GMS Racing announced Tuesday that Rajah Caruth will officially join the team to race the #24 Chevrolet Truck in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for the 2023 season.
The Wendell Scott Foundation – inspired by NASCAR Hall of Famer Wendell Scott Sr. – will be Caruth’s flagship partner in 2023. The foundation aims to provide resources to disadvantaged African-American youth communities near Scott’s hometown of Danville, Va.
“We are really excited to welcome Rajah to our team next year. I’ve been studying him since I saw him race in ARCA, but I know he’s been on the radar of a lot of people in the industry for a while now. It was fun watching him go up against Daniel (Dye) for the championship last year, and I think everything at Truck will benefit them because they can learn together.
said Mike Beam, GMS Racing Team President.
The announcement strengthens GMS Racing in 2023, with Caruth joining Dye and Grant Finallyger next season. Chad Walters will be crew chief for Caruth, while Jeff Hensley will remain with Finallyger and Travis Sharpe will pair with Dye.
Caruth is coming off a productive 2022 in the ARCA Menards Series, where he posted eight top fives and 14 top 10s in the GMS standings (third).
Since growing up in Washington, Caruth discovered a passion for running. Starting with a simulation on the iRacing platform, Caruth eventually worked his way into NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program, which invited the 16-year-old to participate in their annual draft. The impressive performance eventually earned Caruth selection to drive for Rev Racing in the US Legends Cars, Late Models, ARCA Menards Series East and finally the ARCA Menards Series. Some starts in the NASCAR Xfinity and Truck Series helped round out Caruth’s experience.
In his role as a full-time driver for GMS in the national series, Caruth joins a long list of NASCAR Drive for Diversity alumni, including NASCAR Cup drivers Bubba Wallace, Kyle Larson and Daniel Suárez.