff Moorad and Tom Garfinkle after the 2007 season, and ultimately closed its doorways two years later.
NFL Corridor of Famer Brett Favre grew to become companions with NASCAR Corridor of Famer Dale Jarrett and fashioned Jarrett/Favre Motorsports in 1999, which competed part-time within the then-Busch Collection. Nevertheless, the partnership did not final lengthy. When Rayovac ended sponsorship in 2001, the workforce folded shortly afterward.
Former NFL head coach Jerry Glanville competed in six NASCAR Busch Collection races in 1992 and 1993 (with a greatest end of twentieth), in addition to 27 Truck Collection races from 1995 by way of 1999, with a greatest end of 14th (three completely different occasions). Glanville additionally had a minority possession share.
Joe Gibbs: the Professional Soccer Corridor of Famer and former Tremendous Bowl champion coach within the NFL truly was a scorching rodder first earlier than he received into the gridiron recreation, competing as a drag racer in Southern California rising up. He’d ultimately begin each a NASCAR Cup workforce, which continues to today, in addition to an NHRA drag racing workforce that competed within the early-to-mid Nineties.
The NFL Corridor of Famer joined forces final 12 months with up-and-coming driver and former US Navy lieutenant Jesse Iwuji for a full-time NASCAR Xfinity Collection operation that’s anticipated to proceed in 2023.
The legendary boxer co-owns The Cash Workforce (aka TMT), which made 4 NASCAR Cup begins in 2022 with Kaz Grala behind the wheel for the primary three races and IndyCar veteran Conor Daly making one begin (the very best end for the workforce was twenty third , each by Grala within the Coca-Cola 600 and Daly within the Charlotte Roval race).
It’s unsure whether or not TMT will probably be again in 2023. Grala has signed to race full-time within the Xfinity Collection for Sam Hunt Racing in 2023, and it is unclear whether or not Daly will try any extra Cup races for Mayweather’s group.
The shock rock legend and Rock & Roll Corridor of Famer grew up in Motor Metropolis earlier than his household moved to the Phoenix space. However Cooper fell in love with two issues rising up: music and racing. He’d ultimately change into part-owner of the Montgomery Racing Busch Collection workforce in 2003. Sadly, the workforce lasted not even two years and Alice, regardless that he by no means truly raced the automotive, stored rockin’ and rollin’.
The NBA Corridor of Famer—and thought of by many as the game’s best participant of all time—joined forces with longtime buddy and veteran NASCAR star driver Denny Hamlin to type 23XI Racing late in 2020, and debuted as a full-time racing operation in 2021 with Bubba Wallace.
The workforce expanded to 2 automobiles in 2022 with Kurt Busch. Tyler Reddick will exchange Busch for the 2023 season as Busch has chosen to primarily semi-retire and can compete on a sparing foundation as a result of extreme concussion he suffered in July 2022 that compelled him to overlook the rest of the season. And rumors persist that if an extension is not reached within the coming months, Hamlin’s present contract with Joe Gibbs Racing and FedEx will finish after the upcoming season. If that occurs, those self same rumors insist the 42-year-old Hamlin might then race a further 12 months or two for 23XI Racing.
Honorable Unmention: Wayan Brothers
Famed comedians, the Wayan Brothers (Marlon, Keenan Ivory, Damon and Shawn), held a serious press convention at Auto Membership Speedway in September 2005, asserting they’d be forming a NASCAR Cup workforce—known as Star Motorsports—to compete the next season. Nicely, it seems the joke was on NASCAR, because the brothers and their deliberate workforce by no means materialized.
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