Josh Bilicki has a new home for the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season as he’ll move to Spire Motorsports in the No. 77 Chevrolet Camaro for the majority of the 2022 season. Bilicki is ready for the next step in his NASCAR career.
“I couldn’t be more eager to start this new chapter of my career and join Spire Motorsports for the 2022 season,” said Bilicki. “I learned a great amount last year during my first full-time season in the NASCAR Cup Series, on and off the track, and I feel that experience will help me make this transition to a new team. Spire Motorsports has taken big leaps over the last few years, and we feel the platform of the new NextGen car will improve our performance all around.”
And Bilicki, 26, hopes to turn this partnership with Spire Motorsports into a multi-year agreement.
“Of course, none of this would be possible if it weren’t for all my great partners, family, and friends who believe in me and pushed me to achieve more. For 2022, Zeigler Auto Group stepped up and that organization is the core reason I am back in the Cup Series. This is something we are working to grow into a multi-year effort.”
TobyChristie.com first reported that Bilicki was a top candidate for the No. 77 Spire Motorsports car last month.
According to a release, Bilicki will get his first start of 2022 in the WISE Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway on February 27th.
Bilicki’s hard climb from fledgling teams to where he is now in the NASCAR Cup Series, makes him a perfect fit for Spire Motorsports, the team says.
“Spire Motorsports is thrilled to add a young, talented and resourceful racer like Josh Bilicki to our stable,” said Spire Motorsports co-owner T.J. Puchyr. “Josh is cut from the same cloth as the people who make up our team. He’s a grinder. He finds a way, goes out and gets it done. He’s going to be a great compliment to Corey LaJoie in our No. 7 car. We’re proud to welcome Josh to the Spire family.”
Zeigler Automotive Group, a long-time partner of Bilicki, will join him as the primary sponsor for the majority of Bilicki’s starts with the team. The company will also be, “featured prominently” on the No. 77 car for the entire season.
“Zeigler Auto Group is proud to have Josh Bilicki represent Team Zeigler on the track,” said Aaron Zeigler, President of Zeigler Automotive Group. “He is an outstanding individual and talented driver who embodies everything that our P.R.I.D.E. mission statement stands for: Passion, Reputation, Integrity, Drive, and Execution.”
A native of Wisconsin, Bilicki has made 71-career starts in the NASCAR Cup Series, including two with Spire Motorsports during the 2020 season.
Bilicki’s best finish to date in the Cup Series is a 10th-place effort at Daytona International Speedway last August.