StarCom Racing has leased a charter from Richard Childress Racing this season for the No. 00 car that will have Derrike Cope driving it in the Daytona 500.
ESPN.com first reported the arrangement. Richard Childress Racing is not fielding the No. 27 car this season and that charter was available. RCR will run two Cup cars this years. Charters can be leased once in five years. A charter guarantees a starting spot in each race. There are 36 charters.
“What a wonderful opportunity it is for our organization to have secured a charter for 2018!” Cope said in a statement from the team. “We have a strong and enthusiastic team that are now working with renewed vigor and we can’t wait to start the season!”
StarCom Racing, which has Tony Furr as crew chief, stated in its release that it “will continue to explore all driver options with funding opportunities and will choose the best possible fit for the team. SCR Marketing Director, Elyshia Cope, and the team are actively seeking sponsorship opportunities for the coming season.”
This is the sixth charter to change teams since the end of last season.
The charter for the No. 77 car at Furniture Row Racing was sold to JTG Daugherty for the No. 37 car of Chris Buescher
Roush Fenway Racing sold the charter from the No. 16 team to Team Penske for the No. 12 car of Ryan Blaney
Richard Petty Motorsports leased a charter to Rick Ware Racing for the No. 51 team.
Wood Brother Racing formed a partnership with Go Fas Racing owner Archie St. Hilaire and acquired his charter for the No. 21 car of Paul Menard.
Go Fas Racing has partnered with Circle Sport Racing and use its charter, meaning the No. 32 car with Matt DiBenedetto will have a charter this season.