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NASCAR and movie star have seemingly gone hand in hand over time, every proving to be an attraction to the opposite.
However there’s a sure group of well-known individuals who have taken issues a step additional: they’ve additionally change into half or full house owners – and a few have even gotten behind the wheel as drivers – in NASCAR, particularly in the primary NASCAR Cup sequence.
Here is an inventory of 12 celebrities – previous and current – who’ve put their cash the place their mouth is and invested in crew possession or as drivers themselves. Some lasted solely a short while, whereas others proceed into 2023:
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The late comic joined forces with longtime pal and famous Hollywood stuntman and producer/director Hal Needham to kind Mach 1 Racing within the NASCAR Cup in 1981. Whereas Reynolds would fade from view after the primary three seasons, the group it will run for 9 seasons, profitable 9 races (all by NASCAR icon Harry Gant), earlier than closing up store in 1990.
The NBA Corridor of Famer and lifelong NASCAR fan obtained his begin by co-owning Liberty Racing, a Truck Collection crew that featured drivers equivalent to present NASCAR star Kevin Harvick and the late Kenny Irwin, however that crew lasted simply three seasons (1997-99 ). This is able to finally result in Daugherty changing into part-owner of JTG Daugherty Racing with Tad and Jody Geschickter in 2008, a job Daugherty continues at the moment.
Armando Christian Perez, aka singer and rapper Pitbull, joined Justin Marks as co-owner of Trackhouse Racing in 2021. He in contrast his journey with American superstars and NASCAR crew possession to that of crew principal Daniel Suarez . Suarez is of Mexican descent, whereas Pitbull, born and raised in Miami, is of Cuban descent.
The late nation music legend Marty Robbins was a longtime NASCAR fan and finally fashioned Robbins Racing as an proprietor and driver, competing in 35 Cup races with one top-5 end. The crew competed part-time from 1966 till 1982, when Robbins died on December 8 of that yr in Nashville on the age of 57.
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NFL Corridor of Famers and Dallas Cowboys legends Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman have been co-owners of Corridor of Fame Racing, which was based in 2006 and lasted simply two full-time seasons. The crew was offered to Jeff Moorad and Tom Garfinkle after the 2007 season, and finally closed its doorways two years later.
NFL Corridor of Famer Brett Favre partnered 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 didn’t final lengthy. When Rayovac ended its sponsorship in 2001, the crew folded shortly after.
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 to 1999 , with a greatest end of 14th (three completely different occasions). Glanville additionally had some minority possession.
Joe Gibbs: The Professional Soccer Corridor of Famer and former Tremendous Bowl champion NFL coach was truly a hotshot earlier than he hit the gridiron, competing as a operating again in Southern California rising up. It could finally begin each a NASCAR Cup crew, which continues to this present day, and an NHRA drag racing crew that competed within the early to mid-Nineties.
The NFL Corridor of Famer joined forces final yr with younger driver and former U.S. Navy lieutenant Jesse Iwuji for a full-time NASCAR Xfinity Collection operation anticipated to proceed into 2023.
The legendary boxer co-owns The Cash Crew (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 crew’s greatest end 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 return in 2023. Grala has signed to race full-time within the Xfinity Collection for Sam Hunt Racing in 2023, and it’s unclear whether or not Daly will try one other Cup race for Mayweather’s group.
The rock legend and Rock & Roll Corridor of Famer grew up within the 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 would finally change into a part-owner of the Montgomery Racing Busch Collection crew in 2003. Sadly, the crew did not even final two years, and Alice, despite the fact that he by no means raced the automotive, stored shifting and rolling.
The NBA Corridor of Famer – and thought of by many to be the game’s best participant of all time – joined forces with longtime pal and veteran NASCAR driver Denny Hamlin to kind 23XI Racing in late 2020 and debuted as a full-time racing operation in 2021 with Bubba Wallace.
The crew expanded to 2 vehicles in 2022 with Kurt Busch. Tyler Reddick will fill in for Busch for the 2023 season after Busch has primarily opted to retire and race sparingly because of the extreme concussion he suffered in July 2022 that compelled him to overlook the rest of the season. And rumors persist that until an extension is reached within the coming months, Hamlin’s present contract with Joe Gibbs Racing and FedEx will expire after subsequent season. If that occurs, the identical rumors insist that the 42-year-old Hamlin might race an additional yr or two for 23XI Racing.
Honorable Point out: Wayan Brothers
The well-known comedians, the Wayan Brothers (Marlon, Keenan Ivory, Damon and Shawn), held an enormous press convention at Auto Membership Speedway in September 2005, saying that they’d kind a NASCAR Cup crew – known as Star Motorsports – to compete subsequent season. Effectively, it seems the joke was on NASCAR, because the brothers and their deliberate crew by no means materialized.
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