Ron Hornaday to drive Sprint Cup car for The Motorsports Group
Four-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday has been named the primary driver of the No. 30 Chevrolet for a start-up Sprint Cup Series team, The Motorsports Group, in the 2015 NASCAR season.
Hornaday, 56, is the Truck Series’ all-time wins leader with 51 victories, and is the series’ only four-time champion. The Palmdale, Calif., native drove in 16 of last season’s 22 truck races and has 45 career Sprint Cup starts — the most recent coming for Richard Childress Racing in 2003.
"I am happy to be signing on with Curtis Key and the entire TMG organization for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Season," Hornaday said in a team release. "This team has been working really hard during the offseason to get cars ready for Daytona and the rest of the season. I’m hoping to bring some guidance and racing knowledge to this start-up Cup team."
Owned by Virginia businessman Curtis Key, The Motorsports Group was purchased in 1993 from two-time Busch Series champion Tommy Ellis. TMG, which is based in Mooresville, N.C., entered the NASCAR Xfinity Series on a full-time basis in 2009, and announced plans in September 2014 to field a Sprint Cup team.
"We are glad to have Ron Hornaday come on board with The Motorsports Group. Ron has been involved in the NASCAR industry for over 20 years now," Key said. "His experience and knowledge of the industry is exactly what we need this first year in the Sprint Cup Series."
No sponsor, crew chief or schedule of races the team plans to enter was announced for the No. 30 Chevy.