Circle Sport Racing’s Joe Falk and The Motorsports Group’s Curtis Key, Sr. announced Friday that both organizations have merge to compete in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series campaign.
The partnership between both organizations was put together primarily to help increase sponsorship opportunities, and build on a combined effort for improved performance for 2017. The newly formed team will have a Charter (NASCAR’s version of a franchise, guaranteeing a starting spot in every regular season race), for its sole entry – Car No.33.
“It’s great to join forces with Curtis Key,” Falk said. “I’ve known him for a very long time and know we share the same feelings about racing.”
Falk and Leavine Family Racing merged in the 2016 season to help better the performance of both parties, but the marriage was short lived as the teams split after the season concluded at Homestead.
The team will be based out of The Motorsport Group’s shop in Mooresville, North Carolina. TMG spent its offseason upgrading its shop, equipment, and purchased updated cars.
As for a driver, the organization did not announce a driver, but stated that the driver would be announced at a later date. The team did confirmed that Pat Tryson, who was formerly Mark Martin’s crew chief, will call the shots for the No.33 team in 2017.
“It’s great to have Pat back with us, he was instrumental when we got started with our Cup program and we look forward to his insight in 2017,” said Key.
The newly formed organization, and car No.33, will make its debut at Daytona International Speedway for Speedweeks in February.